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Lacson bats for permanent agency to handle reconstruction in calamity areas

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Aquino’s point man in the reconstruction of areas devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) wants another government agency to handle the job permanently by early 2015.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Marikina eyes pond, road dike vs another ‘Ondoy’


The Marikina City government is setting its sights on two major flood-control projects—a P450-million road dike and a water detention pond—to avoid a repeat of the devastation wrought by the 2009 killer storm “Ondoy.”

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

‘Act of God’ coverage for cars up due to floods

Firemen remove the branches from a fallen tree which fell on two cars at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) which battered Makati city, east of Manila, July 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

As widespread flooding has virtually become the new normal when it rains, with or without a typhoon, more and more motorists are availing themselves of the so-called “Act of God” coverage for their vehicles, according to the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association (Pira).

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Metro,Metro | Read More »

Who dumped more rain? ‘Mario’ or ‘Ondoy’?

Rescuers unload the body of a man who died of natural causes at the height of heavy flooding brought about by tropical storm Fung-Wong flooded Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines and most parts of the metropolis Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Heavy rains due to a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Even as the severe flooding brought by the rains of Tropical Storm “Mario” that shut down Metro Manila on Friday brought memories of that other killer tropical storm five years ago, the amount of rainfall “Mario” continues to dump in the metropolis won’t be twice as much.

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Infographics,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

After storm, a low-cost housing redesign

THEY are among the thousands of people relocated at the National Housing Authority Southville 7 in Calauan, Laguna province, when Tropical Storm “Ondoy” struck in 2009. Recently, Typhoon “Glenda” made a direct hit on the site.  AL BENAVENTE/CONTRIBUTOR

Pregnant for seven months, 21-year-old Cristina Rubinas opened a tiny store—actually, a wooden table with plastic jars of candies, a few packs of crackers, and cheap junk food—in front her family’s temporary shelter.

Posted: August 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »