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Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter

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RESIDENTS of the village of Sagkahan in Tacloban City view the destruction left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on their community. FILE PHOTO

The Swiss-based pharmaceutical transnational manufacturer of a leukemia drug has promised to help a Leyte firefighter afflicted with the cancer to get access to the expensive medication he needs.

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

Massive infra spending set

PASSENGER TERMINAL INSPECTION  President Aquino boards MV St. Pope John Paul II docked at Manila North Harbor’s North Passenger Terminal Complex in Tondo, Manila, as part of his inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. Behind him are Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. LYN RILLON

With just two years to go before its term ends, the Aquino administration plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to make economic growth inclusive and lift millions out of poverty.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palm Sunday: Giving, loving make week holy

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STRICTLY SYMBOLIC. Palm fronds (“palaspas”) decorate Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City for blessing on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. The Church says Filipinos should give the palaspas no other meaning than a symbol of welcome at the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. It’s plain superstitious to use a blessed palm to ward off evil spirits or as protection against lightning and other disasters. RAFFY LERMA

Stewardship must hurt.Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas imparted this message to the Catholic faithful who will have their palm fronds blessed in churches today in observance of Palm Sunday, the last Sunday of Lent and the start of the most solemn period of Holy Week.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ victims in Aklan, Capiz rally

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Survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on Tuesday held what they said was their version of the Stations of the Cross to protest the alleged delay and lack of help from the national government.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Scientists on P1-B mangrove fund: Use wisely

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MANGROVES near a grounded boat in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar province, are showing signs of recovery from the effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” PHOTO COURTESY OF JURGENNE PRIMAVERA

At least P1 billion in public funds is available for the repair of mangrove areas hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” but the money should not be used to plant new mangroves, but simply protect existing ones, according to mangrove scientists and conservationists.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Cargill to support coconut farmers in Yolanda-hit areas

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INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON FILE PHOTO

Nearly five months after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” nearly levelled everything in its path, one international agriculture company is set to lend a helping hand to those knocked down to their feet.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

After ‘Yolanda,’ PH expands crop insurance

A typhoon survivor stands on rubbish in Tacloban, central Philippines on  Dec. 8, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The aftermath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in the Philippines has added urgency to finding a solution to a longstanding problem: less than 10 percent of farmers have crop insurance, and while its advantages are widely understood, few can afford it.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DSWD probes dumping of ‘Yolanda’ relief items

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Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman has begun looking into the reported dumping of rotten relief items for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas region, Malacañang said on Friday.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

No one monitoring ‘Yolanda’ donations–Soliman

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Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman. FILE PHOTO

Nobody is keeping tabs on donations given to private, aid and religious organizations for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted on Monday.

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

Young ‘Yolanda’ survivor still groping for answers

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‘YOLANDA’ SURVIVOR Melvin Castro sits in the rubble of his home in Tacloban City where 18 of his family members were killed. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The search for the answer to one question keeps him going. When Melvin Castro lost 18 of his relatives in the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” four months ago, the first question he asked God was, “Why did you spare me?”

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

248 out of 250 bunkhouses for ‘Yolanda’ survivors finished

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Bunkhouses. FILE PHOTO

Better late than never. Of the 250 bunkhouses the government promised to put up for survivors of supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Eastern Visayas, 248 have risen in storm-ravaged areas in the provinces of Leyte, Eastern Samar and Western Samar.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Corpses still being found in Tacloban 4 months after ‘Yolanda’

RESIDENTS of the village of Sagkahan in Tacloban City view the destruction left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on their community. FILE PHOTO

Bodies are still being found under the wreckage almost four months after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the Philippines as survivors struggle to rebuild their lives, officials said Thursday.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Cadet from Tacloban is first female ‘bow wow’ at PMA

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THE MEET Cadet First Class Kerlyn Asuncion, the Tacloban City native who has been selected as the first female brigade adjutant of the Philippine Military Academy Cadet Corps, meets former Sen. Panfilo Lacson during this year’s PMA alumni homecoming. Lacson is the presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery who is tasked with rebuilding her city. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

People paid little attention when Tacloban City-born Cadet First Class Kerlyn Asuncion stepped up to the grandstand to greet former Sen. Panfilo Lacson at the end of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming in Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on Feb. 15.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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