Back to school after Typhoon Bopha
NEW BATAAN, Philippines, 13 May 2013 – Glenn Larabez can’t wait to go back to school. The 8-year-old usually attends second grade in his village in New Bataan in the province of Compostela Valley. As he speaks about the typhoon that destroyed his family’s home and stole away his pet bird, Alimokon, his voice becomes quiet, matching his tiny frame.
Months after Typhoon Bopha, children in the Philippines at risk of malnutrition
LAAK, Philippines, 26 March 2013 – Three-year-old Bartolome Mantog is sitting up – the first time he has done so for days. He has just been given a bath, and he is wrapped in a t-shirt and towel. He sits propped against a piece of luggage in the district hospital bed.
In the Philippines, securing clean water in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha
COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines, 11 January 2013 - In the days after Typhoon Bopha had passed, UNICEF joined the Government of the Philippines in carrying out rapid assessments in the most affected areas of eastern and southern Mindanao. It immediately became clear that water and sanitation were a problem, with many homes and water sources damaged, destroyed or contaminated.
Among the ruins left by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, the long path to recovery begins
COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines, 28 December 2012 - Bernie Sambirin was excited for Christmas and the coming birth of her second child. But, all that changed on the night Typhoon Bopha hit New Bataan town in the southern Philippines. After the roof was ripped of her house, she ran with her mother and son to a nearby building where her husband worked.
In the Philippines, working hard to ensure no harm comes to children separated from their families by Typhoon Bopha
COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Mindanao, The Philippines, 14 December 2012 – A few weeks before Christmas, 13-year-old Mary* dreams that she is having a Christmas party with her friends and family.
UNICEF staff member visits scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha
DAVAO ORIENTAL, Mindanao, Philippines, 12 December 2012 – It has been a week since Typhoon Bopha, ‘Pablo’, hit the southern Philippines. I was one of six UNICEF staff deployed as part of the government and United Nations assessment to the four most affected regions. Presently, about 2.3 million children are affected.
In the Philippines, UNICEF responds to families affected by Typhoon Bopha
PHILIPPINES, 7 December 2012 - UNICEF is providing assistance to families affected by Typhoon Bopha (local name ‘Pablo’), with a focus on ensuring clean water supply and providing temporary sanitation and non-food items for displaced families.
In the Philippines, public elementary schools take the lead in promoting proper hygiene practices
GUIMARAS ISLAND, Philippines, 12 October 2012 – Schoolchildren in this small, hilly province in central Philippines may just have a new favourite ‘subject’ – hand-washing and tooth-brushing – which is now included in their daily curriculum.
UNICEF assists families in tent cities after Tropical Storm Washi
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines, 28 March 2012 – Gina Ayop, 28, lives in a tent city on the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro with her husband and four children, including 3-year-old Mark Angelo. The family lost their home in Tibasak, Macasandig, during the flash floods that followed Tropical Storm Washi last December. They were lucky to escape with their lives.
In post-flood Philippines, UNICEF provides crucial help on the ground
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines, 20 March 2012 – Twelve-year-old Hannah Monsalan lives in Mandulog, one of the villages worst-hit by the flash floods that swept through northern Mindanao in December, following Tropical Storm Washi. The equivalent of one month’s rain fell overnight, swelling the Mandulog river to a destructive torrent, which crushed hundreds of families’ homes.
After storm and floods in the Philippines, school helps children return to normalcy
ILIGAN, Philippines, 16 March 2012 – Ten-year-old Joy Crizelle lives with her grandfather, sister, two aunts and uncles, and a nephew in a small one-room hut at an evacuation centre in Barangay Mandulog, in Iligan. Their village was one of the worst affected by the flash floods that followed Tropical Storm Washi in December.
Youth helping children and families recover from Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines, 6 March 2012 – Seventeen-year-old Kim Peter Galve tutors a group of young children in a child-friendly space at an evacuation centre in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, one of the towns worst hit by Tropical Storm Washi (locally known as Sendong) last December. Over 130 families are living in very small quarters with little comfort or privacy.
After flooding in the Philippines, teachers help students recover and resume studies
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines, 25 January 2012 – In City Central School, in Cagayan de Oro City, two teachers recently held their first day of classes since the devastating floods that swept through their community – even as their own futures looks uncertain.
In the aftermath of the Philippines floods, unaccompanied children are the most vulnerable
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines, 23 January 2012 – From his ready smile and the way his face lights up when greeted, one wouldn’t guess that 10-year-old Roy* is facing the greatest test of his life.
UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.
Tens of thousands remain displaced in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines, 6 January 2012 – The gymnasium and multi-purpose hall of Macasandig Village, in the centre of Cagayan de Oro City, is normally a place of activity and entertainment. During summers and fiestas, sports competitions and musical programmes are staged here. Locals fill the gym to its topmost bleachers, cheering for their favourite teams or applauding dance performances.
Protecting vulnerable, flood-affected children in the Philippines
ILIGAN CITY, Mindanao, Philippines, 3 January 2012 – Janella Delfino, 9, sat quietly on the front steps of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church in Barangay Hinaplanon, in Iligan City.
UNICEF responds to extensive flood destruction in the Philippines
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines, 21 December 2011 – In a city devastated by floods and fatalities, the arrival of Christmas is the last thing on people’s minds.
UNICEF responds to Philippines communities devastated by Tropical Storm Washi
MANILA, Philippines, 19 December 2011 – Over 600 people have been killed, and hundreds more are missing, after flash floods devastated northern and western parts of Mindanao, an island in the southern Philippines.
A young leader works to confront the effects of climate change in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 5 December 2011 – “We cannot really change the world, but we can change ourselves for the world,” said Arnel Alipao, an 18-year-old youth advocate from Mainit, Surigao del Norte, in the Philippines.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights issues of street children on Philippines visit
MANILA, Philippines, 2 December 2011 – Visiting children who had formerly lived on the streets, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham spoke about the importance of caring and supportive families.
Families prepare to return home after devastating flooding in the Philippines
CALUMPIT, Philippines, 7 October 2011 – Baby Luenard was just 10 days old when a flood came rushing through his home town of Calumpit in central Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
Field diary: Mindanao families and children endure the reality of flooding in the Philippines
COTABATO CITY, Philippines, 15 July 2011 – A number of tropical storms have hit the Philippines recently, bringing floods, flash floods and landslides to many regions. During my mission, most of central Mindanao, in the southern part of the country, was submerged.
Cash transfer initiative breaks cycle of poverty for families in the Philippines
PASAY CITY, Philippines, 29 June 2011 – Despite much discussed economic growth in the Philippines before the global recession, more than 40 per cent of Filipino households live on less than $2 a day. To break the cycle of poverty, the Government has launched a five-year-long conditional cash transfer programme known as the ‘Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme’ or ‘4Ps’.
UNICEF Executive Board focuses on equity and country programmes
NEW YORK, USA, 22 June 2011 – On the second day of its 2011 Annual Session, the UNICEF Executive Board yesterday focused on programmes delivering results for children in the field, including those who are the poorest and most marginalized worldwide.
Executive Board members from UN agencies witness development efforts in the Philippines
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines, 1 April 2011 – From agro-forestry to parent skills initiatives, Executive Board members from various United Nations agencies this week saw how their programmes are helping the Philippines recover from years of armed conflict.
In the Philippines, communities face down disaster by learning to be prepared
NEW YORK, USA, 13 October, 2010 – As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction today, communities around the globe are working hard to keep up with the many new and emerging methods and technologies for preparing for future disasters and rapidly changing climate conditions.
A child labourer leaves the streets behind and succeeds in school in the Philippines
NEW YORK, USA, 30 June 2010 – Arcy Nino Ortonio, now 19, is in his second year of college in the Philippines, taking courses in maritime studies so that he can work on a ship as a deck officer and move up the ranks. But less than 15 years ago, when Arcy was just a young child, he worked two jobs to help pay his grade-school fees and his future was uncertain.
Mobile theatres helps children recover from tropical storm’s effects in the Philippines
LAGUNA PROVINCE, Philippines, 13 April 2010 – Loud music is playing in the covered basketball court at Aplaya Elementary School. About 200 children and their teachers have gathered around an improvised stage, where members of a mobile theatre troupe led by Perlyn ‘Lakan’ Bunyi are preparing for their performance.
Young campers find healing after Typhoon Pepeng in the Philippines
LA TRINIDAD, Philippines, 23 February 2010 – Harry, age 10, and 84 other children from Sto Nino Elementary and Pre-school recently took part in a two day resiliency camp at Benguet State University, which was organised by the Sunflower Children's Centre, a long-time UNICEF partner.
UNICEF director receives presidential citation from Philippines for breastfeeding advocacy
NEW YORK, USA, 25 January 2010 – The Government of the Philippines has awarded the Presidential Order of the Golden Heart to UNICEF for its work in supporting the country's breastfeeding movement over the past decade.
UNICEF distributes school supplies in typhoon-affected Philippines
PANGASINAN, Philippines, 4 January 2010 – Puelay Elementary School in Villasis was one of many schools flooded when Typhoon Pepeng (known internationally as Parma), hit the region in October.
Living in the shadow of danger in the Phillippines
ALBAY PROVINCE, Philippines, 24 December 2009 – At the ringing of the bell, staff, students and their parents at the San Jose Elementary School know exactly what to do. They have practiced this drill before and know that in this disaster-prone corner of the Philippines, it is an exercise that could one day save lives.
Schools adapt and continue despite post-typhoon flooding in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 25 November 2009 – Most schools in metropolitan Manila have reopened after four typhoons caused massive flooding in September and October, but teachers and students in the flood zone are still in urgent of school supplies.
Mothers encouraged to breastfeed in aftermath of Philippines flooding
MANILA, Philippines, 12 November 2009 – Some seven weeks after Tropical Storm Ketsana – known locally as Ondoy – caused massive flooding in the Philippines, thousands remain homeless. Many of the displaced are families with young children, pregnant mothers and newborn babies.
Restoring normalcy for children in aftermath of tropical storm Ondoy
PASIG CITY, Philippines, 19 October 2009 – The flood waters that still inundate much of the Philippines' capital have become black with waste and garbage, a daily reminder of tropical storm Ondoy, which struck the country on 26 September.
UNICEF Executive Director visits flood-stricken Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 8 October 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited the Philippines yesterday to see the damage done by Tropical Storm Ondoy and subsequent massive flooding.
Triple punch tests disaster preparedness in Asia-Pacific region
NEW YORK, 2 October 2009 – A convergence of severe natural disasters has left millions of people in distress across Asia and the Pacific this week. Since 26 September, a total of six countries have been hit by flooding, a typhoon, a tsunami and earthquakes.
In the storm-stricken Philippines, a true story of a mother’s love
MANILA, Philippines, 1 October 2009 – It was a day that would be etched forever in Lea Mariano’s memory. On 26 September, she and 90 million other Filipinos went about their day in the usual fashion: enjoying a typical Saturday with family, running errands, going to the mall or taking care of their babies.
UNICEF and partners respond to flood crisis in the Philippines
NEW YORK, USA, 5 October 2009 – More than 200 people have died, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes, due to flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Ondoy in and around metropolitan Manila in the Philippines just over a week ago. Additional flooding affected rural areas this past weekend as another storm, Parma, struck primarily in northern Luzon province.
‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 1 July 2009 – After participating in the Second Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction – held in Geneva in mid-June – UNICEF Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist Antony Spalton and Rhee, a 16-year-old boy from the Philippines, spoke with UNICEF Radio’s Amy Costello about the role of children in protecting their communities from natural disasters.
Barclays Group Chairman visits projects for poor families in Manila
MANILA, Philippines, 17 March 2009 – Marcus Agius, global Chairman of Barclays Group, recently visited Pasay City in Metro Manila, Philippines, to see how the funds donated by the global banking group are benefiting families living in poverty.
