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Philippines: DOLE-1 distributes over P1M worth of livelihood assistance to Ilocos Norte farmers

29 November 2016 - 11:11pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

LAOAG CITY, November 30 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos has recently distributed livelihood assistance to some 105 drought-affected farmers from Pinili, Ilocos Norte.

On November 26, Labor Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III led the turn-over of P1,155,000 worth of assistance to Pinili Mayor Samuel Pagdilao, Sr.

“Hindi po pala kailangang maging tigang din ang bulsa pag tigang ang lupa, (Drought season doesn’t mean dry pockets),” said Aurelio Fernandez, one of the beneficiaries.

Fernandez, from barangay Valbuena, has regained his hope after receiving livelihood assistance from the labor department.

Like Fernandez, other farmers in Pinili town reported that the El Nino phenomenon has affected their farmlands since January and has destroyed their vegetables and garlic crops.

The dry spell has resulted in significant reduction in farming productivity and revenue.

With the DOLE’s livelihood assistance, the affected farmers need not rely solely on farming for income because they can are given alternative livelihood from livestock production and selling, dairying and bull services.

“Each farmer-beneficiary will be given one caraheifer worth P35,000 while two farmers will have one bull each worth P50,000,” DOLE-1 Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said.

Taken from the Kabuhayan component of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the assistance forms part of the labor agency’s contribution to the government’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the El Niño on farmers who are among the DOLE’s marginalized clients.

Meanwhile, water and irrigation experts advised farmers here to use the alternate wet and dry (AWD) method on the province's farmlands to counter the effect of dry period. (JNPD/CJDG/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte with reports from Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez of DOLE-1)

World: Global Climate Risk Index 2017: Who Suffers Most From Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2015 and 1996 to 2015

29 November 2016 - 4:48pm
Source: Germanwatch Country: Angola, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Chile, Djibouti, Dominica, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, World, Zimbabwe

Who Suffers Most From Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2015 and 1996 to 2015

The Global Climate Risk Index 2017 analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). This year’s 12th edition of the analysis reconfirms that, according to the Climate Risk Index, less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialised countries. Regarding future climate change, the Climate Risk Index may serve as a red flag for already existing vulnerability that may further increase in regions where extreme events will become more frequent or more severe due to climate change. While some vulnerable developing countries are frequently hit by extreme events, there are also some others where such disasters are a rare occurrence.

The most recent data available – from 2015 and 1996–2015 – were taken into account to produce the following key messages:

According to the Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index, Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti were the countries most affected by extreme weather events between 1996 and 2015.

In 2015, Mozambique, Dominica as well as Malawi were at the top of the list of the most affected countries.

Altogether, more than 528 000 people died as a direct result of nearly 11 000 extreme weather events; and losses between 1996 and 2015 amounted to around 3.08 trillion US$ (in Purchasing Power Parities). The host region of the UN climate summit 2016 – the continent of Africa – is severely affected by climatic events with four countries ranking among the 10 countries worldwide most affected in 2015 – Mozambique (1st), Malawi (3rd), Ghana and Madagascar (joint 8th position).

Precipitation, floods and landslides were the major causes of damage in 2015. A high incidence of extreme precipitation supports the scientific expectations of accelerated hydrological cycles caused by climate warming.

Most of the affected countries in the Bottom 10 of the long-term index have a high ranking due to exceptional catastrophes. Over the last few years another category of countries has been gaining relevance: Countries like the Philippines and Pakistan that are recurrently affected by catastrophes continuously rank among the most affected countries both in the long term index and in the index for the respective year for the last six years.

Of the ten most affected countries (1996–2015), nine were developing countries in the low income or lower-middle income country group, while only one was classified as an upper-middle income country.

The climate summit in Marrakesh is giving the “go-ahead” on developing the “rulebook” for the Paris Agreement, including the global adaptation goal, adaptation communication systems, and finance assessment systems for building resilience. A review of the UNFCCC’s work on loss and damage provides the opportunity to better detail the next 5-year’s work on loss and damage, in relation to the climate regime, as well as to better understand exactly how loss and damage should be taken up under the Paris Agreement. View

Philippines: Documentation and Review of RapidFTR in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

29 November 2016 - 7:05am
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Philippines

1. Background

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013 affecting 16 million people, causing some 6,300 deaths, displacing 4.1 million people and damaging or destroying 1.1 million houses. Early reports indicated there were significant numbers of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC). Such children are particularly at risk of violence, exploitation, abuse and trafficking. National police records show that the provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar and other areas, which were badly affected by the typhoon, are known hot spots for the trafficking of women and children and other forms of gender-based violence. There was thus a real potential for unaccompanied children to leave their affected areas through a number of unpatrolled exit routes.

