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COA blames patronage politics

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Soldiers unload sacks of rice and other necessities at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, in anticipation of typhoon Rammasun on July 15, 2014. According to the Commission on Audit, in the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, “it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired.”  AP

The Commission on Audit (COA) has blamed “patronage politics” for the government’s failure to provide protection and relief from disasters to poor Filipinos in the country’s high-risk zones.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Transition for storm survivors in Tacloban

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THE SO-CALLED transitional houses for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” are made of nipa and bamboo. While beneficiaries say these are better than leaky tents, the place where these were built is far 
from where they earn a living. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Rosalina Ocenar and her family may now be sleeping better at night and feeling safe from storm surges like those unleashed by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) almost 10 months ago, but one problem is bothering them—where to get food.

Posted: September 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

VIPs, politicians not invited to Pope’s lunch

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Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up as disabled children perform for him during his visit to the rehabilitation center for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The Pope will lunch with the poor when he visits Tacloban City on Jan. 17, 2015.  AP PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON

Bad news for politicians and rich people who hope to rub elbows with Pope Francis during his first visit to the Philippines in January.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ rehab plans welcome but execs say: Please hurry up

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It’s about time. But please hurry up. Leaders of municipalities ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda welcomed President Aquino’s approval of the rebuilding blueprint for five provinces and Tacloban City. Mayor Ricky Ramirez of Medellin town in Cebu province said his constituents had been waiting for eight months for the rebuilding to get off the ground.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Rebuilding disaster victims’ lives begins at evacuation center

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AT HERMOGENES Bautista
Elementary School (left), evacuees
are encouraged to care for their
temporary shelter like it is their own
home

Evacuation centers in the country are usually associated with desperation, filth and stink.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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