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You Need to Use UAVs in Emergencies

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones, really excel in emergencies as they satisfy the first need in an emergency: provide quick, cheap, and highly local damage estimates. UAV’s: Are small, portable, and easy to deploy. They can comfortably fit into a backpack and be deployed with the first available flight in (if country regulations allow). Can assess large and inaccessible areas quicker than humans, and without direct human control when programmed for autonomous flight.

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Killings, curse words can’t keep Duterte’s popularity down in the Philippines

The rest of the world may be horrified by the deadly drug war and colorful words of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, but his constituents think he’s doing an “excellent” job, according to the latest surveys.

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Philippine president threatens to leave U.N. following pressure on rights abuses

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, sometimes referred to as the ‘Donald Trump of the Philippines,’ is so upset at the United Nations’ critique of his government’s alleged human rights abuses he is threatening to quit. Quit the UN, that is.

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Drug treatment reforms in the Philippines race against daily killings

President Rodrigo Duterte is waging a deadly war on drugs in the Philippines, and the international human rights community has no kind words for him. But amid the snowballing death toll, some are seeing opportunity for positive change. The Dangerous Drugs Board of the Philippines released a statement last month saying that the “surge of

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News in the Humanosphere: Philippines continue harsh crackdown on drug trade

The Philippines’ new president, Rodrigo Duterte, on Sunday publicly accused scores of judges, mayors, lawmakers, military personnel and police officers of involvement with the illegal drug trade, giving them 24 hours to surrender for investigation or, he said, be “hunted” down. Mr. Duterte rejected calls last week from international human rights groups to observe due

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News in the Humanosphere: International court rules against China in South China Sea case

An international tribunal has ruled against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea, backing a case brought by the Philippines. The Permanent Court of Arbitration said there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources. China called the ruling “ill-founded” and says it will not be

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Philippines Only Asia-Pacific Nation With Rising Teenage Pregnancy Rate, UNFPA Says

Associated Press: Philippines only country in Asia where teen pregnancy rising “The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades and the slow decline of its overall fertility rate may deprive the country of the faster economic growth expected in places that have more working-age…More

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More activists being killed in their fight for the environment

Last year was the deadliest yet for activists seeking to protect their land, forests and rivers from destructive industries like mining, logging and dams, according to a report released Monday by Global Witness. The report, “On Dangerous Ground,” uncovered 185 deaths from news reports and public records – a death about every other day –

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Philippines Population Growth Slower Following Law Allowing Government-Funded Contraceptives

Associated Press: Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread “The Philippines’ annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception. … A national law that provides government funding for contraceptives was passed in 2012 despite strong opposition from Catholic church leaders. The law took effect after the…More

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Questions hover over Asia’s first dengue vaccination program in Philippines

Asia’s first dengue vaccine has been distributed in a mass school-based immunization program ;in the Philippines. So far, the program appears to be running without difficulties, but some health professionals are concerned that the vaccine was released ;before researchers could ensure ;its long-term safety. From the beginning, the vaccine’s French manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has been concerned about a

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Philippines Launches First School-Based Dengue Fever Immunization Campaign

CNN: World’s first dengue fever vaccine launched in the Philippines “…The Philippines’ Department of Health launched a school-based immunization program in highly affected areas, making it the first country where the vaccine is commercially available…” (East, 4/6).

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Philippines Plans To Reach 1M Children With Widespread Dengue Immunization Campaign

Wall Street Journal: Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine Made Widely Available for First Time “Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of France’s Sanofi SA, on Tuesday made the Philippines the first country where its vaccine for dengue fever will be widely available. … The vaccine, branded Dengvaxia, can be administered to people aged between nine and 45 years…More

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News in the Humanosphere: Typhoon forces evacuation of 700,0000 in Philippines

Thousands of residents evacuated as Typhoon Melor slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood- and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 13 feet, officials said Monday. Classes and flights were suspended. “The whole province is now a ghost town. We shut all establishments. No school, no

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Oplan Goodbye Bulate: Philippines says goodbye to worms

The Philippines’ deworming campaign this year, Oplan Goodbye Bulate, was incredibly successful. More than 11 million children were dewormed in the campaign, beginning July 29, 2015, with most areas of the country reaching at least 75% of the children enrolled in public schools, the WHO recommended target for mass drug administrations (MDAs) for soil-transmitted helminths […]

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