Youths drawn into online sexual exploitation in the Philippines
CEBU, Philippines, 15 December 2008 – In a poor shanty in the Central Philippines city of Cebu, a tiny internet café offers broadband connectivity with the outside world. In a place that lacks running water, the opportunities presented by the existence of the worldwide web are boundless.
Combating child sexual exploitation in the Philippines pornography trade
MANILA and CEBU, Philippines, 17 November 2008 – At a shopping mall in Makati, Manila, a raid targeting child pornography begins. Sifting through some of the thousands of pirated DVDs is child rights campaigner Senator M.A. Madrigal.
Disaster preparedness for schools in the Philippines
ALBAY PROVINCE, Philippines, 7 October 2008 – At Banadero Elementary School, the clanging of the alarm bell echoes around the schoolyard. Children file out of their classrooms in orderly columns to pre-arranged assembly points. All the pupils, even the youngest, have the calm composure that comes from practice, because they have been through this drill before.
‘Days of Peace’ promote child survival and development in Philippines conflict areas
NEW YORK, USA, 9 May 2007 – For decades, an often violent battle between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has raged in the picturesque countryside of the southern Philippines. The conflict has devastated thousands of villages, leaving children without access to essential services.
A young environmentalist encourages positive change in the Philippines
SAN PABLO CITY, Philippines, 24 April 2007 – Fourteen-year-old Maia Azores loves to dance and play sports just like any other teenager, but what makes her stand out from other young Filipinos is her passion for environmental activism.
Philippines typhoon damage leaves thousands homeless and education at risk
CAMARINES SUR PROVINCE, Philippines, 21 December 2006 – Bato South Central Elementary School, in the province of Camarines Sur, was destroyed by Typhoon Reming – also known as Durian – on 30 November.
Emergency aid starts to reach Philippines areas hit by typhoon and mudflows
NEW YORK, USA, 5 December 2006 – In the Philippines, the death toll from Typhoon Reming, also known as Durian, has climbed to more than 570, according to the latest government figures.
Philippines youth journalists share their views through children’s TV network
MANILA, 6 November 2006 – The Kabataan News Network (KNN) is the centerpiece of UNICEF’s communications work for and with adolescents in the Philippines. The network’s production crew consists of camera people, reporters and production assistants, all of whom are in their teens.
Digital Diary: A youth anti-violence activist in the Philippines tells her story
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2006 – Cora Buala, a 19-year-old activist in the Philippines, spent several weeks using a MiniDisc recorder to document her thoughts and conversations on violence against children for UNICEF Radio.
Early learning programme reaches Manila’s deprived children
MANILA, 3 October 2006 – With concentrated expressions, the young children follow their teacher’s lead, faithfully reciting the words to a poem about ‘basura,’ or garbage. The lesson is designed to teach them at the earliest possible age that the problem of sanitary waste disposal has become a scourge in their community.
A cleaner environment for learning in the central Philippines
CAPIZ, Philippines, 22 September 2006 – The children at San Antonio Elementary School here in the central Philippines are proof that a clean environment is the best environment when it comes to learning.
In the Philippines, UNICEF gears up response to Mount Mayon eruption threat
MANILA, Philippines, 23 August 2006 – More than a week after a high alert (level 4 out of 5) was declared at Mount Mayon in the Philippines province of Albay, the number of evacuees from the active volcano zone continues to rise.
Mothers in Philippines break Guinness World Record for breastfeeding
MANILA, Philippines, 16 May 2006 – Almost 4,000 mothers in the Philippines – along with their babies – have helped set a new world record for simultaneous breast-feeding. It easily beat the previous Guinness World Record set by 1,135 women in Berkeley, California.
Counting every child: Birth registration drive under way in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 14 March 2006 – It is a big day for Asiyah Sultan and her children. The family has traveled to a mobile birth registration centre in a Manila suburb, taking part in a drive that aims to reach all the children of the Philippines.
Rescue teams continue search for survivors of mudslide
ST. BERNARD, Philippines, 22 February 2006 – Although time is running out, rescue teams in the Philippines have continued to dig in hopes of finding more survivors from last Friday’s deadly mudslide.
