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Forest fires scorch Eastern Samar


Forest fires have scorched more than 53 hectares in at least five towns in Eastern Samar, a report said Friday.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

5,500 passengers stranded in Matnog port—OCD

Matnog port. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Around 5,500 passengers bound for Samar province were stranded at Matnog port in Sorsogon after maritime authorities suspended ferry crossings due to turbulent seas churned up by tropical depression “Agaton”, the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol said Saturday.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

7,500 passengers stranded in Bicol port


Around 7,500 passengers were stranded at the Matnog port in Sorsogon due to turbulent seas, Rafael Bernardo Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense regional director, said Friday morning.

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

Heroes rise among volunteers

DENNIS Capaycapay (right) stands with humanitarian volunteer Scott Kroehle (middle). Capaycapay  single-handedly saved 15 kids from the storm surge. SHIENA BARRAMEDA

Ben Linde, 32, nearly lost his clan when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) struck Palo town, Leyte province, on Nov. 8.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Disaster official denies scheme to lower ‘Yolanda’ death toll


A ranking official of the government’s disaster agency offered his resignation, on Thursday, if it could be proven that the death toll from supertyphoon Yolanda has been manipulated to make it appear lower.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Quake death toll breaches 200


The death toll from last week’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Central Visayas has climbed to more than 200 after more bodies were found under the rubble or landslides, three of whom were not even reported missing earlier, authorities said on Friday.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

2 missing as Cordillera rivers swell under heavy rains

PEOPLE in a boat cross flooded roads and rice fields in San Simon, Pampanga, in this photo taken in 2011. RICHARD A. REYES

Two persons were reported missing in two Cordillera provinces due to the strong monsoon rain enhanced by Tropical Depression “Maring” since Friday.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

No relocation seen for 6,000 families

SETTLEMENTS like this have been tagged as among the causes of flooding in highly urbanized areas and people living in them are marked for eviction. JOAN BONDOC

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is ready to evacuate, not relocate, at least 6,000 families living along the banks of the Pampanga River when the 200-km long waterway overflows during heavy rain, OCD officials said.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Bad weather hampers rescue efforts

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The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol has stopped its search and rescue (SAR) operation for seven missing passengers of the MV Lady of Mount Carmel that sank off Burias Island in Masbate on Friday and transferred the task of monitoring shorelines in the coastal villages of Aroroy town in Masbate to the community for floating bodies or debris.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No signs of missing ferry passengers


Search and rescue (SAR) operations in the waters off Burias Island of Masbate continued on Sunday but with no success in finding the remaining seven missing passengers of the ill-fated MV Lady of Mount Carmel.

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Local officials, Gazmin to discuss directives on disaster risk reduction

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Local officials will attend a summit on effective disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) hosted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) at the Philippine International Convention Center on Wednesday.

Posted: March 19th, 2013 in Nation | Read More »

4.5-magnitude earthquake sends Baguio children home

BAGUIO City experienced a five-second jolt, measured initially as intensity 5 at 3:15 p.m. yesterday, according to the Office of Civil Defense. Schoolchildren of the University of Baguio Elementary School were immediately sent home. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Classes in some elementary schools here were cut short on Monday afternoon after a 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook the city at 3:16 p.m.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t’s face of disaster risk reduction quits

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The familiar face representing the government’s response to disasters has resigned. He was known to lighten the mood in a stormy weather with his funny asides.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

  1. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  2. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  6. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  7. Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  8. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  9. Thoughts on Holy Week
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
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  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • DOH asks co-passengers of OFW carrier to test for MERS-CoV
  • ‘Shouldn’t we move?’ Ferry evacuation under scrutiny
  • 5.5-magnitude quake hits Sultan Kudarat
  • Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
  • Sports

  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • Business

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Marketplace