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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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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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The UPM Spirit in Times of Crisis: Project H20 of Mu Sigma Phi

Necessity breeds innovation,” wrote Dr. Josephine Bundoc in her Facebook album after posting three pictures of four blue screw tighteners in different stages of fabrication by a 3D printer. The 3D printer belonged to her husband, Dr. Rafael Bundoc, an orthopedic surgeon. The blue screw tighteners, made of plastic resin, were for the water filtration units being prepared by volunteers for Yolanda-hit communities.
Mu Sigma Phi started donating water filtration units after the deadly Bohol earthquake of October 2013. Known as the MU H20 Potable Water Package (“H20” here meaning “Help 2 Others”), they can filter 20 liters of water in …

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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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