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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013

Total number of news: 113

date: 2 July 2015
Source(s): United Nations Human Settlements Program, Disaster Mitigation Office (UN-HABITAT)

Targets have been exceeded with 28 communities served, 660 houses built, 54 community improvements done, and over 4,500 households equipped with disaster risk reduction know-how. But the major takeaway from the project is the full demonstration of how recovery and building resilience thrive best as a shared endeavour—with the communities and families themselves driving the process...


date: 14 June 2015
Source(s): Senate of the Philippines, Philippines - gov

'We cannot afford further tragic loss of lives or damage to property caused by floods,' Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said. If enacted, the proposed bill would create a National Flood Insurance Program, enabling people living in flood-prone areas to purchase insurance against loss resulting from physical damage to or loss of real or personal property caused by any flood...


date: 12 June 2015
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A UN food security expert urges governments to build social safety nets for longer-term sustainability and improved food security, citing research in the Philippines that found a spike in the number of babies who die up to two years after a typhoon because families divert money from paying for healthcare and food, to restoring their homes and livelihoods...


date: 8 June 2015
Source(s): United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

In aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms recorded on the planet, the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) and UNDP have partnered to provide municipal building solutions to the people of Guiuan in the Philippines. Four buildings were provided to support local recovery efforts after consulting with Guiuan authorities and the community...


date: 8 June 2015
Source(s): Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)

During the French presidential visit to Guiuan in February 2015, the French government reiterated its support to those most affected by the consequences of climate change in the Philippines, by supporting ACTED’s activities with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD). Part of this support will go to coconut farmers, hit severely by more and more frequent natural disasters due to global warming...


date: 27 May 2015
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippines - gov

The ACF International in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund is implementing programs giving priority on WASH towards disaster risk reduction. Behavior Change and Communications Officer Leomer Lacorte of ACF-Panay disclosed that they are capacitating the people in selected supertyphoon-affected areas in Capiz and Iloilo...


date: 22 May 2015
Source(s): Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), China - gov

The Hong Kong Observatory launched a short video on hazards of tropical cyclones today, May 22, to raise the public's awareness of preventing threats from tropical cyclones. Through real-life visual images from typhoons in recent years, including Morakot, Utor and Haiyan, the video introduces four major threats caused by tropical cyclones, namely strong winds, rainstorms, huge waves and storm surges...


 Photo by Loren Legarda http://lorenlegarda.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Taklub-in-Cannes-2_1024x768.jpg

date: 20 May 2015
Source(s): Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Philippines - gov

'Filipinos should be proud of Taklub because through this film we are able to inspire by showcasing the resilient Filipino spirit and we also impart the important message of building resilience against disasters,' said Senator Loren Legarda, noting that it is the first time an advocacy film was screened in the 'Un Certain Regard' section of Cannes...


Photo by Flickr user DFID - UK Department for International Development CC BY 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/11043346434

date: 11 May 2015
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'Hopefully, the timely preparations and warnings by the state forecasters contributed to the fact that minimal damage was sustained,' presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte told IRIN. 'The government’s performance in past typhoons shows that we have the capability to keep doing better in terms of disaster risk management and reduction'...


date: 23 April 2015
Source(s): United Kingdom - government

Exercise commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jem Blades Royal Engineers, said 'It’s great to be here, working with the Philippine Government and, in particular, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council regarding earthquake mitigation measures in Manila... Our teams include individuals who bring specialist knowledge of earthquakes, humanitarian relief and disaster recovery, and we hope to share our experiences, as well as learn from others'...


date: 23 April 2015
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

In addition to the creation of the shelters themselves, the projects promote a wider understanding of how communities can best protect themselves in the future by passing on, and training carpenters in, techniques to rebuild safer shelters. In this way, communities are taking an active role in the recovery process and helping themselves to become more resilient to future disasters...


date: 21 April 2015
Source(s): ACT Alliance (ACT)

'If the community is prepared, it can cope with the impact of a disaster,' says Education Officer Edward Santos from ACT Alliance member National Council of Churches in the Philippines. The participants identify and assess the risks, vulnerabilities and capacities of their own village. Together they brainstorm the preferred activities what the village can do to reduce risks, what NCCP can do to assist, and what remains the responsibility of the local government...


