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#ReliefPH: Help victims of typhoon Lawin


MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Lawin (Haima) slammed Northern Luzon on Wednesday, October 19, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and several other provinces. (What's the latest #WeatherAlert?)

Initial reports from the field indicate damaged infrastructure, agriculture, and disrupted lives. Evacuation centers in Tuguegarao City were reportedly damaged due to the strong winds, exposing many evacuees to the weather overnight. 

Roadways are flooded and some sections of the national highway are impassable due to fallen trees and other obstructions. 

As typhoon Lawin makes its way out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the most difficult phase of the disaster begins: response and recovery.

People need your help and support. Donations of food, water, clothing, medicine, and hygiene kits are always needed. Some evacuation centers may need more of certain resources than others. So it's important to be aware of what help is needed and how best you can provide assistance. 

Rappler's civic engagement arm, MovePH, is helping the government, civil society, and the private sector crowdsource information on what's needed and where relief is needed most. This information will be mapped on the Agos Alert Map and published on Rappler X

If you have an ongoing relief operation, please post your operation and your call for donations on Rappler X. Rappler will share your post on social media.

If you are in need of any relief, you can Tweet or post on Facebook with the hashtag #ReliefPH. Agos volunteers are monitoring this hashtag and will connect you with organizations who can help.

If you would like to donate relief goods, please read this information below:

Donors in Metro Manila can give their donations to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the following offices:

  • National Resource Operations Center (NROC)

Chapel Road, Pasay City
Telephone number: (02) 852-8081


389 San Rafael St cor Legarda St, Manila
Telephone number: (02) 733-0010 to 14 

Response teams are ready to accept donations.

Outside Metro Manila, the public can bring their donations to the nearest DSWD field office in their area or to their local government units (LGUs).

Don't hesitate to ask for DSWD's help

"They (the public) can directly go to any evacuation center in their locality and distribute their donations. The social workers in the evacuation centers can assist them. They may give clothes, medicines, hygiene kits, food, or hot meals," DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

EVACUATION CENTER. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and volunteers visit an evacuation center in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, on August 14, 2016. Photo by DSWD

"Kailangan po namin talaga ang tulong ng bawat isa sa atin para mapalawig pa natin ang tulong para sa mga kababayan nating biktima ng mga kalamidad. Makakakaasa kayo na ang mga donasyon ninyo ay maipaparating sa kanila," Taguiwalo said.

(We need the help of everyone to further expand our assistance for our fellow countrymen who are affected by disasters. We assure you that your donations will reach the rightful beneficiaries.)

She reiterated that affected families should not wait for social workers to reach out to them. They can approach the DSWD field office nearest them or their LGUs.

"Huwag po tayong mag-atubiling lumapit para humingi ng tulong kung tayo ay biktima. Sa dami po minsan ng mga apektadong tao ay may nakakaligtaan ang ating gobyerno."

(Do not hesitate to ask for help. Often, due to the large number of victims, there are some families who may not be reached immediately.)

Agos Alert Map

Those who need relief goods can alert Rappler's Agos disaster information management platform via Twitter – tag @MovePH or tweet with #ReliefPH. The public can also send an SMS, text 2929 for Smart and Sun subscribers, or directly post on the Agos map. 

Agos is a collaborative platform that combines top-down government action with bottom-up civic engagement to help communities mitigate risks and deal with climate change and natural hazards. – Rappler.com

Typhoon Lawin: 6 road sections in CAR closed to traffic


For the latest updates on Typhoon Lawin (Haima), go to our live blog

MANILA, Philippines – At least 6 road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been closed to traffic as of Thursday morning, October 20, due to Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

In its situation report on Thursday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bureau of Maintenance gave details of the closures.

In Baguio City, Kennon Road was closed "for the safety of the motorists" since the section, according to the city's District Engineering Office, is a landslide-prone area.

"Motorists are advised to take Marcos Highway," the report read.

Meanwhile, in Ifugao, the Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Boundary Road (K0341+700, Buhyo Section) was closed due to road slips.

In Kalinga, the following roads have been closed to traffic:

  • Bulo National Road (K0508+092) - due to submerged detour of ongoing Bulo Bridge replacement
  • Kalinga-Cagayan Road (K0524+000 to K0526+200) - due to flooding
  • Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road (K0490+950 Comyaas, Balbalan) - due to soil collapse

Mt Province's Baguio-Bontoc Road (K0390+100, Tikitik Section) was also closed to traffic due to landslide.

The DPWH said it has already deployed equipment and maintenance crews for ongoing clearing operations.

It has also installed warning signs in closed road sections.

Lawin was a super typhoon when it made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11 pm on Wednesday, October 19. It has since weakened into a typhoon.

By Thursday morning, a total of 61,126 persons were reported to be affected by the typhoon. 

At 11 am, state weather bureau PAGASA said Lawin has further weakened and is now off the coast of Ilocos Norte. Rappler.com

Lawin 'possibly damaged 100% of houses' in Tuguegarao City


IMPASSABLE ROADS. Hours before Typhoon Lawin made landfall on Wednesday, October 19, this road in Tuguegarao was already impassable due to swollen Pinacanuan River. File photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler   

For the latest updates on Typhoon Lawin (Haima), go to our live blog

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – The provincial government of Cagayan said it is possible that 100% of houses in Tuguegarao City were either partially or fully damaged by Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima), which hit land on Wednesday night, October 19.

A Rappler reporter who is now in the provincial capitol said most houses and several commercial establishments were destroyed by the typhoon. Even the roof of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba's house was blown away.

Lawin was a super typhoon when it made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11 pm on Wednesday. According to the provincial disaster team, strong winds have been persistent for more than 10 hours in Tuguegarao City since past midnight.

Lawin has since weakened into a typhoon, but the destruction is evident in Tuguegarao, where the typhoon scattered debris and uprooted trees. It also toppled dozens of electric posts. (READ: Tuguegarao mayor: Lawin damaged some evacuation centers)

As of Thursday, October 20, clearing operations as well as relief efforts are already underway in the city. There are no reports yet on the situation in towns away from Tuguegarao City since communication lines are still down.

Meanwhile, the typhoon has started to move away from the country. with reports from Raymon Dullana/Rappler.com

IN PHOTOS: Floods, fallen trees in Ilocos Sur


FLOODED. This national road in Ilocos Sur gets hit by floods on October 20, 2016. All photos by Patty Pasion/Rappler

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – The province of Ilocos Sur was among those badly affected when Lawin (Haima) hit land as a super typhoon.

When Lawin made landfall in Cagayan late Wednesday evening, October 19, Ilocos Sur had been under signal number 4.

The national road in Ilocos Sur leading further north to Vigan City and Ilocos Norte has been flooded. Fallen trees and other debris also line the road.


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In the city of Candon, a diversion road was opened so vehicles which encountered deeper floods elsewhere could still pass.

The municipality of Narvacan also suffered flooding. Take a look at the situation there on Thursday in the photos below.

– Rappler.com

#RoadAlert: 34 road sections closed due to Typhoon Lawin


MANILA, Philippines – At least 34 road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon have been closed to traffic as of Thursday noon, October 20, due to Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

In its situation report on Thursday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bureau of Maintenance gave details of the closures due to flooding, road slips, damaged detour roads, submerged detour, damaged bridges, fallen electrical posts, soil collapse, and landslides.

Of the 34 road sections, 24 are in CAR, one is in the Ilocos Region, 4 are in Cagayan Valley, and 5 are in Central Luzon.



  • Kennon Road


  • Shilan-Beckel Road
  • Gurel-Bokod-Kabayan Road 
  • Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road

         K0263+673, Capongga, Tublay, Benguet

  • Baguio-Bontoc Road 

         K0306+000, Calasipan, Atok, Benguet

         K0325+600, Bayoyo, Buguias, Benguet

  • Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road


  • Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Boundary Road, K0341+700, Buhyo section 
  • Banaue-Mayaoyao-Aguinaldo-A. Lista-Isabela Boundary Road

         K0380+080, Poblacion, Mapawoy, Mayoyao

  • Jct Potia-Mt Province Boundary Road

Lower Kalinga:

  • Bulo National Road


  • Kalinga-Cagayan Road

         K0524+000 to K0526+200

  • Tabuk-Banaue Road 


Upper Kalinga 

  • Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road 

         K0490+950 Comyaas, Balbalan

Mt Province:

  • Baguio-Bontoc Road 

         K0390+100, Tiktik Station
         K0342+(-500), Sinto, Bauko, Mt Province
         K0374+430, Sabangan, Mt Province

  • Mt Province-Cagaya via Tabuk - Enrile Road 


  • Mt Province-Nueva Vizcaya 

         Chico Karayan Bridge

  • Mt Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Kayan


  • Jct Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road

IMPASSABLE ROADS. Hours before Typhoon Lawin made landfall on October 19, 2016, this road in Tuguegarao was already impassable due to the swollen Pinacanauan River. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Ilocos Region 

La Union: 

  • Luna-Bangar Road 

         K307+000-K0308+000, Brgy Rimos


Cagayan Valley


  • Cabagan-Sta Maria Road

         Sta Maria Bridge

  • Ilagan-Bigao-Palanan/Bintacan Road 

         Bintacan Bridge

  • Daang Maharlika 

         K0436+100, Cabagan Section

Nueva Vizcaya:

  • Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road 



Central Luzon


  • Baler-Camento Road 

         K0231+-441 to K0240+506

  • Dinadiawan-Madela Road

         K0305+-000 - K0307+000

  • Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road 

         K0171+-322 to K0180+000

Nueva Ecija:

  • Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road

         K161+547, Labi Br Brgy Labi, Bongabon, NE

The DPWH said it has already deployed equipment and maintenance crews for ongoing clearing operations.

It has also installed warning signs in closed road sections.

Lawin was a super typhoon when it made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11 pm on Wednesday, October 19. It has since weakened into a typhoon.

By Thursday morning, a total of 61,126 persons were reported to be affected by the typhoon. – Rappler.com

UP students condemn US embassy dispersal


PROTEST. Students from the University of the Philippines - Diliman hold a protest against violent US Embassy dispersal. Photo by Gabriel Sante

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines-Diliman community stood in unity to denounce the brutal dispersion of protesters at the U.S. embassy in an indignation rally and candle lighting activity on Wednesdsay, October 19, at the Palma Hall steps in UP Diliman. 

Police and protestors clashed in front of the U.S. embassy yesterday following a relatively peaceful protest program. The protestors, which included indigenous peoples, rallied against the presence of the Philippine and US militaries in ancestral lands. (READ: Police van overruns protesters in US embassy dispersal)

Various reports say the protestors were wrapping up their program at the gates of the embassy when police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Chaos ensued but some organizers tried to calm the crowd. The driver of a police vehicle then accelerated towards the protestors and rammed into them several times, leaving 50 people injured. Video of the incident went viral online. Thirty people were later arrested. The on scene police commander insists the incident was an act of self-defense. (READ: 9 cops administratively relieved)

Galit nag alit ang UP community at prevalent din sa social media ‘yong outrage ng mga tao sa napaka inhumane na dispersal na ginawa sa mga nagprotesta,” said student activist and STAND UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) chairperson Josiah Hiponia.

