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Philippines: DOH delivers assistance to municipalities affected by Typhoon Nina in MIMAROPA

11 January 2017 - 9:19pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Jan. 12 - Department of Health - MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo recently visited municipalities in the provinces of Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro and delivered financial assistance and medicine supply to areas affected by the recent Typhoon Nina.

Among the municipalities who were given P3 million in financial assistance are Calapan City and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. Affected municipalities like Boac, Buenavista, Torrijos, Mogpog, Sta. Cruz, Gasan in Marinduque received P2 million each and another P3 million provided to the provincial government to be use in aid of the calamity-stricken victims of the typhoon.

“We are continuing our monitoring and assessment as to the extent of damage caused by the typhoon and provide the necessary preparation for another forecasted Low Pressure Area (LPA) which is currently affecting areas of MIMAROPA,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“All health facilities in the region are in Code Blue Alert and ready to provide medical services due to the continuing inclement weather,” he added.

A Code Blue alert places all medical personnel on a 24-hour duty. Hospitals and community health units are prepared to accept an influx of casualties. Medicines and medical supplies are also ready to be distributed to affected residents. DOH operation centers (DOH-OPCEN) will also be operating on a 24/7 basis.

Close coordination with local government units, emergency and disaster units and also with the Armed Forces are being effected to handle possible calamities.

All Provincial Department of Health Offices (PDOHO) are in close coordination with provincial health facilities and partner agencies regarding disaster preparedness, providing health assistance and reporting health incidents in the provinces.

Janairo guaranteed that additional medicines will be sent immediately if needed. The Regional Health Emergency Management Service (RHEMS) will be closely coordinating with various local government units for the immediate provision of medical support and alert affected LGUs."

The Department of Health has allocated P30 million for DOH-MIMAROPA for the purchase of medicines and financial assistance to calamity declared areas in the region.

“Other affected municipalities will also be provided with assistance, accordingly,” Janairo assured. (DOH)

Myanmar: IDP and Refugee Populations in Asia-Pacific (as of Dec 2015)

11 January 2017 - 3:30am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Philippines: DSWD lauds quick response of LGUs during onslaught of ‘Auring’; assures augmentation support when needed

11 January 2017 - 12:01am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo lauded the prompt disaster operations made by the local government units (LGUs) during the onslaught of Tropical Depression Auring, which has weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) yesterday after bringing heavy rains over the Northeastern Mindanao and Western Visayas provinces over the weekend.

“We would like to acknowledge the efforts made by the LGUs when ‘Auring’ hit the country, starting from the preparation to the actual relief distribution which did not require much assistance from the DSWD. This demonstrates that LGUs are indeed the prime responders in times of emergencies,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

Before ‘Auring’ made its landfall in Northeastern Mindanao, LGUs of the provinces on its reported path had already started preparing for its possible effects.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of the CARAGA Region conducted a pre-disaster meeting at the Office of the Civil Defense and carried out a pre-emptive evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas. The LGUs of the region also distributed family food packs (FFPs) to affected families staying in evacuation centers after ‘Auring’ hit the region.

Negros Island Region (NIR), on the other hand, alerted its Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and City/Municipal Action Teams (C/MATs) early to assist in disaster operations. It also readied its emergency tracking services to transport the prepositioned family food packs (FFPs) in the region whenever needed.

Region VII similarly alerted its QRTs early and evacuated residents affected by flooding in Brgy. Poblacion, Carmen, Cebu.

Status of affected families

According to the 4am report today by the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations and Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), the weather disturbance affected a total of 9,132 families or 38,950 individuals from 167 barangays in Region VII and CARAGA.

Some 873 families or 3,655 persons are still staying in 20 evacuation centers in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Norte.

To date, a total of P1,825,799.00 worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected families, consisting of P1,606,568.00 from the LGUs and P219,231.00 from the DSWD. The Department is ready to augment additional resources to the LGUs when needed.

