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Philippines: U.S. Government Extends Post-Yolanda Education Support for Iloilo, Capiz and Bohol

25 March 2015 - 2:59am
Source: Government of the United States of America Country: Philippines, United States of America

March 20, 2015, Manila -On March 9, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided an additional Php63 million and school equipment for post-disaster education needs in 19 municipalities in Iloilo, Capiz and Bohol.

USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele witnessed the signing of an agreement between the mayors, school principals and Synergeia Foundation, USAID’s implementing partner for the Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) Project, which will help elementary public schools in the target provinces get back on track towards improving learning outcomes.

“Hugpong sa Pagbangon,” Ilonggo vernacular for “rising up together,” is the post-disaster component of EdGE that will provide community incentive grants, disaster preparedness workshops, and teaching and learning materials. Over 450 schools, 3,800 teachers and 35,000 early grade students will directly benefit from the assistance.

“USAID is your partner in building back better. In addition, this supports our broader goal of strengthening local education governance towards improving early grade reading for at least one million Filipino children,” Director Steele said.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. expressed his appreciation for the “sincerity and gesture of commitment of the American government to the Filipino people.”

EdGE seeks to improve education governance at the local level through strengthened government effectiveness, increased transparency and accountability, and increased participation of stakeholders in education policy formulation and implementation.

USAID also led the ceremonial handover of audiovisual equipment such as laptops, printers, televisions and projectors at the Dumangas Municipal Gymnasium.

Dumangas Mayor Rolando Distura remarked that the school equipment provided by the U.S. Government will improve classroom instruction and enhance the quality of education. PTA Federation President Serafin Deduro Jr. added that with the school’s inadequate resources, the teaching materials to be given by USAID will enhance students’ learning.

Overall, the U.S. Government’s support is estimated at approximately Php6.3 billion to help the people of the Philippines respond to, and recover from, the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda.

About USAID:

The United States Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to create a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation. For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 18–24 March 2015

24 March 2015 - 10:00am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, Vanuatu, World, Yemen

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

Yemen: Conflict is escalating as Houthi forces seized part of Taizz city and its military airbase, and have sent further reinforcements south. Eleven people were killed and at least 63 wounded when special forces loyal to the Houthis tried to seize control of Aden's airport.Troops loyal to President Hadi have reportedly deployed in Lahj in anticipation of a possible Houthi advance. Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacks on mosques in Sanaa that killed 142 and injured more than 350.

Updated: 24/03/2015. Next update: 31/03/2015

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School opens its doors to students in the Philippines

24 March 2015 - 5:19am
Source: Operation USA Country: Philippines

Los Angeles nongovernmental organization Operation USA partners with Honeywell to rebuild school damaged by typhoon

Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, in partnership with Honeywell, today announces the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines. The community school replaces a facility damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.

Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School, which is staffed by eight teachers and serves more than 250 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, is more than 6,000 square feet in size and includes eight classrooms, an administrative office, two bathrooms, a playground and a basketball court. The school was designed to withstand winds up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour, and has been designated as an evacuation center for the residents of Ngolos Barangay in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Honeywell will continue to support the project through a 5-year term agreement.

Alex Pollack, Honeywell President of Indonesia, led the grand opening ceremony, joined by Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA, and several project members and dignitaries, including: Christopher Sheen Gonzales, Mayor of Guiuan; Annaliza Gonzales Kwan, former Mayor of Guiuan; Kerry Kennedy, Director of Honeywell Hometown Solutions; and Esperanza Esquierdo, Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School Principal.

“Our children now have a beautiful school that will serve all future generations,” said Mayor Gonzales. “Thank you so much Honeywell and Operation USA for providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for the children.”

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, widely regarded as the largest storm ever to make landfall, Operation USA aided immediate relief efforts with the shipment of water purification tablets and other supplies to impacted communities before focusing long-term recovery efforts on the hard hit coastal municipality of Guiuan. The organization partnered with Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, for the school reconstruction project. More than 1,800 Honeywell employees supported the project by contributing to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provides direct support to Honeywell employees and communities in need when a natural disaster strikes.

