Displaced first by Typhoon Haiyan, now an oil spill

  LOILO PROVINCE, 29 November 2013 (IRIN) – Local government authorities in a fishing village in northern Panay island in central Philippines are scrambling to evacuate thousands of residents after toxic fumes from a bunker fuel leak caused levels of benzene in the air to rocket. “We identified 1,042 families living along the contaminated coastline […]

PHILIPPINES: Aid management goes automated

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 10 February 2012 (IRIN) – The Philippines government and an international aid agency are automating inventory systems to improve relief distribution in one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. The World Food Programme (WFP) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are undertaking […]

PHILIPPINES: Red Cross to train 1.8 million volunteers

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 24 January 2012 (IRIN) – The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) hopes to train 1.8 million volunteers as part of its nationwide community-disaster preparedness efforts. Dubbed Red Cross 143, the programme will train 44 volunteers in each of the country’s 42,000 villages or barangays to act […]

PHILIPPINES: Shelter key issue for Washi survivors

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 17 January 2012 (IRIN) – One month after tropical storm Washi pummelled parts of the southern island of Mindanao, shelter remains the key challenge facing tens of thousands of survivors. Tropical storm Washi hit two major cities, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in northern Mindanao, and […]

PHILIPPINES: Mindanao hospitals on alert for Leptospirosis

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. CAGAYAN DE ORO, 5 January 2012 (IRIN) – Hospitals in Northern Mindanao are preparing for more cases of Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread by rodents, following tropical storm Washi. “All hospital and clinic staff are on alert,” Jose Llacuna Jr, Department of Health (DoH) assistant […]

PHILIPPINES: Sanitation crisis in storm-hit Mindanao

By Ana Santos This article was originally published in the  IRIN News website. MANILA, 22 December 2011 (IRIN) – Survivors of Tropical Storm Washi in Mindanao are in desperate need of water and sanitation facilities, say aid workers and officials. “Water for drinking and hygiene purposes is our number-one concern right now,” General Benito Ramos, […]