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Philippines: Philippines: Visayas Region: Summary of Disaster Preparedness & Disaster Risk Reduction Activities (as of June 2014)

21 November 2014 - 5:44am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Philippines: P23-B supplemental budget to scale up Yolanda aid, APEC preps

19 November 2014 - 11:26pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Nov 20 -- In its bid to develop a more responsive budget plan for the next fiscal year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is pushing for a P23-billion supplemental budget to ensure sufficient funding support for crucial development initiatives, including various infrastructure projects for post-Yolanda rehabilitation and government preparations for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad explained, “The National Treasury has already certified the availability of funds to support these projects, but these appropriations must likewise be supported by proper legislation. With the proposed 2015 National Budget already subject to Senate deliberations, we need the support of the House of Representatives to pass a supplemental appropriations bill to fund these projects.”

A total of P16.4 billion—comprising the bulk of allocations under the supplemental budget—has been earmarked for new priority initiatives. Of this amount, the Administration’s Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation program will get P9.5 billion. Another P1.44 billion will support key projects in preparation for the APEC Summit, which the Philippines will be hosting next year.

The Budget chief also said that the supplemental budget will cover liabilities arising from obligated infrastructure projects worth P1.85 billion under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Lastly, a total of P5.08 billion will be coursed to a number of priority projects under various government agencies. The funds will account for the budgetary requirements of priority projects that were partially implemented or previously approved for implementation this year.

Abad said, “Most of these projects have already been completed, are on-going, or are urgently needed to sustain our socio-economic development. The passage of the proposed supplemental budget will allow us to allocate funds accordingly so we can complete these projects right away.“

If approved by Congress, the 2014 Supplemental Appropriations will fund a number of priority projects, ranging from the rehabilitation of the LRT lines 1 and 2 to the construction of permanent housing for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. (DBM)

Philippines: One Year Later—the Road to Resilience After Typhoon Haiyan

19 November 2014 - 10:38pm
Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Philippines

Posted by Nancy Lindborg on Tuesday, November 18th 2014

This week a year ago, I was in the Philippines, flying with the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team in a C-130 to Tacloban in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The strongest storm in recorded history, Haiyan hit on Nov. 8, killing more than 6,000 people, displacing 4.1 million, and affecting 16 million in total—about 14 percent of the country’s total population. Flying into Tacloban, I saw a flattened landscape littered with what looked like matchsticks—the splintered remains of homes, businesses and millions of coconut trees. The damage was immense.

The Philippine Government estimates the typhoon caused $12.7 billion in losses. More than a million homes were damaged or destroyed, and 33 million coconut trees, a source of income for many Filipinos, were wiped out. As the average growth span of a coconut tree is 12 years, the storm essentially wiped out a decade of livelihoods for many Filipino families.

While we have seen enormous progress by the Philippines to build back better, including plans to move 1 million people away from the coast, many of the 4 million people displaced by the storm are still living in temporary shelters. The Philippines continues to lose up to $5 billion, or 2 percent of its gross domestic product, each year to recurring natural disasters.

The Philippines’ steady but tough recovery one year after Haiyan underscores the importance of investing in resilience—of helping people, communities, countries and systems survive and recover from acute shocks and stresses.

Far from being an isolated incident, Haiyan is part of a litany of natural disasters that are coming faster and harder each year thanks to climate change. Research suggests that, as our oceans become warmer, the severity of storms will inevitably increase. The number of reported disasters has already nearly tripled since 1980, and the cost of those disasters is up 300 percent, to $200 billion every year.

As Haiyan illustrates, when disaster strikes, the most vulnerable populations are the hardest hit, often without a chance to recover before the next shock hits them. Many of the communities affected by Haiyan already had poor infrastructure, which was devastated by the storm.

We know that droughts, typhoons and other disasters will continue to happen. By investing in resilience, USAID has pledged to help the world’s most vulnerable get ahead of these recurring shocks. We have changed the way we do business to help communities adapt, mitigate and manage the risks that will inevitably come. These efforts include bringing our humanitarian and development teams together to integrate, layer and sequence our relief and development resources around the shared aim of reducing persistent emergencies by addressing underlying vulnerabilities.

Climate change adaptation is critical to mitigating the impact of disasters like Haiyan, and USAID is investing in these efforts. We are part of the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, a $140 million partnership with the Department for International Development and the Rockefeller Foundation targeting infrastructure projects in Asian cities. We also launched the Pacific American Climate Fund, a $24 million program that provides grants to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.

In the aftermath of Haiyan, our humanitarian assistance of over $90 million helped the Philippines not only bounce back, but rebuild livelihoods and build up stronger systems to weather future shocks. Our Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance deployed people before the storm hit so we were prepared to provide immediate assistance to help save lives. We quickly turned our cash assistance programs into cash-for-work and cash-for-training activities, including emergency employment programs that engaged 118,000 people in essential reconstruction efforts to clear debris, repair more than 1,500 kilometers of roads, and restore services in 560 schools, 220 rural health care centers and more than 30 hospitals.

We also provided skills training and micro-enterprise and small business support to the most vulnerable populations, particularly small-scale coconut farmers.USAID joined together with Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola to help revive economic activity and livelihoods in Leyte, the province worst hit by the typhoon. These efforts helped restore damaged or destroyed sari-sari stores (small community stores) in public markets, and jump-start business by providing store owners access to micro-financing loans.