date: 17 April 2015
Source(s): Chicago Tribune

The Philippines, which suffered $13 billion of damage when Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country in 2013, is looking at defraying the costs of future calamities with catastrophe bonds, reports the Chicago Tribune. 'Among the greatest threats to the Philippine growth story is our heightened exposure to disaster risk,' said National Treasurer Roberto Tan...


date: 17 March 2015
Source(s): Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines - gov

Sec. Soliman, the head of the Philippine delegation to the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, met with World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin to explore ways to further enhance the partnership in disaster preparedness and support for communities in Central Mindanao...


date: 9 March 2015
Source(s): World Food Programme (WFP)

Since Typhoon Yolanda, WFP has been working in close coordination with a number of actors in order to strengthen emergency response capabilities and improve preparedness for upcoming typhoons. As lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, WFP engages private sector partners such as those who form the Logistics Emergency Team (LET)...


date: 26 February 2015
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'The learnings of these last ten years must feed into the post-2015 development agenda starting with the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March in Sendai, Japan, which will adopt an updated version of the Hyogo Framework for Action,' write Nicolas Hulot and Loren Legarda in an op-ed on Huffington Post ahead of French President Francois Hollande's visit to the Philippines...


 by UNISDR

date: 14 January 2015
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'The pope's time in the Philippines, one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, will encourage us all to reflect on how we can seize the opportunity to make 2015 the year of resilience by reaching historic agreements on new measures to reduce the impact of disasters, climate change and to adopt a new set of sustainable development goals,' according to Margareta Wahlström...


date: 14 January 2015
Source(s): Huffington Post Inc.

'The pope's visit to the Philippines and his solidarity with the poor of Tacloban should speak volumes to world leaders and government ministers tasked with adopting a series of new global agreements this year which will form the basis for tackling poverty over the next 15 to 20 years,' writes Margareta Wahlström in an opinion piece in the Huffington Post....


date: 30 December 2014
Source(s): Project Syndicate

'The argument for investing in disaster preparedness is simple. If countries expect to experience natural hazards, such as violent storm seasons or major earthquakes, then investing time and resources in preparing for shocks will save lives and protect communities from other losses,' writes UNDP Administrator Helen Clark for the Project Syndicate...


 By UNISDR

date: 11 November 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

Taking the recovery lessons from super typhoon Haiyan, this year’s Top Leaders Forum called for protocols on cooperation between private companies and the Government, the promotion of resilience in critical infrastructure such as electricity grids, and the promotion of resilience as a core business practice in the management of supply chains and malls...


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

One year after the typhoon Haiyan, 200 houses were officially handed over to affected families from Bogo city in Cebu. These are the first of the 1,000 houses that will be delivered by SM Care Village, the foundation of SM Prime, by the end of the year to poor families displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, especially those living in no-build zones and high-risk areas...


date: 7 November 2014
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

President Aquino signed a US$3.73 billion, 8,000-page, eight-volume rehabilitation and recovery master plan in late October, nearly one week before the one year anniversary. The plan, among others, is to build nearly 200,000 homes that can resist storms with 250km per hour winds, and rehabilitate damaged irrigation systems, roads, bridges and sea- and airports...


date: 7 November 2014
Source(s): Met Office, United Kingdom - gov

One year on from Typhoon Haiyan, the Met Office has unveiled new scientific capability aimed at preventing future generations from suffering similar devastating effects of tropical storms, reports the Met Office...


date: 4 November 2014
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

“The Philippines has a very extensive national law on disaster risk reduction; it all looks good on paper, but one of the problems is the lack of skills, staff and funding to actually take the necessary measures in the communities where they are needed most,” explains VSO volunteer policy analyst Efrath Silver...


date: 30 October 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'The recovery plans are based on the principle of 'build back better' by focusing on long-term, sustainable efforts to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen capacities of communities to cope with future hazard events,' Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma told reporters...


 by Mans Unides CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/31565856@N07/10797247665

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

To mark the 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October, people from around the world are participating in a survey of older persons and disasters. A special component is also included to receive the views of disaster risk planners and government officials...


