Cash transfer programs deemed effective in protecting calamity-hit households

CASH TRANSFER programs were able to “effectively” protect typhoon-affected households from falling into extreme poverty, according to a study by the World Bank. “In the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines, the country’s 4Ps program proved to be an effective protection against extreme poverty. It was also shown that it raised […]

Death toll from ‘biological disasters’ up 328.7% in 2021

DEATHS due to biological disasters totaled 57,544 in 2021, up 328.7%, with the pandemic accounting for the vast majority of the deaths, the Philippine Statistics Authority said. The Compendium of Philippine Environment Statistics (CPES) Component 4 also lists as biological disasters those arising from bird strikes, fish kills, and pest infestation. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) […]

Editorial: Solving the plastic problem

There is a disconnection between theory and practice, principles and experiences of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management (CCA-DRRM).The gaps are crucial as Filipinos, along with other citizens in the world, grapple with extreme weather on earth.“Extreme weather” refers to phenomena that is unusual or severe for a particular place or time.However, […]

Carvajal: Blurred lines

My Holy Week column takes off from a women’s group’s call earlier this month for women of faith to resist tyranny. As we recall Our Lord Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, we must not forget that his death on the cross was by the hands of Roman secular, and Jewish religious, tyrants. This is the right call […]