And we continue to seek the best ideas for building resilience in advance of a crisis. USAID joined forces with the Rockefeller Foundation and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency earlier this fall to launch the Global Resilience Partnership, which aims to catalyze innovation and scale what is already working in resilience efforts by bringing in new actors, including the private sector and academia. With an initial investment of $150 million from the three partners, the Partnership will help to drive evidence-based investments that enable cities, communities and households to better manage and adapt to inevitable shocks.

The Partnership’s first activity is the Global Resilience Challenge, a call for the creation of teams from all sectors to come together to produce locally driven, high-impact solutions to resilience challenges (application deadline: Nov. 30). Our focus will be in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia—areas with high resilience needs.

Through the Partnership, we seek to create a community of practice to strengthen resilience globally. In the face of shocks and stresses caused by epidemics, fragility and our planet’s changing climate, we need all-in ideas and solutions. The Partnership is an important effort to learn from disasters like Haiyan, build preparedness for the future, and help the world’s most vulnerable get on a solid path toward development.

Philippines: P23-B supplemental budget to scale up Yolanda aid, APEC preps

19 November 2014 - 3:21pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Nov 20 -- In its bid to develop a more responsive budget plan for the next fiscal year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is pushing for a P23-billion supplemental budget to ensure sufficient funding support for crucial development initiatives, including various infrastructure projects for post-Yolanda rehabilitation and government preparations for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad explained, “The National Treasury has already certified the availability of funds to support these projects, but these appropriations must likewise be supported by proper legislation. With the proposed 2015 National Budget already subject to Senate deliberations, we need the support of the House of Representatives to pass a supplemental appropriations bill to fund these projects.”

A total of P16.4 billion—comprising the bulk of allocations under the supplemental budget—has been earmarked for new priority initiatives. Of this amount, the Administration’s Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation program will get P9.5 billion. Another P1.44 billion will support key projects in preparation for the APEC Summit, which the Philippines will be hosting next year.

The Budget chief also said that the supplemental budget will cover liabilities arising from obligated infrastructure projects worth P1.85 billion under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Lastly, a total of P5.08 billion will be coursed to a number of priority projects under various government agencies. The funds will account for the budgetary requirements of priority projects that were partially implemented or previously approved for implementation this year.

Abad said, “Most of these projects have already been completed, are on-going, or are urgently needed to sustain our socio-economic development. The passage of the proposed supplemental budget will allow us to allocate funds accordingly so we can complete these projects right away.“

If approved by Congress, the 2014 Supplemental Appropriations will fund a number of priority projects, ranging from the rehabilitation of the LRT lines 1 and 2 to the construction of permanent housing for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. (DBM)

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Humanitarian Dashboard (as of 22 October 2014)

19 November 2014 - 6:13am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

SITUATION OVERVIEW

After nine months of response in close partnership with national authorities, significant progress has been made in meeting the needs of vulnerable people affected by last November’s Typhoon Haiyan (locally-known as Yolanda). Of the 45 indicators tracked in the third and final Periodic Monitoring Report (PMR), 30 show achievements of greater than 50 per cent, and 15 of these indicators have reached or surpassed the targets established in the Haiyan Strategic Response Plan (SRP).

Only 15 indicators show progress of below 50 per cent. These are due largely to reporting issues, funding constraints within the sector, and activities taking place later in the programme cycle that are more recovery-oriented. Due to the early closure of the SRP, some projects within the plan are ongoing, and activities in pursuit of targets are still underway in many sectors.

Philippines: One Year after Typhoon Haiyan Salesian Missionaries Have Aided Close to 3,000 Families in Rebuilding Homes While Beginning Construction on 11 New Schools

18 November 2014 - 12:09pm
Source: Salesian Missions Country: Philippines

(MissionNewswire) One year after Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, Salesian missionaries working in the region have successfully completed community rehabilitation and rebuilding projects allowing survivors to return to their normal lives.

The super typhoon which struck on Nov. 8, 2013, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded and the deadliest typhoon on record in the Philippines killing more than 6,200 people in that country alone. According to the United Nations, the super typhoon affected more than 13 million people overall. An estimated one million homes were destroyed and 4 million people were left homeless with close to 2.5 million of those displaced needing food assistance. More than 5 million of those affected were children, leaving 1.5 million children at risk of acute malnutrition, according to the UN World Food Program.

Salesian missionaries in the Philippines who have been working with vulnerable children and their families at Salesian schools, youth centers and community programs for many years, were positioned to be on the front lines of the relief efforts. Salesian buildings in Cebu were named Official Help Centers and students, teachers, staff and volunteers worked alongside missionaries to collect, prepare and pack relief goods.

In cooperation with the National Crisis Management Unit in the Philippines, 25,000 emergency kits were distributed in the days immediately following the storm. In addition, Salesian missionaries provided food, clothing, water and medical care to 40,000 families in Leyte, Cebu, Samar and Aklan. A year later, thousands of families are surviving with the help of volunteers and organizations linked to the Salesians. “Because we have been working in the Philippines since 1950 and already have an established network in the affected areas, we are able to provide vital coordination and infrastructure support,” says Father Mark Hyde, executive director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Our work did not stop in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Salesian relief efforts continue for those in need and reconstruction efforts are underway to rebuild communities.”

