Philippine 84-year-old family matriarch talks about survival

Philippine 84-year-old family matriarch talks about survival

IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Mohol, PHILIPPINES, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA: Two months ago, when it was nearly 7a.m., 21 members of a family were gathered in the home of the 84-year-old family matriarch on Leyte island in the central Philippines, to protect themselves from a “storm surge” arriving up the coast. None of them knew what […]

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Vanina Serra – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD/50:50) The Hague, The Netherlands, WESTERN EUROPE: On 27 March 2014, a historic first was achieved: a peace agreement led by a woman chief mediator was signed. The Filipino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the  Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), putting an end to four decades […]

[Philippines] Women in radio: Intensifying advocacy on gender equality, women empowerment

[Philippines] Women in radio: Intensifying advocacy on gender equality, women empowerment

Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy – Philippine Information Agency – Thursday, 03 April 2014 MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, March 30 (PIA) — As the world celebrates Women’s Month this March, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Bukidnon chapter has allowed a “girly take over” through airwaves, for the whole month’s “KBP Bukidnon Interaction” radio program […]

Cash distributions help bring sustainable relief to Philippines

Cash distributions help bring sustainable relief to Philippines

Kate Marshall for IFRC – WNN Improve It (WNN/IFRC) Dagami, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Outside a crowded hall in Dagami, Leyte, scores of people are queuing to register with the volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross cash distribution programme. A group of mothers who have each just collected 5,000 pesos ($110 US dollars) chat and share […]

Torrential rains in Philippines destroys more lives

Torrential rains in Philippines destroys more lives

WNN Breaking (WNN) Manila, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH EASTERN ASIA: As, according to the Manila Times, 4.7 million people work to build back their lives following the devastation of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan following the loss of 6,000 lives, torrential rains are once again hitting the Philippine islands region as more homes become uninhabitable under rising flood […]

[Philippines] Women Take on Mindanao Rebels for Peace to Unlock $300B

[Philippines] Women Take on Mindanao Rebels for Peace to Unlock $300B

Joel Guinto and Clarissa Batino – Bloomberg News – Thursday December 26, 2013 (originally published 25 Dec) Of the more than a dozen women Philippine President Benigno Aquino appointed to senior administration posts since gaining power in June 2010, one of the most diplomatically sensitive was Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. Coronel-Ferrer’s credentials for the position of chief negotiator with rebels […]

PHILIPPINES: “We don’t want to move,” say families after Typhoon Haiyan destruction

PHILIPPINES: “We don’t want to move,” say families after Typhoon Haiyan destruction

WNN Improve It (WNN/OCHA) Cebu Island, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Children have started going back to school, markets are again being loaded with fresh fruits and the smell of construction hovers above the cities. As shredded trees are beginning to sprout new leaves, people are slowly returning to their hometowns in the central Philippines where one […]

United Nations Emergency Relief launches near $1billion appeal to help Philippines

United Nations Emergency Relief launches near $1billion appeal to help Philippines

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are laboring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and […]

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