Actions to prevent further separations and respond to unaccompanied and separated children are a priority in all emergencies. The decision to implement Rapid Family Tracing and Reunification (RapidFTR) in selected municipalities of the affected areas was taken in view of UNICEF’s commitment to prevent and address family separation and global experience in this effort. Experience shows that many children – particularly those recently and accidentally separated – can be rapidly reunited, and further separations can be prevented if urgent action is taken. RapidFTR was originally designed for this kind of rapid-onset emergency; however, it had only been used in refugee situations before Typhoon Haiyan. RapidFTR was deemed an appropriate tool and Haiyan allowed it the first opportunity to be piloted in such a situation.

Nine months after RapidFTR was implemented in Haiyan-affected areas, a Real Time Evaluation was conducted and achievements in its implementation were noted. The evaluation, however, also commented that “proper follow up of cases and case management in general suffered from the limited capacities of social workers in the municipalities.”

In the last quarter of 2014, it was decided that a documentation and review of the deployment and implementation of RapidFTR as part of the Haiyan emergency response is recommended in order to explore the potential for continued use of RapidFTR in future emergencies, including as part of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The documentation will include a systematic review of RapidFTR implementation in the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) emergency, thus ensuring the most appropriate application of RapidFTR in the future .

2. Objectives of the documentation and review

Based on the terms of reference, the following were the objectives of the documentation and review:

• To document the implementation and experience of the RapidFTR technology in the emergency response in Regions VI, VII and VIII3, including how this approach was effective in reaching and documenting unaccompanied and separated children and supporting necessary follow-up.

• To document and understand the acceptance and application of RapidFTR by government partners and communities, including community perceptions and understanding of the utility and importance of RapidFTR.

• To consider the possible impact of RapidFTR in strengthening child protection systems that existed in communities prior to the emergency, including through training and capacity building on RapidFTR use.

• To document and analyse the effectiveness of the process of adapting RapidFTR in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, thus providing guidance for future emergencies on how to deploy RapidFTR, including to ensure sustainability and necessary follow-up procedures are established, particularly to reach the most vulnerable and isolated communities.

• To review and follow up on issues raised from initial RapidFTR mission report, including:

  • attention to previously existing UASC cases;

  • older unaccompanied children who fled the area in search of employment, noting the risk of migration and trafficking; and

    • need for greater community understanding around the concept of ‘unaccompanied or separated’; or ‘children who have lost both parents and may need support’.

• To document and assess RapidFTR implementation in the Philippines against global and national minimum standards.

• To provide recommendations for RapidFTR training/capacity building in DRR.

• To explore prospects for greater ownership and involvement with RapidFTR by government partners. (See Appendix E for terms of reference for the consultancy.)

Philippines: Strengthening Child Protection Systems in the Philippines: Child Protection in Emergencies

29 November 2016 - 6:55am
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Philippines

Executive Summary

The Philippines is a growing socio-economic presence in South-East Asia. It has an annual growth rate of more than 7 per cent, and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The well-being and successful growth and development of children in the Philippines are vital to the achievement of national development goals and targets. The centrality of children to the national agenda is clearly reflected in Philippine Government strategies and development policies.

In November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda struck the Visayan Islands. It had a devastating impact on the Philippines, and highlighted the risks posed to this nation of 7,000 islands by the growing threat of climate change. The particular threats to children in this situation (including separation from family and parents, displacement from home/shelter/schools, exposure to violence and abuse, and a lack of safe spaces where they could access basic services and psychosocial care and support), demonstrated that the existing Child Protection (CP) Systems had been severely disrupted and were in most cases not functional. In the immediate aftermath, systems were unable to cope with the protection needs of thousands of displaced and highly vulnerable children.

The UNICEF Philippines Child Protection section has made efforts in recent years to prioritize CP Systems Building as a strategy for development, in contrast to previous programmes and projects that targeted specific groups of children. However, limited programme resources did not encourage extensive work in this area. Then, the emergency resources generated in the global response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda suddenly provided a critical opportunity to direct response and relief efforts towards CP Systems strengthening, in an effort to ‘build back better’ and address the damage to the system resulting from the emergency. It also afforded an opportunity to address pre-existing weaknesses in the CP System.

