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  • Farmers, fishermen still struggling 9 months after Yolanda

    Farmers, fishermen still struggling 9 months after Yolanda

    'People create their own destiny, some say, but those who were born in extreme poverty have few opportunities to change the course of their lives'

    In just three months, it will have been a year since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept Eastern Visayas mercilessly, leaving many of our fellow Filipinos homeless, broken and lost.

    Having visited Bantayan Island on the first week of December 2013 along with other Oxfam ambassadors and spending Christmas in Tacloban City last year, I saw that while there remains a sense of determination among the survivors to move on, a lot is needed to help them g ...

  • Rehabilitation master plan for Yolanda-hit provinces 8000 pages 8 volumes

    Rehabilitation master plan for Yolanda-hit provinces 8000 pages 8 volumes

    Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson on Friday submitted to President Benigno Aquino III an 8,000-page, eight-volume master plan for the rehabilitation of provinces hardest hit by Supertyphoon "Yolanda" in November last year.

    Lacson said the master plan focuses on livelihood, resettlement, social services, infrastructure, gender sensitivity needs, disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation and "other environmental concerns."

    Lacson turned over the much-awaited P170.9-billion "Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan" at the Manila Memorial Park, following the Mass that commemor ...

  • Trees may be protected from strong typhoons

    Trees may be protected from strong typhoons

    Typhoons not only destroy lives, crops, infrastructure and properties. They also destroy trees, as seen after Typhoon Glenda (international code name Rammasun) hit some parts of the Philippines on July 16.

    Glenda packed winds with velocity of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of 165 kph, enough to uproot even big trees.

    The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said the uprooting of trees could be avoided through seven tested ways.

    1. Find out what makes trees vulnerable to storms.

    Trees planted in loose, rocky soil have a high chance of being uprooted. Disease, damaged roots or t ...