Initiated in the wake of the storm, the Don Bosco Adopt and Rebuild a Community Project (Don Bosco ARC) began replacing destroyed homes and buildings that were poorly constructed before the storm with ones that can withstand future weather events. To date, close to 150 homes have been completed. Ultimately, the Don Bosco ARC project will benefit 2,600 families on four separate islands.

Reconstruction of homes, schools and shelters has also continued with many projects close to completion. More than 2,700 families have received materials to repair roofs and walls and have been able to return to their homes. Salesian missionaries are also focusing their efforts on building shelters for the disaster prone country. Of the nearly 500 temporary shelters in East Samar, Aklan and on the island of Bantayan, 417 have already been completed and others are under construction. Salesian Missionaries have also focused their rebuilding efforts on schools with 11 new schools under construction, eight of which are in Leyte, two in Cebu and one on the island of Bantayan.

As many Filipinos lost their livelihoods in the wake of the storm, Salesian missionaries are also working on employment initiatives primarily in the farming, livestock management and manufacturing sectors designed to jump-start the local economy. By integrating research, technological advancement and vocational training in these areas, Salesian programs aim to create sustainable, long-term entrepreneurship and employment opportunities which, in turn, will provide typhoon victims and vulnerable youth with financial security and hope for a better future.

“Salesian missionaries have made great progress in the year since the typhoon but there is still much work to be done, particularly helping those whose livelihoods were affected find meaningful employment in order for them to support their families,” adds Fr. Hyde.

Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, launched a “Philippines Typhoon Emergency” fund in response to the need. To give to that fund, go to SalesianMissions.org/typhoon.

Philippines: Yolanda victims assured of continued help

18 November 2014 - 12:43am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 17(PIA)—The Department of Social Welfare and Development here has assured Typhoon Yolanda affected residents in Ajuy, Iloilo that government does not stop finding ways to help them.

Evelyn Macapobre, DSWD regional director, recently led the giving of financial assistance to homeless typhoon victims in that town, which she commended for being prompt in the submission of the required documents.

“This is the reason the municipality is the first to receive the emergency shelter assistance (ESA),” Macapobre said, adding that more beneficiaries are going to receive the same assistance in the coming weeks.

Recipient Lolita Panday, 58 and mother of 11 children, said she was so nervous thinking that she was to receive P30,000 as ESA for the first time in her life.

“I am so nervous, my knees are shaking and if it were not for my damaged house, I really wouldn’t know what to do with that,” Lolita said in the local dialect, in an interview.

She was also a recipient of 25 kilos of rice from the DSWD and the local government of Ajuy.

Lolita’s house lost its walls and roofing at the height of Typhoon Yolanda last year, and a number of them have not yet been able to rebuild.

Her husband is a fisherman and she augments by laundering clothes, always hoping they will have the means to rebuild their house, until the DSWD assistance came.

“Our things will no longer be wet when it rains,” said Lolita beaming with her P30,000.

Ajuy was the first LGU affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the region to receive the ESA and the 25 kilos of rice from the government.

Wenna Bendol, DSWD Information Officer for the project, said that the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office is still processing the papers of others so that more will be given the same assistance soon.

Meanwhile, Ajuy Mayor Juancho Alvarez said they had 1,000 beneficiaries for the Cash-for-Work program with a budget of P4,305,000, P819,000 for livelihood projects on-going in the barangays, and the shelter component program.

“All of these are from the DSWD,” Alvarez said.

On the other hand, Macapobre told the first batch recipients to help explain to others who are still waiting that they will receive theirs also. (DSWD/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

Philippines: Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan): ADB's Response

17 November 2014 - 11:53pm
Source: Asian Development Bank Country: Japan, Philippines

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), one of the most powerful storms ever recorded to hit land, devastated a huge area of the Central Philippines. In response, ADB immediately designed and approved more than $900 million in assistance for relief, recovery, and reconstruction of Yolanda-hit areas. In addition to grants and loans, ongoing ADB projects for transport, conditional cash transfers, and agrarian reform were re-designed to help affected communities.

Philippines: A safer home for Maricel and her family

17 November 2014 - 2:24pm
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

A safer home for Maricel and her family

Typhoon Haiyan one of the deadliest and most powerful storms made landfall in the Philippines on 8th November 2013. Huge numbers of houses were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged.

Moving forward in the early recovery and rehabilitation stage, ACTED teams supported by ShelterBox are facilitating the construction of 300 houses in Northern Leyte in the Municipalities of Alangalang and Barugo. Newly constructed houses incorporate Build Back Safer Techniques to make sure that people’s homes resist disaster better in the future.

Big Change for Maricel

Maricel lives in the community of San Diego in the Municipality of Alangalang. She is 32 years old and has two young children and another baby on the way. The family’s primary income is based on the farming Maricel’s husband does. Maricel tells of the difference between her new and old house “we couldn’t sleep before because our bed was too narrow”. Since the typhoon Maricel and her family have lived in a makeshift house made from salvaged GI sheeting and coconut leaves. She is very happy that she now has a bigger and more secure house for her and her children.

Participating in the building process

Maricel attended all construction related meetings and workshops conducted by ACTED in her community and she understands well the importance of building back safe:

During construction of her house, Maricel tells that attending trainings and workshops allowed her to supervise construction activities to ensure that her new house met build back safer standards. Maricel is making her house a home and has already added brightly coloured curtains and potted plants.

Philippines: A year after Haiyan, MCC continues rebuilding in Philippines

17 November 2014 - 11:59am
Source: Mennonite Central Committee Country: Philippines

By Laurie Robinson

Nov. 17, 2014

AKRON, Pa. -- One year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the house of Dominga Arias in the Philippines, the 50-year-old widow and mother of three has a new home with a more spacious bedroom than she did before.

The simple wood structure with a tin roof was built by combining wood from her old house with a shelter kit of new wood, tin roofing, rebar and building supplies, provided by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) through Church World Service (CWS) and its partners.

The new building in Leyte Province was critical to Arias’ recovery because her income from washing other people’s clothes does not cover her expenses.

“I like my new house better because it’s stronger and the materials are of good quality,” Arias told Kriz Cruzado, who oversees MCC’s typhoon response. “But, my favorite part of the house is our bedroom because this is where we snuggle as a family.”

By the end of September, Arias was one of 5,076 families that had received new shelter kits through the $4.3 million in donations given to MCC after the Nov. 8, 2013, typhoon devastated large swaths of central Philippines. In addition, Filipinos trained in disaster-resistant construction were paid in cash and food to build 4,146 homes so far.

The donations also will support reconstruction of 72 classrooms in 12 schools, where students are currently meeting in temporary spaces.

Peacebuilders Community, Inc., a Philippines-based ministry of Mennonite Church Canada Witness, has provided training in emergency response and conflict resolution for pastors. Ecoweb, another local partner, completed construction of 40 homes, distributed construction materials to an additional 118 families and provided training in disaster risk reduction.

Many laborers, including carpenter Agustin Abilar of Leyte Province, lost their sources of income in the typhoon. Abilar’s carpentry tools and rice were washed away. However, through MCC’s cash-for-work program, he was able to purchase some carpentry tools to start working as a carpenter again.

“I also learned new techniques in building houses, especially ways of making them typhoon resistant. Certainly, I could use this new knowledge whenever I get carpentry jobs,” Abilar said.

In a food-for-work project, laborers worked together to dig out a tilapia fish pond on Ronaldo Elcarte’s property in Leyte Province, creating a new way for him to earn money. Recognizing the larger need of the community, Elcarte formed a cooperative with 15 people, who helped to purchased fingerlings for the pond, so that the project benefits all of them.

The food package that Cantina Velarde picked up as payment for her husband’s work on community projects included turkey canned by MCC’s canning volunteers and crew. MCC sent 40,320 cans of meat last January that are being used in the food-for-work program.

“It’s the first time that I received a food bag like this,” said Velarde. “I couldn’t buy the contents of this bag because they are expensive. We don’t have enough income, so eating good food is almost a luxury. We will consume these foods slowly, so we could stretch it for weeks.”

MCC is a faith-based, nongovernmental organization that works in more than 60 countries responding to disasters, encouraging sustainable development and strengthening local peace and justice initiatives.

Mennonite Central Committee: Relief, development and peace in the name of Christ

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Philippines: ChildFund continues to assist Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts through Child-Centered Spaces

17 November 2014 - 1:02am
Source: ChildFund International Country: Philippines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Betsy Edwards
(804)756-2722
BEdwards@ChildFund.org

RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 14, 2014) – One year after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, wreaking a path of destruction that left more than 6,000 people dead, $2 billion in property damage and millions of people homeless, ChildFund International continues to support thousands of children and communities affected by the storm.

ChildFund, in the Philippines since 1954, was one of the first organizations to establish Child-Centered Spaces following the typhoon. The NGO currently manages 40 weekend centers in eight municipalities through its Rebuilding Institutions and Safe Environments (RISE) for Children program, funded by UNICEF. To date, more than 8,000 Filipino children have been helped by way of these programs and activities.

Staffed by community volunteers and supported by trained professionals, the CCS provide psychosocial support to children through structured play activities to help them overcome the trauma associated with the typhoon’s destruction.

“Approximately 11 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The storm was especially traumatic for children survivors,” said Mark Dasco, acting country director for ChildFund in the Philippines. “The Child-Centered Spaces provide a much-needed safe place for children and adolescents while helping them cope.”

ChildFund is also working with local partner organizations and the government to educate school personnel, community leaders and parents on child protection issues.

As the Philippines rebuilds, ChildFund is committed to helping those affected and will continue to raise funds to assist with recovery. To support ChildFund’s efforts, please visit https://www.childfund.org/EmergencyDonations/.

ChildFund International is a global child development and protection agency serving more than 18.2 million children and family members in 30 countries. For 75 years, we have helped the world's deprived, excluded and vulnerable children survive and thrive to reach their full potential and become leaders of enduring change. As a member of ChildFund Alliance, we create supportive environments in which children can flourish. For more information about ChildFund, visit www.ChildFund.org.

