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Radio drama aims to educate, inspire Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Part of IOM’s Communications with Communities (CwC) project, the radio show engages typhoon-affected communities by providing critical information and gathering community feedback.

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Empowering the Province of Bohol

IOM and the Philippine Information Agency launch the first province-wide Communication with Communities Workshop in Bohol last 20-21 March 2014.

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How Leyte entrepreneur got back on his feet after 'Yolanda'

When "Yolanda" hit the Visayas last November, Cenon Policarpio was one of millions of Filipinos who lost not just their homes but also their businesses and livelihood. But thanks to the help of the private sector and some of his buyers, Policarpio was able to restart his business.

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Yolanda survivors dance to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

If you need more proof that the Filipino spirit is unsinkable, check out this video of different groups of Taclobanon dancing amid the debris and land-locked ships in the city.

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Communications with Communities
The Philippines is the first country in which the humanitarian community has staff dedicated to communicating with affected communities. Communicating effectively with the affected communities about available services and aid is now recognized as a cornerstone of an effective emergency response.
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News You Can Use

  • IOM - IOM today launched an innovative radio drama which aims to educate and inspire Typhoon Haiyan survivors living in Tacloban, the city most devastated by the disaster in November 2013.

  • Rappler - The LTFRB has directed provincial bus operators to give a P200 discount to every passenger who will be going to or coming from Leyte and Eastern Samar, April 16-21

  • IFRC - Exposed to the scorching heat of the sun, Leoncia Ensendencia feeds her children. For the past six months the family has been staying in a small tent made from pieces of tarpaulins and materials salvaged from her old house which was flattened on the morning of 15 October 2013, when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated much of Bohol Island in the central Visayas region of the Philippines.  

  • Sun Star Cebu - Clutching a gallon of water in each hand, siblings Mariz and Mark John Aparicio make a steep descent across a fault line.

  • Rappler - The Civil Service Commission honors 3 fire officers and a PAGASA weather observer who were killed in the line of duty during the strongest typhoon in recent history

  • GMA News - The rice fields in Tanauan town in Leyte are now colored green and yellow. Soon, it will be harvest time.

  • Inquirer - At least P1 billion in public funds is available for the repair of mangrove areas hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” but the money should not be used to plant new mangroves, but simply protect existing ones, according to mangrove scientists and conservationists.

  • FAO - Small scale coconut farmers in the Philippines will soon receive assistance to restore their livelihoods severely affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today.