(The UP community is very angry and people are outraged on social media about the very inhumane dispersal of the protesters.)


Hiponia added that this contradicts the mantra of the Philippine National Police which is “to serve and to protect” the Filipino people.

Different student groups and indigenous peoples who are participating in the Lakbayan 2016 also joined the indignation rally.

Ang gusto lang namin ay makauwi doon sa lugar namin. Ang panawagan lang namin ay hulihin ‘yong mga kriminal doon sa lugar namin kasi gusto na naming umuwi. Wala kaming makuhaan ng pagkain,” said Dindin Landasan who joined the US embassy rally. 

(We only want to go home to our land. Our call is for the paramilitary groups to be arrested because we want to go home. We don’t have a source of living.)  

Landasan’s family is one of the hundreds of families who were displaced due to the occupation of paramilitary groups in their area. They evacuated to Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Up until now, justice hasn’t been served according to her.

’Yong nangyari kanina nag pag po-protesta ay malaki nang hakbangin kasi nakapag unite tayong mga Iskolar ng Bayan para kundinahin ‘yong gano’ng di hindi makataong pag trato sa mga kababayan natin,” said Hiponia.

(The protest a while ago is a huge step because we were able to unite as Iskolar ng Bayan to condemn that kind of inhumane treatment to our countrymen.) - Rappler



#WalangPasok: Class and work suspensions, Friday, October 21


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MANILA, Philippines – Here is a list of areas where classes and work have been suspended for Friday, October 21, in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

Not on the list? Help us crowdsource class suspensions by posting in the comments section or tweeting @rapplerdotcom.

For more information: When are classes cancelled or suspended? – Rappler.com

Bikers group does rapid damage check in Lawin-affected areas


RAPID ASSESSMENT. A team of 30 private motorcycle riders head to areas hit by Typhoon Lawin to conduct rapid assessment of the road network. Photo from OCD CAR

MANILA, Philippines – A team of 30 private motorcycle riders from the nationwide RACERS group – a partner of Rappler's civic engagement arm, MovePH – left Manila on Thursday, October 20, to assess the needs of people and conditions in areas affected by typhoon Lawin (Haima). 

Their goal is to conduct a rapid assessment of the road networks connecting the typhoot hit provinces. 


Two teams are expected to head to Cagayan and parts of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. They will provide regular reports to the Office of Civil Defense and Agos eBayanihan. 

Follow the Lawin teams on this map. 


– Rappler.com 

#RoadAlert: 42 roads closed due to Typhoon Lawin as of October 21


MANILA, Philippines – Forty two road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon have been closed to traffic as of 6 am Friday, October 21, due to Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

This is more than the 34 reported road closures as of Thursday noon, October 20.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the closures are due to flooding, road slips, damaged roads and bridge, high water river levels, fallen electrical posts, soil collapse, and landslides.

Of the 42 closed road sections, 31 are in CAR, 5 are in the Ilocos Region, 2 are in Cagayan Valley, and 2 in Central Luzon.

Those going up to Baguio City are advised to take Marcos Highway.

The following roads are closed:


Baguio City:

  • Kennon Road
  • Western Link Circumferential road (Balacbac Road) 


  • Shilan-Beckel Road
  • Gurel-Bokod-Kabayan Road
  • Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road

K0271+800,K0319+00, Guisset, Tinongdan, Pito

K0254+236 - K0271+900, Lamute Beckel-Ambuklao Section

  • Pico Lamtang Road
  • Baguio-Bontoc Road

K0325+600, Bayoyo, Buguias, Benguet

  • Buguias-Abatan Road

K0353+360, Toking, Buguias

K0306+100 - K0309+900 - K0349+800, Gakian Section to Sinipsip Section

  • Abatan-Mangkayan-Cervantes Road

K0353+960 - K0354+150

K0354+250 - K0354+500

  • Gurel-Bokod-Kabayan-Buguias-Abatan Road

K0357+000 - K0360+900

K0399+600, Cutcot, Buguias Section



  • Kabugao-Pudtol-Luna Road
  • Conner-Kabugao Road
  • Kabugao-Solsona Road
  • Kabugao-Pudtol-Luna Road
  • Claveria-Calanasan Road

K0638+700 - K0642+000, Maragmin Section

K0643+100 - K0649+200, Salagunting Section

K0672+500 - K0677+100, Rabao Section

  • Apayao-Ilocos Norte Road


  • Banaue-Hungduan-Benguet Bdry


K0354+000 - K0415+033, Brgy. Bokiawan, Hungduan to Tinoc

  • Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Road, O-ong Section
  • Banaue-Mayaoyao-Aguinaldo-A.Lista-Isabela Bdry Road, K0380+080, Poblacion, mapawoy, Mayoyao
  • Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Bdry. Road, Mt. Polis Section, K0362+242

Lower Kalinga:

  • Bulo National Road, K0508+092, Bulo Section
  • Kalinga-Cagayan Road, K0524+000 to K0526+200
  • Tabuk-Banaue Road, K0536+500 and K0538+500, Lubo Section
  • Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road, K0513+200, taga Section

Upper Kalinga:

  • Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road, K0490+950 Comyaas, Balbalan

Mt Province:

  • Baguio-Bontoc Road, K0342+(-500), Sinto, Bauko, Mt. Province
  • Mt Province-Cagayan via Tabuk-Enrile Road, K0392+250-K0420+997, intermittent section
  • Mt Province-Nueva Vizcaya

