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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


Empowered communities push for anti-discrimination laws

Sometime in the early part of 2000, while studying and working as a researcher in one of the major universities in the Philippines, Bemz Benedito was sexually harassed by a male colleague. As a transgender woman, however, Benedito had difficulty getting legal protection and retribution from this outmore


From timber to tourists: Community transformation in Samar Island

“Illegal logging – that is the large scale logging done by big companies. What we did here is not logging. We cut trees to sell to sawmill so that we could have money to buy food and other necessities for our family.” So says Eugene Igdalino, a resident of Samar and former harvester and transporter more


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

Instilling water integrity in Sibagat, Philippines

Water is undeniably essential to life. Having a pivotal role to play in the sustainability of the environment and in human development, the demand for water has not only significantly increased but the number and types of crisis and challenges associated with it as well. Often, water shortage is notmore


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


Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development Project: Building a future back home

Jojo delos Santos is a 47-year-old father of two from Bohol province, in central Philippines. Each year, Jojo leaves the warmth of his family to spend seven cold months in the Arctic Ocean working as a cargo ship engineer. Jojo is typical of the phenomenon that is the Overseas Filipinos Worker (OFW)more


Empowered Philippine tribes preserve nature, prevent conflict

At the slopes of one of the highest mountain ranges in the Southern Philippines, two local tribesmen couldn’t contain the pride in their eyes and contentment in their hearts. Early in January 2013, residents in their Indigenous Community Conserved Area (ICCA) witnessed not just the physical construcmore

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