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China pledges P7.2m for Taal disaster relief

China has pledged a 1-million renminbi (P7.2 million) cash donation to the Philippine government to assist in the ongoing disaster relief efforts for the displaced residents in Luzon following the Jan. 12 eruption of Taal Volcano, the Department of Finance said over the weekend......»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 2nd, 2020

Facebook disaster maps helped Red Cross in Taal response

Social media company Facebook made its disaster maps available to the Philippine Red Cross to support evacuation and relief operations for those affected by the recent eruption of Taal Volcano, it was learned yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

TESDA Caraga, stakeholders extend disaster relief for Taal evacuees

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 31 -- With the recent Taal volcano eruption, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga has extended their assistance to the victims, as well as other.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2020

TESDA Caraga, stakeholders extend disaster relief for Taal evacuees

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 31 -- With the recent Taal volcano eruption, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga has extended their assistance to the victims, as well as other.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

China donates P7.5 million for rehab of Taal-affected areas

China has donated P7.5 million in relief assistance and for rehabilitation of areas affected by Taal Volcano’s continuing activity......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Relief, not added grief

The eruption of Taal Volcano this month have shown the speed and character of many Filipinos in responding to a disaster of such magnitude......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

Full alert: Cops, MMDA deploy

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on full alert after Taal Volcano began spewing smoke and ash over the weekend, with all personnel ready for deployment to assist in disaster and relief operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

China heightens anti-quake efforts - The Manila Times Online

China will hold over 1,000 lectures on earthquake resistance and disaster relief nationwide this year, as the country made persistent efforts on raising public awareness and capability of disaster red.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

China donates P90M in aid to Philippines for typhoon relief

MANILA, Philippines — China donated a total of P90 million in aid to the Philippines for disaster relief after Typhoon Karen (international name: Sarika) and.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2016

HI-ADA initiates DRR-CCAM project in Pinukpuk, taps CSOs as partners

PINUKPUK, Kalinga, Oct. 14 (PIA) - The Humanity and Inclusion (HI) Philippines and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) launched here on Tuesday a community disaster risk reduction- clima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing the global economy some $2.97 trillion. The figure far outstrips the 4,212 major natural disasters recorded between 1980 and 1999, the UN office said in a new report entitled “The Human Cost of Disasters 2000-2019”. The sharp increase was largely attributable to a rise in climate-related disasters, including extreme weather events like floods, drought and storms, the report said. Extreme heat is proving especially deadly. “We are wilfully destructive,” UNDRR chief Mami Mizutori told reporters in a virtual briefing. “That is the only conclusion one can come to when reviewing disaster events over the last 20 years.” She accused governments of not doing enough to prevent climate hazards and called for better preparation for looming disasters.  ‘Uphill battle’“The odds are being stacked against us when we fail to act on science and early warnings to invest in prevention, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,” she said. The report did not touch on biological hazards and disease-related disasters like the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over one million people and infected over 37 million in the past nine months. But Mizutori suggested coronavirus was “the latest proof that political and business leaders are yet to tune in to the world around them”. Monday’s report showed 6,681 climate-linked events had been recorded since the turn of the century, up from 3,656 during the previous 20-year-period. While major floods had more than doubled to 3,254, there had been 2,034 major storms up from 1,457 in the prior period. Mizutori said public health authorities and rescue workers were “fighting an uphill battle against an ever-rising tide of extreme weather events”. While better preparedness and early warning systems had helped bring down the number of deaths in many natural disaster settings, she warned that “more people are being affected by the expanding climate emergency”. Deadliest disasterMonday’s report relied on statistics from the Emergency Events Database, which records all disasters that kill 10 or more people, affect 100 or more people or result in a state of emergency declaration. The data showed that Asia has suffered the highest number of disasters in the past 20 years with 3,068 such events, followed by the Americas with 1,756 and Africa with 1,192. In terms of affected countries, China topped the list with 577 events followed by the United States with 467. While a warming climate appeared to be driving the number and severity of such disasters, there had also been an increase in geophysical events like earthquakes and tsunamis that are not related to climate but are particularly deadly. The deadliest single disaster in the past 20 years was the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, with 226,400 deaths, followed by the Haiti earthquake in 2010, which claimed some 222,000 lives......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Going it alone on COVID-19 brings greater disaster : China foreign minister

The coronavirus is a wake-up call for the world, and trading blame "will only bring greater disaster", China's foreign minister said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Lloyd Cadena, the influencer who genuinely cared for the poor

He helped victims of the Taal Volcano eruption, gave away relief packs to the community amid the lockdown, and also extended help to our frontliners. Lloyd also has a soft spot for kids. He had been consistently giving away school supplies and even reached out to Aetas in Pampanga. The post Lloyd Cadena, the influencer who genuinely cared for the poor appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

World pledges aid for Lebanon, to be delivered directly to population

World leaders on Sunday pledged "timely, sufficient" emergency aid for disaster-struck Lebanon which they vowed to deliver "directly" to a population reeling from the deadly port blast in Beirut......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