Chico Karayan Bridge

K0362+00-K0384+000, Intermittent section

  • Mt Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Kayan



  • Jct Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road, K0377+100
  • Dantay-Sagada Road, K0388+700, Pegeo, Sagada

Ilocos Region

Ilocos Norte 

  • Batac-Banna Road
  • Batac-Pinili Road
  • Ilocos Norte-Apayao Road

Ilocos Sur

  • Tagudin-Cervantes Road

La Union

  • Luna-Bangar Road

Cagayan Valley


  • Cabagan-Sta Maria Road, Sta Maria Overflow Bridge, K0451+500
  • Ilagan-Bigao-Palanan/Bintacan Road, Bintacan Bridge, K0419+000


  • NRJ Villa Hermosa-San Pedro-Cabuaan-Disimungal Road, K0367+974 (San Pedro Bridge)

Central Luzon


  • Dinadiawan-Madela Road
  • Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road, K0171+-322 to K0180+000

Nueva Ecija:

  • Nueva Ecija- Aurora Road, K161+547, Labi Bridge, Brgy. Labi, Bongabon, NE

The DPWH said it has already deployed equipment and maintenance crews for ongoing clearing operations.

Lawin was a super typhoon when it made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11 pm on Wednesday, October 19. Lawin left the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday at 5 pm.

As of Thursday 6am, the DPWH estimated the damage to public roads and infrastructure at P3.6 million. – Rappler.com




WATCH: Tuguegarao evacuees ask for food, clothes after Lawin


CAGAYAN, Philippines – Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) ravages the city of Tuguegarao, forcing the city government to declare a state of calamity.

Residents in evacuation centers are in need of food, shelter, and clothing.

Mara Cepeda reports. – Rappler.com

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

This is the Office of Civil Defense Region 2 in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

Not even the OCD building escaped the wrath of Typhoon Lawin, as the rain and strong winds broke the windows and destroyed furniture.

Officials are forced to set up headquarters in a nearby hotel.

National and local officials visit the region to check the damage left behind by Typhoon Lawin.

As of October 21, more than 12,000 families are affected by the typhoon in Cagayan, Isabela, and Quirino. 

Tuguegarao is under a state of calamity.

Among those left homeless is the family of Soraya Usman, a mother to 4 children. 

They are staying at the Centro 10 People's Gym, the command center for the city. 

SORAYA USMAN, TYPHOON LAWIN VICTIM: It's hard because we don’t know when our house would be rebuilt so we're staying here temporarily.

RAPPLER: Until when do you plan to stay here?

SORAYA USMAN, TYPHOON LAWIN VICTIM: We don't know because someone is supposed to donate the roof for our house. But of course that won't be built right away. It might take a month. I’m not sure.

She is wondering how to provide for her children.

SORAYA USMAN, TYPHOON LAWIN VICTIM: We need clothes – that's what my children really want. And, of course, food is the most important.

Precy Delmonte is more concerned about shelter and livelihood.

PRECY DELMONTE, TYPHOON LAWIN VICTIM: I'm thinking about where to sleep, where my husband and I would be working because we're both jobless after the typhoon.

A city councilor says the local government is shouldering 90% of the relief goods so far.

But more are coming in from both the public and private sectors. 

RAYMOND DE GUZMAN, COUNCILOR, TUGUEGARAO CITY: We will be giving financial assistance for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of the poorest of the poor.

Despite the wake of destruction left behind by Typhoon Lawin, residents here are positive they would be able to recover.

SORAYA USMAN, TYPHOON LAWIN VICTIM: We are always praying to our Allah. We will rise up from this. What's important is that our family is complete.

They say that resiliency lives in the Filipino spirit even in times of disaster. For the people of Tuguegarao, there is hope after the typhoon.

Mara Cepeda, Rappler, Cagayan.

Kalinga under state of calamity due to Lawin


STATE OF CALAMITY. Kalinga province is reeling from the wrath of Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima). Photo from Vice Governor James Edduba's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Kalinga was placed under a state of calamity on Friday, October 21, following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

At the height of the super typhoon, Kalinga was among the provinces under signal number 5.

In a Facebook post on Friday evening, Kalinga Vice Governor James Edduba announced that Governor Jocel Baac approved the declaration of a state of calamity.

Edubba, quoting the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), also said 6 fatalities have been recorded in Kalinga – all due to landslides.

Five of the victims are all members of the Dupa-as family, identified as Caesar (34 years old), Amelia (24), Aireen (6), Caleb (4), and Takgoo (1).

The other fatality was identified as Jiboy de Belen, a resident of the municipality of Pasil.

A partial, initial report showed that 8,080 persons or 2,113 families in 48 barangays in Kalinga are affected by Lawin.

There are also 281 totally damaged houses and 1,022 partially damaged houses.

Edubba also said the entire province has no cellular signal – both Globe and Smart – as well as no electricity.

"Accordingly it will take KAELCO two months to restore power and the signal will be restored within 3-4 days," he said.

The Kalinga vice governor also issued an appeal for solidarity, saying, "Let's all pray for strength so that we shall overcome this by supporting and helping each other especially the members and families of our kakailyan (town mates) who died in this tragic incident." – Rappler.com

13 barangays in Peñablanca still isolated due to Lawin


AFTERMATH. Getting to and from typhoon-hit Peñablanca barangays is difficult in the aftermath of Lawin (Haima). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Several barangays (villages) in Peñablanca, Cagayan, the town where Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) made landfall, are still unreachable due to damaged bridges.

Peñablanca Vice Mayor Marilyn Taguinod told Rappler that the bridge connecting the barangays of Kabbo and Cabasan as well as the Tawi bridge were destroyed by flashfloods at the height of the super typhoon.

