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  • 17 Nov 2014
    Haoliang Xu on UNDP in the Philippines: 'We focus on issues we are good at'

    This month, the Philippines marked the anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan — known locally as Yolanda — with the expected progress reports on reconstruction and recovery efforts. It also shone a renewed spotlight on the challenges that Haiyan victims continue to face after the early response period.

  • 13 Nov 2014
    Typhoon Yolanda Book, “Y It Happened”, launched in commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda’s One Year Anniversary

    The Typhoon Yolanda Book “Y It Happened” was launched last 10 November, 2014 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. This publication is part of the Typhon Yolanda Documentation Project spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

  • 12 Nov 2014
    UN notes change year after ‘Yolanda’

    MANILA, Philippines–When the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Asia-Pacific director returned to typhoon-ravaged Eastern Visayas last weekend, he noticed not just the buildings and homes that have risen again. He also saw the lives rebuilt a year after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” smashed through the region.

  • 12 Nov 2014
    Haiyan one year on: With UNDP help, slowly getting back to normal

    One year ago, when Typhoon Haiyan struck Barangay 88, it left 80 percent of the homes completely destroyed, and the streets littered with bodies. The storm also caused massive destruction to public and commercial infrastructure, leaving most of the 2,500 families who live in the barangay without livelihood.

  • 11 Nov 2014
    Q and A: UNDP Regional director on Yolanda rehab

    MANILA, Philippines – It has been a year since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged parts of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. While various efforts have been made by the government and civil society to answer the needs of the survivors, President Benigno Aquino III only approved the Yolanda rehabilitation plan on October 29.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Foreign donors to have open access in new Yolanda online aid tracker

    The new online portal that will serve as the database that tracks the flow of foreign aid for typhoon Yolanda reconstruction efforts will allow the donors themselves to input their own information. "All the donors and government agencies can input data," Haoliang Xu, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assistant administrator and regional director for Asia and the Pacific, told InterAksyon.com. Xu also holds the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Government, MILF reiterate mutual desire for lasting peace and economic development in Bangsamoro areas

    The Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front reiterated mutual desire for lasting peace and economic development in predominantly Muslim areas in Mindanao during the Philippines Development Forum (PDF) on Bangsamoro. The two day PDF, which was held at the SMX Convention Center in this city from November 5 – 6, gathered over 500 delegates from the government, Bangsamoro leadership and representatives, development partners, and other stakeholders to discuss the development roadmap for the Bangsamoro areas.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Hazard maps to boost warning system

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Involve typhoon victims in their own recovery process, UN official says

    Despite considerable progress in rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the real post-disaster picture one year after remains that of people still languishing and suffering from the long-lasting effects of the catastrophe.

  • 10 Nov 2014
    Post-Yolanda recovery should be above politics, focus on people's welfare - UN official

    Amid the challenges brought about by the rehabilitation efforts one year after Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the country, a ranking United Nations official stressed that focus at all times should remain on "people welfare." "Whatever political party, whatever local politics there is, the focus should be on people welfare," Haoliang Xu, UN assistant secretary general, told InterAksyon.com in an interview. Xu is also the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) assistant administrator and regional director for Asia and the Pacific.

  • 04 Nov 2014
    After world aid, gov’t must scale up Yolanda rehab

    UNITED NATIONS – Days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated central Philippines in November 2013, white United Nations tents stood as a symbol of the massive global response to the disaster. Nearly a year later, the tattered canvas in Tacloban City showed a major challenge in the rehabilitation phase: permanent shelter.

  • 20 Aug 2014
    UNDP, UNICEF collaborate to restore documentation services of Yolanda-hit LGUs

    20 August 2014, Manila -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed today an agreement to provide assistance in restoring the documentation services of LGUs severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda. With a budget of over USD 1 million provided by UNICEF, UNDP will implement the project in 10 selected municipalities and cities in Eastern Samar and Eastern Leyte, focusing on civil registration services and prioritizing vulnerable groups such as women, children and poor families.

  • 01 Jul 2014
    Barangay residents given free coco lumber

    Ormoc City, Philippines — A total of 151 families who were typhoon Yolanda victims in the hinterland village of Hugpa of this city were the first recipients of free coco lumbers from the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 19 Jun 2014
    PHL Human Development Report wins 2014 outstanding book award

    The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) has announced that the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) will be the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Book Award. The 2012/2013 PHDR with the theme Geography and Human Development is the 7th in the series of Reports which began in 1994.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    Parks for Development, Parks for Communities, Parks for Life

    From Bhutan’s sacred mountain where flags flap in a bitter wind, to a bird’s eye view of a herd of yaks in the sprawling Tibetan Plateau, to the warm waters of a lagoon in Madagascar, to a classroom in Nepal where a young boy recites the alphabet: some images are immediately recognisable.

  • 16 Jun 2014
    Philippines wins UNDP Social Innovation Fund for Anti-Corruption

    The Philippines bagged the USD 50,000 award for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Social Innovation Fund for Anti-Corruption. A joint initiative of the UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) and the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), the fund is part of a regional programme that pilots innovative anti-corruption initiatives.

  • 05 May 2014
    United Nations opens up channels for direct participation of people in international decisions

    The United Nations will devote the first week of May to getting out the vote for its MY World opinion poll, organizing a multitude of activities in more than 50 countries to raise awareness of and boost global participation in its efforts to foster a conversation with the world's citizens that will better inform future international policy-making.

  • 30 Apr 2014
    The Rise of Santa Fe

    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 to school. Getting the port up and running was crucial in recovering the tourism industry. Despite the devastation of one ramp, ferry services have resumed regular operations, providing locals and foreigners access to hundreds of trips weekly from Hagnaya Warf in San Remigio to Sante Fe.

  • 09 Apr 2014
    Reconstructing identities: UNDP supports frontline government services

    Sights and sounds of construction abound across the Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas. Rebuilding is well underway since the 8 November storm, but it’s not just buildings and infrastructure that need replaced.

  • 25 Mar 2014
    UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights introduced to the Philippine business sector

    The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were today introduced to the Philippine private sector at a Forum on “Business and Human Rights”, held in the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), the Forum provided a platform for stakeholders to engage in dialogue on business and human rights, and to strengthen engagement towards the effective implementation of the Guiding Principles.