Philippines: The First Year Anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda

16 November 2014 - 11:53pm
Source: Association of Medical Doctors of Asia Country: Philippines

One year has passed since the typhoon Yolanda hit and caused a tremendous damage in the Philippines. Tacloban City, one of the most devastated areas, seems to be revitalized again after one year. Many people and cars are passing by the streets, which are free of debris. A lot of street stands and stores are back, and people in Tacloban have their smiles back on their face. New construction or rebuilding of buildings and houses are seen everywhere. People resided along the costal line before typhoon Yolanda made their choices whether to move to the temporary housing or to stay in the same location and rebuild their houses on their own. According to the locals, not enough temporary housing is available despite more housing is under construction. Also, many schools and other buildings are in need of repairs.

Tacloban city seems to be full of happiness now, however, interactions with local affected people through reconstruction activities revealed that they have different stories related to Typhoon Yolanda behind their smiles. A few children were saved in the floating fridge. One man was saved by holding on to the tree. An elderly lady witnessed her husband drowning in front of her. A man could hold the newly installed cabinet and go to the second floor while the first floor was fully filled with seawater. Many people had to walk on the road with the remains of the dead to the Tacloban airport in order to receive the relief goods just few days after the disaster.

  1. Distribution of Christmas Food Package

November 8th is the Christmas season already in the Philippines. Streets are filled with Christmas decorations, and the people are getting the feel of Christmas.

For the 1st year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, AMDA has decided to distribute Christmas Food Package containing Spaghetti, Tomato sauce, Cheese, Corn beef, Juice powder in accordance with the advice from the local. The place of distribution was Barangay PHHC in Tacloban City where 109 families are residing and 23 casualties are recorded.

With the support from Barangay officials and Leyte Provincial Board Member, AMDA was able to visit each house and hand over the items. Because no families knew about the distribution, they were happily surprised and said, "I am really happy to receive the Christmas gift. Thank you." Also, Typhoon Yolanda survivors mentioned about their experience after typhoon Yolanda. AMDA staff spoke to one of the elderly who lost her husband, "I am sorry about what happened last year. How are you now?" Her eyes became teary without any words.

  1. Launch of the Reconstruction of Leyte Medical Society Building/Emergency Relief Station

On November 9th, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the launch of the reconstruction of Leyte Medical Society Building/Emergency Relief Station in Hollywood, Tacloban, which is easily accessible. This place is located along the main road from Tacloban airport to Samar, and there was no damage from storm surge.

After a month and half from typhoon Yolanda, AMDA encountered with the former president of Leyte Medical Society for the first time. Then, the former president explained functions of the society in the community such as providing continuation medical education to the local doctors, giving preventive education to the community, offering free consultations to the patients on certain days, holding monthly meetings and recreational events. Based on the local needs and due to high frequency of the disasters in the area, AMDA has decided to cooperate with Leyte Medical Society for reconstruction of the building and future collaboration.

The building is scheduled to be complete from March to April, 2015, and Leyte Medical Society's activities before Typhoon Yolanda would be resumed at the new building.

Philippines: ADB Extends $23 Million for Immediate Relief and $500 Million for Reconstructing Typhoon-ravaged Areas of the Philippines

16 November 2014 - 11:18pm
Source: Asian Development Bank Country: Japan, Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $23 million in grants to the Philippines to address immediate needs, and stands ready to provide a $500 million emergency loan to help reconstruct communities devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, also known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan.

“We are working in close collaboration with the government and all other international agencies to provide hope and rebuild the lives of more than 11 million people affected by what is being described as one of the Philippines’ worst ever natural disasters,” said ADB President Takehiko Nakao.

Of the $23 million in grants being provided for immediate relief assistance for affected communities, $3 million will come from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund, ADB’s emergency assistance facility, and $20 million from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, a Trust Fund financed by the Government of Japan.

In addition to the immediate relief assistance, ADB stands ready to provide a $500 million quick-disbursing program loan to help post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction. ADB will work with bilateral and multilateral development partners for timely and effective reconstruction. In this regard, the first coordination meeting was held at ADB today with World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

ADB is also exploring other ways of mobilizing resources including the establishment of an ADB-administered multi-donor trust fund.

ADB has formed the Typhoon Yolanda Response Team, made up of 40 senior staff members from across the Bank with experience in post-disaster situations, to coordinate with the government and development partners.

“ADB will provide full support to the people and the Government of the Philippines together with other development partners to speedily implement both needed relief and reconstruction – especially as the Philippines is our home,” Mr. Nakao said.

Philippines: ECHO Factsheet – Typhoon Haiyan - November 2014

14 November 2014 - 1:54am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines

Key messages

  • One year after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck in the Philippines, the EU remains committed to assisting the recovery.
    Commission's assistance alone made a direct difference for around 1.2 million people in the emergency phase.

  • The European Commission has provided €40 million in humanitarian assistance and early recovery interventions to help those affected by Haiyan. Including the assistance from EU Member States, the total EU aid amounts to over € 180 million.

  • A team of European Commission's humanitarian experts was deployed to the worst-hit areas within hours after the typhoon struck to conduct a needs assessment.

  • Priority has been given to the most severely affected people providing them with life-saving assistance, such as shelter, food, water, sanitation and healthcare, as well as livelihood and reconstruction support.