The destruction of the bridges has left 13 villages isolated: Cabasan, Bugatay, Sisim, Mangga, Buyun, Nabbabalayan, Minanga, Lappi, Callao, San Roque, Nannaryan, Agugaddan, and Malibabbag.

Taguinod said barangay officials and residents have to cross a river using a rescue boat to give updates on their situation.

Fronie Badajos, barangay council member of Nannaryan, was seen by the news team waiting for his turn to ride the rescue boat.

Badajos said it would be his first time to check the condition of his house since Lawin struck their town on Wednesday night, October 19.

He and his family had evacuated to Tuguegarao City, the province's capital, before the typhoon's landfall.

"Gusto ko man umuwi pero wala naman akong matawiran. Kaya nung narinig kong mayroong bangka na nagtatawid, pumunta na ako agad dito. Hindi ko pa alam ang sitwasyon sa amin," Badajos said.

(I wanted to go home earlier but there was no way of reaching our barangay. When I heard that I could ride a rescue boat to cross the river, I immediately went here. I still don't know the condition of our house.)

Vice Mayor Taguinod said it remains difficult to bring new relief supplies to the isolated barangays, but they were able to preposition goods there before Lawin struck.

She added that they are considering building temporary bridges, but they would need the help of the national government to ensure that these would be safe for light vehicles. – Rappler.com

#LawinPH: Road to recovery begins


HARD ROAD AHEAD. A family gathers their belongings along a highway after their house was destroyed by super typhoon Haima, in San Pablo town, Isabela province, north of Manila on October 20, 2016. Photo credits: Ted Aljibe/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) struck the eastern coast of Cagayan province late evening Wednesday, October 19, bringing with it strong winds of up to 220 kilometers per hour. Lawin traversed northern Luzon fairly quickly but left in its wake scenes of destruction and interrupted lives. 

At least 9 people are dead and 3 others missing or feared dead, according to the latest situation report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Saturday, October 22. 

A total of 274,685 persons – equivalent to about 56,266 families – were affected in Regions CAR, I, II, III, IVA, and V, or pretty much the entire swath of northern and central luzon. 

Of this number, 56,226 families or 237,681 persons were displaced. Some 29,533 families or 116,826 persons took shelter in evacuation centers, while the rest moved to the homes of relatives or friends. 


The government estimates the typhoon damaged at least 6,308 homes and tens of millions of pesos worth of agriculture. In the Cordilleras alone, the provincial disaster management office estimates agriculture damage at P26.2 million. Rappler received reports via social media that farmers scrambled to harvest rice and other crops before the arrival of Lawin. 

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a total of ₱14,072,830 worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected families. Of the said amount, DSWD provided ₱10,144,496, while affected LGUs provided a total of ₱3,584,254. Initial relief assistance included family food packs and hygiene kits. 

#ReliefPH operations in the Province of Apayao. There are almost 2,500 families affected in the province due to devastation of #LawinPH.

Posted by OCD-CAR CRDRRMC on Friday, October 21, 2016

On October 21, DSWD secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Office of Civil Defense Executive Director Ricardo Jalad led a team of officials and disaster managers to conduct an aerial survey and inspection of the disaster zone, landing in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. Vice President Leni Robredo conducted a separate visit in Isabela and Cagayan provinces. (READ: Kalinga under a state of calamity)

Although Lawin was the strongest typhoon in the Pacific for the year, it did not cause damage at the level of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, as was earlier feared by many. Unlike in Haiyan, many communities living in coastal and low-lying areas were evacuated early and away from the coastline. Still, Lawin uprooted many trees, caused landslides that blocked major roads, and shut the power off in many provinces.  

Now, the process of rehabilitation and recovery begins. 

Government and civil society have mobilized relief programs to provide immediate aid and longer-term assistance to those affected by Lawin. Civic and private organizations, such as Caritas Philippines, World Vision, and the Philippine Red Cross, have sent assessment teams and relief to remote areas in Isabela and Cagayan. 

"We are trying to determine where help is most needed and what type of relief are we going to give to affected communities," said Father Edwin Gariguez, head of Caritas Philippines. 

These organizations are calling on the public to donate cash or relief needs like medicine, clothes, and building materials. Those who want to donate can visit the organization’s social media pages or tweet with #ReliefPH or email move.ph@rappler.com. 



Social welfare secretary Taguiwalo thanked civic organizations and donors for their offers to help, and reassured local officials that the government was ready to respond. 

Speaking to the public in Tuguegarao on Friday, October 21, Taguiwalo said, “We want to assure our local government officials that we are here for them, and more importantly, we are here for their constituents. We want our brothers and sisters in Cagayan to know that we are paying close attention to the situation they are facing and that we are ready to help.” – Rappler.com

Caritas Philippines readies P2 million for typhoon Lawin families


MAN VS NATURE. A man surveys the remains of his house after it was destroyed by super typhoon Haima in Cabagan town, Isabela province, north of Manila on October 20, 2016. Photo credits: Ted Aljibe/AFP

MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Church through its social action arm, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, has started utilizing its emergency funds called “Alay Kapwa” to support the on-going relief operations for the families affected by super typhoon Lawin (Haima) in Northern Luzon.


According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez, at least P2 million was initially allocated to support the immediate needs of affected families such as food packs. They will distributed in affected dioceses such as those located in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Benguet. 


“We are expecting bigger needs in the next few days as we still wait for the data of the on-going rapid needs assessment of the Caritas network and other church groups in the affected dioceses,” Gariguez said.