This report reviews and analyses how the CP work implemented during Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda provided an opportunity to tackle the problem of CP Systems building while responding to the immediate need for relief and recovery during the emergency and its aftermath* .

The Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda emergency generated a huge, multi-level humanitarian response by a range of national and international actors, which worked very well in many respects. Specifically, UNICEF Child Protection recognized the demand for support to CP Systems as part of longer-term response and recovery, and worked with the Government, local communities and partners to strengthen CP Systems and identify key child protection needs.

UNICEF initiatives to support CP Systems strengthening during the emergency response and recovery included Project Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) with civil society organisations to strengthen Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC), and support for priority Local Government Units (LGUs). A unique feature of the emergency response in an effort to channel resources more directly to community-based systems and institutions was the provision of funds directly to LGUs. This facilitated targeted work planning by each sector to design the best response. Substantial progress on CP Systems building was achieved, primarily through LCPC strengthening in the 40 Haiyan/Yolanda-affected priority LGUs. A report, ‘Documentation of Child Protection Systems Strengthening Initiatives in Typhoon Haiyan Areas’, captures this work.

UNICEF established partnerships through PCAs with nine agencies, all of which emphasized elements of CP Systems building, targeting CP priorities including strengthening social work, and establishing national guidelines for Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS) and psychosocial support (PSS).

A key initiative was UNICEF’s partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines to enhance the Child-Friendly Local Governance Course to incorporate Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE), and thereby strengthen the capacity of LGUs nationwide to better prepare and respond.

UNICEF also funded social workers in target Haiyan/Yolanda-affected municipalities to follow up on outstanding cases, especially those concerning children separated from caregivers and families during the emergency.

In addition, UNICEF is working with a local non-governmental organization (NGO) to replace civil registration documentation including birth certificates to some 80,000 people, using mobile outreach services to reach poor women and children from the most affected areas.

Despite these significant achievements, numerous challenges remain in the emergency response and efforts to address CP Systems Building as an integral component of the Haiyan/Yolanda strategic response. These include maintaining momentum for a sustainable recovery, and strengthening national and local CP systems in the process.

The primary purpose of this report is to explore the extent to which the emergency response has contributed to strengthening the national CP system in the Philippines, and how it might continue to do so.

This report finds clear evidence that considerable progress has been made against system strengthening indicators, as a result of international and national collaboration after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and through CP efforts in ongoing conflict regions. CP and family welfare are established on the agendas of both the Government and, importantly, community organisations, including barangay councils.1 The work of international agencies in initiating and supporting disaster relief and recovery efforts has added significantly to the arsenal of national child protective priorities and mechanisms in the Philippines. Learning and innovation introduced during the response to the ongoing conflict in parts of the country also provide valuable lessons that might be expanded to national level.

However, despite these achievements, challenges still face some aspects of CP systems strengthening work.

Myanmar: UNHCR South East Asia 2016 Funding Update as of 17 November 2016

29 November 2016 - 12:54am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand
  • 139.7 M required for 2016
  • 44.1 M contributions received, representing 32% of requirements
  • 95.6 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

Philippines: Dengue Situation Update 504, 15 November 2016

29 November 2016 - 12:52am
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, China, French Polynesia (France), Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, New Caledonia (France), Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Viet Nam, World

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 October 2016, there were 1,840 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

In week 45, the number of dengue cases was 1,373, an increase from 1,263 cases reported in the previous week(an increase by 8.7%). The cumulative number of cases in 2016 (91,879 cases) is less than that reported during the same period in 2015 (104,910 cases). As of week 45, the cumulative number of dengue deaths for 2016 was 212 cases, compared to 284 deaths during the same period in 2015 (Figure 2).

Philippines (No update)

As of 20 August 2016, there were 101,401 suspected cases of dengue reported in 2016, including 422 deaths. This is 16% higher than that reported during the same period in 2015 (n=87,411) (Figure 3).

Singapore

In week 44, there were 86 dengue cases reported in Singapore. The cumulative number of cases in 2016 (12,525) is 42.5% higher than that reported during the same period of 2015 (8,786) due to a large number of cases in early 2016 (Error! Reference source not found.). However, the number of cases is decreasing after week 36 and the number of cases in week 44 was the second lowest in the past six years.

Cambodia (No updates)

From 1 January to 17 May 2016, there have been 1,771 cases of dengue and 4 deaths reported in Cambodia. In May, there were 168 cases and no death reported. The number of cases remains low and stable at this point (Figure 5).

Lao PDR (no update)

As of 28 October, there were 4,658 cases of dengue with 10 deaths reported in Lao PDR in 2016. From 22 to 28 October, 185 new dengue cases and no death were reported. The number of cases is higher than the same time period in 2014-2015 (Figure 6).

Viet Nam (No update)

As of 31 August 2016, there were 63,504 cases of dengue including 20 deaths, reported in 44 out of 63 provinces in Viet Nam. In August 2016, there were 16,547 cases reported including four deaths. The cumulative number of cases increased by 97% with a decrease of three deaths compared to the same period in 2015. Compared to the median in 2011-2015 period, the cumulative number of dengue cases has increased by 99.7%.

Southern Hemisphere

Australia

As of 31 October 2016, there were 1,930 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases in Australia. The number of cases reported has been decreasing since March and it follows the seasonal trends (2011-2015) (Figure 8).

Pacific Islands Countries and Areas

French Polynesia (No update)

In week 42, 22 confirmed dengue cases were reported in French Polynesia (Figure 9). Four (18%) of the 22 cases were confirmed as DENV-1 infection.

Papua New Guinea

From 1 January to 6 November, 80 imported cases of dengue with travel history to Papua New Guinea were reported by Queensland Health (Weekly Report on overseas acquired dengue notifications). Among these cases, 5 were DENV-1, 57 were DENV-2, 4 were DENV-3, 3 was DENV-4 and 11 cases were of undetermined serotype.

New Caledonia

In October 2016, 19 dengue cases were reported, and the number of cases has been decreasing since June 2016 (Figure 10).

World: ‘We have a weak La Niña in progress’

28 November 2016 - 10:26pm
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Indonesia, Philippines, World

The IFRC’s forecasting partners at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) now say oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Pacific are such that a “borderline La Niña event” is indicated.

Earlier this month US forecasters issued an official ‘advisory’ under the ENSO alert system, saying in their synopsis that “La Niña conditions are present” with around a 55 per cent chance of persisting through the northern hemisphere winter.

“We have a weak La Niña in progress,” said IRI Chief Forecaster Tony Barnston for its November climate briefing, issued last week.

“The question is how much longer will it go on?” he added. “We expect it to last not a whole lot longer; maybe one or two months.”

In terms of potential impacts, IRI’s December–February forecast shows a “moderate to strong likelihood” of drier-than-normal conditions over the southern US and northern Caribbean; and for November–January “a strong chance of above-average precipitation” in parts of Indonesia and the Philippines.

Other regions with an elevated chance of above-average precipitation in November–January include northern South America, the west of Australia, Southern Africa and the northern US, IRI says. 

Red Cross Red Crescent disaster managers can get high-resolution seasonal forecasts spanning three-month periods for their countries and regions – including possible La Niña impacts – by signing up for IRI’s notification service and following #IRIforecast on Twitter.

One of several available datasets showing weekly sea-surface temperature anomalies in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via IRI)

Philippines: Philippines – Tropical Cyclone TOKAGE (GDACS, JTWC, PAGASA, NDRRMC, WMO, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 November 2016)

28 November 2016 - 10:17pm
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines
  • Tropical Cyclone TOKAGE continued moving north-west passing over Western Visagas and Mimaropa regions, as a Tropical Storm. It then exited in the South China Sea and continued moving north-east, weakening. On 28 November at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 170 km west of Vigan city (Ilocos Sur province, Luzon) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression).

  • Over the next 24 h it is forecast to move south-west over the South China Sea, weakening and dissipating. Moderate to locally heavy rain may affect the eastern areas of Luzon.

  • Heavy rain has already affected several parts of the country causing floods and landslides. Approx. 133 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Iba (Zambales province, Central Luzon) over 27-28 November. As of 28 November early morning (UTC), national authorities reported that over 14 300 people have been affected, over 12 400 evacuated and 16 homes damaged throughout the regions of Mimaropa, Eastern, Western and Central Visayas as well as Northern Mindanao.

