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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013

Total number of news: 72

date: 8 April 2014
Source(s): Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters (FAO Headquarters)

Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Neil Reeder, reaffirmed in Manila today the commitment made last week by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to early recovery and long-term reconstruction programmes including disaster risk reduction activities in the Philippines...


date: 3 April 2014
Source(s): GMA Network Inc. (GMA)

Are no-build zones the answer? asks GMA. Partly. 'The question is how much you want to reduce the risk' says GIZ chief advisor on disaster risk management. Some locals says 'Hindi madaling iwanan kung saan ka lumaki' - not easy to leave where you grew up - college student Mark Lester Galin said when asked why his family opted to rebuild their house in the coastal barangay of Anibong in Tacloban City...


date: 1 April 2014
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

The provincial government of Samar wants to use the lessons of super typhoon Yolanda to improve its handling and managing of areas gravely affected. Typhoon Yolanda caused the loss of lives, properties and infrastructure in Samar towns...


date: 27 March 2014
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Philippines (UNDP Philippines)

'The challenge now is to not only build back, but to build back stronger and more sustainably. This is why the Japanese contribution toward strengthening governance is particularly vital in supporting local authorities in their work to build safer and more resilient communities', UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said...


 Site design for SM Cares Village in Bogo, Cebu.

date: 17 March 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

Hans T. Sy, the President of SM Prime Holdings Inc. said: 'We, from the private sector, are more than willing to help and are already doing our share in helping the communities. With the Typhoon Haiyan experience, as well as the Bohol earthquake, more businesses are convinced to invest in disaster resilience'...


date: 12 March 2014
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

'Rebuilding the areas damaged by Haiyan is about ‘building back better’, and this must start with assessing both the past and future risks that threaten these areas,' says Rosa Perez, senior research fellow at the Manila Observatory, an affiliated research institution of the Ateneo de Manila University...


date: 10 March 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

At a roundtable with twelve towns represented by their mayors and councillors, Taskforce Coordinator, Baltz Tribunalo, summed up the main learnings from Typhoon Haiyan: 'We now clearly recognize the importance of managing disaster risk rather than disasters'...


date: 10 March 2014
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

'We had experienced calamities recently, like typhoons Yolanda and Basyang, earthquake, and fire that hit Philpost, just near the city jail, with no idea on where to go, especially the jail boarders,' City Jail Wardress SInsp. Arlene Barraca revealed. 'Whether we will be at home or at the city jail, you will be given knowledge on how to respond to any disaster'...


date: 6 March 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'The new Hyogo Framework must take into account the reality of climate change which is very important. Equally important is for countries to put a real stake into the implementation of the actions we would like to see,' said Philippines Climate Change Commissioner, Yeb Saño...


date: 4 March 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

The Mayor of the worst-hit city of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster believes the city's future prosperity depends on 'transformational development' that rebuilds communities and not just houses...


date: 17 February 2014
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

'The Philippines is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and they tend to be multiple ones,' said Eric Salve, Philippine Red Cross disaster management service manager. 'We met our relief target in less than three months. Now we need raise further funding for two to three years of recovery work in shelter and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, capacity building, health and education'...


date: 27 January 2014
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

With over 1 million homes damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, there is urgent need for shelter. The Red Cross is showing survivors they can build back better and inexpensively...


date: 20 January 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'What is needed is a simple scheme which will provide valuable protection to people and municipalities before the next typhoon season. In order to be successful it will require mandatory take-up by local government units but it will make them masters of their own destiny when it comes to responding to relief and recovery needs,'stated the Chief of UNISDR...


date: 15 January 2014
Source(s): World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

'No one knows where the next big typhoon will hit, so all cities should prepare ahead,' recommends WWF-Philippines CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan. 'Sure, relocating roads and communities to high ground, constructing seawalls, coastal barriers and establishing evacuation safe-zones will cost millions. But will you really put a price-tag on Filipino lives?'...


date: 14 January 2014
Source(s): CARE International (CI); Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Disaster risk reduction is about identifying natural hazards and reducing the vulnerability of people exposed to them. Helping poor communities prepare and strengthen their resilience saves more lives and costs less than emergency relief...


date: 13 January 2014
Source(s): Devex; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

'Perhaps the most important lesson that we can all take away from the past — which we’re building on today — is that both resilience and recovery live and thrive at the community level. Accountability is paramount — this means we put people and families at the heart of our programs by including their perspectives in the design, implementation and monitoring of recovery efforts,' stated IFRC's president...


date: 13 January 2014
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet); Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

There are internationally accepted guidelines that help humanitarian organisations think through the process of building new housing for disaster victims, among other things: the Hyogo Framework and the Sphere standards, for instance. These frameworks include advice on how and where to rebuild people’s homes and make them safe from future threats...


date: 13 January 2014
Source(s): Aon Benfield

Stephen Mildenhall of Aon Benfield Analytics said: '2013 was an active year for serious catastrophe events but one in which the industry dodged the bullet of a single dominating insured event. Typhoon Haiyan, however, demonstrated the real and ever-present potential for large scale destruction'...