The priest said that among the needs that were initially expressed by the affected dioceses to NASSA/Caritas Philippines are food items and sleeping kits in Cagayan, shelter repair kits in Isabela, and livelihood interventions in Benguet.

"We are trying to determine where help is most needed and what type of relief are we going to give to affected...

Posted by NASSA/Caritas Philippines on Thursday, October 20, 2016


Based on the latest situation report of NASSA/Caritas Philippines, the national caritas will be finalizing deployment and response plans today with Caritas Espanola and Caritas luxembourg, and will start rapid assessment on Monday with CORDAID (Caritas Netherlands).


Gariguez added that Caritas Manila is ready to distribute relief goods to Tabuk, Kalinga and Apayao. 


Through strong coordination with other humanitarian organizations, NASSA/Caritas also partnered with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) and SkyEye to provide aerial footages of the affected areas to help response actions.


Assessment teams from the Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) were also deployed earlier in Isabela.


“NASSA/Caritas Philippines is directing the overall coordination with the social action network of the dioceses, and international Caritas confederation,” he said.


The church’s local emergency funds called “Alay Kapwa” is the Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Church to raise consciousness and funds for calamities and major social concerns.


Through these local funds and support from Caritas Internationalis, NASSA/Caritas was able to implement various relief and rehabilitation programs to typhoon victims in the Philippines.


NASSA/Caritas Philippines is the development, advocacy and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. - Caritas/Rappler.com  

Caritas Philippines is a partner of Agos eBayanihan, Rappler's disaster information network and platform.

WATCH: No relief, electricity yet in isolated Peñablanca town


CAGAYAN, Philippines – Thirteen barangays in Peñablanca town, Cagayan remain isolated, rendering Typhoon Lawin victims here helpless as they wait for relief goods.

Food, housing, and solar panels are now among the immediate needs of the typhoon victims.

Mara Cepeda reports. – Rappler.com

Photos c/o Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Jaydee Danao lived in Barangay Cabasan, Peñablanca town in Cagayan for more than a decade, but she never expected to see her house destroyed by a typhoon.

JAYDEE DANAO, TYPHOON VICTIM: We have been living here for 11 years, but this is the first time for us to experience a typhoon this strong. The past typhoons did not touch our house.

Her family fled to a neighbor’s house at the height of Typhoon Lawin.

When they returned, their house was completely destroyed.

JAYDEE DANAO, TYPHOON VICTIM: It was blown away. The roof went far, so we look helpless here. We were not able to save any of our things. They’re all wet.

The family is now building a temporary shelter as they await for help to come.

Cabasan is among the 13 barangays that remain isolated in Peñablanca.

Behind me is the Kabbo-Cabasan river in Peñablanca, one of the worst hit municipalities in Cagayan.

Typhoon Lawin destroyed the bridge connecting the two areas so members of the Search and Rescue Unit Foundation based in Manila and local officials are helping people and their supplies cross the river.

Clearing operations for the isolated areas begin today, October 22.

Vice Mayor Marilyn Taguinod says they have already distributed relief goods to the rest of the town.

But they need more help for the isolated barangays.

MARILYN TAGUINOD, VICE MAYOR, PEÑABLANCA: Our problem here is how to rebuild the houses that were totally destroyed.

She estimates electricity will not return anytime soon.

MARILYN TAGUINOD, VICE MAYOR, PEÑABLANCA: If we can get some of the solar lamps like the ones they distributed during Typhoon Yolanda, that would be a big help to our people.

As the municipal government continues its clearing operations, families like the Danaos are forced to wait until help arrives.

Mara Cepeda, Rappler, Cagayan.



Kalinga residents appeal for aid: 'Don't forget us'


ROOFLESS. A heavily damaged home sits vacant in Tabuk, Kalinga. Photo by James Edduba

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens took to social media to appeal for more information about residents of the landlocked Kalinga Province in the north devastated by Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) on Thursday, October 20.

The province has been without electricity, power, and water since Thursday. Roadways were only cleared on Saturday, October 22.  

According to Lea Vanessa Ancheta, who reached out to media for help, people in Kalinga have to travel for 45 minutes before they can call or text. Some of the first photos out of the area indicated heavy damage to buildings and agriculture.  

#KALINGA is under state of calamity But we do not hear any news in media about what is the status of our families out...

Posted by Nobeth Asingwa Madriaga on Friday, October 21, 2016


Also on Saturday, a Facebook post by Vice Governor James Edduba indicated that Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac declared a state of calamity in the entire province the day before.

A total of 6 people in Kalinga were killed and 2,113 families were affected by the typhoon, according to the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC). 

An entire family of 5 was buried in a landslide that occurred at Roadside, Lower Uma, in Lubuagan. Huge boulders and debris fell on the road at night, burying the home of the Dupa-as family. The youngest child was only 1 year old. 

The local electric cooperative said it would take at least two months to restore power, but mobile communications could be restored in 3 to 4 days.

Province of Kalinga put the whole province under a state of calamity through Sanguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No...

Posted by James Edduba on Friday, October 21, 2016

Abraham Mamaril, a resident of Baguio who hails from Kalinga, also appealed on Facebook for people to help the province. He said “Kalinga is still a part of the Philippines and must not be forgotten.”

Mamaril tried to reach Kalinga on Friday but had to turn back because the roads were blocked. He said that aid has yet to reach the isolated communities there and that they urgently need water and other supplies. 

“Let's all pray for strength so that we shall overcome this by supporting and helping each other especially the members and families of our Kakailyan who died in this tragic incident,” Edduba posted on Facebook.

