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UN: PH disaster response faster

BOY ON STILTS  Reggie Macalla, 10, takes a giant step on his stilts (known locally as “kadang”) at a temporary shelter in Barangay Kawayan, Tacloban City. The village is one of the beneficiaries of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects funded by Unicef and Action Contre la Faim.  EDWIN BACASMAS

Although battered by one disaster after another, the Philippines does not take too long to rise again.

Posted: November 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Let’s show Pope Francis how resilient, hopeful Filipinos are–Cardinal Tagle


The visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015 will be an opportunity for the Filipino people to show who they truly are—resilient and having a “bottomless” hope, according to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asean ‘one community’ urged on climate change

ASEAN TIES  President Aquino (right) links arms with his counterparts during the opening of the 24th Asean Summit in Burma (Myanmar). With him are (from left) Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Burma President U Thein Sein, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Phongthepth Epkanjana and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.  MALACAÑANG PHOTO

Given that powerful storms have become the new normal, President Aquino on Sunday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to deal with climate change as “one community.”

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

‘Yolanda’ survivors still struggling—Red Cross


Tens of thousands of survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) face long-term problems finding permanent homes and jobs half a year after the disaster, the Red Cross said Monday.

Posted: May 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DSWD studies how Aceh rose after tsunami

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 »