 Aerial view of Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan by DFID https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/11043346434 CC BY 2.0

date: 14 August 2014
Source(s): Conversation Media Group, the

Poorer households are usually at higher direct health risk due to weaker structures, less safe locations and building sites, and the weaker resilience of infrastructure in poorer cities and towns to withstand damage. The best way to address the unequal effects of climate change is address the causes of climate change and inequality...


date: 27 July 2014
Source(s): Inquirer.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Three incoming senior architecture students from the University of the Philippines Diliman developed a climate-adaptive and disaster-resilient school design strong enough to survive supertyphoons like 'Yolanda'...


date: 9 July 2014
Source(s): Rappler Inc.

Calling to 'bounce forward' - not 'back', Kristoffer B. Berse takes a critical look at the funding gap, planning challenges, 'disaster capitalism', disaster debt and monitoring progress of the Philippine recovery and reconstruction following Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in his opinion piece for Rappler...


 by Ana P. Santos/IRIN

date: 8 July 2014
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'We have moved on from life-saving food assistance - critical at the onset of any emergency. We need to focus on livelihood creation that will ensure food security in the long term,' said Dipayan Bhattacharyya, in charge of food security for the UN World Food Programme in the Philippines...


date: 3 July 2014
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Australia has has granted additional aid worth $AUD3 million to improve land use and establish early warning systems in communities hit by Haiyan, reports ABC. The programme is aiming to improve land use and to build early warning systems in communities hit by Superstorm Haiyan...


 By UNISDR

date: 26 June 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'Short films are very important to convey serious issues and we have been very pleased to see so much creativity to promote disaster risk reduction issues,' said Ms Brigitte Leoni, from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, who was part of the jury...


 by Kenly Monteagudo

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

Let’s take the 2015 Sendai meeting on the post-Hyogo Framework for Action as a huge chance to set the world on a more sustainable course. I am confident that the ‘Tacloban declaration’ will feed straight into success in Sendai on 11 March next year,' Ms Georgieva said...


by Flickr user  roman korzh, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/53888266@N02/13955360155

date: 11 June 2014
Source(s): Climate Change Commission (CCC), Philippines - gov

'In consonance with the theme of ASEM Manila Conference, the way forward for all of us is to shift our paradigm by working closely with communities and involving them in the process so they are empowered to understand their vulnerabilities and are made better equipped to take responsibility in managing their risks'...


date: 10 June 2014
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Opening the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said it is now vital to mount 'a focused international effort to address the threats posed by climate change, and to build communities that are resilient in the face of disaster'...


date: 5 June 2014
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

'Since the disaster we have been active in focusing our development cooperation on activities that help the affected communities to recover and reconstruct, but also to prepare for possible future typhoons. This will help to fight poverty immediately and at the same time make people's lives and livelihoods safer in the long term,' said EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs...


date: 21 May 2014
Source(s): Philippines - government

The ASEM Manila Conference is being held at a crucial time when the decade-old Hyogo Framework of Action adopted by the world community as the global paradigm on disaster risk reduction and management is about to end in 2015...


date: 21 May 2014
Source(s): GMA Network Inc. (GMA)

UNICEF has supported continuing education in Yolanda-affected areas with repairs for damaged classrooms, provision of supplies, teacher training on Education in Emergencies, psychosocial support and child-centered learning practices. School-based disaster risk reduction is also promoted, involving activities by, for and with children...


date: 9 May 2014
Source(s): GMA Network Inc. (GMA)

Civil society understands that addressing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation is not two separate processes, writes Rowena F. Bolinas, former national coordinator of a network of 40 local, national and international organizations concerned with CCA and DRR. Beyond Filipinos’ social resilience, she says 'we must now work towards building our own economic and ecosystems resilience'...


date: 8 May 2014
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

'The experience of Haiyan sealed what many development organisations have been asserting for years: that disaster risk is most real to the poor, marginalised and vulnerable sectors of society, including women and children. These are the people who do not have the social safety nets and capacities to protect themselves and recover, and are therefore left to suffer the most during disasters'...


date: 28 April 2014
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

If there is another storm that is even close to Haiyan there could be higher death tolls, there could be much worse impact because the resilience that existed previously is all down. Everything was destroyed in Haiyan, in terms of evacuation centres, in terms of livelihoods," said Tariq Reibl, Oxfam's humanitarian response manager for the Philippines...


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), Philippines - gov

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), Philippines - gov

'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...



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