Yolanda, a year after

By Julius D. Mariveles

TWELVE MONTHS after super typhoon Yolanda left a swath of destruction in 44 of the 80 provinces of the Philippines, mixed images of hope and hopelessness, communities rising or falling back to worse times, and families resettled in permanent and transitional homes or making do with makeshift dwellings built from salvaged scraps.

From Oct. 29 to Nov. 10, 2014, a team of PCIJ reporters visited some of the villages that Yolanda had ravaged in Tacloban City, and Leyte and Samar provinces. A year after, the disaster that was Yolanda seems to linger still.


“Christian Aid funded this project/report as our contribution to the interest of the public’s right to know how the Yolanda funds are managed and used, and that the findings and recommendations are meant to feed into the policy discourse on Republic Act No. 10121 (The Philippine Risk Reduction and Management Plan of 2010) review and the Yolanda budget process.”