World: Sowing seeds for stronger ‘emergency preparedness and forecast-based financing’ at WFP-organized Manila forum

28 November 2016 - 10:58am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines, World

A inter-agency forum in the Philippine capital, Manila, on forecast-based financing (FbF) and emergency preparedness for climate risks has called on governments to promote better use of data as part of “a unified plan to respond to extreme shocks and events”.

A ‘call to action’ at the end of the one-day conference last Thursday also advocated the strengthening of risk management through science-based forecasting, prioritizing financial resources at the local level, and “more simplified protocols in line with FbF”.

The conference was organized by the World Food Programme (WFP), which is piloting FbF and emergency preparedness in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nepal and the Philippines, with support from the German Federal Foreign Office and Red Cross.

Also attending Thursday’s conference were Eliseo Rio, Undersecretary at the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology, and Anna Ventura from the German embassy in Manila.

‘Main partner’

Other national and local Philippine government agencies were represented, as well as the French, Spanish and US development agencies, the UN country team, the IFRC and Partners for Resilience (the Climate Centre, Cordaid, and Wetlands International), and local NGOs and scientific institutions.

The call to action also asked scientific and research bodies to pursue “research related to FbF and its institutionalization”, and to include it in input for development planning by local governments.

Humanitarians and development organizations, it suggested, should help build “FbF mainstreaming in current government initiatives [and communicate it] to donors, development partners and the private sector”.

In closing remarks, WFP’s Deputy Country Director in the Philippines, Martin Bettelley, said the forum had seen that “huge investments are lost in emergency response, and that we should make better and smarter decisions to invest in the right resources, at the right time and in the right place”.

The Philippine government, he added, remained the “main partner” in the initiative; without it “we will not be able to make headway towards institutionalizing FbF in the country”.

New ideas

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and PfR agencies are themselves planning to pilot flood-related FbF early next year. The PRC would “test it in a selected high-risk municipality or city,” Ana Mariquina, the National Society’s head of disaster preparedness and risk reduction, told the Manila forum. She added that the PRC could influence government agencies “to initiate discussion of FbF institutionalization in local policies and we are interested to see how it can be applied in our own organization's preparedness and response plans and policies”.

WFP says climate change disproportionately affects the most food-insecure people around the world, and new ideas like forecast-based financing and emergency preparedness are needed to ensure scarce resources are used to greater effect.

Key components of WFP’s forecast-based financing work in the Philippines are annual dialogues involving national agencies, scientific institutions, humanitarian and development actors, communities and other stakeholders, of which Thursday’s forum was the second.

Overall, WFP “works with the government and other organizations to help the Philippines strengthen its resilience to natural disasters and climate change,” according to the agency’s website.

Women plant protective mangroves in Santa Teresita, Cagayan province. WFP’s work in the Philippines helps disaster-prone communities prepare for and respond to shocks through community projects, technology and better logistics and supply-chain management.

Philippines: Sowing seeds for stronger ‘emergency preparedness and forecast-based financing’ at WFP-organized Manila forum

28 November 2016 - 10:58am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

A inter-agency forum in the Philippine capital, Manila, on forecast-based financing (FbF) and emergency preparedness for climate risks has called on governments to promote better use of data as part of “a unified plan to respond to extreme shocks and events”.

A ‘call to action’ at the end of the one-day conference last Thursday also advocated the strengthening of risk management through science-based forecasting, prioritizing financial resources at the local level, and “more simplified protocols in line with FbF”.

The conference was organized by the World Food Programme (WFP), which is piloting FbF and emergency preparedness in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nepal and the Philippines, with support from the German Federal Foreign Office and Red Cross.

Also attending Thursday’s conference were Eliseo Rio, Undersecretary at the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology, and Anna Ventura from the German embassy in Manila.

‘Main partner’

Other national and local Philippine government agencies were represented, as well as the French, Spanish and US development agencies, the UN country team, the IFRC and Partners for Resilience (the Climate Centre, Cordaid, and Wetlands International), and local NGOs and scientific institutions.

The call to action also asked scientific and research bodies to pursue “research related to FbF and its institutionalization”, and to include it in input for development planning by local governments.

Humanitarians and development organizations, it suggested, should help build “FbF mainstreaming in current government initiatives [and communicate it] to donors, development partners and the private sector”.

