Bangsamoro region gets World Bank, UNDP help on beefing up disaster management 

THE BANGSAMORO region in southern Philippines is getting support from the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it beefs up its disaster management capacity following the impact of a tropical storm in October where 62 people died and thousands were displaced.    A program called PlanSmart Ready-to-Rebuild (R2R) kicked off last week, […]

CoA cites enhancement in QC’s disaster preparedness program

THE QUEZON City government implemented eight out of nine recommendations for the enhancement of its disaster preparedness program, the Commission on Audit (CoA) said in a report.   CoA, in an audit report released on Dec. 27, said the city government “has been consistently preparing and updating its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Plans annually” […]

Typhoon Yolanda lesson: Community empowerment, not new laws, needed in disaster management

ONE of the biggest lessons from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, is that disaster management must involve communities from planning to rehabilitation, said a professor who has done studies on what is locally known as Super Typhoon Yolanda.    Maria Ela L. Atienza, a political science professor at the University of […]

Senate to reassess 2023 proposed budget for disaster recovery after latest typhoon

THE SENATE will reevaluate the proposed 2023 national budget during next week’s floor debates to possibly divert more funds for rehabilitation projects in response to the destruction wrought by the most recent typhoon, the Senate leader said on Thursday.  “We will have to consult with the NDRRMC and local governments to assess our recovery roadmap,” […]

House reps renew push for bills relating to climate change in typhoon’s aftermath

LAWMAKERS on Tuesday renewed calls to fast-track the passage of bills that are seen to help mitigate the impact of changing weather patterns, including measures on land use and the creation of a department on disaster management.    House Bill 3956 or the proposed National Land Use Act of the Philippines seeks to establish parameters on […]

Marcos gov’t told to fund weather bureau enhancement after storm Paeng’s devastation

A GROUP of Filipino scientists urged the government to provide a significant increase in the state weather bureau’s budget, citing escalating threats from changing climate patterns.    The call was made after Mr. Marcos directed government agencies to be “accurate” and “advanced” in weather reporting following the devastation from Tropical Storm Paeng, with international name Nalgae, […]

US grants additional P53M to enhance PHL disaster preparedness, response capacity

THE AMERICAN government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided the Philippines another P53 million for a program on enhancing capacity in disaster preparedness and response.    The grant, first announced on Oct. 12, will be used for the second phase of an information management system called the Early Warning and Decision […]

Cagayan province declares state of calamity after series of typhoons

CAGAYAN in northern Philippines has been placed under a state of calamity following damage from four typhoons since August, the provincial government announced on Tuesday.   The provincial council unanimously approved on Oct. 24 the state of calamity declaration, which paves the way for the release of local disaster response funds to assist affected residents.   The […]

Brawijaya University develops GIS-based IoT for disaster mitigation

Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Sep 30, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via – Brawijaya University has developed an Internet of Things (IoT) technology based on the Geographic Information System (GIS) to mitigate disasters in Pronojiwo district, an area affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru. A lecturer on urban planning at the Faculty of Engineering […]

Agricultural damage from Karding reaches almost P2B, infrastructure at P135M 

AGRICULTURAL damage from Typhoon Noru, locally named Karding, has risen to P1.97 billion as of Wednesday, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).   In its latest bulletin, the DA reported that the storm hit 148,091 hectares of farm lands, affecting some 88,520 farmers and fisherfolk, with a combined volume of production loss at 114,446 metric […]

House seeks clear rehab process for buildings 

THE HOUSE disaster resilience committee on Thursday urged disaster agencies to streamline the rehabilitation process for destroyed infrastructure.  There is no clear process of funding for destroyed infrastructure including seawalls and buildings, and the P400-million budget is insufficient for rehabilitation, Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Jose F. Matugas II said at a House of Representatives […]

EXPLAINER: Would Councilor de los Santos revise tag on Cebu City P50M grant to Luzon LGUs as ‘misplaced display of charity”? Balance of disaster fund is P201M, not P8M as earlier claimed by minority leader Archival. Without standards though, how much is too much?

ATTACK ON P50M AID TO QUAKE-STRUCK LGUs. Cebu City Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos, in a privileged speech Wednesday, August 17, criticized the amount of P50 million as aid for earthquake-hit local governments in northern Luzon, which the City Council earlier approved in a special session. De los Santos called it “misplaced display of […]

OCD explores partnership with Israel for disaster preparedness

Residents struggle to navigate the floods caused by typhoon Ulyssess in Rodriguez, Rizal. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE PHILIPPINES is looking to partner with Israeli companies to help address the country’s emergency preparedness needs.  “Israel is also facing challenges in climate change and manmade disasters, and for that we have a lot of knowledge […]

GPDRR: Indonesia offers sustainable resilience to tackle disaster risk

Nusa Dua, Bali, May 27, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via – At the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) event, the Government of Indonesia offered the world the concept of sustainable resilience as a solution to address the challenges of systemic disaster risk. President Joko Widodo (R) discusses with UN Deputy Secretary-General […]

DOST-backed mall exhibit series highlights SM Prime’s sustainability, DRR journey

As part of its commitment to the community and the environment, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently launched a series of mall exhibits on sustainability and disaster resilience. The kick-off event was held last Feb. 24 at SM Mall of Asia. During the event, SM […]

ePLDT launches first disaster recovery facility in Cebu

ePLDT, the ICT arm of PLDT Enterprise and the premier provider of holistic digital business solutions in the Philippines, has launched its first disaster recovery (DR) facility in Cebu. Housed in ePLDT’s VITRO Data Center Cebu 2—the biggest purpose-built data center facility outside Luzon—the disaster recovery facility will enable Cebu-based enterprises in developing their own […]