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UPLB students take part in typhoon relief missions

Weeks before the school opening, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) have been busy sorting and packing donated clothes, goods and other materials intended for the victims of Typhoon “Glenda” (international name: Rammasun), which wreaked havoc on several communities in Southern Luzon.
Serve the People Brigade (STPB), the public service arm of UPLB’s student council established in 1972, was reactivated in response to typhoon-stricken communities.
As of Tuesday, volunteers were able to raise P7,000 cash and collected 2,700 pieces of used clothing as well as canned goods and toiletries after weeks of “school-, house- and bus-hopping,” said brigade …

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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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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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The Day the Oblation Stood Still: UP Responds to the Challenge of Typhoon Yolanda

The Oblation stands amid the ruins of the UP Visayas Tacloban College campus. Photo from Rupert Ambil of Rappler.com
A photograph by Rappler said it all: A landscape of ragged trees with torn branches, the rubble and the mud—and the silhouette of the UP Oblation standing unbowed in its midst.
The photo of the UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) campus made the rounds on Facebook1 November 10, two days after Super-Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history, smashed through the Visayas region and virtually disemboweled the country.
According to the Office of the President’s Official Gazette, 2 …

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‘Yolanda’ Survivors in Leyte, Samar and Capiz Receive Medical and Relief Assistance from UP Manila

If there is a positive side to the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda, it is the rekindling of the spirit of generosity and solidarity among individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions not only in the Philippines but worldwide as well.
UP Manila was among the health institutions that responded early. Recognizing the urgency of an immediate response, UP Manila quickly organized relief and medical assistance efforts for the typhoon survivors in Leyte, Samar, and Capiz. Its own buildings in the School of Health Sciences campus in Palo, Leyte were destroyed and the School’s faculty, staff, and students were among those affected.
From …

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UPV Continues Aid Efforts for Northern Iloilo Yolanda Survivors

True to its mandate as a public service university, UP Visayas (UPV) tapped international aid agencies for rapid relief, early recovery, and rehabilitation assistance to typhoon Yolanda-affected communities in Panay Island.
As an initial effort, the UPV through the Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS) and the Community Outreach Program (COP) of the College of Arts and Sciences organized a rapid response effort together with volunteers from the faculty, staff, students, and alumni to help the survivors of Yolanda in Panay Island.
The initiative gathered generous donations in cash and in-kind from the UPV community  and other sources. A total of Php242,775.00 …

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UPV Musters Support for Its Tacloban College

Photo by Micaela Papa, GMA News, http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/335638/news/nation/up-president-asks-constituent-units-to-accept-cross-enrollees-from-up-tacloban
As soon as it was possible to travel to Tacloban, UPV sent a team to the Yolanda-wrecked UP Visayas Tacloban College on November 12, 2013 to check on the faculty, staff and students as well as to assess the campus’ condition.
Vice-Chancellor for Administration Prof. Nestor Yunque led the team along with University Physician  Dr. Marchette Noble; Director of the Office of Student Affairs Prof. Ruben Gamala; and Campus Development and Maintenance Chief Engr. Rolando Jamero. The team brought with them cash, medicine, and water.
UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa issued a Letter of Appeal on …

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