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After Philippines typhoon, clean-up brings recovery

“I’m not a carpenter but I hope that these wood scraps that I gather can be used to rebuild the damaged school where my child used to go,”  remarks Julius Enriquez as he tirelessly sifts through what seems to be a mountain of rubble gathered on the grounds of Cateel Central Elementary School. E more


Empowered communities push for anti-discrimination laws

Sometime in the early part of 2000, while studying and working as a researcher in one of the major universities in the Philippines, Bemz Benedito was sexually harassed by a male colleague. As a transgender woman, however, Benedito had difficulty getting legal protection and retribution from this out more


From timber to tourists: Community transformation in Samar Island

“Illegal logging – that is the large scale logging done by big companies. What we did here is not logging. We cut trees to sell to sawmill so that we could have money to buy food and other necessities for our family.” So says Eugene Igdalino, a resident of Samar and former harvester and transporter more

Instilling water integrity in Sibagat, Philippines

Water is undeniably essential to life. Having a pivotal role to play in the sustainability of the environment and in human development, the demand for water has not only significantly increased but the number and types of crisis and challenges associated with it as well. Often, water shortage is not more


Money transfers made easy in Philippines’ typhoon devastated city

Life has been difficult for Mary Ann Arandia since Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) hit in November leaving behind a staggering amount of debris and destruction. “I felt helpless,” she said. “I felt like I was going to die, that we would not be able to survive.” When the storm subsi more


Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development Project: Building a future back home

Jojo delos Santos is a 47-year-old father of two from Bohol province, in central Philippines. Each year, Jojo leaves the warmth of his family to spend seven cold months in the Arctic Ocean working as a cargo ship engineer. Jojo is typical of the phenomenon that is the Overseas Filipinos Worker (OFW) more


Empowered Philippine tribes preserve nature, prevent conflict

At the slopes of one of the highest mountain ranges in the Southern Philippines, two local tribesmen couldn’t contain the pride in their eyes and contentment in their hearts. Early in January 2013, residents in their Indigenous Community Conserved Area (ICCA) witnessed not just the physical construc more


Putting food on the table through SAPAT

Like many housewives in the poor province of Apayao in the Philippines, Betty Nadnaden had difficulty putting food on the table for her growing family. Times become more difficult during the drought that comes in the wake of El Niño. When the dry fields had cracked in places, rice was not just the s more


Schools of Peace: Antidote to culture of war, violence

MANILA DE BUGABOS, Agusan del Norte – Joy Carol C. Ardecer teaches peace to Grade 1 pupils. This morning, the lesson plan in mathematics was about time. "Peace is not just the absence of violence," she explains. "Punctuality, for instance, is an important component of peace." Aft more

UNDP Philippines take aim at HIV through local leaders

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Philippine government are working together to address the Southeast Asian country’s rising number of new HIV cases, scaling up outreach and intervention based on local leadership. The United Nations alerted the government in 2008 that Millenniu more

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Philip Castro
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