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World: Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2015 - Issue 22

30 June 2015 - 8:06am
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam, World

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

  • Thailand is clearing state rice stocks and expects to release 1 million tonnes by mid-June, and 2.6 million tonnes by August.

  • El Niño may affect rain-fed paddy production across South and Southeast Asia, with a more pronounced impact for secondary season crops, such as Kharif in India.

Philippines: Philippines: Central Visayas Earthquake - Emergency Appeal n° MDRPH013 final report

30 June 2015 - 6:52am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

Summary

Central Visayas region of the Philippines was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, whose epicentre was in Bohol Province, on the morning of 15 October 2013. The quake, which was described as the strongest to hit the region in more than 20 years, left more than 220 people dead and displaced some 75,000 families (370,000 people) in Bohol alone. Significant destruction to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, flood control facilities, school buildings, hospitals and other public buildings was reported to reach Philippine peso (PHP) 2.2 billion.

On 24 October 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), at the request of the PRC, launched an emergency appeal on a preliminary basis for CHF 5.4 million to support 10,000 families (50,000 persons) affected by the earthquake. The appeal was revised on 26 December 2013, with the budget increased to CHF 7.7 million, target adjusted to 20,000 households (100,000 people) and timeframe extended from 8 to 16 months. A final revision was made on 31 October 2014, the budget adjusted to CHF 3.58 million and timeframe extended until 31 March 2015.

Philippines: Philippines - Mindanao: Zamboanga City evacuation centres and transitory sites (as of 22 June 2015)

30 June 2015 - 4:18am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

World: Interview - After decade of disasters, UN shifts its Asia operations

30 June 2015 - 12:45am
Source: AlertNet Country: Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, World

By Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.

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World: Rapport d’activité 2014

29 June 2015 - 9:17am
Source: Triangle Génération Humanitaire Country: Algeria, Central African Republic, Congo, Philippines, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, World

Ces dernières années ont été marquées par des crises humanitaires majeures en République Centrafricaine, au Sud Soudan, en Syrie, en Irak, et dans les régions touchées par le virus Ebola. Plus près de chez nous, l’est de l’Ukraine est en proie au chaos, suspendu à un fragile cessez-le-feu. Ces crises mobilisent comme jamais jusqu’alors l’ensemble de la communauté humanitaire qui doit faire face à de multiples conflits inscrits dans la durée.

Les ressources humaines et financières de nos organisations sont durement éprouvées alors même que les besoins grandissent.

En 2014, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (UNHCR) estime que le nombre de personnes réfugiées, déplacées ou en demande d’asile dans le monde a dépassé les 50 millions, pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Autrement dit, plus de 50 millions de personnes déracinées ont besoin d’assistance à travers le monde. Toujours selon la même agence, plus de 207 000 personnes ont tenté de traverser la Méditerranée à destination de l’Europe, 3 419 migrants au moins ont perdu la vie en quête d’un avenir meilleur. Un chiffre trois fois supérieur au précédent record de 2011. Les prévisions 2015 sont alarmantes, puisque selon l’OMI1, 500 000 migrants tenteront la traversée.
En République Centrafricaine, la crise politique et les violences entre la coalition Séléka et les milices anti-Balakas se sont intensifiées, et affectent lourdement l’ensemble de la population du pays. Des centaines de milliers de personnes ont fui leur région d’origine, déplacées à l’intérieur du pays ou réfugiées dans les pays voisins. Triangle G H a débuté son action dans le pays en 2007, en venant en aide aux Soudanais du Darfour réfugiés dans les préfectures du nord-est. Nous sommes aujourd’hui présents dans plusieurs régions du pays. Nos équipes (une centaine de personnes) déploient leurs savoir-faire dans un contexte sécuritaire éprouvant.

En 2014 toujours, plus d’un million d’Irakiens fuyant les djihadistes de l’EI se sont réfugiés au Kurdistan irakien. Ils sont venus s’ajouter aux 225 000 réfugiés syriens, et ont augmenté considérablement la population de cette région autonome d’Irak, avec des conséquences économiques et sociales désastreuses pour les plus vulnérables. Présent et opérationnel au Kurdistan irakien depuis 2013 dans le cadre d’un premier projet d’assistance à la population syrienne, Triangle G H s’est mobilisé dès le mois d’août 2014 pour faire face à cette nouvelle urgence sanitaire, et pour offrir aux familles nouvellement déplacées des conditions de vie décentes.

