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DSWD studies how Aceh rose after tsunami

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This combination of photos shows areas affected by the earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec 25, 2004. The top photo shows a devastated area on Dec 31, 2004, six days after the tsunami. The bottom photo shows an area with rebuilt housing on Nov. 19, 2013. Aceh’s reconstruction didn’t always run smoothly, especially during the first year, but it is now almost universally regarded as successful. Around 130,000 houses were built in less than three years, along with scores of airports, roads and schools. It was the biggest construction project in the developing world. The man who steered Indonesia to recovery after the 2004 tsunami has some cautionary words for the Philippines as it begins planning reconstruction after Typhoon Haiyan. Hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors will get angry about living in tents well before houses will be ready for them, and inflation will soon make those houses much more expensive to build. AP

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held online exchanges on disaster response with Indonesians who were involved in the recovery efforts in Aceh, Indonesia, after the devastating tsunami there in 2004.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Gov’t urged to be pro-active in stopping human trafficking

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At the very least, the government should warn survivors of supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Samar and Leyte about human traffickers, although the best way to protect them would be to provide livelihood and other resources to enable them to get back on their feet, a party-list representative, said.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH on guard against child trafficking post-‘Yolanda’

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The government is acting to curb the trafficking of children displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), a presidential spokesman said Sunday, a day after a UK-based children’s charity raised concerns.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

JICA tests water-purifying equipment for use by ‘Yolanda’-hit areas

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A Japanese technology that could turn contaminated water into safe, potable water is now being pilot-tested by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a typhoon-hit area of northern Cebu province.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Frequently asked questions about TPS

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On December 13, the Philippine ambassador to the United States, Jose L. Cuisia, made a formal request to the US Department of State to designate the Philippines a country under “temporary protected status (TPS).” This request was sent about a month after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck the Philippines.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Papal Nuncio celebrates mass in ruined Tacloban Church

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Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JESS YUSON

Na higugma ha iyo an santo papa!(The Holy Father loves you!). This was the message conveyed by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Guiseppe Pinto during his homily in a Christmas Mass he celebrated at the Sto. Niño church, this city. The church was one of the city structures badly damaged by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

UN urged: ‘Substance rather than process in climate talks’

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Residents walk by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday. AP

Filipino climate activists called the United Nations Tuesday to translate into a concrete action the discussion addressing climate change, saying rich countries are the ones responsible for global warming.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Spain extends P15M aid for rehabilitation of quake-hit Central Visayas

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The Spanish government has allocated 264,000 euros or about P15.47 million in aid for quake-hit Central Visayas as it reaffirmed its readiness to assist the Philippines in rebuilding colonial heritage buildings destroyed or damaged by the temblor.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU allots P148 million for Visayas earthquake relief, rehab

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EU Ambassador to Manila Guy Ledoux. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The European Union is providing P148 million in humanitarian aid to about 350,000 people who lost their homes and livelihoods when a magnitude-7.2 earthquake ravaged Bohol island and nearby provinces in Central Visayas on October 15.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

US extends P4.3M in aid to PH flood, landslide victims

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Rescue workers retrieve a body (C) of a landslide victim on a mountain side at Barangay Balaybay, Olongapo City, Zambales, north of Manila on September 24, 2013. Monsoon rains worsened by Typhoon Usagi pounded the Philippines for the third day on September 23, causing floods and landslides that left 18 people dead and others stranded on rooftops, officials said. AFP

The United States has provided P4.3 million ($100,000) in aid to the Philippines to bring aid to those affected by flooding and landslides in Zambales and Bataan, the US Embassy in Manila said on Thursday.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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