In closing remarks, WFP’s Deputy Country Director in the Philippines, Martin Bettelley, said the forum had seen that “huge investments are lost in emergency response, and that we should make better and smarter decisions to invest in the right resources, at the right time and in the right place”.

The Philippine government, he added, remained the “main partner” in the initiative; without it “we will not be able to make headway towards institutionalizing FbF in the country”.

New ideas

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and PfR agencies are themselves planning to pilot flood-related FbF early next year. The PRC would “test it in a selected high-risk municipality or city,” Ana Mariquina, the National Society’s head of disaster preparedness and risk reduction, told the Manila forum. She added that the PRC could influence government agencies “to initiate discussion of FbF institutionalization in local policies and we are interested to see how it can be applied in our own organization's preparedness and response plans and policies”.

WFP says climate change disproportionately affects the most food-insecure people around the world, and new ideas like forecast-based financing and emergency preparedness are needed to ensure scarce resources are used to greater effect.

Key components of WFP’s forecast-based financing work in the Philippines are annual dialogues involving national agencies, scientific institutions, humanitarian and development actors, communities and other stakeholders, of which Thursday’s forum was the second.

Overall, WFP “works with the government and other organizations to help the Philippines strengthen its resilience to natural disasters and climate change,” according to the agency’s website.

Women plant protective mangroves in Santa Teresita, Cagayan province. WFP’s work in the Philippines helps disaster-prone communities prepare for and respond to shocks through community projects, technology and better logistics and supply-chain management.

Philippines: Philippines: Eco-ag network aids Lawin affected farmers in Cagayan

28 November 2016 - 6:20am
Source: Greenpeace Country: Philippines

Solana, Cagayan; 27 November 2016 – A network of organizations comes to the aid of farmers affected by Typhoon Lawin by giving out seed and fertilizer response packages to jumpstart the province’s transition to ecological agriculture.

The People’s Food Movement -- together with local organizations, such as the Green Meadows Foundation and Solana Ecological Agriculture Group; the Local Government of Solana, Cagayan; and Greenpeace Philippines -- gave out organic seeds, fertilizers, and other farm inputs to 150 farmers in the municipality.

The organic seeds and fertilizers were sourced from farmers practicing ecological agriculture in Nueva Ecija and nearby provinces. The package includes vegetable seeds, vermicast, molasses, palay seeds, bokashi and various concoctions.

“When we are hit by extreme weather events such as droughts and super typhoons, the agriculture sector always suffers the most. Impacts bury our farmers further in an endless cycle of debt, our food production and supply decrease, and food prices increase. All of us are affected. We need to empower our farmers to be able to help the whole nation,” said Yeb Saño, Executive Director for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, has wrought havoc to the lives and livelihood of farmers in the Philippines. The recent super typhoon Lawin, initially classified as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, caused Php 10.2 billion damage to agriculture, Php 3.4 billion to infrastructure, and affected 49,000 farmers in different provinces in Luzon.

Cagayan and its nearby provinces in Region 2 are the top rice and corn production areas of the country, contributing almost 30% to our rice and corn needs. The Department of Agriculture has recorded that at least 56,000 hectares of rice fields, 9,000 hectares of corn fields, and 2,000 hectares of vegetables plantations, were destroyed in Cagayan.

Prior to the seed distribution, a two-day training on Integrated and Diversified Organic Farming System was conducted by Jonjon Sarmiento of farmers group PAKISAMA, along with Lerma Matus, a typhoon Yolanda farmer survivor. The farmers were trained to practice climate-resilient agriculture, self-sufficiency by preserving the seeds, and making their own fertilizers sourced from materials that are abundant and readily available in their areas, so that the farmers will not have to resort to loans to rebuild their farms.

“Lawin brought devastation to the livelihood of small holders and producers but it also opened up opportunities to start the conversation in reliving seeds as the core of life and food,” said Mon Padilla of the People’s Food Movement. “We want to reclaim ownership and control of the food system for the small holders and household producers, in consideration with the consumers’ right to safe and healthy food.”

Through this seed response work, the People’s Food Movement hopes to help address the looming hunger among farmers affected by typhoon Lawin and ease them from the cycle of indebtedness. The activity also aimed to show the farmers that there is an alternative way of farming that will provide them, their families, and the whole nation with healthy food that are produced through safe, sustainable and climate resilient agriculture.

