Video Documentary on Typhoon Haiyan by Anthony Begonia

Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the destruction and relief struggles are no longer dominating headlines — but a filmmaker from Hawai’i is hoping to change that. “Bayanihan: The Spirit of Community” is a documentary film by Antony Begonia which is composed primarily of footage shot by the filmmaker when he went

Only 20% Of Cash Pledged to the Philippines After Yolanda Has Been Received — a Measly $12M

Can these numbers be real?  They don’t seem right.   If this is true it’s very, very disturbing. Rappler and other outlets are reporting that two months after Typhoon Yolanda (International Name Haiyan) ripped through the PHilippines, international promises of aid are failing to materialize, with only 21% of the cash that was promised actually

Eastern Samar Update From the Diocese of Borongan

UPDATE: DIOCESE OF BORONGAN & LAWAAN & nearby Parishes From Fr. Neil Gavan Tenefrancia LAWAAN: For installation at Lawaan Parish Rectory: ONE SET of ICOM RADIO TRANSCEIVER to facilitate communication along the “appendix” towns. (this includes Balangiga) Donation from the Mary Help of Christians National Shrine in Paranaque City through Fr. Chito Dimaranan. DIOCESE OF

Video: A Typhoon Ravaged Family Still Celebrates Christmas

by World Vision Philippines The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world. As early as September 1, you can hear Christmas songs over the radio. People start to put decorations in their houses, commercial and business establishments.  Everyone looks forward to the holiday, but children are the most excited. In the communities where

Do the math: P238.6M Typhoon Fund Release will help only 47,000 of the 1,192,093 displaced families

There are times when you really have to pause, think, and DO THE MATH.  This is one such time. The Philippine government on December 11 announced the release of P238.6M ($5.6M) for housing aid for Typhoon Yolanda victims under the  Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) program, saying that this program will provide  P5,000 in housing materials  “for

P239-M in housing aid for Yolanda Victims released

Via Philippine Information Agency. MANILA, Dec. 11 — Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has released P238.6 million to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to support the Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) to victims of Typhoon Yolanda under the agency’s Emergency Housing Assistance for Calamity Victims Program (EHACVP). The release—sourced from Budgetary

NDRRMC: Typhoon Yolanda destroyed 593,787 houses and damaged 598,306 others

In its situation update for December 10, 2013, the Phiilppine government’s National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) completely destroyed 593,787 houses and damaged another 598,306. The number of affected barangays is now reported as 12,122. Full statistics and information from NDRRMC: Effects *Casualties 5,936 dead 27,022 injured

Video: Romualdez Makes Tearful Accusations Against Roxas, PNoy — and Roxas says he’s “lying”.

The Philppines has been buzzing all day in reaction to testimony given Monday in the Philippine Senate by Tacloban City Mayer Alfredo Romualdez that included tearful accusations that DILG Minister Mars Roxas and President Benigno Aquino had withheld vital support for Tacloban during the worst of the disaster on political grounds — “You’re a Romualdez,

Eyewitness Report: Guiuan a Month After Typhoon Haiyan

I received an email report today from an international visitor who was in Guiuan during the past week doing advance work for a possible relief project.  As most will recall, Guiuan is the town of 40,000 in Eastern Samar where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) first made landfall. The town is on a peninsula that separates the

Senior UN Official Defends Philippine Government but Worries Aid Not Reaching Philippine Victims, Will Investigate

Valerie Amos, the UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, indicated on Monday that her office has  “a little bit of worry that in a couple of the smaller islands there may be needs there that we haven’t managed to meet yet.  I’m still hearing worrying reports in the media–indeed I

#ReliefPH Aid Monitoring: $16,629,654 in Relief Disbursed to Date by Philippine Government

#ReliefPH, which is associated with #MovePH and Rappler.com, is maintaining a very helpful Google Document which you can view here .  The spreadsheet (actually 9 spreadsheets, one each for Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, Cebu, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Palawan) tracks the  status of relief efforts on a Province by Province, Municipality by Municipality basis.

Video: A Touching Thank You From Filipinos to the World

This very touching and heartfelt video was shown Friday night, December 6, during a thank-you dinner to honor the foreign volunteers who are helping in the Yolanda / Haiyan relief at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Social Hall. It contains some of the most evocative photos I’ve seen — and some wonderful bits and pieces that

Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath: Normalization Task Force Lists Enterprises Now Operating in Tacloban

The Tacloban City Normalization Task Force has listed the following establishments which are now open for business: A. Grocery Stores/Commodities 1. 1.Kokoy’s Grocerette- Sto. Niño ( 8am-4pm) 2. A1 Milling-Marasbaras 3. New Karry Convenience Store-A. Veteranos cor Sto. Nino -selling rice and water only; (7am-8pm) 4. Hayward Convenience Store-Paterno St. 5. Quicksaver Mart-Paterno St 6.