Typhoon Hagupit: an update

A little over a week ago Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) bore down on the Eastern Samar province and proceeded to move achingly slowly westward across the country. In the days following Typhoon Ruby, PECOJON (the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network) deployed teams to assess the damage in Samar. 6 barangays and 2 municipalities

Typhoon Hagupit whips through the region

The anticipation for Typhoon Hagupit, or Ruby as it’s called in the Philippines, was almost as intense as the storm itself. After the extreme devastation of last year’s Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), warnings were heeded and precautions taken with urgency. Ruby touched down Saturday night around 10pm in Eastern Samar province with forceful winds of

Constructing school chairs with self-reliance

The Tacloban Persons with Disabilities Multi-Purpose Cooperative, or TAPDICO, located in barangay Abucay of Tacloban City, is a government-run program that employs about 30 people with mental, physical, and/or sensory impairments. Their job is to build armchairs for schools, from start to finish. This past week, Volunteer for the Visayans began sending volunteers to TAPDICO,

Sweet dreams make magic happen

Near the rickety collection of huts that make up the remote village of Tagpuro you wouldn’t expect much, let alone a program as inspiring as the Social Development Center (SDC). First established in 2003, SDC (better known as sweet dreams) was created to provide street children with shelter and protection. The children are brought to