  • In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism* was activated to coordinate and support the delivery of assistance offered to the Philippine government by EU Member States. The European Commission provided around € 3.6 million, in addition to the main contribution of € 40 million, to co-finance transport of Member States' assistance material and response teams.

TYPHOON HAIYAN - Philippines ECHO FACTSHEET

Philippines: Rebuilding lives one year on from super typhoon Haiyan

14 November 2014 - 1:19am
Source: Caritas Australia Country: Philippines

One year on from the Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named ‘Yolanda’), thousands of people across the Philippines are rebuilding their lives, with the help of funding and support from the Australian Catholic community and the Australian Government.

Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, is working on the ground alongside Caritas Philippines and 41 other agencies within the Caritas network, as the country enters a phase of recovery and rehabilitation.

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the largest storms ever recorded, making landfall at Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, Philippines, as winds of more than 300 km per hour winds tore through over 12,000 villages. It’s estimated 6,300 people perished in the storm, 4.1 million people were displaced, and 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed.

Caritas Australia’s Humanitarian Emergencies Coordinator, Richard Forsythe said the Caritas network has delivered over 75,000 of the most vulnerable households, access to essential food through food supplies and vouchers; emergency shelter; health, hygiene and household kits, early livelihood recovery support and psychosocial services.

“The Caritas network responded the day Haiyan struck with emergency relief supplies, ordering emergency shelter tarpaulins from pre-positioned stocks in Dubai and China,” Mr Forsythe said. “Since then, mountains of debris have been cleared from neighborhoods, schools have resumed, and toppled homes have tarps and new frames made from salvaged wood.”

“It takes years to recover from such a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, especially for those most marginalised,” Mr Forsythe said. “It can derail a family’s stability, deplete a lifetime of savings, and push them into poverty. The devastation to infrastructure, economy and reserves can set communities back a generation.”

As the country transitions to a recovery and rehabilitation phase, Caritas Australia is working with engineers and government counterparts to share temporary shelter design ideas and information about safe, adequate, durable designs and repair standards which are typhoon resilient.

An estimated 5.6 million workers lost their jobs following the disaster, so Caritas Australia has also been focusing heavily on support for people to re-establish their means for income and stability. So far, hundreds of families have received fishing boats and board motors, while almost 18,000 farming families have received vegetable seeds and small garden tools.

Caritas Australia supporters raised over $6 million following Typhoon Haiyan.

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Philippines: 88 Yolanda-affected families get new houses

14 November 2014 - 1:15am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

KALIBO,Aklan, Nov. 10 (PIA6) -- Eighty-eight (88) Aklanon families whose houses were totally destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda last year are now assured of living in safer, stronger and better houses (core shelters) with the recent turnover of certificates of occupancy by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to these beneficiaries.

The construction of the core shelters was made possible through the PRC in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Society (IFRC) and the Air Asia.

Of these core shelters, 80 are located in Guinbaliwan, New Washington, Aklan, provided for residents of the barangay whose houses were totally damaged by Typhoon Yolanda through the IFRC, while 8 are for typhoon victims of Brgy. Cogon, Lezo, Aklan, funded by Air Asia.

The turnover of certificates of occupancy to beneficiaries together with a symbolic key was held November 8 at Teodosio’s Park Sports and Cultural Center in Banga, Aklan to commemorate the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda with the theme “Haiyan, A Year After”.

The certificates of occupancy were turned over by Philippine Red Cross Board of Governor Andrew Nocon, assisted by Hon. Soviet de la Cruz representing Governor Florencio T. Miraflores; PRC Aklan Vice Chairman Board of Director Dr. Ambrosio Villorente, PRC-Aklan Administrator Arcely Pelayo, Clamrence Raquel Abada, PRC Field Operation Head, and John Kalhoj, IFRC logistic delegate.

Rowena Villareal, one of the beneficiaries of the core shelters in Guinbaliwan, who was tasked to give a testimonial, thanked the PRC and the IFRC profusely for the houses her family and the 79 others will be occupying.

On the other hand, the wife of Alfonso Andrade, a fisherman and another beneficiary, said she is very happy that her family, composed of her husband and a daughter, will have a stronger and better dwelling now.

She said the house is big enough to have two bedrooms, and she was pleased too that the comfort room is right inside the house.

Apart from the core shelters, the PRC also distributed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) communication equipment to 22 barangays of Libacao, Aklan, medical supplies to Rural Health Units (RHUs) of Malinao and Altavas, and Lego sets to 13 Aklan elementary schools.

There was also a symbolic turnover of footbridges to barangay officials of Oquendo, Balete, and Line Ditch with Rip-rap to barangay officials of Alas-as, Madalag, Aklan.

Beneficiaries who were earlier given P8,000.00 each as livelihood assistance displayed their products for the Red Cross local and international officials to see, and for participants, composed of barangay officials and volunteers from 9 municipalities assisted by the PRC - to buy.

Among the items displayed were abaca slippers, salted peanuts, peanut butter, candles, and other food delicacies.

Also displayed were combs, scissors, and other beauty parlor items that they bought through their livelihood assistance and which they are now using to earn for their daily needs.

In her presentation of PRC Recovery, Field Operation Head Clamrence Raquel Abada reported that the PRC has committed to provide 2,325 core shelters for Aklan’s 138 barangays in 9 municipalities.

