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Philippines: World Bank Group Scales up Work for Rural Development and Job Creation in Mindana

1 hour 55 min ago
Source: World Bank Country: Philippines

DAVAO CITY, November 28, 2014—The World Bank Group (WBG) is scaling up assistance for rural development and job creation in Mindanao under its new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) in support of the peace process in the southern part of the country.

The WBG is supporting two new government projects this year that have allocated about P14 billion pesos to boost community-driven development projects, build rural infrastructure, and expand livelihood opportunities for farmers and fisher folk in Mindanao.

· The National Community-Driven Development Project (NCDDP) is designed to empower poor communities to participate in local planning, budgeting and implementation of community-level projects that help reduce poverty. The project has allocated P8.74 billion for Mindanao. Poor communities organize themselves, prepare project proposals to address their common problems, and compete for block grants to finance their own projects. Typical investments may include local infrastructure such as water systems, school buildings, day care centers and health stations, as well as roads and bridges.

· The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) supports rural infrastructure as well as small business and livelihood projects for farmers and fisher folk. To date, local government units in Mindanao and the Department of Agriculture have prepared several projects, mostly farm-to-market roads worth P5.3 billion, of which P501 million will be for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“The World Bank Group is scaling up support for rural development and job creation in the region by providing critical infrastructure and promoting private investment in agri-business,” said World Bank Operations Officer Lilanie Magdamo, in a multi-stakeholder dialogue co-organized with the University of Southeastern Philippines for the presentation of the new partnership strategy for the country in Davao City.

“We are encouraged by the recent completion of the Bangsamoro Development Plan and the efforts of the government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and other sectors of society to promote stability and lay the foundations for lasting peace and development in Mindanao, including the Bangsamoro. Together with other development partners, we are committed to contribute to these efforts,” said International Finance Corporation (IFC) Resident Representative Jesse Ang during the CPS dialogue.

Mr. Ang said that the IFC—a member of the WBG which focuses on the private sector—and its private sector partners are currently discussing investments that will generate at least 6,000 jobs in Mindanao, including the Bangsamoro. World Bank-assisted public programs will complement these efforts by providing critical support for the construction and rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, bridges, irrigation facilities and water supply. It will also provide technical assistance to local communities to expand livelihood opportunities and small business enterprises.

According to Mr. Ang, international experience suggests that breaking the cycle of violence requires legitimate institutions – with technical capacity and accountability – that can deliver security, justice and jobs. The WBG will continue to provide assistance to the long-term process of building legitimate institutions in Mindanao and the Bangsamoro through technical capacity building and training, as well as transparency initiatives especially in service delivery, he said.

Background

The Country Partnership Strategy is considered the WBG’s business plan that supports the Philippines’ development strategy. It has identified key areas where the Bank Group can promote development and help reduce poverty: · Transparent and accountable governance: strengthening public financial management, improving fiscal transparency and financial accountability, and supporting greater demand from citizens for government accountability.

· Empowerment of the poor and vulnerable: improving health and education outcomes, strengthening social protection and ensuring the availability of more timely and improved measurements of poverty.

· Rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth: promoting economic policy reform for inclusive growth, boosting private sector development by improving the investment climate for firms of all sizes, including greater access to finance, and increasing productivity and job creation, especially in rural areas.

· Climate change, environment, and disaster risk management: increasing physical, financial and institutional resilience to natural disasters and climate change impacts, and improving natural resource management and sustainable development; and

· Peace, institution building, and social and economic opportunity: supporting social and economic development in conflict-affected regions in Mindanao, including the Bangsamoro.

About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. It consists of five institutions: the World Bank, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA); the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Working together in more than 100 countries, these institutions provide financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development.

Media Contacts

In Manila
Dave Llorito
Tel : +63-2-465-2512
dllorito@worldbank.org

In Washington
Carl Hanlon
Tel : +1 (202) 473-8087
chanlon@worldbank.org

RESOURCES

Project Page: Philippine Rural Development Project

Website: Philippine Rural Development Project

Philippines: Country Partnership Strategy for 2015-2018

Philippines: North Cotabato extends help to tornado-affected families

3 hours 18 min ago
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Nov. 28 (PIA)-- Around 14 families in Carmen town whose houses were either partly destroyed or totally damaged by tornadoes that hit on October 24 and 25 were given light construction materials to help them rebuild their houses.

Among the materials given to two families in Barangay Manili and twelve in Nasapian were eight pieces of G.I. sheets, eight pieces kalakat, and one kilo umbrella nails.

Marchita Capilitan, focal person of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) said the items will aid the affected families to build new homes after the devastation left by two tornadoes.

Apart from the construction materials, the affected families also received 15 kilos of rice, packs noodles and cans of sardines.

As their counterpart, the local government unit of Carmen took charge of the hauling and transportation costs of the construction materials.

Mayor Roger Taliño also disbursed P1,000 for each of the 14 affected families as additional assistance to help them with their other needs.

Meanwhile, Governor Emmylou Mendoza instructed the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center to advice and recommend to the affected families to rebuild their houses in much safer areas or vicinities far from landslides, flashfloods and other calamities that may endanger their lives. (SJDuerme-PIA12/N. Cotabato Media Bureau)

Philippines: SitRep No.02 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Tropical Depression "Queenie"

27 November 2014 - 7:13am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

DATE: 27 November 2014, 6:00 PM

"QUEENIE" has maintained its strength and it continues to move over the Sulu sea towards Palawan.

Philippines: SitRep No. 01 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Tropical Depression "Queenie"

27 November 2014 - 7:10am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

DATE: 27 November 2014, 6:00 AM

"QUEENIE" has maintained its strength and is now traversing the Bohol sea.

Philippines: Two dead, seven missing as storm hits Philippines

27 November 2014 - 6:42am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

11/27/2014 - 10:53 GMT

Two people were killed and seven others missing in the Philippines after a tropical depression spawned huge waves and flash floods, forcing hundreds to flee their homes, authorities said Thursday.

Pre-emptive evacuation of people in areas prone to floods and landslides helped keep the casualties low, but others along the coast were hit hard by the storm, locally code-named "Queenie".

One woman was swept away by floodwaters on the central island of Cebu while a man was fatally injured when his boat was battered by huge waves off the island of Bohol on Wednesday, said regional disaster monitoring chief Olive Luces.

"Even before Queenie hit, we were already experiencing bad weather," she told AFP.

Four people went missing while at sea while three others were carried away by huge waves, Luces added.

The storm, with maximum winds of 55 kilometres (34 miles) per hour, hit the eastern coast of the southern island of Mindanao late Wednesday, then moved westward, across the central islands before heading to Palawan island.

It is expected to continue moving west towards the South China Sea.

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Philippines: Oxfam to launch SURGE in Tacloban

27 November 2014 - 6:35am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Nov. 27 (PIA) – OXFAM, an international non-government organization who has been helping Haiyan-affected areas since last year is set to launch the Scaling up Resilience in Governance in Region 8 (SURGE) Friday at Hotel Alejandro, this city.

The activity which is a consortium of Christian Aid, Handicap International and Plan International aims to increase the resilience of more communities in the region.

In a press statement released to Philippine Information Agency, Rhea Catada, Media Manager of Typhoon Haiyan Response, OXFAM in the Philippines said, the launching extends the learnings on inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) to more communities and advocates improvements in disaster risk management policies and practices.

Cantada further said that given the lessons from Yolanda and from the perspectives of the marginalized sectors considered vulnerable due to poverty, disability, language, location, among others, Region VIII is deemed critical for this project.

The lessons brought about by the typhoon are equally important in the light of the review of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010.

Among those who are invited to attend are Office of Civil Defense Region 8 Director Blanche T. Gobenciong, Marco Savio, Deputy Country Director for Programs, Plan International in the Philippines and the DRR champions and exemplars among municipal disaster risk reduction offices.

The launching will be preceded by a roundtable discussion focusing on Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. (ajc/cba/pia8)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 72 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

27 November 2014 - 2:05am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

1. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 27 November 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded and continues to be intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network did not detect any volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours. This is consistent with overall slow magma intrusion at depth that has characterized this year's activity.

B. Emission of white steam plumes was of moderate volume that drifted west-southwest. Crater glow was observed at intensity I last night, while sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted at the crater averaged 32 tonnes/day on 22 November 2014, which is below the baseline level during normal periods. The visual and gas parameters may denote either poor magma degassing or the generally low gas content of intruding subsurface magma. Seismicity, visual and gas parameters, however, may suddenly change within a few hours or days should magma breach the surface in an eventual eruption.

C. Mayon Volcano's current condition remains unstable due to slow but sustained ground deformation of the edifice caused by the movement of subsurface magma since the start of unrest this year. Ground deformation data based on precise leveling surveys made from 18-21 November showed slight inflation at the base of the edifice relative to 9-13 November surveys and also relative to baseline measurements beginning 2010. Electronic tilt data from the continuous network on the northwest flank similarly indicate continuing inflation of the edifice since August 2014, succeeding a previous inflation event in June to July 2014. The inflation events correspond to batches of magma (approximately 10 cubic meters) that have been slowly intruded at depth but that have yet to be erupted at the crater, and therefore posing threat of eventual hazardous eruption at an unknown time in the near future.

Philippines: Ilocanos asked to join crusade against climate change

27 November 2014 - 1:29am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By Freddie G. Lazaro

LAOAG CITY, November 27 (PIA) - Ilocanos were asked to join a national crusade to preserve the environment amidst the emerging effectd of climate change.

Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena, the Director General of Philippine Information Agency (PIA), made his appeal for a unified effort of all the Ilocanos against climate change during his short visit in the province recently.

“Environmental protection advocacy program is not new to us and this is not a launching but this is only a part of the continuing campaign for everyone to understand their obligation for the preservation of our natural habitat for the sake of the future generation,” he said.

In November last year, an agreement was signed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the PIA for a joint one-year advocacy effort to reduce the impact of climate change through information and education.

The campaign carried a unique brand: “Nagbabago na Ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago” (climate is changing, time for change).

The campaign is part of President Aquino’s continuing program to make the country more disaster – resilient in the future.

Initially, series of climate change campus tours, mangrove and tree planting activities, coastal clean-up drives and forum were successfully held in Northern Luzon provinces and other parts of the country participated by thousands students from the academes and volunteers from various government and private institutions.

For Northern Luzon cluster, a three – day Kalikasan Youth Leader Congress is set from November 28 to 30 this year in Baguio City to be participated by at least 400 student leaders from Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

“The initial global effect of climate change is now alarming as environment experts told that this has been irreversible; but, we need to act now and we should give it a good fight not to allow the destruction of our environment,” Oquinena said.

In the PIA-DENR climate change advocacy campaign partnership, he said the youths are the priority clients considering that they have majority strength in the society.

“What we’re trying to do in our campaign is to inform the young people so that they will be inspired to do this. Why the young people? It’s because they are the great majority and they have great voices should they use for the sake of their future,” he explained.

“The sustainability of the campaign depends on the decision of everyone. It does not depend only on the policy of the program of the government. Now, what we need to do is to collect all the right decisions to fight against climage change,” he added.

In the latest result of climate change study conducted by the University of the Philippines - Los Baños; it was predicted that at least 171 coastal towns in 10 provinces all over the country might go underwater due to increase sea level, which will affect 167,290 hectares of seashore land by 2050.

Oquiñena is optimistic that the pooling of efforts of the Filipinos can create positive results for the preservation of the environment. (MCA/Freddie G. Lazaro,PIA-1 Ilocos Norte)

Philippines: Post-typhoon housing in Ugiao, Jaro

26 November 2014 - 3:22pm
Source: ACT Alliance Country: Philippines

To help vulnerable families after typhoon Haiyan, ACT member Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe built 58 permanent shelters in Jaro, Leyte, one of the worst affected areas.

The new houses have been designed to resist strong winds and earthquakes. The foundation and four pillars are concrete and the walls are made of flexible and resilient bamboo sheets. The lumber for the houses has been exported from Germany. It is longer-lasting than the local coco lumber.

Handover of the first 10 houses took place in the beginning of November. As the recipient families do not own the land they live on, long-term lease agreements have been secured for them.

One of the beneficiaries is Evelyn Tabelin, who moves in her new house with five of her six children. One child lives with her sister in the capital Manila, because taking care of all the children was too much. Tabelin’s husband left her when she was pregnant with their youngest child. Evelyn Tabelin supported the family by making and selling brooms.

Typhoon Haiyan completely destroyed their house. They built a hut build with fallen coconut trees and bamboo, but it did not protect them from rains and winds. Evelyn is happy about her new house: “I feel safe. At last, I have a house for my children.” She has started a vegetable garden in her small yard.

The next step is to find sources of livelihood for the people in the area. With no insurance or savings, typhoon Haiyan made poor families even poorer.

World: Geneva: 35 armed movements adopt a declaration to better protect civilians in armed conflict

26 November 2014 - 8:18am
Source: Geneva Call Country: Myanmar, Philippines, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World

From 17th to 20th November, Geneva Call held in Geneva its Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment and gathered 70 high-level representatives – political leaders, commanders and officers and legal advisers – of 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) coming from 14 different countries including Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Philippines and Somalia. Most are signatories to at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment, but some non-signatory ANSAs also attended.

One of the main objectives of the meeting was to monitor the implementation of the commitments the signatories have taken. During three days, representatives from ANSAs attended sessions on international humanitarian norms, child protection, humanitarian mine action and gender issues given by recognized academics and experts coming from organizations such as UN agencies and international NGOs. During the sessions, representatives presented their own successes in implementing these norms but also the challenges they are facing with.

“It is very difficult to determine the age of a new recruit in the field, they don’t have official documents, and may try to join our armed forces even if they are under 18” explained a representative of an armed movement from Sudan. A child protection expert then detailed an approach that has been successful in such cases, for example to evaluate the age of children according to their memories of events that happened within their communities.

“This conference was the opportunity to reinforce the knowledge of international humanitarian norms of all participants but above all to strengthen their commitment to comply with these norms and show that it is possible for an armed movement to prohibit sexual violence, child soldiers or landmines” concluded Elisabeth Decrey Warner, Geneva Call’s President. “It was also an opportunity for Geneva Call to learn more about the constraints faced in the field by ANSAs when they want to better protect civilians.”

In a final declaration, all present ANSAs reaffirmed their willingness and responsibility to protect civilians in armed conflict and improve compliance with the “rules of war”. Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment adopted a specific declaration in which they commit to respect and implement the Deeds of Commitments they have signed.

To kick off the conference, two armed movements from Asia committed to abide by international humanitarian norms by each signing one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment. More signatures of the Deeds of Commitment by participants are expected soon.

This conference was organized in collaboration with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action and with the financial support of the European Union’s humanitarian aid

Philippines: Disaster-prone Philippines wants simpler weather warnings

26 November 2014 - 1:35am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

11/26/2014 - 06:17 GMT

The Philippines will simplify its weather warnings to make them easier to understand in order to prevent the annual loss of hundreds of lives from natural calamities, officials said Wednesday.

The state weather service of one of the world's most disaster-prone nations is working with linguists to ensure that the threat posed by typhoons, floods and other events would be fully understood by people, they said.

"People need to be told in a language they can understand the dangers that they face," said Roberto Anonuevo, executive director of the government's Filipino Language Commission.

"Typhoons and storms are a common occurrence, so they become complacent. This will help them to respond. This is potentially life-saving," he told AFP.

Giant walls of seawater, called "storm surges" generated by Haiyan, the strongest ever typhoon to hit land, were blamed for most of the 7,350 lives lost in the central Philippines a year ago.

Even though the hardest-hit areas were warned beforehand, the weather service and other officials later admitted that the victims were unfamiliar with the term "storm surge", which they said failed to adequately convey the deadly threat.

President Benigno Aquino has been among the weather service's most severe critics, often lecturing its forecasters publicly to use layman's terms in its bulletins.

About 20 typhoons and storms hit the country each year, triggering floods and landslides that kill hundreds.

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are also an ever-present threat in the Asian archipelago that forms part of a "Ring of Fire" of Pacific islands formed by volcanic activity.

"People with lower levels of education at times have trouble understanding technical terms," conceded Lani Aquino, a public relations officer for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services.

"So what happens is they do not make the necessary precautions for certain meteorological events," Aquino, no relation to the president, told AFP.

The weather service spokeswoman said it was reviewing a 300-word glossary of more easily understood weather terms prepared by the language commission, including the words for storm surges in the country's major dialects.

Aside from Filipino-language weather bulletins, Anonuevo said they will also seek to make English-language weather bulletins, which routinely throw up obscure terms such as "intertropical convergence zone", more intelligible.

The commission's linguists are also translating English-language disaster preparedness manuals put out by the country's civil defence office, he added.

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Philippines: More Pablo survivors receive new, safer homes from DSWD

26 November 2014 - 12:32am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Some 2,779 family-survivors of Typhoon Pablo from this town and in Cateel, Boston, and Tarragona received their new houses from Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon during a simple turn over ceremony in Banganga, Davao Oriental, over the weekend.

The shelter units were built through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) in partnership with the provincial local government.

With the turn over of these houses, a total of 10,716 units have already been completed for ‘Pablo’ survivors .

Each shelter unit has a lot area of 70 square meters. It has a two-room division, bathroom, and separate kitchen. Its walls are concrete and newly-painted.

Upon seeing her new home, Virginia Otig, 69, a widower who lives alone, cannot contain her happiness especially when Sec. Soliman handed her the Certificate of Occupancy.

“Sa totoo lang, mas maganda pa itong bahay na ito kaysa doon sa nawala naming bahay. Bagong buhay talaga ang dala ng bahay na ito [The truth is, this house is even better in terms of materials compared to what I had before the storm wiped it out. I’m truly lucky and I’m really grateful. It’s like claiming a new lease on life],” shared Virgina, as tears welled up her eyes.

Virgina said that after the typhoon, she collected the debris she found on the streets, made herself a makeshift shelter, and went through cold and uncomfortable nights without a proper bed and a roof above her head.

“Iba talaga kapag may totoong bahay kang tinitirahan. Aalagaan ko ang bahay na ito [It is really different if you live in a real house. I will take good care of this house),” Virgina said.

Sec. Soliman in her message emphasized that the permanent homes would not have been completed without the cooperation of the local government units and the beneficiaries who helped build the units through the DSWD Cash for Work program.

“Bawat isa sa inyo dito ay parte ng proyekto. Kayo ang dahilan kung bakit magaganda ang mga bahay ninyo, dahil kayo mismo ang gumawa nito. Ipagpatuloy natin ang pagtutulungan upang tuluyan na ang ating pagbangon [Everyone of you here is part of this project. That’s the reason why these houses are beautiful because you, the owners also assisted in building it. Let us continue to work together and help each one rise up and get on with our interrupted lives],” Sec. Soliman said.

Aside from permanent shelters, earlier on, the survivors also received family food packs, emergency shelter assistance, supplementary feeding program, social pension, cash assistance, and livelihood opportunities from DSWD.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 71 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

25 November 2014 - 11:38pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 26 November 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded and continues to be intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network detected one (1) volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours. This is consistent with overall slow magma intrusion at depth that has characterized this year's activity.

B. Emission of white steam plumes was of moderate volume that drifted west-southwest. Crater glow was observed at intensity I last night, while sulfur dioxide (S02) emitted at the crater averaged 32 tonnes/day on 22 November 2014, which is below the baseline level during normal periods. The visual and gas parameters may denote either poor magma degassing or the generally low gas content of intruding subsurface magma. Seismicity, visual and gas parameters, however, may suddenly change within a few hours or days should magma breach the surface in an eventual eruption. Mayon Volcano's current condition remains unstable due to slow but sustained ground deformation of the edifice caused by the movement of subsurface magma since the start of unrest this year. Ground deformation data based on precise leveling surveys made from 18-21 November showed slight inflation at the base of the edifice relative to 9-13 November surveys and also relative to baseline measurements beginning 2010. Electronic tilt data from the continuous network on the northwest flank similarly indicate continuing inflation of the edifice since August 2014, succeeding a previous inflation event in June to July 2014. The inflation events correspond to batches of magma (approximately 107 cubic meters) that have been slowly intruded at depth but that have yet to be erupted at the crater, and therefore posing threat of eventual hazardous eruption at an unknown time in the near future.

Philippines: Remember Anastacio, Maria and Nilo were building new homes?

25 November 2014 - 10:33pm
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

On November 8th 2013, 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.

ACTED and ShelterBox are supporting 300 families to rebuild their homes in Northern Leyte, 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. Nilo is one of those carpenters.

The Wait is Finally Over

“A year on from Yolanda, I can feel help” tells Anastacio a survivor of Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda).

The construction of Anastacio’s house has already started and it is the sixth day of construction. Anastacio is excited for his house to be completed.

Having experienced first-hand the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Anastacio tells that he understands the importance of Building Back Safer for increased protection for his community.

Click here for the first part of Anastacio's story.

A New Start for Maria

Maria represents one of the 300 households in Typhoon Haiyan affected areas that are being supported in the construction of a new house by ACTED and ShelterBox. Maria’s house is now completed. Maria tells that being supported with a new house is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Once Maria’s house was fully constructed, Maria and her son Arnold began dismantling their make shift house that was their home for the last year (see picture). She tells that her community in San Isidro are slowly beginning to “leave past struggles in the shadows” and that this is a huge step towards recovery for her community.

Click here for the first part of Maria's story.

Nilo Revisited

So far, Nilo has contributed to the completion of 3 houses in the community of San Diego and 2 houses in the community of Cabadsan. On site, Nilo also trains other local semi-skilled carpenters on Build Back Safer techniques. Building the local knowledge of Building Back Safer will contribute to increased resilience for entire communities against future disasters.

Nilo has incorporated all 8 Build Back Safer techniques into the houses he has built – such as a stronger foundation, better tie-downs and full bracing. Nilo learned all of these skills during training provided by ACTED. Nilo is happy to help his community increase its resilience to disasters. Disasters are regularly experienced in the Philippines, as it is the world’s third most disaster prone country.

Click here for the first part of Nilo's story.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan and the digital last mile

25 November 2014 - 8:28pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Aid organizations are increasingly recognizing and prioritizing communication as a form of assistance – one as important as water, food and shelter. Without access to information, disaster survivors cannot access the help they need or make informed decisions about their recovery. These are just some of the main findings of a new report published today about the response of the UN and its partners to November 2013’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

Read more on the OCHA website.

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19–25 November

25 November 2014 - 10:29am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

South Sudan: About 10,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled fighting in Southern Kordofan and are in need of humanitarian assistance in Nhialdu, Unity state. A new estimate has put the death toll from the conflict in South Sudan at 50,000 since December 2013.

Updated: 25/11/2014. Next update: 02/12/2014

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Philippines: The CDAC Network: Typhoon Haiyan Learning Review

25 November 2014 - 3:00am
Source: CDAC Network Country: Philippines

PRESS RELEASE

Bangkok, Thailand - 25 November 2014:

Effective humanitarian response requires good two-way communication that provides useful information and engages communities in dialogue, states a new report on Typhoon Haiyan being launched today in Bangkok.

When Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central region of the Philippines on 8 November 2013, the world rushed to support with offers of assistance. Within hours of making landfall, the strongest typhoon ever recorded destroyed almost all existing media and communication infrastructure, leaving little or no access to radio, television, newspapers or Internet for those who survived. Communication with and between communities became vital to meet the needs of those affected.

The CDAC Network Learning Review, which looks at initiatives aimed at improving engagement with communities in the humanitarian response, acknowledges that a stronger commitment by humanitarian agencies to address communication and information needs was seen after Typhoon Haiyan than in previous disasters.

However, efforts are still required to ensure the consistency and coordination of ‘communication with communities’ approaches, to make sure that the information and communication needs of affected people are considered a priority.

The review found that a coordinated approach to communication at field level is important, to avoid duplication and conflicting information, to identify and fill information gaps (or ‘what people need to know’) and to ensure action is taken to address communities’ questions and complaints. Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Groups established across the affected area were important in raising awareness of communication within the humanitarian response, and also in developing relationships with local government, local media and private sector organisations.

‘Coordination within the humanitarian sector is important’, explains Caroline Austin, author of the report, ‘but investment in partnerships with local government, local media and the private sector is also crucial’. The report recommends these relationships be built as part of preparedness planning in the future.

One recommendation was preparing communities on early warning terminology: despite receiving warning text messages, many people did not evacuate the area, as the term ‘storm surge’ was not well understood.

The importance of using locally preferred and well understood channels to communicate was highlighted, along with the need to encourage dialogue, rather than just ‘message out’. Communities need opportunities to discuss issues outside NGOs’ programmes. As one community participant explained: ‘Expressing feedback would also be if NGOs would ask what project do we want to have, what project is needed here, not just about the project which already exists.’

Despite relatively high mobile phone use in the Philippines, overall people preferred talking to humanitarian agencies face-to-face, to develop relationships and get their questions answered on the spot. Radio was also stated as a key source of information and feedback, but the two humanitarian radio stations (featured in the Report’s accompanying case studies) were not able to reach people across the huge affected area.

The review, carried out by the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network and funded by OCHA, captures good practice, gaps and suggestions for improvement in the emerging field of ‘communication with communities’ programming and coordination in humanitarian response. The majority of Members of the CDAC Network, which includes international NGOs, Media Development Organisations, UN agencies, the Red Cross movement and technology providers, responded as part of the large international humanitarian response to the Typhoon last November.

A copy of the report and case studies can be found at: www.cdacnetwork.org/i/20141124131123-z7io0/

Contact information

For further information, please contact:
Rachel Houghton, Director of the CDAC Network: rachel.houghton@cdacnetwork.org

Philippines: Haiyan response: one year after

24 November 2014 - 10:10pm
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Philippines

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 70 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

24 November 2014 - 9:59pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. ALERT STATUS OF MAVON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 25 November 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded and continues to be intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network detected two(2) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hour, consistent with overall slow, magma intrusion at depth that has characterized this year's activity.

Philippines: NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 70 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

24 November 2014 - 9:59pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. ALERT STATUS OF MAVON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 25 November 2014. At this present stage, potentially eruptible magma has already been intruded and continues to be intruded beneath the edifice. At any given time in the following weeks to months, this magma can eventually be erupted quietly as lava flows or explosively as vertical eruption columns and pyroclastic flows or both. Mayon Volcano's seismic network detected two(2) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hour, consistent with overall slow, magma intrusion at depth that has characterized this year's activity.