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Hunger still grips Philippine society

HUNGER grips at least 9.3 million Filipino families and leaves 7.36 million children below the age of five ravaged by malnutrition, Philippine Senator Grace Poe lamented in a privilege speech early this week.
Poe called for a comprehensive re-engineering of the government’s actions to address hunger and malnutrition in the country, citing urgently needed efforts to solve the menace in a sustained and coordinated approach.
“Millions of Filipinos go to bed, go to work, or go to school hungry,” Poe said, emphasizing the plight of Filipino children, “Our children have been weighed, and most of them lacked the required weight.”

World Food Programme to remain in Philippines

AS relief and rehabilitation works go full steam in the provinces battered by killer typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), the World Food Programme (WFP) on Sunday announced that it will still remain in the affected communities to aid displaced families.

Peque Gallaga is mad as hell

From Director Peque Gallaga:

Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.

Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don’t know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing.

‘Yolanda’ death toll rises to 2,275

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the official government death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”) has risen the 2,275 mark and there is no clear basis yet for the 10,000 estimated deaths.

In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, NDRRMC chief Eduardo del Rosario said the badly-hit Eastern Visayas region accounts for the highest number of fatalities. Some officials fear there could be as many as 10,000 deaths since many areas have not been able to report casualty figures.

In an interview with CNN, President Benigno Aquino III said the current working estimate on the death toll is between 2,000 and 2,500.

Phl quake displaces close to half a million people

CLOSE to half a million people were displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Philippines on October 15, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in Manila announced Saturday.

The death toll also rose to 213 while eight are still missing in Bohol province. Bohol accounted for 199 of those killed by the quake, 13 in Cebu and one in Siquijor.

The number of injured also rose to 742, the NDRRMC said, including 648 in Bohol, 89 in Cebu, three in Siquijor, and one each in Iloilo and Negros Oriental provinces.