“Honeywell has demonstrated unwavering commitment to recovery efforts in the Philippines and without them this vital project could not have been realized,” said Walden. “We are honored to see the positive impact this project has had on the entire community of Guiuan, and we are proud to remain committed to the area in the months and years ahead.”

Operation USA has supported programs in the Philippines since 1986, providing health care support and famine relief as well as aiding disaster relief efforts following typhoons and other natural disasters.

The organization has previously implemented programs supporting education in disaster-stricken communities in the United States, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, China, India and Rwanda.

Honeywell has been a valued corporate partner—supporting Operation USA’s programs in several countries—since 2005.

“Honeywell helps to rebuild the lives of our employees and the communities affected by natural disasters,” said Pollack. “It is our hope that with the support of Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Operation USA, we can bring normalcy back to the children and families.”

To contribute to Operation USA’s ongoing recovery programs worldwide visit give.opusa.org or call 1-800-678-7255.

Photos and video available upon request.

About Operation USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Learn more and donate at www.opusa.org.

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on five areas of vital importance: Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Science & Math Education, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit www.honeywell.com/citizenship.

About Honeywell
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Today, Honeywell is working closely with local distributors and dealers to provide products and services in the Philippines. Honeywell CEASA (Subic Bay) Company, Inc. employs about 20 employees locally. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

Press Contacts:
Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mdolan@opusa.org 323-413-2353

Kerry Kennedy Honeywell Kerry.kennedy@honeywell.com 973-455-4087

Philippines: Philippines Typhoon Appeal: Contribution to Change Study

23 March 2015 - 12:50pm
Source: Disasters Emergency Committee Country: Philippines

On response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in November 2013, the 13 member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) set up a multi-year recovery programme for the disaster-affected communities. This has involved activities from emergency life-saving aid in the aftermath of the storm to longer-term recovery work based largely on restoring housing and livelihoods for the affected communities.

As part of the DEC’s evaluation of the disaster response, it has piloted a new evaluation method called “Contribution to Change”. Developed by Oxfam and the University of East Anglia, this is the first time the Contribution to Change (CtC) method has been used to assess a disaster response across a network of organisations.

Rather than singling out any one DEC member agency, or looking to see whether an agency’s planned outcomes were met, it instead establishes the overall collective contribution of humanitarian aid to the recovery of the affected population. CtC aims to give the DEC agencies an in-depth and unbiased report on how their work helped selected Filipino communities recover in the first year after the disaster of Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan - Operational Update

20 March 2015 - 12:26pm
Source: Red Cross EU Office Country: Philippines

While recovery efforts are expanding, acute humanitarian needs remain in affected areas

In the Philippines, isolated and disadvantaged communites who survived Typhoon Haiyan are still in need of relief aid. Larger response gaps persist in Western Leyte, which requires more attention than Tacloban and surrounding municipalities. Food distributions are ongoing and remain a priority need. Food prices remain inflated and thousands of people still don’t have the financial means to buy food or have sufficient access to markets. As the emergency phase transitions into early recovery, increasing emphasis is being placed on cash for work and cash transfer programmes. The Philippines Red Cross and the IFRC operation to distribute non-food relief continues to be scaled up as thousands of survivors have lost their household possessions. Hygiene kits, mosquito nets, jerry cans and shelter kits are still distributed on a regular basis (Download Operation Update infographic 13 February 2015).

Aside, disease prevention and ensuring access to clean water, adequate sanitation and medical services are a top priority for the Red Cross. The Philippines Red Cross continues to run first aid posts and Emergency Response Unit from Canada, Norway and Japan offer basic health care in the affected areas focussing on maternity care, the treatment of typhoon-related injuries and chronic conditions e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes etc. According to the Health Cluster, diarrhoea cases have been rising in several areas of Ormoc and Leyte since 30 November. Several samples have tested positive for rotavirus. Humanitarian organisations are concerned that response capacity would be insufficient in case of outbreaks.

Support for self-recovery is fast becoming the priority

Repairing or re-building housing and helping to restore people’s lost livelihoods is a significant part of the Red Cross recovery programme. While emergency shelter materials such as tarpaulins are still needed, support for self-recovery is fast becoming the priority. The vast majority of families have already started rebuilding and repairing their homes, however most of them require help. We provide shelter and tool kits to support that process. The focus is not only on providing materials but also on technical help to ensure homes are built back safer and stronger. The Government has begun constructing bunkhouses for people living in evacuation centres or informal settlements.

The typhoon hit people’s livelihoods hard and agricultural communities were among the worst affected. Farmers, especially those who rely on coconut plantations and rice for their income, saw their crops and trees wiped out. Cash transfer programmes are vital to kick-start these economies again and enable them to buy materials to rebuild their homes and buy seeds for the next planting season, such as rice crop, which is currently happening. Unconditional cash grants supported by IFRC began on 12 December 2015 on Panay Island and Leyte province. The distribution of 50,000 cash grants is planned before the end of the year.

Funding Gap. The IFRC needs more funds to cover both emergency and long term recovery needs.

We urge governments and members of the public to continue supporting the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan appeal directly or through their National Societies. We are grateful to partners and donors for their overwhelming response so far. On 12 November 2013, the IFRC launched a preliminary emergency appeal for 72 million Swiss Francs (USD 78.5 million, 58.4 million Euros) to provide 100,000 families with food, clean water, shelter and other essential relief over a period of 18 months. As of 16 December, the appeal was 78.7% covered, amounting to 54.1 million Swiss Francs. 52.2 million Swiss Francs (75.9%) has been committed in hard pledges while soft pledges amount to 1.9 million Swiss Francs, 2.8%. A revised emergency appeal is being launched this week reflecting the increasing needs of the survivors moving towards recovery funding requirements will increase significantly. More information and contacts

Follow @philredcross for updates on Philippine Red Cross preparedness and response actions. Hashtags for Typhoon Haiyan are #Haiyan and #YolandaPH

Philippines: DENR mangrove-beach forest plan gets P400-M seed fund

18 March 2015 - 11:19pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, March 19 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released an initial P400 million to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) under the National Greening Program.

The amount, representing 40 percent of the total P1.0-billion funding requirement of the project as recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC), will be charged against the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (RRP) under the FY 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Under this project, the National Government—with the participation of concerned stakeholders from both local government units (LGUs) and the private sector/non-governmental organizations (NGOs)—will develop mangroves and beach forests in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other disasters that hit several regions in the country.

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said, “All of our rehabilitation efforts will need to be grounded on ensuring the safety of communities against natural disasters in the future. That’s why comprehensive preparation and prevention are key elements in our policy of Build Back Better, which includes the replanting of mangrove and beach forests on our coastlines.”

Among the priority sites of the project are: areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda; areas affected by siege and unrest (Zamboanga); areas damaged by earthquakes (Cebu and Bohol); and other areas damaged by Typhoon Pablo (Region 11 and 13). The estimated land area of 27,400 hectares covered by the project can be broken down to 22,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 5,400 hectares of beach forests.

The project will include the following activities: site preparation, nursery development, mangrove and beach forest planting, and maintenance and protection. The P400-million fund will cover the initial requirements to undertake critical activities:

Site validation and assessment P12,330,000
Baseline/benchmark data collection on validated sites (research component) P20,550,000
Site preparation (removal of debris, garbage, etc.) P54,800,000
Nursery establishment and operation by concerned barangay/community to produce the required number of planting materials P8,550,000
Wildings and propagules collection/ production P240,070,400
Plantation establishment P27,400,000
Community capacity building P174,000
Project monitoring and supervision P36,125,600

TOTAL P400,000,000

For subsequent releases of the fund, the DENR has to submit requirements—including identified sites for target planting activities and actual seedling/planting activities (with geo-tagged photos)—to the DBM.

Abad said, “Our country’s natural resources not only shower us with abundant riches but also provide us with a natural defense against typhoons and storms. That’s why proper management of resources is part of the Administration’s strategy in climate change mitigation to safeguard our countrymen against future calamities.”

Under the FY 2015 GAA, the National Government allotted a budget of P21.7 billion to implement their Build Back Better strategy that integrates a preventive approach with efforts that focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM) and Disaster Risk Reduction Management actions and interventions.(dbm.gov.ph)

Philippines: P8-B housing fund to support ongoing Yolanda rehab

17 March 2015 - 5:26pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, March 18 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P8 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA), as part of the National Government’s continuing rehabilitation and recovery of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda last November 2013.

The amount is part of the P19 billion approved by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) as funding requirement for resettlement projects in Yolanda-affected areas. The P8-billion fund will be charged against the 2014 Supplemental Appropriations for the construction of permanent housing for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

“The 2014 Supplemental Budget fortunately enabled us to fast-track the implementation of the Yolanda rehabilitation plan instead of having to wait for the next fiscal year. What’s more, with the help of Congress, we had the budgetary space to address high-priority needs that couldn’t wait for the turnover to the next national budget, ”Secretary of Budget Florencio “Butch” Abad said,

The NHA’s Yolanda Permanent Housing Program was created to address the housing needs of 205,128 families in Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, and Caraga as approved by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). Prior to this release, the DBM had released P11 billion last October 2014 charged against the NDRRM Fund under the FY 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

The following is the breakdown of the provinces to be provided with housing assistance:

PARTICULARS AMOUNT Region VI P4,063,988,000 Aklan P89,335,000 Antique P629,735,000 Capiz P768,570,000 Iloilo P1,224,614,000 Negros Occidental P1,351,734,000 Region VIII P3,935,990,000 Biliran P477,720,000 Eastern Samar P359,974,000 Samar P971,256,000 Leyte P1,342,654,000 Ormoc City P122,725,000 Tacloban City P661,661,000 TOTAL P7,999,978,000

Abad said, “Creating the budgetary support for the NHA’s permanent housing program for Typhoon Yolanda victims is just part of the National Government’s thrust to ‘Build Back Better’. By incorporating prevention and preparedness in our rehabilitation efforts, we’ll be able to safeguard settlements throughout the country against future tragedies.”

Though the DBM has released the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO), the Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) will only be released upon the submission of the NHA’s report of its utilization of available cash as per National Budget Circular No. 556.(dbm.gov.ph)

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

17 March 2015 - 12:19pm
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, Vanuatu, World, Yemen

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

Updated: 17/03/2015. Next update: 24/03/2015

World: Migration Health Annual Review 2013

17 March 2015 - 3:02am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey, Viet Nam, World, Yemen


Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

Whereas migrant health is getting increasing global attention, the key challenge in the past year has been to raise this topic in relevant platforms to find it a place in the post-2015 development framework.
We believe that this is needed for three key reasons – firstly, migrants have a right to health; secondly, including migrants in the health system can improve public health outcomes; and thirdly, healthy migrants can contribute to positive development outcomes. IOM will continue to work closely with its Member States, migrant beneficiaries, the United Nations, civil society and other stakeholders to ensure multisectoral collaboration for promoting the health of migrants.

With this report, the Migration Health Division (MHD) is pleased to present a review of selected IOM health projects and activities in 2013. This was a busy year again for the MHD, as evidenced by this report. Total expenditure of the MHD in 2013 amounted to USD 96.4 million, with projects across our three main areas, namely, migration health assessments, health promotion and health assistance in crises. Sincere gratitude and admiration go to all staff, colleagues, partners and Member States who promote migration health – a rapidly growing area of IOM work.

This annual report includes an editorial on why and how the health of migrants should be included in the post-2015 tuberculosis (TB) strategy. It is encouraging to note that the World Health Assembly Resolution on the new TB strategy emphasizes the importance of working on cross-border issues and promotes collaboration between high- and low-TB incidence countries. In the coming years, IOM and its partners will have to work together to ensure operationalization of proposed TB strategies for migrant communities.

Davide Mosca
Director, Migration Health Division
Department of Migration Management

Philippines: Sec. Soliman meets with WFP exec to boost partnership

16 March 2015 - 11:37pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman met with World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin over the weekend to explore ways to further enhance the partnership of the Philippines and the WFP in disaster preparedness and support for communities in Central Mindanao. WFP Philippines Country Director Praveen Agrawal was also in the meeting.

The meeting was held in connection with the ongoing 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) at the Sendai Conference Center, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Sec. Soliman is the head of the Philippine Delegation to the conference and she also co-chairs the Working Session on Preparedness for Effective Response with Executive Director Cousin.

During the meeting, Sec. Soliman acknowledged the support of WFP to DSWD programs in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao and its immediate and ready assistance during Typhoons ‘Yolanda’ and ‘Hagupit.’

In the aftermath of these major Philippine disasters, WFP provided food and logistics support to some 2.9 million individuals. In the early phase of emergency, WFP distributed High Energy Biscuits (HEB) that helped sustain the nutritional needs of 95,000 children in typhoon-hit areas. On top of the HEBs, WFP also distributed some 20,000 metric tons of other food items.

WFP also provided emergency cash assistance of Php 1,300 or US$30 per family per month to some 101,038 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Regions VI and VIII. From November 2013 to October 2014, WFP has provided Php 262,438,800 or approximately US$6 million worth of cash assistance to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

For WFP’s support to conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao, Sec. Soliman cited school feedings where WFP provided hot, nutritious meals to some 100,000 children in 350 public schools; nutrition support through the provision of micronutrient-fortified, ready-to-use food to bridge essential nutrient gaps among the most vulnerable children and women; livelihood support through Food and Cash-for-Assets Programme and Food/Cash-for Work where the most vulnerable populations are given food or cash in exchange for work on vital new infrastructure, or for time spent on learning new skills that will increase the food security of households or communities; and capacity building to enhance the capabilities of communities and government agencies on disaster preparedness and response.

Sec. Soliman said that WFP’s continuing support will boost national and local efforts to effectively and efficiently respond to the impact of disasters especially since the Philippines is affected by 20 typhoons a year and is exposed to earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and drought, among others.

The Secretary thanked WFP for recognizing the strong leadership of the Philippine government in disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

Philippines: Japan emergency rehab assistance help townsfolk

16 March 2015 - 2:07am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Japan, Philippines

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, 13 March (PIA6) – At least four kinds of Japan – based emergency and rehabilitation assistance were received by the municipal government of Panay in the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda in the province.

This was revealed by Panay town mayor Dante Bermejo in an interaction with local mediamen during the ceremonial turnover of 5,800 sacks of rice from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries to the Philippine government thru the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) at Panay town civic center.

The allocation for Panay town is part of the 580 metric tons of Japan rice that will also be apportioned to supertyphoon victims in the towns of Balete, Aklan and Carles in Iloilo.

“First foreign responders in the municipality after Yolanda are volunteers of Japanese Heart who went down the community level to attend to the immediate medical needs of the residents especially on the town’s coastal and island barangays,” Bermejo noted.

The municipal chief executive added that a Japanese corporation Toshiba Information Philippines also conducted relief operation and rehabilitation activities like boat building and construction of communal septic tanks.

About 70 qualified households in Panay are also among the recipients in the province of the Japanese and national government funded UN Habitat core shelter units.

Aside from the Japan – based assistance, the town is also a beneficiary of assistance from Philippine Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Operation, Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center, International Organization for Migration, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) Foundation, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, other international humanitarian groups as well as foundations and concerned government agencies.

The mayor has attributed the inclusion of the town in the various assistance to the municipal government’s persistence and networking in sourcing out external help for the immediate and rehabilitation needs of the residents. (JSC/AAL-PIA6 Capiz)

World: Liaison Magazine Vol. VII Spring 2015: Connecting the dots - Partnership for a stronger community

14 March 2015 - 4:08am
Source: Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Country: Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, World

The Director’s Letter

Col. Joseph Martin, USAF

Welcome to the most recent edition of Liaison magazine. It is a great honor to lead the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA), and I am proud to present this edition of our magazine to the disaster management community. As a Department of Defense organization,
CFE-DMHA is uniquely postured to provide the conduit between the disaster management communities within the military, U.S. and international government agencies, and the range of nongovernmental organizations.
We take that responsibility seriously, and this magazine is one of those vessels.
Since arriving CFE-DMHA in May of 2014, I have gained a much broader appreciation for the interaction of the world community in both disaster preparedness and response.
This magazine provides a forum by which the world’s practitioners can share their experiences and research to provide to the greater good. It is often heard that we have a lot of lessons observed, but not a lot of lessons learned. Perhaps something in this issue will resolve an issue for you.
Or better yet, perhaps your experience can help others not to repeat the same experience you had. Share… learn…improve.
Under the contextual heading of “Connecting the Dots…Partnerships for a stronger community,” this issue pulls in the experiences of on-theground practitioners in the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Super Typhoon Haiyan. It blends key articles on creating organizations, partnership improvement, and even the use of technologies, with the single goal of saving lives and alleviating suffering.
You, the practitioner, have the opportunity to incorporate these lessons now, before the next disaster occurs.
The next issue of the Liaison is already under development and will focus on challenges in civil-military coordination. Through your experience, research and lessons learned, that edition promises to bring to the disaster management community an in-depth look at how these two communities have evolved and continue to improve in our coordinated activities, in support of our common goals.
It is not too late to contribute to that issue, or to provide suggestions for future versions.
Please visit our website at www.cfe-dmha.org to learn more about our mission and partnership oppurtunities.

Philippines: Philippines: Recovery Shelter Activities by Barangay: Bantayan, Cebu - 3W map summary (as of 13 Nov 2014)

12 March 2015 - 8:00pm
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies, International Organization for Migration, Shelter Cluster Country: Philippines

Philippines: 'Stronger' storms feared as dry spell forecast in Philippines

11 March 2015 - 7:17am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines | | Wednesday 3/11/2015 - 10:05 GMT

The disaster-haunted Philippines is likely to be hit by stronger typhoons this year as warming ocean surfaces contribute to a dry spell, the state weather service warned Wednesday.

The Asian archipelago, whipped by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, is now in the grips of the "El Nino" phenomenon that can make storms "stronger" and more "erratic", weather service chief Vicente Malano said.

"El Nino may cause the behaviour of tropical cyclones to become erratic, affecting (their) tracks and intensity," he said in an advisory, adding that the same number of storms are expected.

"The tropical cyclone tracks are expected to shift northward and (their) intensity could become stronger," Malano said.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever to hit land, left more than 7,350 people dead or missing in central regions of the Philippines in November 2013 as it dumped tsunami-like waves on coastlines, wiping out entire towns.

Philippine officials have blamed climate change for increasing the ferocity of recent typhoons, causing them to strike even outside the traditional rainy season of June-September and to hit once largely-untouched areas.

"El Nino" refers to the abnormal warming of surface ocean waters in the eastern tropical sections of the Pacific Ocean every three to five years.

The phenomenon, which the weather service said it began observing last December, leads to drier-than-average conditions on one side of the Pacific and wetter ones on the opposite coast.


© 1994-2015 Agence France-Presse

Philippines: Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in the Philippines

11 March 2015 - 12:56am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Philippines

It must have seemed like history was repeating itself when just over a year after Typhoon Yolanda caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) first alerted the population to another oncoming Typhoon. Predicted to take the same path as Yolanda, Typhoon Ruby was gaining strength as it slowly twisted its way west across the Pacific ocean towards the east coast of the Philippines.

Since Typhoon Yolanda, WFP has been working in close coordination with a number of actors in order to strengthen emergency response capabilities and improve preparedness for upcoming typhoons. As lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, WFP engages private sector partners such as those who form the Logistics Emergency Team (LET). The LET consists of representatives from private sector logistics companies such as UPS, Agility and Maersk with the purpose of providing logistical expertise and in-kind services and equipment during an emergency.

Since its initiation of the LET, the Logistics Cluster has been providing emergency response training to LET members to broaden the capacity of support that can be called upon during emergencies. In 2013, the LET deployed staff members to the Yolanda response, provided warehousing for storage of inter-agency relief items, supplied equipment to support airport and port operations and allocated a team of experts to assist in the government-led operations in Tacloban.

On 1 December 2014, a year after Typhoon Yolanda and hours prior to the announcement of oncoming Typhoon Ruby, 22 LET member national and regional logistics managers based in the Asia region were taking part in a training event in Manila. After Typhoon Ruby made landfall in Eastern Samar province on 6 December, eight LET staff members, four of which had only just completed the training, were quickly involved from their local branches within the Philippines to help pro-vide logistics information, support and transportation services.

In partnership with the Government of the Philippines, WFP has also been helping to address operational bottlenecks and capacity limitations identified during the Yolanda response and share lessons learned. Through generous support from a variety of donors, WFP has implemented a range of projects and initiatives and is currently working to establish a network of Government Disaster Response Centres located throughout the country, where prepositioned relief items and operational support equipment will be based. In addition, WFP is working in close cooperation with the government to develop a training package for government staff focusing on emergency response logistics and supply chains.

This inter-agency approach has proven again the effectiveness of a coordinated and cooperated response of various actors and support provided, including to the Government of the Philippines, who was commended for its response to Typhoon Ruby. Now that Ruby has passed and the recovery process to repair the damage has been long underway, preparedness for the next typhoon will continue.

Author: Lucy Styles

Lucy is an Information Management Officer, based at WFP's Headquarters in Rome where she works with the Logistics Cluster.

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 4–10 March 2015

10 March 2015 - 11:30am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Iraq: 26,000 people have fled fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit for Samarra. Food, shelter, health and WASH needs are priorities. More than 100 families have arrived in Al Dour, located between Tikrit and Samarra, and thousands have fled to central and southern governorates.

South Sudan: Heavy fighting between government and opposition was reported in Upper Nile state, and government troops took control of Wadakona town. Many civilians are reported trapped. Peace talks have collapsed.

Nigeria: Boko Haram-related violence has caused over 4,000 deaths in Borno state alone since the beginning of 2015. 5.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot Snapshot 4–10 March 2015

10 March 2015 - 11:30am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Iraq: 26,000 people have fled fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit for Samarra. Food, shelter, health and WASH needs are priorities. More than 100 families have arrived in Al Dour, located between Tikrit and Samarra, and thousands have fled to central and southern governorates.

South Sudan: Heavy fighting between government and opposition was reported in Upper Nile state, and government troops took control of Wadakona town. Many civilians are reported trapped. Peace talks have collapsed.

Nigeria: Boko Haram-related violence has caused over 4,000 deaths in Borno state alone since the beginning of 2015. 5.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Philippines: Eastern Samar residents receive shelter from Red Cross

10 March 2015 - 4:37am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

A total of 1, 332 homes that were repaired and constructed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Norwegian Red Cross were officially turned over to family beneficiaries from Balangiga and Luwaan, Eastern Samar on March 9, 2015. The shelter project is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement’s recovery program for families and individuals who were affected by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

According to PRC chairman Richard J. Gordon, the 1, 332 homes are part of the 52, 262 houses that were repaired and constructed by the RCRC Movement for typhoon Haiyan affected families, as of March 6, 2015.

"Today, we did not only give houses, we gave people back their dignity. We are respected by the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement because of our hardworking volunteers. You don't have to thank us because this is not a transaction. Your duty, however, is to work hard," said Gordon to the shelter beneficiaries.

The shelter turnover to family beneficiaries was graced by Gordon, Gwendolyn Pang PRC secretary general, Shir Shah Ayobi, Norwegian Red Cross head of delegation, Sabine Gralla, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Tacloban head of office, Emiliana Villacarillo, mayor of Dolores, Easter Samar, and Viscuso de Lira, mayor of Balangiga.

Philippines: ACF Philippines Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 1, 1st Quarter 2015

10 March 2015 - 12:10am
Source: Action Contre la Faim Country: Philippines

Lessons from Yolanda

ACF Provides Assistance in Typhoon Ruby-Affected Areas

Rosa May de Guzman Maitem
Communications Manager

DOLORES, Eastern Samar–With the images of devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda still fresh in their minds, the people of Dolores, a low-lying coastal town in Eastern Samar, prepared for the worst three days ahead of Typhoon Ruby’s (international name Hagupit) landfall in the central Philippines in December 2014.

Suelo Igdalino, 80, instructed his children and grandchildren to look for a place where they could seek shelter. Suelo looked up to a hilly part of Dolores and decided that they could run there should heavy rain and intense wind come. “We still have time to prepare, take the children, bring clothes and food and put up a tent up there. We’ll be safe there,” Elsa Igdalino, 51, recalled his father as telling them.

The family heeded. All the while, the local government’s disaster management teams drove around town, enforcing the preemptive evacuation of 339 families. In less than 48 hours, Typhoon Ruby rammed everything on its path— blowing off roofs, bogging down walls, uprooting trees, and toppling down power and communication lines.

Philippines: ILO to provide livelihood grant to 36 Yolanda stricken municipalities

10 March 2015 - 12:00am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, March 9, (PIA) - -The International Labor Organization (ILO) will provide a livelhood grant to some 36 municipalities in Visayas that were ravaged by typhoon Yolanda.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano–Soliman and ILO Country Office Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson signed a grant agreement on Monday (March 9, 2015) at the DSWD’s central office in Quezon City to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in the 36 municipalities in Tacloban, Leyte, Northern Cebu and Coron in Palawan.

Under the agreement, the ILO will provide US$480,000 to DSWD to rebuild livelihood assets and to support community-driven enterprises. The agreement further stipulated that it will assist 1,200 vulnerable workers and guarantee minimum wage, social security, health, and accident insurance coverage. Personal protective equipment such as masks, hats, gloves, boots, and protective clothing will also be provided to ensure safety at work.

The ILO estimated that about 6 million workers were affected when Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines in November 2013. Of these, 2.6 million workers were already in vulnerable employment and living near or at the poverty line even before the onslaught of the storm.

Typhoon Ruby and Seniang that entered the country in December 2014 affected the same communities erasing whatever progress made to uplift the affected people and further aggravated their situation.

The livelihood grant comes at an opportune time, when international humanitarian aid is dwindling and the focus of the response is shifting towards long-term development, with the government in the driving seat.

“This partnership with ILO will provide ‘Yolanda’ survivors with sustainable and decent sources of livelihood to help them regain normalcy in their lives as well as protect them from exploitation,” Sec. Soliman said.

On his part, Director Jeff Johnson said that ILO will support the Philippine government in building back the lives of the affected people through decent work and sustainable livelihood.

“Together, we will reach out to Workers in vulnerable employment, who often have no choice but to accept or create whatever work is available in order to survive,” emphasized Dir. Johnson

The project will continue until June 2015 and will take an integrated approach, using DSWD’s Cash for Building Livelihood Assets and the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approaches, while complementing ILO’s experience on placing decent work and livelihood at the forefront of disaster response and recovery. (DSWD/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)