Kalinga is a popular tourist destination for backpackers and hikers. – Rappler.com

DSWD orders immediate release of shelter aid for Lawin survivors


HANDS ON. On October 21, DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo, speaking to Super Typhoon Lawin survivors and local officials in Cagayan province, gives assurances that emergency shelter assistance will be provided 'within a month and not 3 years'. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – It only took Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo 3 days after Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) hit northern Luzon to act on the urgent shelter problem in affected areas.

In a memorandum released on Saturday night, October 22, Taguiwalo ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) field offices in affected areas to “immediately provide” emergency shelter assistance (ESA) “to expedite the rebuilding of the damaged shelters.” 

For the first batch of aid to be distributed in cash, a uniform amount of P5,000 will be given to families who need shelter assistance, whether their houses were partially or totally damaged. 

The order noted that additional amount will be released after local government units (LGUs) have submitted a validated count of damaged houses. The DSWD initially said that affected families with partially damaged houses will receive P10,000, while those with totally damaged houses will receive P30,000. The final rate will be determined during the recovery and rehabilitation planning set in the first week of November.

AID DISTRIBUTION. Pres Rodrigo Duterte and DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo kick off the distribution of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) in Tuguegarao City and Ilagan City on Sunday, October 23. Photo by Julius Catulin

Duterte, Taguiwalo kick off ESA distribution

To kick off the implementation of ESA, at least 20 beneficiaries in Tuguegarao City and 10 in Ilagan City, Isabela received the assistance when President Rodrigo Duterte visited the typhoon-hit areas on Sunday.

Taguiwalo, who led the first team of ranking national officials who flew to Cagayan after the typhoon to assess the situation and distribute relief goods, made assurances that shelter aid will be distributed within the first month of the disaster crisis. 

At the biggest evacuation center in Tuguegarao City shortly after her team landed on ground zero on Friday, October 21, Taguiwalo made assurances that the delay in the distribution of help needed in areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) will not be repeated in Cagayan and other areas devastated by Super Typhoon Lawin. 

The DSWD chief was referring to the implementation of the million-peso ESA program after Yolanda which allegedly failed, particularly in Tacloban City. 

She said that her agency will do its best in quickly addressing the needs of the survivors "without color and corruption, but with compassion."

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The ESA program to be implemented across regions affected by Super Typhoon Lawin will be initially charged against the P10 million additional standby fund released to DSWD field offices as part of the agency's earlier preparedness measures for response to the typhoon. 

According to Taguiwalo, additional funding shall be released as new information on shelter needs comes in.

MAN VS NATURE. A man surveys the remains of his house after it was destroyed by super typhoon Haima in Cabagan town, Isabela province, north of Manila on October 20, 2016. Photo credits: Ted Aljibe/AFP

Quick response

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba praised Taguiwalo for the quick response, noting that “the national government has been helping us a lot since day one."

The huge shelter and relief needs in typhoon-hit regions became clearer on Saturday as more reports came in from directly affected residents, local government units, and responsible agencies. 

One of the reports came from an Aeta family from the remote town of Baggao, who trooped to the provincial capitol of Cagayan on a hot Saturday morning to seek government help. The walls of their houses were peeled off, they said. Six other Aeta families back home, including a woman and her newly born, have no roof over their heads, they added.

Mamba said that of the 28 LGUs in Cagayan, 10 towns and Tuguegarao City have already submitted initial reports on shelter and other needs. 

As of Sunday, October 23, the province has documented at least 26,201 partially damaged houses and 7504 totally destroyed houses, the governor said. He said that authorities are facing difficulty in reaching a few more remote villages in Baggao, Peñablanca, and Rizal.

He urged all residents to immediately report their shelter, food, and livelihood needs to their barangay officials even as LGUs and DSWD social workers continue to gather and validate information to speed up the release of urgently needed help. – Rappler.com 

Model Rina Fukushi taking world by storm


'ULTRA-COOL.' Model Rina Fukushi presents a creation by Japanese designer Tae Ashida during the Tae Ashida 2017 Spring/Summer collection show in Tokyo on October 17, 2016. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

TOKYO, Japan – Aged just 17 and still living with her family, Rina Fukushi has seen more of the world than most Japanese schoolgirls.

She is the newest model sensation making waves in Europe and New York, wowing on the runway for the likes of Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs when not chowing down on hamburgers or playing with her little brother.

Discovered at 14, hailed by Vogue as "ultra-cool" and "eye-catching" with her enormous eyes, thick eyebrows, and bee-sting lips, she is already the veteran of seasons in Paris, Milan, and New York – giving American models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner a run for their money.

"I always believed I could be a star from the moment I was scouted. But at the same time, I still can't believe it's real," says Fukushi, delightfully friendly and giggly, yet equally self-assured for her age.

She arrives early for an interview with AFP, taking time out from her packed schedule at Tokyo Fashion Week to meet at a chic cafe.

Quick to laugh, she is a dab hand at sign language to ease gaps in lost in Japanese-English translation, yet both shy and vivacious, faultlessly polite, and totally absorbed in the world of fashion.

A girl who loves to rummage around vintage stores whenever she is traveling, she dresses for the interview in black – mini skirt from Paris, turtleneck from Japan – and brown handbag from Milan.

A silver pendant inscribed "Rina," in Japanese script, hangs from her neck and she carries a leather jacket from Beautiful People, a Japanese label for whom she walked the previous night.

Her schedule is punishing: she's up at 7 am, rushes from show to show, working until 10 pm and finally falls into bed around 1 am.

Loves New York

In between it all, she is studying, which she does online to fit around her schedule. When high school ends in March she hopes to spend more time in New York, which she loved visiting in September.

"I really like the people," she explains, laughing when asked if she thinks New York is loud and dirty compared to Tokyo. She loves the energy, the diversity, and the get-up-and-go attitude.