People’s Food Movement members CHIMES, UAAP.NET, SEARICE, and farmers of the Climate Resiliency Field Schools of the Rice Watch Action Network (R1), joined the work not only in the distribution but in sharing ecological agriculture practices so that farmers will be inspired by their experiences.

The Peoples’ Food Movement is a food campaign advanced by individuals, groups, organizations, government entities, academe and other formal and non-formal groups that act collectively and individually to promote practices, programs and policies rooted on the concept and practice of ecological agriculture.

Greenpeace is calling President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to support a food policy that will put farmers’ need on top priority and put in place a system that can readily respond to farmers in rebuilding their farms immediately after a crisis and change the current dominant system of agriculture - from monoculture and chemical intensive farming – to diverse, integrated, sustainable and climate resilient farming system.

For more information:

Virginia Benosa Llorin, Food and Ecological Agriculture Campaigner

Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Email: vbllorin@greenpeace.org | Mobile: (+63) 917 822 8793

Angelica Carballo-Pago, Media Campaigner 
 Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Email: apago@greenpeace.org | Mobile: (+63) 949 889 1332

Philippines: DSWD distributes emergency shelter cash assistance to 27,052 households affected by Typhoon Lawin

28 November 2016 - 4:27am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided the Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) worth P135,260,000 to 27,052 households affected by Typhoon Lawin from November 7 to 18, 2016.

ESCAP is the assistance immediately provided to victims of disasters with partially and totally damaged houses. A uniform amount of P5,000 was given to each families as an initial help in rebuilding their homes.

DSWD is now on its second week of ESCAP provision which targets to distribute the assistance to 271,164 totally damaged (42,324) and partially (228,40) with 146,104 identified households hit by ‘Lawin’. In Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 7,939 families received cash assistance out of the 44,433 target. In Region II, 5,304 households received ESCAP out of the 199,993 households affected by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, 13,809 families in Region I received monetary assistance to rebuild their homes out of 26,554 target.

Region III has just started to distribute ESCAP to 184 houses damaged by Typhoon Lawin.

Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said the DSWD targets to distribute cash assistance amounting to P730,522,090 to 146,104 target households within the next few weeks so that “the affected families can immediately repair their houses and facilitate their recovery from the damages caused by typhoon Lawin.” ###

Philippines: Flash Alert: Tropical Storm Tokage (Marce), Philippines, 28 November 2016

28 November 2016 - 4:26am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Philippines

Tropical Storm TOKAGE, Philippines

Tropical Storm (TS) TOKAGE (or Marce) is now about 150 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and continue to move Southwestward with wind gusts up to 75 kph. It gradually weakened as it left the Philippine area of responsibility. Storm Tokage is expected to dissipate in the next 48 hours.

As of 27 November 2016, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRM) reported that 2,980 families/14,309 people were affected by the storm where 3,346 people were served inside evacuation centres. The government continues to provide assistance for the affected population. The government has also evacuated nearly 12,500 people prior to the landfall as a preparedness measure.

Myanmar: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (22 - 28 November 2016)

28 November 2016 - 4:16am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Japan, Myanmar, Philippines

MYANMAR

Since the 9 October attacks in Rakhine State, more than 30,000 people are estimated to be internally displaced. Humanitarian agencies have not been able to verify the number of IDPs or assess their needs due to lack of access. Thousands of people are also reportedly crossing the border into Bangladesh. Some pre-existing humanitarian services have resumed for more than 19,000 people, however, around 130,000 people are still unable to access regular food, cash and nutrition assistance. Some 300 ethnic Rakhine and Mro people remain displaced in Buthidaung and Maungdaw, of which 120 people received food and other relief items from UN agencies last week.

30,000 people displaced

Intense fighting between ethnic armed groups and the Myanmar military in northern Shan State has displaced some 6,500 people since 20 November. Around 3,500 people have been internally displaced to various locations around Muse. Humanitarian travel to displacement sites is limited due to the security situation. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, an additional 3,000 people have crossed the border into Yunnan Province (China).

6,500 people displaced

JAPAN

On 22 November, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 25 km. The quake triggered 1.4 metre tsunami waves which hit Sendai Port.

Tsunami warnings and evacuation orders issued by authorities following the quake were lifted several hours after the event.

As of 24 November, all evacuation centres were closed and people who temporarily relocated returned to their homes. While the quake caused 20 injuries across Miyagi, Fukushima, Chiba and Tokyo, no fatalities were reported.