Relief arriving for survivors of mudslide tragedy
ST. BERNARD, Philippines, 20 February 2006 – International aid has begun to pour in for the survivors of Friday’s mudslide in the Philippines. The first shipments of UNICEF supplies – including essential drugs, medical equipment and water purification tablets – arrived the next day. Relief efforts are being coordinated with the Philippines Armed Forces and the Red Cross.
Philippines Senate action builds hope for children in jail
PASAY CITY, Philippines, 16 December 2005 – The Philippine Senate has passed the Juvenile Justice Bill by a unanimous vote of 21-0 on its third and final reading last week.
Philippines launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
MAKATI CITY, Philippines, 15 December 2005 – UNICEF Representative Nicholas K. Alipui formally declared the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in the Philippines during the 2005 MTV Staying Alive Music Summit for HIV/AIDS.
Immunization campaign seeks to prevent resurgence of polio in the Philippines
TAWI-TAWI, Philippines, 13 October 2005 – The Philippines has been polio-free since 2000, and the country is going to great lengths to keep it that way, especially now that more than 200 children have contracted the disease in neighbouring Indonesia.
Flying boat carries hopes and dreams for children
NEW YORK, 27 August 2005 - Circling the Statue of Liberty, then touching down majestically on the Hudson River, a vintage seaplane arrives in New York City to pay tribute to an aviation pioneer, inspire young people and raise funds for UNICEF.
Freed from the sex trade, girls get a new start
NEW YORK, 26 August 2005 – Thousands of girls and young women pour into Manila every year in search of work to support their family. Lured by the promise of a better life, many fall prey to the city’s sex industry.
Girls are equal to boys in Philippine schools. Or are they?
MANILA, 14 June 2005 – “In my class, it’s mostly boys who drop out,” said Vernelou Kidro, 16, during a recent theater rehearsal at a community centre in Tondo, a Manila neighbourhood with thousands of tiny, ramshackle houses. “Often, they lack interest or are just too poor to afford school.”
Philippines: Picking up the pieces after deadly typhoons
QUEZON, Philippines, 25 April 2005 – While the world’s attention has been focused on the Indian Ocean tsunami, tens of thousands in the Philippines have been dealing with the aftermath of another natural disaster that has gone largely unnoticed. In December 2004 three typhoons hit the South Eastern province of Quezon, killing more than 2,000 people, destroying homes, schools and injuring thousands more.
Parliamentarians meeting: Child protection a major issue
NEW YORK, 6 April 2005 – On day three of her visit to the Philippines for the annual International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy urged lawmakers to focus on the factors that make children such easy targets for exploitation. Later in the day she received an award on behalf of UNICEF, presented by the Philippine Government.
UNICEF urges lawmakers to use power to protect children
MANILA, 4 April 2005 – This week UNICEF is challenging hundreds of lawmakers from around the world to use their power to alleviate the suffering of millions of children who are subjected to violence and exploitation.
Return to normalcy depends on schools
MAKATI CITY, Philippines, 10 December 2004 - UNICEF today appealed for the immediate reconstruction of schools and day care centers in storm-damaged areas of the Philippines. The country is currently recovering from an onslaught of typhoons and other storms in late November and early December.
Struggling to recover after storms
MAKATI CITY, Philippines, 9 December 2004 – UNICEF and other aid agencies are racing to bring emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of survivors after two typhoons and two tropical depressions ravaged the Philippines in November and early December.
Philippines: Relief agencies struggle to meet basic needs after storms
NEW YORK, 6 December 2004 – A series of devastating storms in the Philippines has left a thousand people dead or missing. Relief agencies are struggling to meet the basic needs of hundreds of thousands of survivors, especially children, who are urgently in need of water, food and medicines.
‘KNN’: Philippine youth produce their own TV programming
MANILA/NEW YORK, 4 November 2004 – On Saturday morning TV in the Philippines, 17-year-old Athea talks about the infamous but delicious local fruit, the durian. Later, a young reporter discusses how tribal wars disrupt children's schooling and make young people feel unsafe in their own homes. These are some of the many features shown on the ‘Kabataan News Network’, whose content is produced entirely by young people – a first for the Philippines.