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‘Yolanda’ recovery: From ‘it can’t be fixed’ to ‘we’ve done a lot’

Richard Sandison, Emergency Response Manager for Plan International, believes the pace of rehabilitation in Yolanda devastated areas is going faster than the 2004 Aceh tsunami in Indonesia. He personally headed the relief work in Aceh for two years before working on the Yolanda rehabilitation project of Plan. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

Despite many criticisms that the recovery and rehabilitation of areas devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name:Haiyan), an international non-government organization said that the pace has actually been faster compared to other major disasters in the world.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Senators, solons urged to hold dialogue with Bangsamoro body

Undersecretary Gettie Sandoval (second from left) of the Policy and Institutional Partnership of the OPAPP, urges senators and congressmen to hold dialogues with the BTC so that they can fully understand what the BBL aims to achieve. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

The senators and congressmen who will scrutinize the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should hold dialogues with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that crafted it so the legislators will get a full understanding of what BBL aims to achieve.

Posted: October 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘VIP police protection’ sought for COA exec Heidi Mendoza

Commission on Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has asked Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas to provide heightened VIP police protection for Commission on Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza to protect her from threats and pressure.

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Defense, disaster authorities quizzed on preparedness to face ‘Big One’

Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER file photo

Senator Loren Legarda quizzed the Department of National Defense (DND) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Friday on their preparedness for a projected 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could happen in Metro Manila “anytime.”

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The price AFP needs to pay to become ‘heavyweight’ military

Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

What will it take for the “lightweight” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to become a “heavyweight” and stand up to nations that are bullying the Philippines? Money. Lots of it.

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »