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The Filipino Aid Workers of Typhoon Yolanda


According to project leader Jonathan Corpus Ong, professor of communication in University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Convenor of the Network, “The book aims to recognize the Filipino aid workers who gave voice to communities that they are part of. It captures the hard work, ingenuity, and compassion of these aid workers that made these humanitarian projects not only possible but even successful.”

The book retells the stories of: Angelo Melencio (Plan International Philippines), John Vergel Briones (formerly IOM), Jerby Santo (formerly IOM), Aivon Guanco (World Vision Philippines), and Arnold Salvador (World Vision Philippines), who managed community feedback projects to enhance community engagement. Meanwhile, Janeen Kim Cayetano (Catholic Relief Services), David Garcia (formerly UN Habitat), and Mikko Tamura (Red Cross), who worked on hazard mapping initiatives.

The book recounts not only the difficult stories of working in an emergency context, but also their personal challenges, including experiencing house damage from Yolanda themselves, losing jobs and switching industries, working with expats in large global aid agencies, and piloting technological innovations never before implemented in disaster contexts. At the same time, the book highlights the professional opportunities they experienced after their pioneering work, including leading international assignments and pursuing graduate studies in prestigious universities overseas. The book features evocative photographs from renowned photojournalist Geric Cruz. Book designer and National Book Award winner Karl Castro worked on the eloquent structure and typography of the feature.


More information about this book can be found here.


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