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Malaki ang potensyal ng Pilipinas pagdating sa renewable energy dahil sa natural resources nito, ayon sa mga eksperto. Renewable energy din daw ang solusyon sa pagtaas ng presyo ng kuryente.
Beneath the shimmering emerald green water of Tañon Strait is a seabed of plastic. The kids of Mambacayao Island — a fisherfolk community near the Visayan Sea —know this best. After all, their fathers and grandfathers fish in these waters and see their daily haul increasingly include not just of...
Workers examine the solar panels after the devastation of Typhoon Odette in December 2021. Photo supplied by Diocese of Tagbilaran
When Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) destroyed the power and communication lines, it was a small solar-powered battery that kept them going.
Alvin Ocena lives in a humble and small house on the outskirts of Malobago village in Dolores, a rural town in the Philippines' Eastern Samar province. When disasters strike, they often lose their homes and properties on which their survival depends.
A month ago, Marianne Penido borrowed Php 500 from “Reyna ng Tahanan” (Queen of the Home)—a self-help group (SHeG)—in the coastal town of Dolores in the province of Eastern Samar.
Theme: Inequality-threat to life and livelihoods As COVID-19 spread across Asia, harrowing scenes of overflowing hospitals and queues for funeral services in some of the region’s most populous countries shocked the world. However, even before the massive uptake in COVID-19 deaths in Asia in 2021, 1...
Dolores Basijan bought medicines, mineral water and other stuff after she received an amount of Php 1,800 from the B-Ready project preemptive cash assistance. (Photo: Alren Beronio/Oxfam)
Despite the gloomy weather and the threat of an approaching storm, Dolores Basijan could not help but smile on her way out of a remittance center. The 41-year-old mother immediately proceeded to the public market in Salcedo town in Eastern Samar to buy some necessities for her family, including a...
An emergency disaster preparedness meeting was held at the Municipal building together with the Inter-agency taskforce of Salcedo, on December 13, 2021. (Photo: Alren Beronio/Oxfam)
The coastal municipality of Salcedo, with a population of more than 22,000 people in its 41 barangays, is one of the areas in the province of Eastern Samar that is frequently hit by calamities, particularly typhoons. This requires its local government unit (LGU) to strengthen preparedness measures...
Brgy. Chairman Sentino Uy, 48, secured the safety of his constituents who evacuated in Brgy. Palanas, Salcedo, E. Samar. (Photo: Alren Beronio/Oxfam)
Severgillo Abellar is a village councilor of Buabua in Salcedo town, Eastern Samar province. He is also one of the many people included in the Building Resilient, Adaptive, and Disaster Ready Communities (B-READY) project of Oxfam Pilipinas and its partners.