Alors que nous terminons ce rapport annuel 2014, nous projetons d’intervenir auprès des populations déplacées en Ukraine, ce pays voisin dans lequel, selon l’ONU, près de cinq millions de personnes ont besoin d’aide humanitaire en raison du conflit.

Face aux enjeux liés à la multiplication et à la longévité des crises, nous devons rester fortement mobilisés, être à la hauteur des exigences morales et matérielles d’une situation qui nous impose toujours plus de solidarité et de convergence. n Christian Lombard & Patrick Verbruggen / directeurs

Micronesia (Federated States of): Philippines Handed-Over a $50,000.00 Check to the FSM To Assist the Relief Efforts in Chuuk and Yap

29 June 2015 - 2:39am
Source: Government of the Federated States of Micronesia Country: Micronesia (Federated States of), Philippines

Press Release #1506-03 Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services June 25, 2015

Palikir, Pohnpei (Department of Foreign Affairs): On June 23, 2015, Mr. Marciano De Borja, Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines in Guam and also accredited to the FSM on consular matters, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, T.H. Yosiwo P. George. The purpose of the call was to hand-over a check of $50,000 US Dollars as a monetary assistance from the Government of the Philippines towards the typhoon Maysak recovery efforts in Chuuk and Yap.

During the call, Mr. De Borja indicated that with the close working relations between the FSM and the Republic of the Philippines, he is extending hands of friendship and solidarity to the victims of typhoon Maysak by presenting a check to assist with the relief efforts. He further stressed that this was also reciprocal of the donation by the FSM Government to the victims of typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Vice President George responded by thanking the Government of the Philippines through Consul General De Borja for the generous donation. He assured Mr. De Borja that the donation will be put to good use in our typhoon relief efforts. He also expressed his appreciation to the active Filipino Communities for their positive contributions to the economic and social development of the FSM. He also expressed that the FSM and the Republic of the Philippines should continue to encage bilaterally and multilaterally to cultivate and strengthen the friendly relations that already exist. He concluded by expressing his best wishes to H.E. Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines through Mr. De Borja. Included in the meeting were Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, T.H. Samson Pretrick, Acting Director of Environment and Emergency Management, Ms. Cindy Ehmes, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carlson Apis, Assistant Secretary of Finance, Ms. Juliet Jimmy, DAS Brendy Carl and Special Assistant to the Vice President Mr. Herman Semes Jr.

For further information on this release, please contact Department of Foreign Affairs, APAMA Division.

Philippines: Philippines - Severe Weather (ECHO, Philippines Government, PAGASA, Media) - ECHO Daily Flash of 27 June 2015

27 June 2015 - 9:55pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines
  • 800 people remain displaced in South Cotobato and Sultan Kudarat, in the southern Philippines, due to floods caused by heavy rains over 24-25 June.

  • Over 1 900 hectares of agricultural farms have been damaged.

  • The Province of Sultan Kudarat declared a state of calamity.

  • The heavy rainfall is also seriously affecting the more than 30 000 people still displaced since the outbreak of fighting in February 2015 in Maguindanao. Most of them continue to live in makeshift shelters and tents.

Philippines: Indigenous schools: closure and militarisation?

27 June 2015 - 4:32am
Source: Peace Direct Country: Philippines

June 26 2015: A serious dispute over the use of indigenous schools by the military is threatening to delay the start of the new school year for students in the Philippines. Rey Ty reports.

In the Philippines, the school year starts in June. But this year, many students at schools for indigenous peoples will be unable to go to classes, with their schools accused of being recruiting centres for anti-government rebels. As such, they have been shut down or occupied by the military.

The disconcerting reality of the militarisation of schools

For example, the Save Our Schools Network says that the Children’s Rehabilitation Center has documented 82 incidents of state-instigated attacks on 57 schools and daycare centres in Mindanao, including 13 so far this year.

The Oplan Bayanihan counter-insurgency programme allows the use of schools as military camps and outposts. The Save Our Schools Network has criticised the Department of Education for supporting the military’s use of schools.

It appeared last week that the Department of Education’s regional office would allow schools to open, and would grant permits to operate. But troops of the Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion allegedly threatened Lumad parents and students in Sitio Paglusngan, Barangay Taytayan in Cateel town, Davao Oriental. Teachers were asked to stop their classes.

So pupils and teachers will not be able to return to school, despite having permits to operate, because of the military presence. Many human rights organisations want the military occupying the schools to leave, saying the Department of Education must not allow the military to use schools for its counter-insurgency operations, as schools are zones of peace

Indigenous communities and schooling in the Philippines

Most indigenous communities are in the hinterlands and uplands of the Philippines, while most schools are in town centres.

So indigenous leaders have worked with non-government organisations and church-based organisations to establish schools in their areas. For example, the Talaingod elders of the Salugpongan group requested the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines set up schools from 2007. There are now about 36 schools and a hundred teachers in their area.

The municipal tribal councils recognised these schools and the Indigenous People’s Education Office has accredited them, since they carry out elementary and high school curricula, and they are funded by churches, international and local networks.

Unable to attend

However, about 2,896 other Lumad (indigenous) children will not be able to attend school this year, as the government has shut down indigenous community schools in Davao del Norte in Mindanao, in the southern Philippines.

As a result, many civil society organisations are calling for the revocation of the Department of Education’s Memo 221. The Secretary General of Karapatan, a national human rights organisation, Cristina Palabay, said that the memo “legitimises the use of schools/educational institutions for military purposes.”

Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, from the Department of Education, rejected this, saying that the department had “only issued a Notice of Non-Renewal of Permit” for the schools, and had not ordered their closure.

School administrators have said that the government Army accuses the communist New People’s Army of building their schools.

Opposition in society

Civil society and faith groups have all come out in opposition to the closing of indigenous schools and the use of these schools by the military. Both the Catholic Church and mainstream Protestant Churches have issued statements against the closure of the indigenous schools and the subsequent militarisation of these schools. An interfaith alliance has denounced the Department of Education and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for closing 3 indigenous schools in Davao del Norte, replacing them with a public high school where soldiers will allegedly work as ‘para-teachers’.

Rex B. Reyes, the general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines said that “The move by the Department of Education to close three hinterland schools for the Ata-Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte affects adversely almost 3,000 Lumad children.”

“Replacing them with a public high school using military personnel as para-teachers is an absolute violation of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”

Reyes said that precisely because the government failed to provide basic social services such as education in indigenous communities, religious groups have filled the gap by supporting these schools.

Under International Humanitarian Law, areas with military presence are not protected areas. Hence, when soldiers act as para-teachers, they militarise the school, making it a legitimate subject of attack and combat. Reyes stated that military occupation of schools is clearly a violation of International Humanitarian Law.

The crisis in Filipino schooling continues.

World: Asia: Criminal justice processes incapable of ending torture

25 June 2015 - 10:45pm
Source: Asian Human Rights Commission Country: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, World

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the international day in support of victims of torturen

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has over the past 15 years documented close to 3,000 cases of torture from Asia. Most of these cases are reported through AHRC's Urgent Appeals Programme by partner organisations working in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Thailand.

Having documented and closely followed each of these cases, and thereafter having used them to study the nuances of the legal processes, the AHRC is of the opinion that the criminal justice apparatus in these countries, the procedures followed by related institutions, and the promulgated legislations, are unfit to end torture.

For instance, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Philippines are countries that have specific laws that criminalise torture. However, there are less than 15 cases decided in these countries wherein torture perpetrators have been adequately punished in relation to the nature of the crimes committed. None of these countries have a standardised legal precedence that ensures adequate compensation to victims of torture. In countries that lack a law that criminalises torture, the situation is worse.

The AHRC is of the opinion that torture will not end by merely criminalising the act, though legislation is an important step forward. For instance, none of the countries named above have investigation agencies equipped and trained to undertake scientific crime investigation. In fact, modernising crime investigation is not a priority for any of these governments. Chances are, without domestic and international pressure, it will remain so.

The engagement -- domestic, bilateral, and international -- made with governments in these countries are not adequate to encourage structural improvement in criminal justice processes. Too much effort is spent on training and sensitising law enforcement agencies on torture, with an expectation that such assistance will help state agencies end torture. What is forgotten is that despite all the best training and lectures law enforcement agencies in these countries may receive, the officers have to return, work, and put to practice their new learning in the same old limited institutional framework that persists in the apparatus across these countries.

For instance, in Nepal, considerable resources have been spent on training police officers, to assist them end the widespread practice of torture there. However, the government of Nepal is unable to allocate sufficient resources to even build police stations, provide vehicles to officers, or to have adequate number of officers to undertake investigation of crimes. Scientific crime investigation in Nepal is impossible, since the country doesn’t have adequate forensic facilities or professionals to utilize the same.

Conditions, however, are different in countries like India, where there is no dearth of financial resources. India is one of the richer countries of the world. However, the spending on reforming police, or in providing for the country's judiciary to have adequate infrastructure to end decades-long delays is virtually nothing.

In Pakistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines, human rights defenders who work against torture are subjected to harsh treatment by the state. In Pakistan, even lawyers accepting briefs on behalf of victims of torture are not safe, and some have even been murdered. In Bangladesh, the incumbent government is on an over drive to purge anyone who documents or reports state-sponsored violence, for which it receives unconditional support from the country's judiciary.

Torture is violence committed upon the society by the state. Having no resources spent on reforming the criminal justice process means that the state actively participates in perpetuating violence in the society. Hence states in Asia use torture as an instrument for social control, imparted through fear and violence. This must be exposed, questioned, and ended.

Unfortunately, there is insufficient domestic or international effort to understand the complexity of torture that is being committed in Asia, as a crime in which the Asian states continue to play an active role. Instead, emphasis is on setting up national or regional human rights institutions to address torture and other human rights issues of Asia, as if these ombudsmen like institutions could replace the police and the judiciary and ensure justice.

To end torture in Asia, the Asian civil society must be encouraged and supported to work on the nuances of the criminal justice processes. Widespread prevalence of torture indicates the absence of fair trial guarantees in a country. Absence of fair trial cannot coexist with human rights expectations and promises. So, working against torture is also a strong means to improve human rights standards in any country.

June 26, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is occasion to rekindle the spirit of human rights in Asia. It is equally the responsibility of domestic as well as international actors to assist the Asian people to realise human rights guarantees.

For further details, contact in Hong Kong: Mr. Bijo Francis, ahrc@ahrc.asia

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About AHRC:The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

Philippines: BSP ensures disaster resilience among banking sectors

25 June 2015 - 9:14pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, June 26 (PIA) --- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) conducted a dialogue to enhance existing business continuity management (BCM) culture and develop a whole-of-industry approach that upholds disaster resilience of the banking sector.

Over a hundred participants from the banking sector, financial market players and telecommunications sector joined the event with the theme "Is the Philippine Banking Sector Ready If a Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Hits Metro Manila?" held 16 June 2015 at the Executive Business Center, BSP.

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), presented a comprehensive report on various earthquake-related hazards and risk scenarios for Metro Manila and their implications to the banking sector.

The event also featured a panel discussion by representatives from the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), Chamber of Thrift Banks (CTB), PLDT/Smart Communications, Inc., Globe Telecom, Inc. and Business Continuity Office of the BSP which tackled the sector’s state of readiness and explore measures to achieve earthquake resilience.

BSP also stated that it ensures 'disaster resilience of the banking sector through the issuance of robust regulatory framework on BCM as well as ongoing onsite and offsite supervision of BCM processes of BSP-supervised financial institutions (BSFIs).

As early as 2001, the BSP required BSFIs to prepare comprehensive business continuity plans (BCPs) intended to minimize disruption of core banking services and financial losses, resume critical operations within the shortest possible time, uphold consumer protection and avoid systemic impact within the financial services industry.'

BSP also released a draft guidelines on BCM to the industry which contains strategies and processes to address risks and hazards arising from catastrophic events. It also embarked on adopting a more holistic approach to disaster recovery that would address interdependencies and linkages across the sector as well as support the over-arching objectives of the government to reduce the impact of such disaster to infrastructure, economy, and the affected communities.

A groundwork for the establishment of working groups has also been started by the central bank to develop industry-level earthquake preparedness and crisis management plans which shall include protocols that can be quickly activated given a disaster scenario. (BSP/RJB/MAPA/PIA-NCR)

Philippines: Philippines - Severe Weather (Philippines Government, PAGASA, Media) - ECHO Daily Flash of 25 June 2015

25 June 2015 - 7:46am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines
  • Heavy rain reportedly affected Mindanao (southern Philippines) over 24-25 June causing floods and landslides.

  • According to media (as of 25 June) three people have died, more than 800 have been displaced and thousands have been affected in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

  • Over the next 24 h light to moderate rain and thunderstorm may affect some areas of central and southern Philippines.

Philippines: Health department promotes Dengue awareness

25 June 2015 - 12:10am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

BAGUIO CITY, June 22(PIA) - - With the onset of the rainy season, the health department reminds the public anew on Dengue awareness and advises people to do regular clean-up drive for possible mosquito breeding sites.

DOH- Cordillera Medical Officer IV Dr. Alexei Marrero, in a kapihan forum on June 18, reported that from January to June 13, the diseases surveillance report shows 575 dengue cases recorded in the region including one death.

Benguet recorded the most cases with 135, followed by Abra with 125, Apayao – 83, Baguio City – 82, Kalinga – 61, Ifugao – 24 and Mountain Province with 11. There were also 54 non-CAR patients who underwent treatment in the region.

Though lower by 17 percent compared to the 691 cases recorded during the same period last year, Marrero iterates the call for a regular clean-up drive especially on possible Dengue mosquito breeding sites.

Baguio City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit Dr. Donnabel Tubera also supported Marrero's statement, as she pointed out that as Dengue has become a year- round illness, cases are expected to peak during the rainy months especially every July and August.

Tubera reminded the public of the health department's four o'clock habit, which promotes a daily clean-up drive with the slogan, “Stop” - every 4pm, “Look” - for a search and destroy actions against possible mosquito breeding sites and “Listen” - to barangay officials for the proper ways to get rid of Dengue mosquito in their areas.

Prevention is still the best way to combat any illness and with Dengue, a vector virus being transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquito to human, getting rid of possible mosquito breeding sites is the primary preventive thing to do, Tubera added.

For the said forum, Dengue Awareness Month and ASEAN Dengue Day (June 15) were among the health events promoted by the DOH Cordillera Regional Office and their partners from the City Health Services Office, Philippine Red Cross, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)

Philippines: Permanent evacuation center rises in Pangasinan

25 June 2015 - 12:04am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Local Government Unit of Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan jointly constructed an evacuation center cum multi-purpose building in Barangay Maninding, which was inaugurated last April 2015.

The first of its kind in the Ilocos Region, the evacuation center will serve as a temporary shelter during disasters for families living in low-lying municipalities in the province.

DSWD extended P10 million for the construction of the evacuation center while the LGU of Sta. Barbara provided counterpart support that included the 2,000 square-meter lot where the evacuation center was built, P1.5 million for additional construction materials, and P2 million for site development.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, who attended the inauguration on behalf of Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, said that this structure strengthens the disaster preparedness in Pangasinan by mitigating damages and preventing the loss of lives.

She also thanked Sta. Barbara Mayor Carlito Zaplan for their support to this project.

For his part, Mayor Zaplan shared that Santa Barbara was chosen as the site for the project because of the town’s strategic location – it is situated almost at the heart of the province and within the safe zone.

World: Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Positions (19 June 2015)

24 June 2015 - 1:30pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen

World: Kimse Yok Mu Clean Water Report

24 June 2015 - 7:53am
Source: Kimse Yok Mu Country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, World

Despite the fundamental role of water for human health, survival, and development, today more than 750 million people live without access to clean water1. Moreover, 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation 2. As a result of these realities, every minute a child dies from a water-related disease, and more than 840,000 people lose their lives due to lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

Every one out of nine people do not have access to clean water which results in women and children spending more than 140 million hours a day collecting water4. During water collection, women and children put their lives at risk due to attacks from both by wild animals and people. Additionally, while every dollar spent on water and sanitation yields a return of four dollars, the estimated annual loss from lack of access to water results in a 260 billion dollar loss5. Despite this, only six percent of the international aid is spent on this issue.

In recognition of all these facts about the importance of access to clean water, our organization chooses to allocate a significant portion of its resources on increasing access to clean water. With the purpose of taking into account different contextual conditions in the field, we employ four different methods.

The first and most frequent solution adopted by our organization is installing water wells with hand pumps. In most of the countries with no permanent fresh surface water, it is possible to provide access to clean water by utilizing the underground water resources.
To this day, our organization has opened more than 2,130 water wells providing more than four million people with access to clean water. The distribution of new water wells by year can be seen in the chart.

Philippines: ‘Haiyan’-battered Tacloban and Leyte backs children’s protection bill during calamities

24 June 2015 - 2:19am
Source: Save the Children Country: Philippines

(Tacloban City, Leyte) – Tacloban City government and Leyte Provincial Council have signed recently resolutions of support pushing for the passage of House bill 5285 or the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act, a groundbreaking bill that seeks to provide enhanced relief and protection for vulnerable children caught in disasters.

As was one of the worst-hit areas by Typhoon Yolanda and ‘center’ of disaster in November 2013, the province of Leyte and its capital Tacloban city are critical areas of support for the bill.

Ned Olney, Country Director for Save the Children, thanked the provincial and LGU councils for their overwhelming support:

“Thousands of lives were lost in Tacloban and across Leyte to Typhoon Yolanda. Their children bore the brunt of the destruction and sorrow. These communities understand the critical importance of passing the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act. We welcome this support and we strongly urge the Congress and Senate to pass this quickly before the next typhoon season. ”

“We believe that the support of our local government units (LGUs) and the public sends a message that No Child should ever die again to a Typhoon.”

The bill proposes that DSWD and other national agencies develop a comprehensive plan to enhance services, increase protection and services for children before, during and after disasters. Some of the noteworthy provisions include:

improved family tracing for unaccompanied minors, disaggregated data collection to identify children, trainings on child-focused response, restoration of civil documents and setting up a mechanism to limit use of schools are not used as evacuation over an extended period of time.

Today, Save the Children holds a policy forum to discuss the bill with over 100 representatives from LGUs, non-government organizations, community leaders and children in Tacloban.

In a short ceremony during the forum, Save the Children awarded plaques of appreciation to the province of Leyte, Tacloban city and over 10 municipalities across Leyte for passing resolutions of support addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives.

Notes to Editors:

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent children’s rights organization, with members in 29 countries and operational programs in 120. We fight for children’s rights and deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives worldwide.

Save the Children was established in the Philippines in 1981 and today it is one of the largest child rights organizations in the country.

Save the Children was one of the first humanitarian agencies on the ground when Yolanda struck central Philippines, delivering aid quickly and efficiently even though roads, airports and other vital infrastructure had been damaged. We remain the largest aid agency in some of the hardest hit areas.
Save the Children has reached nearly 800,000 children and adults with essential life-saving aid, recovery and rehabilitation support. We have distributed families food and water; provided medicines and primary health services through our mobile health clinics; repaired classrooms, health facilities and water systems; and provided shelter, household and hygiene items to keep children safe.

About the bill:

The children’s bill which was filed by Rep. Susan Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) in the House of Representatives in September 2014 and has been approved on 3rd Reading last January 2015. There are also six similar measures pending at the Senate. The bill was developed as a result of the many lessons learned and collected from children affected by typhoon Yolanda.

For all media queries and interview opportunities, please contact National Media Manager April Sumaylo on 09173011240 or april.sumaylo@savethechildren.org

Philippines: Red Cross provides water for IDPs in Maluso, Basilan

24 June 2015 - 2:02am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

A total of 116 families at the evacuation centers in Maluso, Basilan were provided access to clean water after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) set up two water bladders to serve the water needs of the internally displaced persons, following the June 6 attack and harassment of an extremist group on the Maluso Water District Main Reservoir pipeline at Barangay Mabolo, Lower Mahayahay, Maluso, Basilan.

The town’s water system was compromised when, according to reports, an explosive detonated at the main pipeline of the water supply, making the water unsafe for drinking and other uses by the community. Of the almost 34,000 population of Maluso, 80 percent or about 27,000 are affected by the situation, particularly in barangay Mabolo and Upper and Lower Mahayahay.

Three days after the incident, PRC Zamboanga City chapter immediately deployed a four-man water and sanitation (WatSan) team to Maluso after coordination and assessment of the area. “The Red Cross is the first to come to the aid of the people of Maluso. Our people installed a water bladder and tap stand with 10 thousand liters capacity at barangay Townsite, which is near the identified evacuation centers,” said PRC chairman Richard J. Gordon.

Another water bladder with five thousand liters capacity was installed the following day after building a platform beside the multipurpose hall to augment the water needs of the community and to lessen the waiting time of the people in collecting water.

Prior to the Red Cross intervention, the affected families have no access to clean water and there were no water deliveries in the evacuation centers. They get their water in the stream resorting to several techniques to at least make it clean like boiling the water for drinking, and by natural sedimentation where they dig a hole beside the river then putting pebbles and letting the water settle naturally before collecting the water. Some get their water needs in the spring for hygienic purposes such as bathing and for washing dishes and clothes.

With the water bladders in place, the Red Cross endorsed the equipment and water bladder units to the LGU of Maluso, which provided water refilling for the bladders. The distance from the evacuation centers to the water distribution site is almost 1 kilometer. It takes the truck about three to four hours to refill and deliver water from the Isabela Water District to Maluso, which is 35 kilometers away.

As of date, the LGU of Maluso reported that the community’s source of water supply was recently re-installed and can now be used by the affected families once again.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Emergency appeal operation update n° 12 (MDRPH014)

23 June 2015 - 3:18pm
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

Appeal history

  • 8 November 2013: Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) strikes Central Philippines, causing a massive humanitarian impact.

  • Philippine Red Cross (PRC) had been on highest alert since the typhoon was sighted; after landfall, PRC volunteers and staff responded promptly. CHF 475,495 was allocated from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

  • 11 November 2013: The Philippine government declared a state of national calamity and called for international humanitarian assistance. The inter-agency standing committee categorized Typhoon Haiyan a level-3 disaster, requiring global mobilization and response.

  • 12 November 2013: An emergency appeal was launched, on a preliminary basis, for CHF 72.3 million to support 100,000 families (500,000 people) over 18 months.

  • 16 January 2014: A first revision of the emergency appeal was made and budget increased to CHF 126.2 million to support 100,000 families (500,000 people) over 24 months.

  • 30 July 2014: A further revision of the emergency appeal was issued, seeking CHF 99.88 million to support 100,000 households (500,000 people) through December 2016

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 17–23 June 2015

23 June 2015 - 9:32am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Snapshot 17–23 June 2015

Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.

DRC: 17,000 IDPs in Orientale province are in dire need of food, shelter, and NFIs. Refugees who have arrived recently from Burundi will be granted refugee status. In South Kivu, fighting since mid-May has displaced thousands, and schools and other services are not functioning.

South Sudan: Around 14,000 South Sudanese refugees fled to Sudan between 12 and 14 June, due to the recent escalation of violence in Upper Nile state. In Juba, 73 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded.

Updated: 23/06/2015. Next update: 30/06/2015

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: Dengue cases in Iloilo decline

22 June 2015 - 6:09am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

ILOILO CITY, June 22 (PIA) --- Dengue cases have decreased in Iloilo province, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here.

According to PHO data, a total of 274 cases with two deaths was recorded for the period January 1 to June 6, which is a drop of 19 percent compared to the 340 cases registered for the same period last year.

Of the 274 dengue cases, Pavia recorded the highest number of cases so far this year with 35; followed by Calinog with 34, Sara and Santa Barbara with 23 each, Lemery with 13, and Cabatuan and Ajuy with 12 cases each.

The two deaths recorded this year were from the municipalities of Santa Barbara and San Dionisio.

The towns of Anilao, Banate, Carles, Estancia, and San Joaquin have zero dengue cases.

Meanwhile, Department of Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin strongly advised health workers and local government units (LGUs) to plan ahead instead of just responding to dengue outbreaks as the Philippines, along with its ASEAN neighbors, observed ASEAN Dengue Day.

Garin said that ASEAN health ministers have agreed in 2010 to hold an ASEAN Dengue Day because “we are fighting a common enemy and joining forces is the best way to defeat dengue.”

She said that dengue is transmitted in 100 tropical countries, including the Philippines, with close to 100 million presenting with symptoms of mild or severe disease.

“Dengue is an important public health problem with a considerable and often under-valued disease burden in terms of frequency, cost and quality of life,” she said.

She added that a disease like dengue demands a multi-pronged response that engages government agencies, private sectors and the community, well beyond the health sector. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)