Cha Cha Bantayan

Cha Cha Bantayan

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Welcome to my new blog Cha Cha Bantayan, a site to profile the post Yolanda recovery efforts of the NGO, Young Pioneer Disaster Response.

YPDR was founded on Bantayan, an island in the Visayan Sea which experienced massive devastation due to a direct hit from the eye of Super Typhoon Yolanda.  In December of 2013 a group of friends mobilized a relief effort to offer simple help, but with grassroots backed momentum, in the Winter of 2014 we decided to stay long term and founded the NGO Young Pioneer Disaster Response.

Currently operating with over 130 local paid employes and 12 unpaid foreign volunteers, in just 6 months YPDR has a post disaster response resume to be proud of.  In December we partnered with Polish Humanitarian Action to start a massive emergency phase shelter project in which we trained community based carpenters, built model houses, and oversaw the…

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The Tacloban that I saw

Helping hands for Tacloban

I have posted the story about one family already but now that I am back in the States and am about to write about all the rest, I wanted to take a step back and tell you about the Tacloban I saw. Perhaps that will help paint a better picture as I start telling the other stories, and showing you the photographs I took.

The devastation is still literally breathtaking. Yes, compared to what I saw in December, there has indeed been some progress. But it has been molasses slow in a lot of the places, especially in the ones I visited. Sure, my mother’s neighborhood already has electricity (they got electricity back in March, a little over four months after the typhoon), but most of the households I went to still did not have any. Did I dare go there at dark? No way. So you will not see…

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Rebuilding Lives

[Event] Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam

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Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam


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Nine months after typhoon Haiyan…

Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims


Sometimes stories can be very difficult to justify when your sources comes from the main stream. At times it can get very redundant and confusing that it losses it’s soul purpose in providing the truth.

In times like today, social media is just that, a source of main stream information. It has become part of our daily life that one can read a story, and it will come and go in a few days. Even if it is a huge disaster that will take a long time to recover, so many unfortunate events out there, it can be easily forgotten.

The big cities are still struggling to fight what is needed to be done, in essence for the forgotten ones, this has become almost a losing battle. The smaller barrios are now at the tipping point where once the shelters provided were meant to be temporary is becoming permanent. Many…

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Bagong Pag-asa



Almost all boats in Malapascua were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda says Mike, a German who runs a resort in the island. In the present, one can notice plenty of yellow bancas around the island. These yellow boats called Bagong Pag-asa (translated as New Hope) were donated by entities all over the world to help in the livelihood rebuilding of affected residents.










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The TragiRomance of Building Back a Better Tacloban

One Tough Nut to Crack

I was inching my way to row 14 when, all of a sudden, a wayward conversation drew my attention.

He’s European. She’s Filipino.

“So… where do you want to go next?” he asked.

“Paris” she replied.

A turbulent 30 minutes later, we landed in the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.

Welcome to Tacloban City.

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Ormoc: A Year after the Storm

Project Magellan

Months have passed since Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Leyte province, life goes on for the people of Ormoc.

Ormoc, Leyte, Lake Danao, National Park, Lake Imelda Lake Danao

Ormoc, Leyte, Lechon, Roasted, Suckling Pig Lechon: Best Enjoyed Fat and Crispy!

Ormoc, Leyte 05 Beasts of Burden

Ormoc, Leyte, Lake Danao, Bangka, Outrigger Boat, Girl Kid at Work

Ormoc, Leyte, Pineapple, Plantation Squidward, Sandy, Patrick, Spongebob, and Plankton

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Launched: Pilot House of Shelter Project in Roxas

Rebuilding for a better urban future

With tremendous support from Japan, UN-Habitat and partners roll out the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project with the first completed corehouse in Roxas City, Philippines.

The morning culminated with the ribbon cutting of the pilot house. Photo: UN-Habitat

Inaugural house awaits its new owner. Photo: UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat Philippines, together with the Government of Japan, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), launched the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement project on the sweltering morning of 7 August 2014, at the Don Conrado Barrios Memorial School Covered Court, Villa Carmel Village, Barangay Baybay, Roxas City in Capiz.

Emelia Doriendes (center) eagerly awaits ceremonial handing of the house key after ribbon cutting. Photo: UN-Habitat Emelia Doriendes (center) eagerly awaits ceremonial handing of the house key after ribbon cutting. Photo: UN-Habitat

The project, with financial support worth $2.5 million from the Government of Japan, is designed to accomplish the following by end of this year to early next year:

  • Training of approximately 250…

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Boro boss’s typhoon terror

Another League

Well-travelled Nuneaton Town manager recalls his brush with deadly Philippines cyclone

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