Oxfam calls for respect of rights of Haiyan survivors

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National and international aid groups, community leaders from Haiyan-affected areas, and key government officials hold a dialogue this week in Manila. (Photo by Vincent Go) National and international aid groups, community leaders from Haiyan-affected areas, and key government officials hold a dialogue this week in Manila. (Photo by Vincent Go)

International agency Oxfam this week called on the Philippine government to respect the rights of thousands of families displaced by Super Tyhoon Haiyan last year in recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

“A year after [Haiyan], the government must ensure that resettlement processes follow a more principled approach that reflects the rights and priorities of displaced people,” said Alison Kent, Oxfam’s humanitarian policy advisor.

Alison said “meaningful consultations” with those directly affected by resettlement are necessary, “otherwise, resettlement plans risk reinforcing the vulnerability of targeted communities.”

The Oxfam official made the statement during a roundtable discussion attended by national and international aid groups, community leaders from Haiyan-affected areas, and key government officials.

She noted that almost a year after Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, most of the…

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Yolanda is Alone, Humanity is United


While natural disasters capture headlines and national attention short-term, the work of recovery and rebuilding is long-term. In all of these happenings through time, man needs to attach meaning in tragedy, no matter how random and inexplicable the event is. Nonetheless, after every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.

Who would have forget the tragedy that happened last November 8, 2013? Super Typhoon Haiyan cut a devastating path across the central Philippines. Nearly 13 million people have been affected across the Visayas region, where the storm is known as Yolanda. During that time, the scene in the Philippines is grim. Despite millions of dollars in aid pouring into the country, survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are still struggling to access water, food and supplies. There are reports of people digging up and smashing open

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Wonder Foundation in UK



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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Rebuilding Lives

[Event] Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam

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Forum: Women After the Storm -Oxfam


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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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Members of BFP Ilocos Norte joins Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

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Members of BFP Ilocos Norte joins Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

Run/ Walk for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors,a fund raising event of government and non government organization, was organized by Local Government of Laoag City. It is the first step to rolling-out a project to help the victims of typhoon Yolanda, rebuild their lives devastated by the said typhoon.

Members of BFP PHQ Ilocos Norte and BFP Piddigjoined the run. The three and five kilometers Run/ Walk for a Cause around the vicinity of Laoag City was held Sunday, 25 November 2013 at 6 o’clock in the morning.

Around 200 compassionate runners participatedthe said event. As donation, runners gave a minimum amount of P50.00 and some gave in-kinds. A total of more or less Php 19,000.00 and 6 boxes of in-kinds were raised.

article by: FO1 Frances Diana C Pascua

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Netherlands’ Miss Saigon stars help raise funds for Tacloban

By Dheza Marie Aguilar, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Posted at 02/18/2014 9:21 AM | Updated as of 02/18/2014 9:21 AM


THE NETHERLANDS – In a night filled with music, dance and lively performances, former stars of Miss Saigon Netherlands and Dutch celebrities gathered to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, particularly the children.

The benefit concert dubbed as “A Future for the Children of Tacloban” featured performances by Anouk Maas, Ferry Doedens, Tony Neef, Linda Wagenmakers, Joanne Telesford and many others.

The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Help Tacloban Foundation (HET), an organization that supports school children in Tacloban, by donating study materials and in the rehabilitation of Capoocan Elementary School.

The concert was organized by theater and film actor Arvin Quirante who was part of “Miss Saigon” in the Netherlands and Barcelona. Although not born or raised in Tacloban, Quirante knows the difficulties that the children are going through after their families lost everything during the typhoon. He himself struggled with poverty when he was a kid.“Many of these children have been orphaned by Typhoon Yolanda, many have lost their source of income. Probably many are single parents. I can relate to this because my mother was a single parent and I understand their needs,” said Quirante in an interview with Balitang Europe.


Many of the performers were Quirante’s friends and colleagues from “Miss Saigon.” He said they were thankful to be given the opportunity to directly help Tacloban through their talents.

Linda Wagenmakers, who played the role of Kim in the Dutch version of Miss Saigon, said she used to work with a lot of Filipinos, some of which have become her friends, that’s why she feels connected to the Philippines.“There are people that lived through it. It is very important now, especially for the kids that they get to have a future. They have to go back and start their lives so I think that’s always a good reason to join [the concert],” she said.

Meanwhile the event’s hosts, theater actress Anouk Maas and Dutch actor Ferry Doedens, said they were at first nervous performing in the event but the crowd, particularly Filipinos, was a fun audience.


“We think it’s really important to do this for the people [in Tacloban]. You would do it for your own mother, your own brother, so why not other people?” said Maas.“I think it’s terrible what happened there and every little bit helps,” Doedens added.

Most of the audience had already donated through the national fundraising campaign Giro 555 which generated a total donation of more than P2 billion, but many still believe that a lot more is needed to be done to rebuild the lives of the victims.

“I felt really sad when I saw the devastation there. I was taking action to encourage everyone to donate money. It’s a country that does not have enough means to develop itself again. If we make sure that the money gets to the right people then we will help,” said Dutch TV presenter Koen Frederik Smit.

At the end of the night, “A Future for the Children of Tacloban” charity concert was able to raise €4.750 (approximately P289,308).