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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



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Typhoon Haiyan Six Months After


News You Can Use

  • IOM – When Prescil Encomienda, a 26-year old mother of three, heard about the incoming typhoon last November 7, 2013, she and her husband, Francisco, thought reinforcing their house in Dinginan would be enough.

  • IOM - Felimon Sales sits on the veranda of his new home in San Roque Sapao, one of the transitional sites built by the International Organization for Migration. But there is one thing different from his house to the rest of the units: it has a ramp instead of steps.


  • IOM - On Monday 20 October, IOM launched a new joint project called “Victim-Centered Counter-Trafficking Awareness in Typhoon Haiyan Affected Areas in the Visayas” in cooperation with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), and the United States State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) through the US Embassy in Manila.

  • Rappler - A US-funded, two-year anti-trafficking program is lauded by Filipino government officials and is seen as a crucial part of the US' efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with the Philippines.

  • 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.