For shelter repair, of the targeted 7,100 typhoon victims, 3,071 have already been assisted.

For livelihood, of the 3,410 targeted beneficiaries, 3,180 were already assisted.

She said the PRC also commits to reconstruct, rehabilitate and improve 27 classrooms in Aklan.

Meanwhile, PRC Aklan Administrator Arcely Pelayo said the commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda by the Philippine Red Cross is in partnership with the IFRC, Finnish Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Singapore Red Cross and Air Asia.

The holding of the event, according to her, aimed to acknowledge the support of Aklanons, the staff and volunteers in the implementation of projects in terms of shelter, livelihood, health and Disaster Risk Reduction to support families affected by Typhoon Yolanda. (JCM/VGV PIA6 Aklan)

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan: One Year On

13 November 2014 - 8:56am
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

On November 8th 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, swept through 9 regions of the Philippines, including Tacloban city (200,000 inhabitants), Leyte. 11.3 million people were affected by the typhoon, leaving a trail of destruction across the country.

ACTED’s response was rapid; being reactive on the ground 2 days post-typhoon with 3 bases in Northern Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Davao. ACTED was one of the first NGOs in Guiuan, meeting the immediate basic needs of those affected by the disaster.

ACTED teams have been fully mobilised from the outset to support those households most affected by the disaster, and continue to support the disaster response one year on, with a focus on community led recovery and development.

Philippines: “I just want a house that is safe”

12 November 2014 - 3:57pm
Source: ACT Alliance Country: Philippines

One year after Typhoon Haiyan, people in the Philippines on November 8 remembered their lost loved ones during ceremonies throughout the affected areas. They remembered the dead, celebrated the will to survive, and they criticized their government. The ACT Alliance has accompanied the people of the Philippines since well before the storm, and its response to the disaster has reached some one million people. But construction of new homes for survivors has been challenging because of difficulties in obtaining land in safe locations.

On November 8, one year after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged a wide swath of the southern Philippines, ACT Alliance members participated in events in Tacloban, the Philippines city worst hit by the storm. A commemorative walk set out at dawn, the same hour as the unheralded storm surge destroyed 90 percent of the city. The event gathered thousands of walkers representing many neighborhood groups as well as local and international NGOs.

The walkers, including a contingent of some 60 representatives from ten ACT Alliance members working in the Philippines, slowly made their way through Tacloban. They walked along the seashore past people still living in shelters assembled from debris, and continued to the center of the city, which once again bustles with commerce.

”Thumbs up for NGOs and thumbs down for the government,” said Emmanuel Sarssalejo from the nearby town of Palo. He said he joined the walk to celebrate his family’s survival.

At the same time, thousands of participants in a Climate Walk approached Tacloban from the east, concluding a 40-day 1,000-kilometer walk from Manila to demand greater action by governments to address climate issues which make people in areas of the Philippines and other nations more vulnerable to natural threats.

Many Filipinos here are dissatisfied with what they perceive as their government’s sluggishness in providing assistance to the survivors of Haiyan, which was known locally as Yolanda. One year on, 25,000 people still live in tents, many now covered with mold. No one knows exactly how many people live in makeshift shelters in high-risk areas. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, that number is half a million.

Haiyan left some 4 million people homeless, most of them poor families who did not own the land they lived on. The question of land security is still unsolved. Without title to the land or assurance they can remain living on rented land, even families with semi-permanent houses remain vulnerable.

“The needs for assistance remain huge. For us this means we need to work harder to speed up the construction of shelters, and to develop livelihood activities that are sustainable,” said Minnie Anne Calub, the emergency manager for the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, a member of the ACT Alliance.

“We also have to support and accompany the people as they push the government to live up to its promise of a comprehensive reconstruction and recovery program,” she said.

A disaster-prone nation, the Philippines has an average of 20 typhoons per year, with five of them causing serous damages. Floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions also cause havoc. The string of 7,000 islands has become a poster child for climate change.

ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna, who visited the affected areas for the one-year anniversary, said more funding will be needed for disaster preparedness and mitigation. ACT Alliance members are assisting many communities to better assess their risks, vulnerabilities and capacities, and to develop disaster preparedness and response plans.

In a speech at the November 8 unveiling of a Yolanda commemorative plaque in Samar province where the ACT Alliance has had a major role in recovery efforts, Nduna compared the current situation with what he saw during his first visit last February. “I am amazed at how much has been done,” he said. “These are achievements of the people and communities themselves. NGOs are just here to assist. It’s the resiliency of the survivors that has brought this region back from desperation and despair.”

Nduna also said that the ACT Alliance is committed to remain in the Philippines.

“We want to see that the recovery is complete and that human dignity is respected,” he said.

Many ACT Alliance members also participated in a commemorative act on the small island of Jinamoc, some ten kilometers from Tacloban. As darkness fell, residents set floating candles on the sea to remember the 55 dead or missing from the island.

“I feel sad. After our suffering, we just want a house that is safe,” said Analyn Azura Banogon as she watched the candles float away. Soon she and her family will be move into a new storm-resistant house on a hill in the middle of the island, a house constructed with assistance from the ACT Alliance.

