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Building back better in San Roque Ecovillage: Safer homes in post-Haiyan Philippines

31 May 2017
La Ecoaldea de San Roque, un proyecto del ESSC de reconstrucción para la reubicación de viviendas, fue lanzado el 2 de junio de 2017 con el apoyo de la Red Xavier y la Provincia Filipina de la Compañía de Jesús.  Durante la actividad pionera, el Director de Investigación de la ESSC, Pedro Walpole (tercero de la izquierda, en hardhat) explicó el mapa geohazard de la zona y el lugar de reubicación, con Melchor Mergal (alcalde de Salcedo), Joselito Abrugar (Oficial provincial de medio ambiente y recursos naturales de la provincia Samar del Este), y Sylvia Miclat (Directora Ejecutiva del ESSC). Foto de: ESSC

The Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), with support from Xavier Network and the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, is assisting the relocation efforts of Barangay Cagaut to a safe site that they have named San Roque Ecovillage.  Barangay Cagaut is a coastal village in Salcedo, Eastern Samar in the Philippines with...
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Contributing to a global post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework

28 February 2015
Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Monsieur Ban Ki-Moon, a prononcé le discours d’ouverture à la troisième Conférence mondiale des Nations Unies sur la réduction des risques de catastrophe à Sendai, au Japon.  Dans son discours, Ban Ki-Moon a rappelé que les dégâts annuels globaux résultant de catastrophes dépassent aujourd’hui 300 000 000 000$.  «Nous pouvons regarder ce chiffre augmenter pendant que de plus en plus de monde souffre.  Ou bien nous pouvons, de façon considérable, réduire ces chiffres et investir dans le développement économique». Crédit photo: UN ISDR

Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience As the current global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters (HFA) is nearing its end this year. Countries are coming together from 14 to 18 March in Sendai, Japan for the Third UN...
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Post-disaster relocation considerations in Culion, Palawan, Philippines: A landscape and seascape of beauty, poverty, and livelihood and water insecurity

15 June 2014
Projet de zones de réinstallation dans Culion. Crédit photo: ESSC

Established formally as a municipality in 1992, Culion in northern Palawan, Philippines is a beautiful, scenic part of the country, and has since sought to link with the tourism and environmental agenda of the Province of Palawan. As typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013 exited out of the country via Culion, its aftermath (and...
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Collaborative response in disaster risk reduction

15 January 2014
Las viviendas en las zonas de manglar en la ciudad de Ormoc, Leyte, necesitan una revisión.  El manglar deshojado en el fondo plantea muchas preguntas acerca de la necesidad de una planificación seria sobre uso del suelo. Foto des: P. Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ As we enter the next phases of post-disaster response in relation to typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), we are called to ask ourselves what is the commitment and the quality of such commitment as we explore possible collaboration and contributions of Jesuit institutions in post-typhoon rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. The commitment may occur...
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The role of structure and infrastructure in disaster reduction

29 November 2013
: “Reconstrucción” a lo largo de la línea de costa a lo largo de Taclobán, 16 de Noviembre de 2013. Foto des: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ There is now an awareness that after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit central Philippines last 8 November 2013, infrastructure broke down, and not just roads and bridges, but also communication channels, power, water, transportation. Economic structures where subsistence co-exists with poverty also broke down, and there is now the immediate challenge for...
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Peace is not easily found: Tacloban a week after typhoon Yolanda

29 November 2013
Tacloban, Leyte, Filipinas, 16 noviembre, 2013. Foto des: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ The Tacloban coastline is a sea of flotsam: jumbled wood of various sizes, plywood, foam, refrigerator doors, boxes, cabinet frames, chair backs, bench tops. You can walk for hours watching your step and people as they move around on this trail of debris. By the shore, sometimes there are two-meter coconut...
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Environment and aesthetics

31 January 2013
ESSC published Decline of the Philippine Forest, a map publication that explained and visually depicted the forest shrinkage from 1900 to 1999, with two possible scenarios 10 years after: maintaining current forest cover or further decline, depending on the actions that Philippine society will commit to do. Foto de: ESSC, 1999

T.P. The variety of colours, mentalities, and languages that the Catholic Church as a plural and global community unites in itself, finds its counterpart on an environmental ethics level in a manifold diversity of theoretical and practical approaches to ecological questions. There is one remarkable contribution to this polyphony and is celebrating in these...
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Catholic social teaching and mining in the Philippines

15 September 2012
Visita a la mina de jóvenes indígenas en Claver, Surigao del Norte en Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: ESSC

Sylvia Miclat The Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA) in the Philippines, recognizing the complexity of the issues and the multiple views that mineral development give rise to, developed and released early this month “The Golden Mean in Mining: Talking Points.”  As SJSA Coordinator Robert Rivera, SJ writes, the talking points are meant “to...
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Planning for disasters and risk reduction

18 January 2012
La mañana después de pasar el tifón por  Cagayan de Oro City, norte de Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: Pedro Walpole

The sun shines brightly for the Philippines in the New Year, but not without occasional killer rains.  Over 60,000 people are recovering their lives from the damage of Typhoon Sendong (international Washi).  We are recovering from the awareness not taking root in action to reduce the risk.  We are faced with the question of...
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