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This is a category for news items, memoranda and announcements relating to the efforts of the university to extend assistance to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the UP Visayas Tacloban College and UP School of Health Sciences, Palo, Leyte campuses.

Fortun, Forensics and the Yolanda Aftermath: Recovery, Storage, System Restore, Repeat

A line of casualties drawn along Basper cemetery. Photo courtesy of Dr. Raquel Fortun.
The absence of a system—responsible for elaborately defining deaths to be investigated, identifying who will examine them and determining how the examiners conduct the investigation—results in misidentification and loss of bodies, stolen property, extortion by funeral parlor personnel, fake death claims and claimants, among numerous problems. This observation was discussed in “Managing the Dead in a Mass Casualty Incident,” excerpted by UP Padayon Reports (2011) from Dr. Raquel del Rosario-Fortun’s book Management of the Dead During Disasters: A Manual for the Philippines (2007),”
The absence of such a …

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After the Storm: Learning and Rebuilding with UP’s Technical Assessment Team

The Oblation remains standing at the UP Visayas Tacloban College campus. Photo courtesy of Arch. Danilo Silvestre.
On the 8th of November 2013, the world watched as Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) tore through Guian, Samar, causing widespread flooding and landslides. Said to be the strongest storm to make landfall, the typhoon proceeded to devastate much of  central Philippines.
The numbers speak for themselves. A USAID fact sheet released at the end of last year said that an estimated 16 million people were affected by the storm. More than a million houses were either damaged or destroyed, displacing about four times that …

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Psychosocial Aspects of Healing

Helping Yolanda Survivors Find Wellness, Wholeness, Growth and Healing
Dr. Bautista speaks to UP Tacloban students at the orientation program for cross enrollees held at the Palma Hall Annex, UP Diliman.
Disasters impact strongly on the whole being of the individuals, groups and families affected. This means that disasters not only harm the physical health and economic stability of victims. It also affects their mental, spiritual, social and emotional well-being.
The good news is that the majority of survivors can pull themselves together and deal with the aftermath, especially if they are provided psychosocial support.
Psychosocial Support in the field of disaster mental health …

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UP CWS Extends Psychosocial Support, Commits to Rebuild

The UP Center for Women’s Studies in UP Diliman.
The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS), a UP system-wide office, was among the immediate responders to extend relief and psychosocial support to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda last November.
Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, director of the UP CWS and professor at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD), shared some of her insights and recommendations for the UP community.
Cut the bureaucracy
According to Claudio “cutting the bureaucracy in times of disasters” to be able to immediately address the needs of survivors is “one of the most …

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To Serve and To Heal: The Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila’s Yolanda Relief Operations

The UP Manila Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Team goes to Guian via C130 for a medical mission. Photo from Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila.
On November 12, 2013, four days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck several areas in the Visayas region, two doctors from UP Manila set out for Tacloban City to investigate the extent of damage in the city, particularly in UP Visayas’ Tacloban College campus and the School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte.
Aside from investigation, the two-man team also assessed the challenges to medical professionals and volunteers from the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila in assisting the victims of the …

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Hope of the Future

Student Leaders Speak Up Post-Yolanda
UP Tacloban students for 1000 Meals Concert and Balck Shirt Day Protest.
Students may look at natural calamities differently after the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated the whole of Eastern Visayas. Students may start thinking about the road ahead for safety, preparedness and rehabilitation in times of disasters, by ignoring which students,  faculty and staff of UP Tacloban and Palo, among others, were left in a vulnerable situation.
The most vital part of planning, say representatives from student institutions, is that efforts must not only provide relief and psychosocial activities but also long-term solutions for the sustenance of …

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UP Baguio’s Immediate and Long-Term Response to the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda

Book donations from UP Baguio constituents for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
UP Baguio joined the rest of the country (and the world) in helping Yolanda victims in every way possible. Relief operations were immediately put in place primarily to receive donations of food, clothes, blankets, children’s books and toys, in addition to cash.
For at least three weeks after the typhoon donations poured in generously, courtesy of UP Baguio constituents, alumni, and other friends. Most of the donations were repacked and sent via trucks to the UP Diliman center for relief operations, while others were sent through Baguio community relief organizers who …

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UPOU Disaster Risk Management MOOC in the Pipeline

The UP Open University (UPOU) has been planning for the development of a massive open online course (MOOC) on disaster risk management even before Typhoon Yolanda devastated central Philippines.
According to Prof. Primo Garcia, UPOU Information Office director, the “Yolanda experience” has reiterated the need for a more concerted and proactive approach to natural disaster management. This is why the planned MOOC will be offered for free so that it can equip more individuals and institutions in meeting and overcoming challenges in disaster management.
Apart from this, UPOU’s response to the typhoon’s aftermath started last 13 November 2013, when the Faculty of …

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Salient Points of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010

Sec. 5 National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The National Council shall be headed by the Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND) as Chairperson with the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as Vice Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness, the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as Vice Chairperson for Disaster Response, the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as Vice Chairperson for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, and the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) as Vice Chairperson for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery.
SEC. 6. …

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Rising from the Destruction of UP SHS by Supertyphoon “Yolanda”: Learning from History

UP SHS Palo Oblation in Leyte still standing amidst the damage from Supertyphoon Yolanda.
Immediately after Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” I took pictures of the massive destruction inflicted on the buildings and facilities at the main campus of the School of Health Sciences (SHS), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) in Palo, Leyte in the morning of Friday, November 8, 2013. I also wrote more detailed notes on the devastation in my diary.
The photos attached to this report were taken on three different visits to SHS on November 19, and December 3 and 5, 2013. Other undocumented data I mentioned are based on …

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