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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013

Total number of news: 94

 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)

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...



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