Philippines

Elusive Peace in Mindanao?

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

Good news of peace from the Philippines. After 17 years of negotiations, last Thursday the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a comprehensive peace agreement.

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Phil Vernon

Taking full advantage of the opportunity for peace in the Philippines will require a sustained effort on the part of central and local governments, by the rebel movements, as well as in civil society and the business community, over many years. Some of the factors they will need to take into account were identified at by our taxi driver last night.

Crowd-sourced Mapping Is Opening Up the Darkest Corners of the World

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Most maps are static representations of a geographical snapshot in time but the world changes constantly, especially in fast-moving situations such as wars or natural disasters - something I recently explored in a recent documentary for BBC Radio 4, Mapping the Void.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

We Can Help Millions of Children Who Are Living in Danger

David Beckham | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
David Beckham

Right this second all around the world, millions of children are in danger. Huge numbers of children are caught up in emergencies, like conflicts in Syria and South Sudan and natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In the Philippines 1.7million children were forced from their homes when the Typhoon swept through their communities. I saw myself how children's lives have been destroyed and how they are slowly recovering with the help of UNICEF. As a father, it was a moving experience and the memories of the children I met will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Planet Appetite: Tourism Returns to Bohol, Philippines, After Earthquake and Typhoon

Rupert Parker | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The Philippine island of Bohol is recovering from a double whammy - a 7.2 earthquake in October and then Typhoon Hainan 3 weeks later, but now they're keen to welcome tourists.

Planet Appetite: A New World of Food in the Philippines

Rupert Parker | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Compared to its South Asian neighbours, Filipino cuisine is relatively unknown but the regional food of the Philippines is well worth exploring with its distinctive sour, salty and sweet flavours.

Beyond the Front Pages

Carla Buzasi | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

With typhoon Haiyan but a distant memory for most people outside the Philippines, reports emerged this week of a stand-off on one of the islands most seriously affected, which is keeping thousands from being re-housed. There are still 50,000 people in Tacloban whose homes were destroyed or are unsafe to live in. Despite a pledge from the mayor to re-house everyone by December, the necessary funds to make that happen have not been forthcoming from the Philippine government. Why? A decades-old feud between two political families

Where's Mavie?

Angela Singh | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

Peace in Times of War

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

While the world focused on the Geneva II Conference on Syria, worried about the apparent intractability of that conflict, a very different sort of development has taken place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Saturday the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict, which originated in 1968.

Philippines - The Spirit of Renewal

Toby Porter | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

It has been a tremendous experience - haunting and inspiring in equal measure. We are at the one-mile mark of a long and challenging marathon which we must plan and implement well, while also being accountable and creative.

We Must Not Forget the Children of the Philippines

David Bull | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
David Bull

The generosity of millions of people has helped make our efforts possible and has brought hope to children who have had to face unimaginable suffering and hardship. We couldn't do it without you. As the card I was given as I left the Philippnes said - thank you to all those who have helped.

WATCH: Students Run Naked for a Better Environment

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Some 30 fraternity members from the University of the Philippines ran completely naked Friday through the campus in Manila to raise awareness about cl...

Relief Groups Aren't Doing Much in the Philippines and Neither Is the Mayor

Keb Darge | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Keb Darge

On about day 10 the mayor appeared and took charge of distributing relief goods. This involved men with automatic rifles, light and heavy machine guns, grenade launchers etc., protecting the relief boxes until the Mayor had shifted "the good stuff" into his newly commandeered storage buildings.

Typhoons Like Haiyan Are the New Normal - So When Will Leaders Start Taking Disaster Preparedness Seriously?

Dr Mohamed Ashmawey | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Dr Mohamed Ashmawey

So, do we write off countries like the Philippines as simply 'disaster-prone', and ready our emergency relief teams for the next Haiyan? Absolutely not. We must act now on the knowledge that climate change is driving an increase in extreme weather, and provide better protection against the impact of climate-related disasters.

A Tale of Two Catastrophes

Justin Byworth | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

The tragedy and loss brought on by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has triggered an overflow of generosity from the British public along with acres of media coverage. However quietly fading away from the daily headlines, Syria is also watching its children's futures cruelly slip away from them.

Treating Typhoon Haiyan's Victims With Dignity

Kent Page | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Kent Page

For the two weeks since the typhoon, these bodies have been laying face up - staring into the alternating blazing sun and pouring rain. The smell of decomposition was overbearing, but I couldn't look away from the little girl in the white dress. It seemed so wrong for her to be left to the elements like that, and stared at by anyone passing by.

Typhoon Haiyan: Digging in for the Long Haul

Nigel Chapman | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Driving out of Tacloban Airport is easier than in the early days of Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath, but the scenes on either side of the road still assault the senses. The occasional lorry loads up corpses still being discovered in shattered houses. Everywhere, there is debris...

In a Disaster Situation, Time and Space Go Out the Window

Carin Van Der Hor | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Carin Van Der Hor

Working under this kind of pressure also requires that we overcome hurdles together and that we celebrate successes, big or small. It's amazing to see the group spontaneously applaud their colleague for getting a record number of concept notes in, for getting those airplanes to deliver the food to the far flung areas or for winning a big grant from an institutional donor...

Why It's Time to Visit the Philippines

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

When we drank our first San Miguel Light on Siargao Island to toast our small victory against the travel overlords, the sense of relief among our group was muted. We'd just reached the Philippines for a two-week beach, spa and city break, just a week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the centre of the country, 70 kilometres north of our first stop.

Typhoon Haiyan: The Hardest Ride of My Life

Michael Angelo Suarez | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Angelo Suarez

On the way to Salcedo we passed through several towns - all affected to varying degrees by the power of the typhoon. The worst was Hernani - most houses had been washed out to sea or destroyed. The ashphalt had risen up together like mountain ranges combining - the force required to do that is incredible.

Aid Efforts Expanding as Inflatable Médecins Sans Frontières Hospital Arrives in Tacloban

Yann Libessart | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Yann Libessart

The team in charge of installing the inflatable hospital is arriving. It's with real joy that I meet up with old friends. Eric, my firm friend from Quebec with whom I already shared adventures in Burundi and Haiti. I had bumped into Daniel the mechanic in Nigeria, Damien the Aussie in Niger, Aurélie the electrician last summer when we were carrying on a vaccination campaign in a refugee camp in South Sudan.

Forty-Eight Hours' Emergency Aid in the Philippines

Carin Van Der Hor | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carin Van Der Hor

The devastation is total, although fortunately there are some villages where the material damage is enormous but the death toll is not too high. We now have an army of technical specialists from our international office here in Manila, in many cases also acting as technical experts and guides for experts and assessment teams sent to the Philippines by other donors, because Plan International has been working in the affected region for decades.

LOOK: Snapped With An iPhone, Haiyan's Unseen Devastation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Deep into the heart of the wreckage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, photographer David Guttenfelder is telling the story of the people whose lives and home...

The Devastating Force of Typhoon Haiyan - and the Deadly Delay in Climate Talks

Zaid al-Rawni | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Zaid al-Rawni

It didn't take long to drive from perfect normality to total devastation. Heading north from our base in Cebu city, we passed through areas completely untouched by Typhoon Haiyan. But after a few hours we started seeing trees blown down - then, suddenly, we were in the disaster zone.