date: 2 January 2014
Source(s): Emergency Management magazine

Key components of disaster preparedness in Shiyuoka, Japan include disaster risk reduction education, early warning systems and an information-gathering and idssemination system to identify blocked routes and devastated areas in real time as well as a satellite-based communication line in case the other system would be out due to strong winds or landslides...


 by European Commission DG ECHO CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  http://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/10844672554

date: 30 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'I am happy because, although belatedly, we all realize now that pre-disaster activities, mitigation, disaster prevention and preparedness are relevant to our development agenda and that a vital component of building our nation’s resilience is a climate-sensitive and disaster risk reduction-proofed budget,' said Senator Legarda...


 by  Jefri Aries/IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/report/99378/lessons-from-aceh-s-build-back-better-experience

date: 23 December 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Lessons from the reconstruction process in Indonesia’s Aceh Province following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami can better shape the long-term impact of ‘build back better’ projects, and experts say those lessons are particularly relevant in the context of the Philippines, where more than one million homes were damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan...


 by office of Sen. Legarda

date: 21 December 2013
Source(s): Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Philippines - gov

'We must make our country resilient to disasters to free us from the exhausting and costly cycle of rebuilding our communities every time a typhoon, storm surge, or earthquake hits our communities,' Senator Loren Legarda said...


date: 19 December 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'In the aftermath of Yolanda, what we must build is a partnership borne not only of necessity, but also of the realisation that helping all those in need—all those who suffer—must be accompanied by reducing the risks that allow this need and this suffering to arise,' Philippine President Benigno Aquino said...


 by Royal Navy Media Archive CC BY-NC 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rn_topten/10943958094

date: 18 December 2013
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

'In many parts of the world, insurance penetration remains low. Together with preventative measures, insurance can lessen the destructive impact and financial burden that large catastrophic events can have on people's lives. It can also help accelerate reconstruction efforts, as we have seen in areas where insurance penetration is higher,' said Kurt Karl...


date: 18 December 2013
Source(s): Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF)

One example of a way to reduce disaster risk is to install early warming systems to alert communities of heavy storms, tidal waves or flooding dangers. A typhoon early warning system in the Philippines was credited last year with saving lives during Typhoon Bopha...


 by UNISDR http://www.unisdr.org/archive/35883

date: 16 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

The Philippines Province of Cebu prides itself on its zero casualty policy when it comes to disasters. As of yesterday, it had recorded just 73 of the 6,057 deaths so far attributed to Typhoon Haiyan despite the widespread damage and loss to housing, critical infrastructure and agriculture especially in northern Cebu...


 by UN Photos http://www.rtcc.org/2013/12/16/un-outlines-plans-for-2015-global-disaster-risk-reduction-deal/

date: 16 December 2013
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Jerry Velasquez, Chief of the Advocacy and Outreach Section of UNISDR says the destructive power of Haiyan demonstrates why a new agreement is important. “People now realise that this Typhoon in the Philippines is a wake-up call – things have to be done,” he says...


 by Say @sanaysasanaysay http://www.rappler.com/nation/45866-oblation-run-2013

date: 13 December 2013
Source(s): Rappler Inc.

About 40 members of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity ran naked around the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, on Friday, December 13, to push for improved government policies on disaster risk reduction and management...


date: 12 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

Dr. Cirilo R. Galindez who is now on secondment from Luzon as acting hospital director, describes the frenetic activity following the slow realization that the hospital was about to be inundated by sea-water as a result of Typhoon Haiyan in the early dawn hours of November 8...


date: 11 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

Private sector representatives took their place today alongside the usual line-up of NGOs and international organizations who came together to brainstorm a rehabilitation plan for those parts of Cebu province which suffered significant losses because of Typhoon Haiyan...


date: 10 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'We are not victims of Typhoon Yolanda. We are survivors. And we can be victors if we move forward together and re-build in a smarter way, said Tacloban Vice-Mayor, Jerry 'Sambo' Yoakasin. The city of Tacloban is inviting mayors and other public representatives to come to the city to talk about the lessons learned for disaster risk management...


date: 9 December 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'We were left with nothing but our lives. The whole building was destroyed. We never expected that. We did not have clear information,' the Vice-Principal of Anibong Elementary School said. There can be little doubt that Typhoon Haiyan will bring significant change to disaster management in the Philippines and a review of how warnings are communicated...


date: 9 December 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'It is vital that finance ministers and policymakers understand the simple truth that investing in reducing disaster risk, protecting critical infrastructure, such as schools, hospitals and transport systems, pays rich dividends,' Margareta Wahlstrom, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction said...


date: 9 December 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF); World Vision Philippines

'The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan can be seen as not only a horrific disaster but a warning for the future. We need to ensure future generations have safer cities that can withstand natural disasters. Strengthened resilience reduces loss of life and livelihoods,'says Minnie Portales, World Vision Philippines Public Engagement Director...


