Pakistan donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’

Philippine Daily Inquirer
7:16 am | Friday, March 14th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Ambassador Safdar Hayat of Pakistan on Thursday handed over a check for $1 million to Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as his government’s contribution to the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the wake of devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda which struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8.

In a simple handover ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Del Rosario accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government and expressed his gratitude to the ambassador for this gesture of goodwill and friendship. Hayat reiterated the messages of the president and the prime minister of Pakistan expressing deep sympathy for the tragic loss of life and property caused by the typhoon.

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Yolanda survivors dance to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ in viral video
Posted at 03/12/2014 5:24 PM | Updated as of 03/12/2014 7:41 PM

MANILA – You just can’t keep a Filipino down.

Months after “Yolanda” struck, a YouTube user has uploaded a video of the survivors of one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country breaking out in dance to “Happy” from the movie “Despicable Me 2.”

The new video, uploaded on Tuesday, is filled to the brim with children and volunteers clapping around the jubilant, toe-tapping track by Pharrell Williams, amid the destruction brought about by the super typhoon.

As of writing, the video titled “Pharrell Williams – Happy – Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan” has almost 10,000 views and counting, with several users praising the strength of the survivors.

Directed and uploaded by Quentin Musset, the video was a joint project with the United Nations Development Programme Philippines and was filmed in the city of Tacloban.

The Sights, Smiles, and Stories of Samar

In Transit

Traveling would be my story. This was my resolution at the beginning of 2013.

Like any restless 20-something year old, I had a bucket list, and I was set on going after the ultimate dream: to travel, see the world, to be constantly amazed by its many wonders.


The journey took me to unbelievable places, and it was a different story each time. I had gotten hopelessly lost in a city during a big festival; swung like Tarzan in a magical island; painted my whole face black and danced until the sky faded into darkness; and watched teary-eyed as an entire night sky filled with floating lights.

The story keeps changing and evolving every time; if there is one thing I am absolutely sure of, it is that I would always be surprised.

DSC_4492nefIn February, I found myself in Samar, one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines…

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Cadiz, Sagay and Escalante cities to avail of RAY


Labor Department OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Western Visayas Salome O. Siaton (left) and Provincial Manager Ma. Victoria Mondragon answer queries from the media during a press con on Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda and the Government Internship Program at the Sugar Workers Development Center in Bacolod City.*(EAD-PIA6 photo) Labor Department OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Western Visayas Salome O. Siaton (left) and Provincial Manager Ma. Victoria Mondragon answer queries from the media during a press con on Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda and the Government Internship Program at the Sugar Workers Development Center in Bacolod City.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, March 7 (PIA6) – – The cities of Cadiz, Sagay and Escalante, all of the northern Negros Occidental and all affected of typhoon Yolanda are soon to have a brighter sun on their side with RAY or the Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda.

RAY is a convergence project led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

RAY will benefit the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers, including those…

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My work in the Philippines

What can God do in my life?

Hi reader! I'm sorry, I didn't post any news for a long time, but it is a lot going on here in Hawaii. All the speakers are amazing and I don't have a lot of free time, and when I have free time I make sure that I can go to the beach or rest in my bed..;) But now I have weekend and I want you guys to know what I'm gonna do in the Philippines. I don't know too much but they gave some news already and I want you also to know how the situation is in the Philippines right know. So my team has three areas that we are gonna work in. - Typhoon victims - Orphanages - Prostitution Typhoon victims: As you all know, in November 2013 the Typhoon Yolanda (Hayen) hit the Philippines. It was the strongest Typhoon ever recorded. The wind blew with…

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Teleperformance supports fun run for Typhoon Yolanda survivors

Teleperformance Philippines

Teleperformance supports fun run for Typhoon Yolanda survivors

Manila, Philippines—March 10, 2014 – Teleperformance, the leading global provider of outsourced customer experience management services, sponsored the Color Dash Run 2014, a fund-raising event organized by the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP).

The five-kilometer Color Dash, held on March 2 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, gathered together nearly 4,000 running enthusiasts from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry and other allied organizations. Around 200 Teleperformance employees and their families represented the Teleperformance Team in the fun run. Adding excitement to the course were splash stations that sprayed colored powder to runners who gamely volunteered to be marked with the vibrant hues that represent the event’s co-presenting companies.

Proceeds of the Color Dash Run 2014 will go to CCAP’s relief and rehabilitation initiatives for Typhoon Yolanda survivors in Visayas and some parts of Mindanao.

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Color Dash runners pass by the Teleperformance splash station


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45 Days Later…

Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims


Many of us will be fortunate enough to celebrate this holiday season with our close friends and family members. Children will receive Christmas presents, many will gather for a huge feast of turkey, dressing and desserts, while some of us will ring in the new year with champagne and resolutions we’ll try to keep.

This year, for the people of MacArthur Leyte, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations will not come. As the world is already aware, on Nov. 8th 2013, super-typhoon Haiyan barreled through the Phillipines, affecting the island of Leyte, where the town of MacArthur was one of many that were affected by its’ destructive wrath. Many homes and livelihoods are disrupted to the point where everything that once existed is either completely gone, or reduced to rubble. Not only are private residences affected, but infrastructure and municipal services (including postal and emergency response agencies) are also crippled. Schools…

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This Is Not My Story To Tell

This Filipina Is Conquering Nederland

(This is part of the compilation of the blog Fandom For Philippines ( which was spearheaded by a lovely Dutch colleague for the Philippines after Haiyan. I wrote this piece on December 20, 2013).

This is not my story to tell.

But as a Filipino, I feel the pain that my “kababayans”(countrymen) are feeling right now.

Yolanda, or Haiyan – as she was known globally, came, conquered and left her wrath in that central part of the Philippines: approximately a month and a week before Christmas.

When the news of the devastation aired worldwide, my first thought was “Some of these houses might already have decors set up for Christmas.” A little so far away from the horrors that were about to unfold.

I was thinking about the children. I then found myself hugging my Zoë real tight.

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Valentine’s Day ’14: Operation Love