Archive for the ‘Disasters’ Category

Preparation is best way to cope with earthquakes

The earthquake that shook Batangas and the other provinces in Central Luzon Tuesday once again reminded the public of the possible movement of the West Valley Fault. When a 6.7 intensity earthquake jolted Surigao del Norte last February, Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology once again asked those living along […]

April 8, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Disasters  No Comments

The Red Cross 72-hour lifeline kit

Government agencies and private companies are reactivating their emergency drills with the release by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of its latest findings about the West Valley Fault. Phivolcs Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. warned that based on the movement pattern (every 400 or so years) of the West Valley Fault, the next tremor […]

May 25, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Disasters, Malaya  4 Comments

Yolanda lessons useful for earthquake preparation

The pain of a tragedy is assuaged by the lessons learned from it. That is the case with the disaster that was how the Aquino government handled the damage wrought by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in November 2013. It was a reference point in several presentations in last Wednesday’s “Earthquake Resilience Conference” organized […]

May 22, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Disasters  9 Comments

Manicani: A tough little island

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Manicani today hardly bears signs of the havoc wrought by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) a year ago. Color is back on this 11.7-square-kilometer island of 3,000 people in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, which was a harrowing picture of destruction only 12 months ago after Yolanda ferociously battered it for […]

November 19, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Disasters, General  2 Comments

Manicani in Guiuan, Eastern Samar sets example

GUIUAN, Eastern Samar – It was in this town at the southernmost tip of Samar Island that typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan), packing winds at 380 kilometers per hour, that made its first landfall at wee hours of Nov. 8, one year ago. After four hours of howling, spine-tingling winds, only a few buildings and […]

November 6, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Disasters, Malaya, Uncategorized  5 Comments

New UNICEF Rep is a Balikbayan

For Lotta Sylwander, her assignment to the Philippines as UNICEF Representative, is actually a homecoming. Sylwander, from Sweden, was a backpack tourist way back in the 70’s and 80’s. She met and married (they are now divorced) someone from the Rojas family of Cavite. They have two children. Sylwander arrived in Manila last April and […]

June 24, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Disasters, Education, Health  3 Comments

Guiuan rises with a lot of help from mining firm

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos by Mario Ignacio IV Yolanda survivors Lito G. Abucejo, 47, a carpenter and his wife, Rebecca, 44, marked the 100th day after the super typhoon slammed into Manicani Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in a newly-built house. The Abucejos have folded their United Nations-donated tent, which was their shelter […]

February 18, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Disasters  4 Comments

A lovely New Year even with Yolanda!

Yolanda was very much in our mind as we bid goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014. Our place in Guisijan, Laua-an, Antique was one of those hit by Yolanda. Not as bad as Leyte and Samar but there was still a lot of repairing and fixing to do.

January 3, 2014   Posted in: Disasters, Environment  14 Comments

Makahulugang pasko para sa lahat!

As we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ in the midst of trials and challenges, let’s take the examples shown by these children of supporting each other when they only have themselves to turn to:

December 24, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Disasters, General, Human Rights  41 Comments

December in the life of the De Venecias

December 26 is the birthday of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, who is now sporting an arm sling after he figured in an accident at his relative’s house in San Francisco, California last month. He stepped on a hose in the garden and fell to the ground fracturing his shoulder and harming his knees. […]

December 23, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Disasters  5 Comments