Media Releases

Super typhoon Haima aftermath: Oxfam assesses needs on the ground

October 21, 2016

At least seven are confirmed dead and thousands remain displaced after super typhoon Haima (local name: Lawin) pounded northern parts of the Philippines. Haima hit land as a category 4 storm but eventually weakened to category 3 after traversing the mountains of Sierra Madre and the Cordilleras. Heightened public awareness helped minimize casualties. Authorities implemented the […]

Philippines braces for super typhoon Haima: Oxfam on standby

October 19, 2016

Super typhoon Haima (local name: Lawin) is on track to hit the Philippines on Wednesday evening up to Thursday morning, becoming the second storm to hit the country in a week. About 2.78 million individuals are at risk in seven provinces within the 100-kilometre radius of the storm track, according to the flash update of […]

CSO network pushes for reforms in PHL disaster law

October 13, 2016

As the world marked International Day for Disaster Reduction on Thursday, October 13, Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNetPhils), a network of civil society organizations, pushed for nine key actions to improve the Philippines’ disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) system and strengthen the country’s resilience to disasters. The nine calls to action are the main messages […]

Typhoon-affected communities in Guiuan, Samar can now access safe, affordable toilets

September 25, 2016

Guiuan, Samar – Safe, sanitary, and affordable toilets are now accessible to Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities in Eastern Samar. Oxfam, through its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Markets project or WHAM, in partnership with Bayan Academy, launched these products yesterday at the Barato Nga Kasilyas Showcase Area located in Barangay Surok, Guiuan, Samar. An estimated […]

Sanitation market fair set in Bantayan Island

September 16, 2016

Bantayan, Cebu – For people living in Bantayan  island, building back better after Haiyan means getting access to safe, sanitary and affordable toilets.  Around 300 people are set to gather today at the Bantayan Gymnasium for the Sanitation Market Fair titled Kasilyas, Ipon, at Kita.  The event is aimed at encouraging government and non-government sectors to invest […]

Yolanda stakeholders in Tacloban alarmed over water access and sanitation concerns in government housing program

September 8, 2016

Press release from the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation (PLCPD) September 8, 2016 – Nearly three years after the onslaught of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), housing for more than 14,000 displaced families remains an issue. In a press conference held in Quezon City, typhoon survivors, local government officials, and advocates raised concerns on […]

Oxfam and Visa push for better disaster preparedness through financial inclusion

August 23, 2016

MANILA, 23 August, 2016 – As the monsoon season starts to rip through the country, international humanitarian aid organization Oxfam and global electronic payments leader Visa come together to call for wider financial inclusion that will help improve disaster preparedness and recovery among poor and vulnerable communities. “The Philippines is the second most disaster-prone country in […]

CSO network to Duterte after SONA: Include disaster risk reduction in your priority

July 26, 2016

Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNetPhils) welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he wants to “genuinely reduce the vulnerabilities of our people, build resiliency and empower individuals, families and communities.” On another occasion, the president also mentioned that he will continue to expand operations on human […]

DOH and Zuellig Foundation execs visit Salcedo during the barangay health emergency training

July 24, 2016

Salcedo, Eastern Samar – The Department of Health-Health Emergency Management Bureau (DOH-HEMB) national director Dr. Gloria Balboa and Zuellig Family Foundation vice president Ramon Derige recently visited the municipality of Salcedo to check out the Barangay Health Emergency Management Systems Training (BHEMS). Oxfam is currently supporting 10 of its barangays through the WIRED (Women Increased Resilience […]

OXFAM REACTIVE: On the recent statement of President Rodrigo Duterte on the Paris Climate Agreement

July 21, 2016

International aid agency Oxfam shares President Rodrigo Duterte’s views that indeed, the Philippine government  should continue to push developed countries historically responsible for causing climate change, to increase climate funding and cut their emissions fast enough to forestall a climate change catastrophe.  “The Philippines has been recognized as a strong voice in calling for climate […]