LGUs as initial responders during calamities

DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo has earlier clarified the different roles of the Department and the LGUs during times of disasters.

She said that the LGUs are the first responders in the occurrence of natural and man-made calamities, based on Republic Act (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, while the DSWD provides the basic needs of disaster-affected families by prepositioning family food packs (FFPs) and standby funds.

Other than RA10121, RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 also stipulates that LGUs have the responsibility to undertake rescue operations, provide immediate relief assistance, and set-up and manage evacuation centers at the first instance of disaster occurrence.

“The DSWD works hand-in-hand with the LGUs to ensure the provision of compassionate service to victims of disasters, helping them to bounce back and eventually lead normal lives again,” the welfare chief said.

Philippines: Philippines: Mobilised for emergency response after typhoon Nock-ten

10 January 2017 - 11:47am
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

On Christmas 2016, typhoon Nock-ten ("Nina" in the Philippines) made its first landfall in the Bicol region (Eastern Philippines) on 25 December. This category 4 typhoon made eight successive landfalls, striking the island province of Catanduanes before continuing towards the capital, Manila, passing through 15 provinces across four regions. With winds of 235 km/h and 285 km/h gustiness, Nock-ten caused massive destructions and affected over 2.1 million people. While 1.7 million people were pre-emptively evacuated from their homes, over 33,000 people were still displaced at the beginning of January.

The typhoon first struck the Catanduanes and the Camarines Sur provinces, affecting over 2.1 million people in two very vulnerable provinces, where one third of the populations already lived under the poverty line.

Shelter is a major priority

ACTED’s team conducted an evaluation in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur provinces in order to assess the damages and immediate needs of affected populations. Only two weeks after the typhoon, substantial damages have been reported. Preliminary assessment results revealed that over 300,000 homes were partially (72%) or totally (28%) destroyed, principally located in the Camarines Sur and in the Catanduanes province.

It is therefore crucial to provide affected people with shelter assistance.

Relaunching agriculture and livelihoods

Furthermore, affected provinces in Bicol region report huge damages on livelihoods. In fact, the vast majority of the population relies on agriculture as the main source of livelihood, particularly abaca fibre (a sort of banana). Some areas report that 100% of abaca trees were destroyed by the typhoon, while it would take years before farmers are once again able to harvest it. Thus, families’ economies are strained and it is necessary to support livelihoods through cash for work activities.

Contrer l’urgence sanitaire

Finally, the typhoon had a huge impact on infrastructures throughout the affected provinces, with reports of devastation of many schools, health centres, roads and bridges. Water, hygiene and sanitation structures were also heavily damaged: many municipalities report unusable water sources and unsafe water, leading to an increased risk of waterborne diseases.

Philippines: Philippines: Rising After the Storm

10 January 2017 - 11:12am
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines

When typhoons Koppu and Melor (locally known as Lando and Nona, respectively) hit Central Luzon, a region north of Manila, in the latter part of 2015, Edna lost her home and hard-earned savings in an instant. The typhoon brought catastrophic damage to infrastructure and the agriculture sector, all of which added to the burden of the affected people. Recovering from the typhoon’s devastation is another story.

Rebuilding after a major disaster is a huge hurdle to overcome. But for Edna Pelayo, a 27-year-old mother of three from Nueva Ecija in the Philippines, it is possible.

Communities in Edna’s town of Laur were hit by three destructive typhoons. While farmers were still recuperating from typhoons Mujigae and Koppu, typhoon Melor mercilessly slammed her village hampering their recovery efforts. Laur’s farmers are mostly landless labourers who generally earn 200 pesos (approximately €4) a day.

“The typhoon was so strong. We immediately evacuated our neighbour because our house was shaking and our roof got blown off. Unfortunately, the typhoon also destroyed my neighbour’s house so we braved the heavy rains and strong winds to find a safer place,” Edna recalled.

“When we returned to our home the next day, it was devastating to see nothing but debris and scattered clothes,” she added. Edna was still thankful that even though they lost their house, nobody in her family got hurt after the tragic experience. Edna’s husband works as a rice farmer while she stays at home most of the time to take care of their children and the household.

“After the typhoon, the farmers in our community struggled to earn money because the farm lands were damaged. Our crops were destroyed too, so we relied heavily on support we received from the government and various organizations until we were able to slowly get back on our feet.”

Edna recalled that when her husband couldn’t earn enough money for their family because of the situation, she decided to go to the city to work as a house helper for two months. “It was hard for me to leave my children because they’re too young but I had no choice. We needed to provide food and save for their school expenses.”

A New Beginning

Edna’s family received corrugated iron sheets from the government for their shelter repair. Her neighbours also helped each other to rebuild houses. To provide emergency support to people affected by typhoon Melor, the Consortium of international non-government organizations composed of CARE, Action Against Hunger and Save the Children implemented a livelihood recovery assistance program for communities to have sustainable food sources and income-generating activities. The programme is funded by the European Commission. The livelihood assistance was carried out in Gabaldon and Laur municipalities and reached over 1,700 families.

Edna and her neighbours participated in the Consortium’s business planning session to help her identify a viable enterprise. Armed with determination, she utilised the money she received by starting a buy-and-sell business. “It's a good thing that my previous employer makes curtains so I was able to buy from her at a lower price. I sell the curtains here in my village and in other nearby communities. I am happy that I am able to sell all of my goods,” said Edna.

Because Edna starts to earn money, she is now able to buy and sell more items like slippers, bags, wallets and clothes. “I think what’s really important now is I can support my husband in buying food for us and provide a school allowance for my children,” she said.

Edna's husband couldn’t work for a week because he accidentally slashed his foot with a bolo knife (large cutting tool used by farmers) while clearing out a big area of weeds. “It was a blessing that I have my business that supported my family when my husband needed to rest. It also became our source of money to buy his medicine.”

In case another strong typhoon threatens her village, Edna also feels that she and her husband are now more prepared. “The Consortium taught us disaster preparedness and sustainable agriculture. We participated in various sessions to help us protect our house and our livelihood,” she added.

Edna and her neighbours now maximise their backyard space by doing container gardening. Using recycled plastic containers as her pots, Edna planted aubergine, squash, tomato and cabbage that she can easily relocate whenever the situation calls for it. “We really thank the European Union and the Consortium for reaching our village. Recovering from typhoon Melor would be difficult without their support. We will continue to make this grow and flourish,” said Edna.

Philippines: 22 families evacuate as Liboganon river overflows in Kapalong

10 January 2017 - 3:37am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, January 10 (PIA) - - Some 22 households from Purok Tumana, Brgy. Pagasa in Kapalong are being evacuated in the municipal gymnasium as Liboganon River overflows this morning. Kapalong Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Gaspar Balinggao said in an interview that as of 1:00PM, the water level of Liboganon River reached to 6.2 meters while the spilling point is only at 5.9 meters. Balinggao stressed that pre-emptive evacuation were done earlier this morning since they noticed that every 45 minutes, the water level notches up by 0.1 meter. “With the situation, we are ready with our food packs that will be given to the evacuees,” he said. He attributed the event to the heavy rains last night in Patil, Gupitan and Suwaon. In an interview with Kapalong Information Officer Jamal Magantur, he said that the water from the Liboganon River is now slowly flowing in the compound of the municipal hall. Magantur said that classes in Kapalong National High School and Maniki Elementary School were suspended. Balinggao noted that since the water level in the upstream is decreasing, the flood will last only by around 2 hours. (PIA11, Michael Uy)

Philippines: WFP Scope: Harnessing Technology for Improved Implementation and Monitoring

10 January 2017 - 3:01am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Philippines

By Anthony Chase Lim

Since re-establishing its presence in the Philippines in 2006, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao in close partnership with local government units and communities to rebuild their assets following years of conflict and displacement. Now, WFP is improving its project registration, implementation, and monitoring system to streamline and balance project implementation and benefit project participants.

Situated at the south-western coastal area of the province of Maguindanao is the Municipality of Upi, a mountainous town composed of 23 barangays home to nearly 50,000 people, a large number of which relies on agriculture as their primary source of income.

Despite prior improvements, transporting their agricultural commodities is still difficult for several barangays due to rough roads and steep transportation costs. “Travel to our barangay is often difficult because of the limited access, especially during the rainy season,” said Anson, a farmer and resident of Ranao Pilayan.

Working With Local Government

In response, WFP, in partnership with the local government unit of Upi, launched a project entitled “Enhancing Food Security Initiatives of Upi Upland Barangays”. The project focuses on rehabilitating 5 kilometers of farm-to-market roads, benefiting 950 households in 11 barangays, and aims to increase access to basic social services by reducing transportation costs and travel time. Meanwhile, household-level food security is addressed through the inclusion of establishing backyard vegetable gardens.

Anson is one of over three hundred people to register for a new electronic ID card from WFP. He joins a team of 75 men tasked with digging drainage channels on local access roads to ensure they remain passable even when the monsoon rains fall. The new ID card will allow him to claim food assistance from WFP for three months in return for the work.

Registration of project participants in the SCOPE system began in October 2016, and from a distance the scene at barangay Rifao is a familiar sight, one no different from previous sign-ups for WFP projects. SCOPE is an online database system which WFP has developed to improve how it assists people in need. In the past, distributing food or cash assistance to the poorest communities involved registering people using a paper-based system. This often proved time-consuming and inefficient, with duplication a frequent problem.

Electronic ID Cards

New electronic ID cards are provided to project participants, and while the initial registration does take time for WFP staff on the ground, once complete, monitoring and tracking of food and cash distributions is far more efficient. SCOPE also means registration and distribution services can be more easily delivered directly to the people who need them, meaning they no longer have to travel to a centralized distribution point.

“This registration was much faster than I expected. I also appreciate that it was conducted in a nearby barangay. We didn’t have to travel far from our homes or spend money to be able to register and participate because the registration took place near us,” explained Anson.

Improving Monitoring & Evaluation

In addition to WFP’s monitoring, Ronald, the leader of the Project Management Committee, said that SCOPE also assists them in their monitoring and evaluation. “SCOPE will help us in checking attendance, ensure participation, and in the verification or validation process during distributions. With the new IDs, it’s quicker to identify the participants and ensure that the money they’ve earned goes to the right person.

Philippines: Survivors’ Solidarity and Attachment in the Immediate Aftermath of the Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines)

9 January 2017 - 3:43pm
Source: Public Library of Science Country: Philippines

Introduction: Anti-social behavior and self-preservation are often assumed to be normal responses to threats and disasters; on the contrary, decades of research and empirical studies in social sciences showed that pro-social behaviors are frequently common and that solidarity is the typical response to a variety of threats. The main objective of this study is to investigate and describe survivors’ behavior, especially solidarity, according to the presence of familiar persons and to the perception of physical danger, elaborating the framework of Mawson’s social attachment theory.

Methods: In order to investigate these relationships, a behavioral research was carried out involving 288 people affected by the December 8th 2013 Haiyan Typhoon (Yolanda).

Results: Results revealed that solidarity was predominant and people reacted collectively and actively taking part in relief activities. Furthermore, we found strong solidarity and help towards strangers and unfamiliar persons.

Discussion: Investigating how people react is essential to develop a more efficient and effective response strategy especially in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when disaster mangers have little control of the situation and people rely on themselves; the natural tendency to help others can be essential to reduce losses and to fill the temporal gap between the event and the arrival of the organized relief unit.

Philippines: Philippines - Tropical Cyclone ONE-17 (GDACS, JTWC, NDRRMC, NOAA, Local media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 9 January 2017)

9 January 2017 - 10:18am
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named ONE - 17 (locally named AURING) formed over the north-western Pacific Ocean on 7 January. It then started moving towards the island of Mindanao (Philippines), strengthening. It made four landfalls on 8 January as a Tropical Depression. On 9 January at 0.00 UTC, it had max. sustained wind speed of 46 km/h.

  • Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, towards the central and western Visayas region, weakening. Residents from Bicol region and Samar provinces (Eastern Visayas region) are alerted against possible flash floods and landslide.

  • According to national authorities, as of 9 January early morning UTC, over 7 200 people have been evacuated in the regions of Central Visayas, Caraga and Davao.

Thailand: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (3 - 9 January 2017)

9 January 2017 - 4:34am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand


Over the past week, 22,000 new arrivals were reported to have crossed the border from Rakhine State (Myanmar) to Bangladesh. As of 5 January, an estimated 65,000 people are residing in registered camps, makeshift settlements and host communities in Cox’s Bazaar. Biometric registration for new arrivals has been proposed to assist partners to further improve relief service provision. To complement the local response, UN agencies and NGO partners continue to provide food, NFIs, emergency shelter materials and protection services to the new arrivals and undocumented Myanmar nationals. shelter materials and protection services to the new arrivals and undocumented Myanmar nationals.

65,000 new arrivals


Days of incessant rains triggered flooding in many parts of Nangroe Aceh Darussalam and West Sumatra provinces between 3 and 6 January. In Aceh, 59,000 people were affected with one death reported. On 5 January, localized whirlwinds were also reported in Yogyakarta and East Java provinces. The whirlwinds killed two people and damaged 292 houses. Local authorities provided humanitarian assistance to the affected communities.


Amid ongoing fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army, about 2,700 people from Zai Awng/Mungga Zup camp in Waingmaw Township (Kachin State) relocated to makeshift shelters around Hkau Shau IDP camp. Urgent needs include food and other relief supplies, education support and shelter. Health is a major concern due to the winter weather and the limited shelter available. Local organizations are providing a range assistance with support from the UN and INGOs.


Since 1 January, continuous heavy rains caused widespread flooding across 11 provinces in southern Thailand. As of 9 January, over 330,300 households were affected and authorities reported 21 deaths. The Government upgraded the disaster management response level to 3 (large scale disaster) and established disaster command centres in Surat Thani and Songkla to coordinate the national response. With rains forecast to continue until 10 January, a public warning on potential landslides was issued. The UN Resident Coordinator has issued a letter to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) offering support.

330,300 households affected


Over the past week, seasonal rains triggered severe flooding across the east coast of Malaysia. As of 5 January, around 25,000 people were displaced in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu. The floods damaged bridges and blocked roads restricting access to several villages. Local media sources reported that the number of evacuees decreased to 13,500 people on 7 January as weather conditions improved. The Government is leading the national response with support from the national Red Crescent Society and civil society organizations. No international assistance has been requested.


As of 9 January, about 22,880 people were displaced in CARAGA region (including 20,430 people inside evacuation centres) as a result of Tropical Depression 01W. After making landfall on 7 January, the storm has weakened into a low pressure area but continues to bring moderate to heavy rains across central and southern Philippines.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.3 re Preparedness Measures and Effects for Tropical Depression ''Auring''

9 January 2017 - 3:45am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


07 January 2017

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Mindanao has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named ''AURING".

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.1 is hoisted in Agussan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island Province

08 January 2017

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is hoisted in Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Provinces, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Guimaras, Southern part of Iloilo, Southern part of Antique, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

9 January 2017

At 4:00 PM, the center of Tropical Depression "AURING" was estimated based on available data at 100km East Northeast of Tagbilaran City, Bohol(09.9'N, 125.7'E) with maximum winds of 45kph near the center and gustiness of up to 75kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 9kph. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

Tropical Depression "AURING" has maintained its strength as it continues to move closer to Bohol.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is hoisted in Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Provinces, Southern Leyte, Cebu including Camotes Island, Guimaras, Capiz, Iloilo, Southern part of Antique, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

"AURING" has made 4 landfalls:

  • 1st landfall in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on 8 January, 2017 3.00 p.m.
  • 2nd landfall in Dinagat Province on 8 January 2017, 4:00 p.m.
  • 3rd landfall in Paraon Island, Southern tip of Leyte on 08 January 2017, 6:00 p.m.
  • 4th landfall in Ubay, Bohol on 09 January 2017, 4.45 a.m.

and Cagdianao in Dinagat Island.

Philippines: DSWD on alert for first weather disturbance this year

8 January 2017 - 10:58pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Field offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) along the path of Tropical Depression Auring are now on alert status to monitor the occurrence of this first weather disturbance in the country this year.

Based on the predictive analytics for humanitarian response of the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), some 976,704 families or 4,883,546 persons are exposed to areas that are highly to very highly susceptible to landslide or flooding in Regions Caraga, X, VIII, VII, NIR, XII, ARMM, XI, and VI of which, 420,456 families are poor.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo urged these families in the danger zones to be aware of announcements from their local authorities, especially the call for evacuation, for their own safety.

“Once again, preparation is the key to everyone’s safety in times of emergencies. Please do not ignore the announcements of your local authorities,” Sec. Taguiwalo reminded families along the path of ‘Auring’.

In CARAGA region where the center of Tropical Depression Auring was estimated to be at 125 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the DSWD-Field Office here had activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) and is already in close coordination with the Local Social Welfare Office and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (LDRRMO).

As part of the agency’s preparation, DSWD-Caraga already prepositioned 6,100 Family Food Packs to geographically hard to reach areas. Each family pack contains six (6) kilos of rice, eight (8) canned goods, and six (6) 3-in-1 coffee.

The Regional Warehouse has a continuous repacking activity for additional stockpiling of food packs. Currently, there are 3,594 standby Family Food Packs.

To date, a total of 402 families or 1,699 persons from the region have been displaced who are all currently staying in 12 evacuation centers set up by the local government units.

Likewise, some 361 passengers have been stranded at Lipata Ferry Terminal, Surigao City.

Status of prepositioned resources: Standby funds and stockpiles

Overall, the Central Office (CO), Field Offices (FOs), and National Resource Operations Center (NROC) have a total standby funds and stockpiles amounting to ₱895,310,371.01 that can be used for disaster operations, broken down as follows:

Standby Funds

₱132,135,253.58 standby funds at the CO and FOs. Of the said amount, ₱82,062,439.85 is the available Quick Response Fund at the CO.


559,392 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to ₱198,263,790.72 and available Food and Non-Food Items (FNFIs) amounting to ₱564,911,326.71.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.2 re Preparedness Measures and Effects for Tropical Depression ''Auring''

8 January 2017 - 10:46pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


07 January 2017

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Mindanao has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named ''AURING".

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.1 is hoisted in Agussan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island Province

08 January 2017

At 4:00 PM, the center of Tropical Depression "AURING" was estimated based on available data in the vicinity of Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands (09.9'N, 125.7'E) with maximum winds of 55kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 9kph. Northeast Monsoon affecting Nothern and Central Luzon.

Tropical Depression "AURING" has made landfall over Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte and Cagdianao in Dinagat Island.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is hoisted in Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Provinces, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Guimaras, Southern part of Iloilo, Southern part of Antique, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

Philippines: NDRRMC Severe Weather Bulletin No. 13 re Tropical Depression "Aurung"

8 January 2017 - 6:33pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Date: 09 January 2017, 5:00AM

Situation Overview

  • Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression

  • Residents of areas with TCWS No. 1 and over the rest of Eastern and Central Visayas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides

  • Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Visayas and of Mindanao.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.1 re Preparedness Measures and Effects for Tropical Depression ''Auring''

8 January 2017 - 6:21am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


07 January 2017

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Mindanao has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named ''AURING".

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.1 is hoisted in Agussan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island Province

Philippines: DSWD vows to strengthen coordination with LGUS to ensure recovery of over 2M locals displaced by ‘Nina’

6 January 2017 - 6:20am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to strengthen its coordination with local government units (LGUs) in assessing the needs of families affected by Typhoon Nina to ensure that they will regain their normal functioning the soonest time possible.

“Bagamat tuloy-tuloy ang pagpapadala ng tulong ng DSWD, nakikita naming mahalaga na mas pahigpitin ang tulungan at koordinasyon sa pagitan ng ahensya at ng mga LGU upang malaman kung ano ang mga pangangailangan ng mga pamilyang apektado ng kalamidad. Mahalaga ang tulungan para mas maagap ang tulong sa mamamayan para mas mabilis din silang makabangon (While the DSWD continues to provide assistance to affected municipalities, we still need to reinforce our coordination with concerned LGUs in assessing what the families need to hasten their recovery),” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

Sec. Taguiwalo expressed hope that more and more LGUs will work in closer coordination with DSWD and its Regional Offices to strengthen their social welfare service capabilities for their constituents. “We need to coordinate not only during times of disasters, but regularly so we can give what assistance to Filipinos in times of emergencies,” she said.

As of today’s report, 468,554 families or 2,096,509 persons were displaced in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII, of whom 1,158 families or 6,227 persons are currently staying in 64 evacuation centers centers while the rest are now back in their homes.

Currently, the DSWD continues to deliver resources to affected municipalities since local governments are expected to request for additional augmentation support to supply the needs of ‘Nina’ survivors.

“Bagamat may mga pamilya nang nakabalik sa kanilang mga komunidad, ang prayoridad nila ay kumpunihin ang kanilang mga bahay. Dahil dito, mabigat talaga ang pangangailangan nila para sa relief aid dahil hindi pa rin sila makabalik sa kanilang mga hanapbuhay at pinagkakakitaan. Makakaasa sila na tuloy ang pagbibigay ng ayuda ng DSWD (While many families have returned home, their priority is to rebuild their houses. Their need for relief assistance is still very great because as of yet, circumstances prevent them from returning to their usual jobs and means of livelihood. DSWD will continue to extend help),” Sec. Taguiwalo explained.​

Earlier this week, the local government of Marinduque received 15,000 additional Family Food Packs (FFPs) from the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City while other affected LGUs are expected to receive additional resources and technical assistance in the following days since the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) from the DSWD Central Office (CO) will be deployed in Bicol Region to further help in the relief operations.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) Who is Doing What and Where as of 6 January 2017

6 January 2017 - 4:10am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

World: Towards Policy Integration of Disaster Risk, Climate Adaptation, and Development in ASEAN: A Baseline Assessment

6 January 2017 - 1:01am
Source: Nanyang Technological Univ. Country: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, World

By Jonatan A. Lassa and Margareth Sembiring

This NTS Insight attempts to create a baseline assessment of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) policies in ten Southeast Asian countries. More than 50 per cent of global disaster mortality occurred in Southeast Asia between 2004 and 2014, and four ASEAN member states are ranked in the top 10 countries most affected by climate risk between 1996 and 2015. The integration of relevant existing global mechanisms into national and local regulatory systems, and especially into national development plans, is therefore necessary to ensure the development of adaptive and resilience capacities. Although the region has realised the importance of streamlining DRR and CCA policies in development plans, a baseline of such efforts has yet to exist to date. This is the first series of the NTS Insight on a larger climate change and disaster risk study. The next NTS Insight will look into climate risks in ASEAN.


Effective reduction of losses and risks from natural hazards and climate extremes requires integrated actions at different levels of governance. One of the greatest challenges faced by governments of developing countries today is in creating institutional convergence that integrates global goals emanating from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), Paris Agreement on Climate Change (PACC) and the World Humanitarian Summit. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) are part of key agendas being considered in all these recent global agreements.

The SFDRR lays down the guiding principles for each state to take on “the primary responsibility to prevent and reduce disaster risk, including through international, regional, sub-regional, transboundary and bilateral cooperation” through four priorities for action. The first priority action is understanding risk which encompasses data collection, risk analysis, risk baseline, regular updates of progress, capacitybuilding, promotion of investment and innovation in risk reduction and dissemination of disaster risk information. The second priority action is strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk through “mainstreaming and integrating DRR within and across sectors” at different levels, empowering local authorities, coordinating with civil societies, formulating relevant policy, and addressing risk reduction needs. The third priority action is investing in risk reduction for resilience by providing incentives and allocating necessary resources at all levels, promoting public and private mechanisms for risk transfer and insurance, and risk sharing and protection. The fourth priority action is to “enhance disaster preparedness for effective response and “to build back better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction”.

The SFDRR seeks to “substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.” It sets the following targets: to reduce global disaster mortality between 2020-2030 compared to 2005-2015 (measured by average per 100,000 reduce the number of affected people globally (measured by average per 100,000) between 2020-2030 compared to 2005-2015,1 “substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030” and “substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030”.2 While the Sendai Framework has set the grounds for DRR efforts, SDG 2030 has now emerged as new global driving force for risk reduction (See Box 1).

At a regional level, Southeast Asian countries have realised the need to address disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in an integrated manner. The Declaration on Institutionalizing the Resilience of ASEAN and its Communities and Peoples to Disasters and Climate Change issued in April 2015 acknowledged the threats posed by climate change and ensuing extreme weather events and called for the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in overarching development agendas. Multi-sectoral collaborations collaboration in multi-level governance are key to make such integration happen. The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) has been identified as the focal point for this cooperation.

The ASEAN Vision 2025 on Disaster Management adopted the SFDRR vision by encouraging ASEAN member states to develop new DRR strategies by 2020. The Vision that states that “AADMER (The Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response) will need to be linked to the integration efforts under the ASEAN Economic Community” could probably credited for the first systematic attempt to integrate both DRR and CCA into wider development policy in ASEAN.3 Thus far, comprehensive baseline information on DRR and CCA policies in ASEAN is not yet available.

The overall objective of this paper is to provide a baseline of existing national and local arrangements that incorporate DRR and CCA into development policy processes. This study uses existing secondary sources including formal policy reports, and relevant grey and peer review literature.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) Snapshot (06 Jan 2017)

5 January 2017 - 9:47pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Typhoon Nock-Ten (known locally as Nina) entered Philippine Area of Responsibility on 23 December 2016 and made its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes on 25 December 2016 with a maximum sustained winds of 235 km/h and 285 km/h gustiness. It moved on a westerly track and affected fifteen provinces in four regions. More than 2.2 million persons have been affected after eight landfalls before it exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on the evening of 27 December 2016.

World: Zika virus, Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome Situation Report, 5 January 2017

5 January 2017 - 6:30pm
Source: World Health Organization Country: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana (France), French Polynesia (France), Gabon, Grenada, Guadeloupe (France), Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique (France), Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Myanmar, New Caledonia (France), Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Saint Barthélemy (France), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten (The Netherlands), Solomon Islands, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, World


 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 This is the last weekly situation report. Going forward, the reports will be published every two weeks. The next report will be issued on 19 January.


 Overall, the global risk assessment has not changed. Zika virus continues to spread geographically to areas where competent vectors are present. Although a decline in cases of Zika infection has been reported in some countries, or in some parts of countries, vigilance needs to remain high.


 Seventy-five countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquitoborne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (69 with reports from 2015 onwards), of which:

o Fifty-eight with a reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Fig. 2, Table 1).

o Seven with having possible endemic transmission or evidence of local mosquitoborne Zika infections in 2016 or 2017.

o Ten with evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in or before 2015, but without documentation of cases in 2016 or 2017, or with the outbreak terminated.

 Thirteen countries have reported evidence of person-to-person transmission of Zika virus (Table 2).