Marc Jacobs left a deep impression. She thought his spring/summer show of rainbow rastafarian locks "so cute," although she dissolves into more laughter when asked what his towering, 7-inch platform boots were like to walk in. "I was really careful not to slip."

MAKING WAVES. Rina Fukushi looks at the camera backstage before a show by Japanese designer Tae Ashida during the Tae Ashida 2017 Spring/Summer collection show in Tokyo on October 17, 2016. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Wearing no make-up, her face is radiant with natural beauty, and her dark brown hair falls just below the shoulder. It used to be longer, but was cut – without warning – backstage at Alexander Wang.

As a model it pays to be professional and amenable. Fukushi is both, and besides, the soft-spoken Taiwanese-American fashion genius of New York urban cool was "so kind" to her. 

"He didn't know where I was from," she giggled.

Described in the Japanese fashion press as "exotic," Fukushi is the daughter of a Spanish-Filipino mother and a Japanese-American father.

Fukushi was born in Manila. Her family returned to Japan when she was a baby, and she grew up in Tokyo, although she speaks Filipino as well as Japanese.

"I thought she had the perfect proportions," says her agent Mayumi Kozakura, incredibly one of three scouts who spotted her the first day she went out shopping with a friend in Tokyo's Harajuku district.

Being Japanese

But at 176 cm (5 feet, 9 inches) Fukushi is short for a runway model, by Western standards.

It's one of the reasons she admires Kate Moss so much: the British model who defied beauty norms by pioneering so-called heroin chic is even shorter.

"When she wears clothes, they look fabulous," Fukushi says of Moss. "She has inner beauty and I think that is so important."

Tokyo Fashion Week sees Japanese designers mostly shun Asian models in favor of white Western girls, albeit with catwalks in Europe and New York under increasing pressure to show diversity.

"I like myself and I have confidence. What is wrong about being Asian or Japanese?" she says. "I don't feel 'I am sorry for being Japanese'. If I am confident that clothes look good on me, people don't see anything wrong. So it doesn't annoy me."

She is dreaming big. She would love to front a campaign and walk for Chanel, and perhaps become an actress or singer later in life.

She's a fan of J-pop and likes to retreat into nature when she gets occasional time off. 

But mostly she's working. Otherwise, she sleeps or eats, she jokes. Hamburgers in New York and steak are her favorites. – Rappler.com

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China


HELP OFWS. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (extreme left) wants President Rodrigo Duterte to help undocumented OFWs in China. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Days after President Rodrigo Duterte returned from a trip to Beijing, a lawmaker urged the President to help some 200,000 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in China.  

‘Yung concern kasi ng sector namin, being the [one] representing OFW, is the legalization muna of the agreements between China and Philippines. Kasi hanggang ngayon kasi, ‘yung mga nagtatrabaho sa China, majority of them, 200,000 are puro undocumented. Very few lang ‘yung talagang documented,” said ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz on Monday, October 24.  

(The concern of my sector, as the one representing OFWs, is the legalization of the agreements between China and the Philippines. Until now, majority of the 200,000 Filipinos working in China are undocumented. Very few are documented.)

According to Bertiz, most of the undocumented OFWs in China work as household workers and private tutors.  

Wala po talaga ‘tong formal na agreement sa ating bansa at ang China po, hindi nagbibigay ng work visa on those categories kasi maapektuhan nga ‘yung ilang million din nilang mga manggagawa sa China (There’s no formal agreement between our country and China to give work visas for these categories because it would really affect the millions of workers in China),” he said.

The Philippine consulate-general in Hong Kong had earlier estimated that 200,000 OFWs are working as maids in mainland China, with most of the workers recruited from Hong Kong.

In 2015, the Philippine Embassy in Beijing warned Filipinos against accepting jobs as household workers and private tutors in China because it is against Chinese laws. 

Bertiz said he hopes Duterte would now set in motion a process to help legalize the contracts of these OFWs. 

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said he would be asking the President to discuss the issue of undocumented OFWs with Chinese authorities, but the matter was not among Duterte’s listed accomplishments in Beijing.

Latest data from Commission on Filipino Overseas only puts the number of Filipinos in China at 29,691.– Rappler.com

Regional officials: Lawin left 15 dead in Cordillera


AFTERMATH. Some barangays in Pinukpuk, Kalinga became inaccessible due to Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima), according to Kalinga Vice Governor James Edduba. Photo from Edduba's Facebook page

CAGAYAN, Philippines – At least 15 people died while 4 others were hurt during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), said the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Cordillera on Monday, October 24.

In its latest situation report, OCD-Cordillera also said the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, and Mountain Province were placed under a state of calamity as they suffered damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

The provincial board of Kalinga made the declaration through Resolution 2016-120, Apayao through 85-2016, and Mountain Province through PBR 378-2016.

About 66,518 families or 307,305 individuals have been affected by Lawin in the region.

OCD-Cordillera also said 3,078 families or 16,142 individuals were displaced. Of those, 1,397 families or 8,023 individuals are staying in 51 evacuation centers, while the remaining 1,509 families or 7,885 individuals are either with their neighbors or relatives.

Lawin also left more than 11,000 houses partially damaged and 1,192 totally damaged.

Initial damage to agriculture and fisheries is pegged at around P396.5 million.

Apayao, Abra, Mountain Province, and Kalinga are still experiencing power outages due to fallen electric posts.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released about P5.6 million worth of relief assistance in the region. The agency is also set to airlift relief goods to Apayao and Kalinga on Monday and Tuesday, October 25. – Rappler.com