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August 12, 2015
The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) in the University of the Philippines Diliman is a recognized leader in the field of social development. A vital part of the CSWCD education is the Field Instruction Program (FIP), where students are immersed in communities to get a feel of the people's experiences and share their learnings in the classroom. The end of 2013 saw something new for the program – the strongest storm of the century – Typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan.
July 16, 2015
In photo: Mayet and the rest of ACCORD are currently working with Baclaran Church to develop an earthquake contingency plan.
Surprised by the sudden vigorous shaking and loud cracking of the glass window panes, Mayet and her officemates bolted out of the their office and into the street. This happened exactly 25 years ago, on the 16th of July 1990, when the 7.8 magnitude Luzon Earthquake hit the Philippines. This was her first earthquake disaster experience, which also became her first humanitarian assistance assignment.
May 29, 2015

He has had polio since he was a year old but you'll never know from the way he works. Richard Boga, or Tatay Richard as he is fondly called, is a 55 year-old resident of Barangay Batuan in San Dionisio, Iloilo. Seeing him crafting furniture sets out of bamboo, one can't help but be amazed. Especially when he tells you his story.

April 24, 2015
An average bahay kubo or nipa hut can last for 20 years. The marriage of Tatay Magdalino and Nanay Sidora Polinar has now outlived their house for the third time. This time, their house is now as resilient to disasters as their marriage.
December 12, 2014
Field report from Xyla Ortinero
In photo: Xyla (left) listens to the gathered women of Barangay Tan-Awan in Dolores, Eastern Samar. Typhoon Hagupit / Ruby made its first landfall in Dolores.
Downed trees and power lines. Flooded communities. Closed markets. Destroyed houses and livelihoods. People picking up the pieces and trying to rebuild. These are the sights in Samar where we were deployed.
Back when I was Area Coordinator for our Bohol earthquake response, my teammates would tell me, "Ok lang umiyak, tao tayo at bata pa. Pero push pa rin tayo ha, kaya yan. (It's ok to cry, we’re young and human after all. But let's continue to push, we will pull through.)"
Those words recharge my will as I listen to mothers, senior citizens and community leaders tell their stories. Yes, we will all pull through. Push pa.


November 29, 2014
(This feature story was also published online by Rappler on their website and on MSN News.)
by Darwin Masacupan
In photo: One of Mag-aso’s livelihood groups among the corn plants they cultivated. (Mavic Relayson / ECHO2 Consortium)
It was so bright that day, and not just because of the noontime sun directly over our heads. It was another thing entirely: the dreams shared by the people of Barangay. Mag-aso in La Paz, Leyte.