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Extreme weather: Heavy rains, floods are ‘new norm’


Typhoons are normal occurrences in a tropical country like the Philippines, with about 20 typhoons hitting the country every year. Lately, however, the Philippines has been experiencing increasing torrential rains even without typhoons. Intense rains, flooded streets, heavy traffic and stranded commuters are becoming part everyday life in Metropolitan Manila and other parts of the country.

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Disaster risk reduction can be done


As we face the difficult task of recovering and rebuilding from the devastation caused by Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao, we ought to revisit the tragedies of the past and relearn the lessons we seem to never learn: Community awareness and action in disaster risk reduction, sound development planning and the political will to make things happen can make the difference in saving lives and building a safe and resilient community.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Changing climate, changing governance

THE TOPNOTCHERS. Entire families in flood-prone areas rush up to the roofs of their house to beat the rapidly rising waters in these frightful times of climate change. This extended family on Araneta Avenue is on top of everything while waiting for their rations and rescue (whichever comes first). NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The Camotes Island in Cebu, a tropical paradise blessed with sugary white sand and pristine, crystal clear waters, has become a model for disaster risk reduction and management, with one of its municipalities, the town of San Francisco, winning the 2011 United Nations Sasakawa award for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Posted: August 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »