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Posts tagged "environment and disasters"

‘Laudato Si,’ urban land abuse and ills

Pope Francis’ newest encyclical, “Laudato Si,” is an overarching document that touches on just about everything that affects the environment and is affected by it. The ills of urban life don’t escape its sweep. He posits that we can have neither nature without humanity nor humanity without nature.

Calendars, our native birds (common, resident, migratory, rare and threatened) and our environment

As we are still enjoying the holidays, I deviate from very serious topics and discuss a pleasurable subject. Given the proper frame of mind, it is also integral to our social and cultural development as a nation.

Poverty, reconstruction, and development in Eastern Visayas after Yolanda

After Yolanda, the poor have become desperately poorer along the typhoon.

Six months after Yolanda — Tacloban, Guiyan, and Eastern Visayas

The growth of the Philippine economy on a year-to-year basis fell in the first quarter. The downturn in growth is not unexpected. The economic devastation brought by Super-Typhoon Yolanda was a major factor.

Disappointing GDP figures: Don’t blame Yolanda

The weaker-than-expected first-quarter GDP growth of 5.7% disappointed a lot of people. It is significantly lower than the official government forecast of 6.5% to 7.5% and the consensus private sector forecast of 6.3%. Government authorities were quick to blame super typhoon Yolanda as the culprit of the economic slowdown. Seriously?

Rising from Haiyan’s ruins

Recovering from the tragedy wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, the most potent typhoon ever to hit land in planet earth’s recorded history, is evidently no mean task. Difficult to estimate is the economic cost; virtually incalculable is the human cost, including lost human capital going to economic cost.

Shocks to Philippine households: Incidence, idiosyncrasy and impact

[With Carlos Antonio Tan, Jr.] Using a nationally representative sample of households, we assess the overall incidence of different shocks, the extent to which they simultaneously affect households in the same area, and their impact.

Financing follows reconstruction plan

he Aquino administration should not turn hope into despair. It shouldn’t squander this opportunity to provide the survivors of the calamities a new beginning.

Yolanda’s singular message: To cope with super-disasters in the future, accelerate economic reforms to strengthen the economy

Few nations can cope adequately and timely with the human and physical havoc that the likes of Yolanda’s cataclysmic fury have brought to us. If it were confined to a local geography, it would have been manageable. But many areas in the Central Visayas were simultaneously devastated.

Blame game

Shoulda, woulda, coulda. That seems to be the blame game everyone is playing now with regard to our relief efforts. We coulda done this, or we shoulda gone that way, or we woulda made more of a difference.

Nature’s fury and the economic damage it brings

Natural disasters hit the country with regularity. Our defense against the brute force of physical laws is often inadequate even if we prepare for them.

Turning crises into opportunities

Every crisis offers an opportunity. The recent crises -- the Zamboanga armed conflict, the Bohol-Cebu earthquakes, and killer typhoon Yolanda -- are no different