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The Philippines: Tearing down to rebuild

Many kids dream of seeing their school bulldozed, so it is no surprise that squeals of children’s delight rise above Sulangan Elementary School as an excavator tears down its dilapidated roof. What probably took weeks to go up comes down in mere minutes in an orchestrated safe demolition. But from more


After Philippines typhoon, clean-up brings recovery

“I’m not a carpenter but I hope that these wood scraps that I gather can be used to rebuild the damaged school where my child used to go,”  remarks Julius Enriquez as he tirelessly sifts through what seems to be a mountain of rubble gathered on the grounds of Cateel Central Elementary School. Emore


The Philippines: Emergency work kick-starts recovery in Santa Fe

Trinidad Bato-balono proudly points to a section of white, sandy beach in her home town on the island of Santa Fe. “I helped clean this part of the coast from debris after Typhoon Haiyan," she says, indicating the pristine stretch of sand. "Now businesses are slowly starting to pick up, tomore


Transforming lives in Cebu: UNDP carpentry graduates rebuild homes in the Philippines

For as long as he can remember, Raymond Rodrigo has been a fisherman. Until recently, he relied on the sea off the northern coast of Cebu Province, one of the Visayas islands in the Philippines, to support his family of six. But since Typhoon Haiyan struck the region in November 2013, Rodrigo, likmore


Money transfers made easy in Philippines’ typhoon devastated city

Life has been difficult for Mary Ann Arandia since Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) hit in November leaving behind a staggering amount of debris and destruction. “I felt helpless,” she said. “I felt like I was going to die, that we would not be able to survive.” When the storm subsimore


Schools of Peace: Antidote to culture of war, violence

MANILA DE BUGABOS, Agusan del Norte – Joy Carol C. Ardecer teaches peace to Grade 1 pupils. This morning, the lesson plan in mathematics was about time. "Peace is not just the absence of violence," she explains. "Punctuality, for instance, is an important component of peace." Aftmore


The Rise of Santa Fe

30 Apr 2014

Five months after the strongest typhoon hit the Philippines, Trinidad Bato-balono proudly pointed to the coast she helped clean with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She says businesses are slowly picking up; tourists are starting to return, and students are going back more


UNDP supporting disaster management coordination

23 Dec 2014

Weeks after Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) struck the Philippines, its government has been lauded by many – locally and internationally – on preparedness measures that saved countless lives. The potential destructive impact of Typhoon Ruby particularly related to the loss of life – initially feared to be simore

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Alma Evangelista

Team Leader
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
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