Philippines: A year after Yolanda, DOLE assisted 98,590 individuals in four regions; P556.69 million spent and accounted for

11 November 2014 - 9:43pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Department of Labor and Employment

Reporting its contribution to the rehabilitation of devastated communities exactly one year after super typhoon Yolanda wrought death and destruction in four regions of the country, Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda-Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had spent P556.69 million of its budget from November 2013 to date, which had directly benefited 98,590 individuals/persons in Region 4-B, 6, 7, and 8.

“Transparency is a major pillar of our labor governance agenda, hence, I report to the Filipino people that over the past year since Typhoon Yolanda struck, the DOLE has, I believe, contributed meaningfully to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s task to build back better the communities affected by the typhoon,” Baldoz said.

“The DOLE spent ₱556,696,095 of its budget and in the process assisted 98,590 individuals through two main activities – emergency employment and livelihood assistance,” she added.

For emergency employment, the labor and employment Chief said the DOLE, between November 9 and December 31, 2013, spent ₱113.500 million for minimum wage salaries, social insurance, and personal protective equipment of 31,969 individuals who were engaged in short-term employment in Region 4-B –3,507 persons; Region 6—2,747 persons; Region 7—1,651 persons; and Region 8—24,064 persons.

“The 31,969 individuals were employed to clear canals and railways, restore health centers and other public buildings, and repair roads and bridges. Many of them cleared public spaces of debris,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said that immediately at the onset of 2014, the DOLE continued its emergency employment program spending ₱171.253 million to employ 33,283 individuals who continued the restoration/rehabilitation of damaged communities.

“In Region 4-B, our emergency employment program benefited 766 individuals in 2014; in Region 6—11,558 individuals; in Region 7—12,041; and in Region 8—8,918 individuals.”

Baldoz also said that in January 2014, the DOLE began implementing its livelihood assistance program and had spent to date ₱271.94 million benefiting 33,338 persons.

“On a region basis, we had spent ₱49.920 million in livelihood assistance that benefited, 4,393 individuals in Region 8; ₱15.360 million that benefited 1,959 in Region 7; ₱175.501 million that benefited 23,544 in Region 6; and ₱31.159 million that benefited 3,442 in Region 4-B,” Baldoz explained.

Baldoz also said that the DOLE’s utilization of its livelihood assistance budget had reached 62.3 percent, while for emergency employment, it was 95.20 percent, bringing the DOLE’s overall utilization rate to 71.92 percent.

She further said the DOLE’s livelihood assistance covered thousands of income-generating activities, including auto repair, handicraft, sawali-making, dried fish, fruits and vegetable production and processing, livestock raising, shielded metal and welding, organic fertilizer production, fishing, etc.

“We have a compilation of the list of our beneficiaries for transparency. We also continue to monitor their livelihood projects,” she said, adding.

“The DOLE continues to actively involve itself in the rehabilitation of the areas destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda. Our contribution to the nation effort in the four regions is focused in the area of employment facilitation and capacity building.”

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Philippines: Safer homes: a ray of hope for people affected by the typhoon Haiyan

11 November 2014 - 9:35pm
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

It has been 9 months since November 8th 2013. On that date, Typhoon Haiyan the strongest storm ever to make landfall, swept through the Philippines Due to the unprecedented trail of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan many family homes were heavily damaged and destroyed in Leyte and Eastern Samar Provinces. In Leyte alone 89% of houses were totally destroyed. To support families’ transition from emergency shelter assistance to early recovery and rehabilitation ACTED supported by ShelterBox is implementing a community-led shelter reconstruction project in Northern Leyte.

ACTED and ShelterBox are supporting 300 families to rebuild their homes, providing housing material, training local carpenters and mobilizing community to build houses using ‘build back safer’ techniques.

Anastacio Martinez from Alangalang, and Maria Aruta-Espos from Barugo, are two people among the 300 families who are building a new home with the support of ACTED and carpenters trained by the project.

Vulnerable inhabitants

Anastacio is a resident of Cabadsan Barangay in Alangalang Municipality. He is 74 years old and lives alone. Recently, his wife died. After the typhoon, community members helped Anastacio construct a temporary shelter of salvaged GI sheets and wood under a tree.

Maria, resident of San Isidro Barangay in Barugo Municipality, is 90 years old and also lives alone, in a fragile makeshift house since the typhoon.

Their houses were both completely destroyed by the typhoon and they did not have the capacity or means to reconstruct them.

Innovative Shelter Construction

Anastacio will have his new shelter constructed by ACTED trained carpenters. The shelter design of his new home is based on a community led design process facilitated by ACTED. His new home will incorporate the principles of ‘build back safer’. Anastacio attended all community consultations regarding the shelter construction: kick off meeting, design workshop, ‘build back safer’ techniques and beneficiary selection consultations. Anastacio is excited about his new home, although he wishes his wife could be with him. For Anastacio, his new home is a ray of hope.

As for Maria, her house is now being constructed by ACTED trained carpenters. It is the 6th day of construction and the progress being made is a stark contrast to Maria’s makeshift house. Maria was involved in discussions about the design of shelter she wanted and attended workshops to understand the importance of building her home back safer than before. Two simple techniques that Maria learnt about and that will make her home more resilient to disaster are strengthening her shelter against winds with braces at the sides and using strong joints.