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One year after the Zamboanga siege and almost a year after super typhoon Haiyan hit areas in the Philippines, IOM continues its humanitarian activities to support affected families.Read the highlights of these various initiatives in IOM Philippines' latest newsletter here



Better communication before, during, and after disasters

The bridges of communication before, during, and after disasters are incredibly important to build so that more information is shared and more lives are saved.

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Need to help inspires, drives artwork from ‘Yolanda’ wastes

The heartrending story of a 2-year-old girl who lost her mother, her baby brother and her home to Super Typhoon “Yolanda” has inspired an art form using broken tiles.

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Typhoon Haiyan Six Months After


News You Can Use

  • Rappler - The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), and the United States State Department will launch a new counter trafficking initiative on October 20 in Patio Victoria, San Jose, Tacloban City.

  • GMA NewsWeeks before the first year anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters to have hit the Philippines, only 142 households or less than 1 percent have been relocated to permanent shelters out of the hundreds of thousand families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda, officials said Tuesday. 

  • IOM - Noli Simborio, 33,  a resident of Barangay 37, Palanog, Tacloban City still vividly recalls to this day how,  in the aftermaths of typhoon Yolanda’s fury, his family  had to  take  refuge and sought  shelter   at the barangay hall  in the  ensuing days  and weeks  cramped with several  other families that were likewise  left without a home. 

  • IOM - October 15th marks one year since the Bohol earthquake hit the Central Visayas region. With a 7.2 magnitude, the deadliest earthquake in decades affected over 1 million people in Bohol. The earthquake not only destroyed historical sites such as churches but also important infrastructure facilities such as hospitals and schools.

  • IOM - IOM’s Protection Programme emphasize awareness-raising activities and training sessions on counter-trafficking (CT) and sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) for community groups, NGOs and local government units, including police and local officials.

  • Due to hot weather, and the compact and vulnerable situation of residents in bunkhouses, there are higher chances that different illnesses easily spread among its occupants. Lately, this is true in one of the bunkhouses in Tacloban.

  • IOM - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a humanitarian journalism workshop for high school students last Tuesday, September 30 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Five students from five different schools were given an overview on climate change and disaster risk reduction, radio broadcasting, news writing, photojournalism, and social media in times of disaster and emergency. In addition, they were given an avenue to discuss issues in their community, translating communal concerns into critical written outputs.

  • Rappler – We learned from Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that effective communication can ensure that any efforts to prepare and respond to disasters ca make a significant difference. It can either can break or save lives.