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Following its establishment as an Oxfam International affiliate, Oxfam Pilipinas' Board of Trustees is now pleased to announce the appointment of Erika Geronimo as our first Executive Director.
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar — Nine years after the deadly storm surge triggered by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) flattened communities in Eastern Visayas, residents of a village in Guiuan town still feel anxious. It is because the seawall in Barangay Bungtod that was destroyed by...
SALCEDO, Eastern Samar — When Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) wiped out much of the mangroves in Eastern Visayas, Oliver Layugan, a resident of Salcedo town, was filled with horror. Over the years, the local government of Salcedo and private organizations have been working hand...
Jay Lumakang’s family has suffered many tragedies in life. When Super Typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette) struck in December 2021, their home in Barangay Pancil, Malitbog, Southern Leyte was completely destroyed. This resulted in Jay being separated from his mother and younger brother. They are...
For Robert Escobar, phone transactions enable access to aid that might otherwise be beyond his reach. Photo: Elizabeth Stevens/Oxfam America
When Super Typhoon Rai struck the Philippines in December 2021, it was catastrophic. Wind speeds reached more than 180 miles per hour, and many areas received five or more feet of rainfall. In its aftermath, more than 11 million people needed assistance.
Alberto Miole, 88 years old one of the recipients of the jerry cans and vouchers for purified drinking water distributed by Oxfam Pilipinas and partner Exodus from Child Labor to Integration, Play Socialization and Education, Inc. (ECLIPSE) as part of the emergency response for STY Rai. (Photo: ECLIPSE, Inc.)
Alberto Miole, 88 years old, is a widower who lives alone in his small hut, which was totally damaged by Super Typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette) as it made landfall in Southern Leyte province on December 16, 2021. His wife passed away three years ago. They had six children who now have their...
Jonathan (37 years old) and Marlouie (33 years old) are among the recipients of jerry cans with vouchers for purified drinking water to the typhoon survivors. (Photo: ECLIPSE, Inc.)
Despite all the preparations to safeguard their homes and livelihoods, the community of Barangay Ichon in Macrohon municipality, Southern Leyte province, Philippines, still took a heavy toll of damages brought by Super Typhoon (STY) Rai (locally known as Odette) last December 16, 2021.
When the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RPRH) of 2012 was passed, many were optimistic that Filipino adolescents would receive comprehensive and useful information about sexual health through the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). Unfortunately, to this day, the CSE...
'It is no surprise that cases of home births have increased during the pandemic' The issue of sexual and reproductive health in rural and indigenous communities is often akin to a road less traveled. Imagine a pregnant woman who had no choice but to traverse dangerous and slippery roads to reach...