 DFID - UK Department for International Development CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/11043346434

date: 9 December 2013
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'Now is the time to significantly shift the balance of climate finance - which helps poor countries adapt - and aid finance, from relief to prevention. Disaster risk reduction must be embedded into all aid programmes. This can save money, as well as lives,' writes Dr Mohamed Asmawey, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide...


date: 7 December 2013
Source(s): Rappler Inc.

'Ultimately, we need continuous dialogues to bridge the gap between science and policy, as well as between science and the rest of society in general. Disaster risk management—which includes risk reduction—can only be effective if correctly informed by science and properly understood by communities,' write Dean Tony La Vina and Dr. Kristoffer Berse...


date: 4 December 2013
Source(s): Plan International; Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Investing in DRM saves many lives. The Philippines government will be criticised for not doing enough, running too erratic evacuations, and there will be political casualties. I don’t particularly care, but I do care about the number of casualties from the many typhoons that will and do hit this archipelago. They are not statistics, they are people'...


 by CBM http://www.cbm.org/An-impossible-decision-to-have-to-make-435807.php

date: 29 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction published a survey that revealed how people living with disabilities are extremely vulnerable during times of disaster. Eighty percent would be unable to evacuate immediately without difficulty in the event of sudden disaster. Six percent said they would not be able to evacuate at all...


date: 28 November 2013
Source(s): Inquirer.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Talking about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), Tan emphasized the importance of adapting to climate change and that of sustainable development. 'This is not the first time we had a strong typhoon and this will happen again. We will see more storm surges and rainfall,' said Lory Tan, CEO and Vice President of WWF Philippines...


date: 26 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'Could there be an alliance of mayors and the private sector in Cebu to ensure that it has resilience? We cannot wait four months to do this, because it would be forgotten by then,' said Chief of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms Wahlström, who surveyed the typhoon damage in northern Cebu...


by CC BY-NC 2.0 Youth with a mission-international http://www.flickr.com/photos/ywam/2308277565#

date: 26 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'The mechanism’s current architecture falls within the area of adaptation and fails to acknowledge that the world has gone ‘beyond adaptation’ and entered the era of loss and damage,' said Harjeet Singh, international coordinator for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation with ActionAid International...


date: 25 November 2013
Source(s): GMA Network Inc. (GMA)

'Ordinary citizens such as you, the youth, can help by making sure our leaders and everyone complies so we can prevent another Yolanda [Typhoon Haiyan],' Climate Change Commission Secretary and Vice Chair Lucille Sering told youth during the opening of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week's celebration of Greeneration...


date: 24 November 2013
Source(s): Project Climate Twin Phoenix, Philippines - gov

'After the storm Washi, and now the recent devastation of typhoon Yolanda in my country, we are stepping up in our commitment to create more adaptive and resilient cities, towns and communities by leading action on and providing support for better local preparedness programs', said Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson, Secretary Lucille Sering...


date: 22 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

The unveiling of the 'How Safe Is Your School?' initiative in the Philippines is the first step of what the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction intends will be formalized as a global initiative at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Japan, in March 2015...


 by Andy McElroy UNISDR http://www.unisdr.org/archive/35577

date: 21 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific (UNISDR - Pacific)

'Climate change is an issue of survival rather than adaptation. It is a question of whether we will still exist,' Ambassador Mosé said. 'We can adopt best practices from around the world but we will struggle to prepare for storms beyond our preparatory capacity. It is a serious worry'...


date: 21 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'The Philippines can emerge from the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan as a world leader in safe schools by bringing its experience of implementing this programme to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 when a global campaign will be launched,' said Margareta Wahlström, the head of UNISDR...


date: 21 November 2013
Source(s): International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (Geneva Association)

'John Fitzpatrick, Secretary General of The Geneva Association said, 'While the world is receptive in the wake of the Haiyan catastrophe, the global governors present at the COP19 meetings have the ability and the opportunity to increase disaster risk resilience globally through the creation of an effective successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action'...


Typhoon Haiyan photo by EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, CC BY-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/10844582363

date: 20 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'We, from the private sector, are more than willing to help and are already doing our share in helping the communities. With the Typhoon Haiyan experience, as well as the Bohol earthquake, more businesses are convinced to invest in disaster resilience,' said the president of SM Prime Holdings Inc, the country’s largest mall operator, and member of the UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group...


date: 18 November 2013
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

'At the World Bank Group, we are putting disaster risk management at the forefront of our agenda. We know there is a lot we can – and must - do to reduce the impact of disasters. The devastation and human tragedy we see in the Philippines now is a stark reminder of the challenges ahead, and it strengthens our resolve,' said Rahcel Kyte of The World Bank...


date: 18 November 2013
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

Mark Goldring recalls that the 'tremendous need to do better and support communities own relief and recovery efforts, and... to invest much more in disaster risk reduction and preparedness' was already highlighted in the main evaluation of the Indian Ocean tsunami...



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