Asia markets rally on virus hopes, Trump s Hong Kong action

Hong Kong led an Asia-wide market rally Monday as investors breathed a sigh of relief after Donald Trump fell short of imposing strict measures against China, while a further easing of virus lockdowns continued to provide support......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 1st, 2020

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH to hold SERVE AS ONE Variety Show

Volleyball Community Gives Back PH has something to serve up for those matchday personnel affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Charo Soriano, who is one of the VCGB PH leaders, is looking forward for two memorable fun days from the sport's biggest stars through the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show.  A fundraising effort for volleyball personnel presented by Volleyball Community Gives Back PH, the show is scheduled on June 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. on the ABS-CBN Sports Website, ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Channel. "Time and time again, the Philippine volleyball community has exemplified solidarity in the face of various adversities - from community development, natural disaster responses, relief operations and more recently,  distribution of PPEs to different provinces. Everyone helps out. And people - players, coaches, management, staff, officials, and fans - all do their part," said Soriano. Last month, the #CARINGFORALL: Down The Line, We Are One was launched to provide assistance for the paid-per-day personnel, as any help will go a long way. As of last Friday, VCGB PH was able to provide 200 care packs to volleyball personnel all over Metro Manila. The group hopes to raise funds and provide care packs to be distributed for more volleyball personnel families affected by the postponement and cancellation of volleyball leagues. Help is on the way and Kiwi Ahomiro, who recently lent her hand in delivering PPEs to the Philippine Army, is more than ready.  "We wanted to reach out and help our volleyball personnel and staff and all those who made our games possible - bouncers, ball retrievers, referees, technicians all those whose livelihoods have been threatened due to COVID-19 so we came up with the idea of putting up the SERVE AS ONE Variety Show. All proceeds will go to the care packages for their families," said Ahomiro. Aby Maraño, who was involved in distributing the second wave of care packages, saw the hardships of the matchday personnel. "Our volleyball officials and personnel felt really sad about the fact that volleyball will stop for the next month cause volleyball from most of them is the only source of income they have. I learned that they started small businesses like selling sweet Pinoy desserts, some are selling peanut butters and garlic spicy sauce only to sustain their lives amidst the pandemic situation," said Maraño. Also taking part in handing out the care packages was Amanda Villanueva, who hopes that the help will go a long way to boost the spirits of the volleyball game's unsung heroes. "In these trying times my main motivation in helping our dearest group of volleyball personnel is the vision of hope that everything will eventually come to an end. To let them know as well that we are in this together and that nobody gets left behind in life whichever direction life leads us because we are one community and we strive to help each other in whatever way we can. To stand together as one family not just on the court but also outside of the court," said Villanueva. It may still a long way to go but Alyssa Valdez believes that the volleyball community will be in the same page to keep the personnel afloat in this challenging time. "The fight is far from over, we’re like in a championship situation, like 14-14 all, fifth set. We need one another to be able to win this fight! So I’m inviting everyone...let’s go help serve and win as one," said Valdez. Donations can be sent to Ryan Sordan through BPI bank account 8069 0632 77, GCash at 0917-5003390 and PayMaya at 0917-5003390.       Meanwhile, a total of 2,081 protective personal equipments (PPEs) was distributed by the VCGB PH in the #ServeOurFrontliners: RAFFLES FOR HEROES fund drive for the medical frontliners who are doing a valiant battle against coronavirus.    VCGB PH was already able to donate 310 PPEs to Sultan Kudarat, 220 to Quezon Medical Center, 301 PPEs to Batangas, 200 to Aklan, 100 to Puerto Galera, 200 to Cebu, 250 to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, 300 to National Children’s Hospital, 100 to Army, 50 to Navy and 50 to Maysan Health Station.  Please visit Volleyball Community Give Back on Facebook and @vcgbph on Instagram and Twitter for more details......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion drop & lsquo;Savage& rsquo; remix

Pop royalty Beyonce has teamed up with rap star Megan Thee Stallion to release a remixed version of the latter's hit "Savage," with the proceeds benefiting a disaster relief organization in Houston providing meals during the coronavirus pandemic.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

Jobless China workers await relief

The Communist Party has long staked its legitimacy on delivering jobs and prosperity in return for public acquiescence to its political monopoly......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 30th, 2020

U.N. urges global debt deal to prevent disaster in poorer countries

GENEVA, Switzerland – The United Nations called on Thursday, April 23, for a global debt deal, including the creation of an international body to oversee "substantive debt relief" to prevent an economic catastrophe in poorer nations amid the pandemic. A report from the United Nations Conference on Trade, Investment, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Freelance AV live performance workers tatanggap ng cash mula sa FDCP 

MAY tatlong programa na ang Disaster/Emergency Assistance and Relief (DEAR) Program ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) para matulungan ang freelance audio-visual (AV) content workers na apektado ng COVID-19 pandemic.  Pagkatapos ilunsad ang DEAR ACTION! para sa freelance AV content workers at DEAR PRESS! para sa freelance entertainment press members, ipinatupad na rin […] The post Freelance AV live performance workers tatanggap ng cash mula sa FDCP  appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020