Stakeholders from various organizations, including persons with disabilities, chime in during the consultation meeting. Photo: Handicap International

Inclusive citizen participation in budget monitoring pushed

QUEZON CITY – Vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, should be able to participate in the monitoring of the national and local budget process by this year. This was the recurring theme during the joint consultation meeting initiated by Handicap International – Philippines, AKAP Pinoy and Social Watch Philippines last February 5, 2015 that aimed…

Participants who attended a workshop on cacao and coffee production last December 2014 were provided with seedlings in order to jumpstart their enterprises. Photo: Handicap International

Baras LGU vows to continue REBUILD’s inclusive development programs

Recognizing its contributions to vulnerable groups, the local government of Baras, Rizal vowed to carry on the inclusive development programs initiated by the REBUILD program of Handicap International – Philippines. Through a resolution last December 15, 2014, the municipality expressed their sincerest appreciation to HI PH for its “invaluable role in the improvement of the…

Participants, including persons with disabilities, take notes during a session of the three-part risk assessments workshops. Photo: Handicap International

SURGE conducts inclusive community-based risk assessment workshops

To empower vulnerable persons during emergency situations, the SURGE (Scaling Up Resilience in Governance) project held a three-part series of community-based risk assessment workshops for residents, including persons with disabilities in General Generoso, Davao Oriental. Conducted from November 24 to December 3, 2014, the program aimed to complete all demographic data and subsequently identify the…

Harbor of Tacloban city after Hagupit Typhoon. © Camille Borie/ Handicap International

‘We were all prepared for Typhoon Hagupit’

Typhoon Hagupit, which swept through the Philippines this weekend, did not spare the province of Leyte. Tacloban City and the municipalities of Alang-Alang and Pastrana, which experienced the full force of Typhoon Haiyan one year ago, once again had to face this extreme weather event head on. The storm caused extensive material damage: trees were uprooted, electricity pylons knocked down, and roofs blown off.

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Handicap International prepares as Typhoon Hagupit threatens the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) is set to hit the Philippines this weekend, potentially impacting millions of people. Handicap International’s teams working in the archipelago are preparing to take action to support the most vulnerable populations. There is a serious risk that super typhoon Hagupit, which has been gathering strength in the Pacific ocean since…

A 60-minute "Zumba marathon" packed People's Park in Davao City during the Global Diabetes Walk. Photo: Marvin Oclima / Handicap International

800 Davaoeños walk the talk to fight diabetes

More than 800 residents of Davao City trooped to People’s Park to celebrate World Diabetes Day, November 14, with their version of the Global Diabetes Walk. Among them were persons with diabetes and their families, health service providers, government officials, and fitness advocates.