Transport networks are fully operational and roads are accessible.

PHILIPPINES

As of 27 November, Tropical Storm Tokage (locally known as Marce), has affected about 3,000 families (14,300 people) in Western Visayas, MIMAROPA and CARAGA regions.

Around 3,350 people were hosted in 45 evacuation centres and 12,460 people were pre-emptively evacuated. To date, no fatalities have been reported.

Regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development have distributed food packs in support of the local response. No international assistance has been requested.

3,000 families affected

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoons and Floods - Emergency Appeal Operations Update n° 3 (MDRPH020)

28 November 2016 - 3:48am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

The situation

Typhoon Melor struck Northern Samar on 14 December 2015 moving westward and exited Philippine landmass through Occidental Mindoro and dissipated over the sea west of the country on 19 December. Melor left 42 people dead, almost 300,000 houses damaged and some PHP 4.3 billion (CHF 89 million) worth of agriculture and infrastructure assets affected.

Melor came a few months after some parts of Luzon were badly affected from the effects of Typhoon Koppu (October 2015). Melor was then followed by a tropical depression (Twenty Three), which enhanced the northeast monsoon causing heavy rainfall throughout much of the country. More than 800,000 families were affected by Typhoon Melor, Tropical Depression Twenty Three and the northeast monsoon.

There is an approximately CHF 150,000 expected at the end of the operation (30 November 2016), which will be transferred to the Operational Plan 2017 for Philippines. The balance will support the recovery and development activities aimed at enhancing community resilience as well as continue the National Society capacity development activities, including community-based volunteers (RC143), initiated under this Appeal. The focus will be on communities and PRC chapters in Sorsogon and Northern Samar.

The programming approach adopted is in line with PRC Strategy 2017-2021 as well as in conformity with the IFRC Governing Board’s recommendation that 10 percent of funds mobilized through an Emergency Appeal be dedicated for disaster risk reduction and preparedness measures. Donors who have any queries or clarification about the reallocation of the balance may contact the IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office.

World: 2016 ECHO support to IOM - ECHO Daily Map | 28/11/2016

27 November 2016 - 7:00pm
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Greece, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Philippines: DSWD maintains relief ops in ‘Marce’-hit areas as evacuees start to return home

27 November 2016 - 4:19am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Following the lifting of all storm signals in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide provision of relief items and augmentation support in areas badly hit by the storm.

Based on the latest bulletin issued by the DSWD Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB), 2,081 families or 9,353 persons were displaced by ‘Marce’ in Regions MIMAROPA, VI, Negros Island Region (NIR) and CARAGA. However, due to improvements in the weather, several evacuees start to return home.

Currently, there are 712 families or 3,346 persons seeking refuge in 53 evacuation centers in the affected regions, while 67 families or 327 persons are staying with their relatives and friends.

All concerned DSWD field offices maintain their close coordination with affected local government units (LGUs), specifically in the management of evacuation centers, distribution of relief goods, and monitoring of ground operations.

DSWD staff members and volunteers are also assisting in the repacking of relief items and provision of hot meals to the displaced families.

Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo reiterated her call to the public to report any irregularities in the response and relief operations done in the affected areas.

“As our partners for change, we continue to remind our citizens to monitor all irregularities or failure of service during response and relief operations so that we can improve the process of our disaster response operations and provide all the immediate needs of affected communities,” said the Secretary.

Lastly, she also assured the public that the Department will continue to provide updates on the relief and response operations through the DSWD’s social media accounts, website, and the DSWD Virtual Operations Center (OpCen).

Philippines: First batch of Tacloban Yolanda victims ready to transfer to permanent resettlement sites on Monday

27 November 2016 - 4:09am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Nov. 27 – Around 280 families are scheduled to join the first batch of Tacloban Yolanda victims who will move to their permanent resettlement sites on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino said this came about 18 days after President Duterte ordered the OPAV to effect resettlement.

To recall, during his visit to Tacloban on November 8, the President gave a directive to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas to effect the transfer of Typhoon Yolanda victims to their permanent resettlement sites in Tacloban-North before December.

​On Monday, military trucks from the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police, Office of the Civil Defense, local government units, and the private entities will be mobilized to ferry the typhoon victims to their permanent resettlement centers.

Starting Saturday, November 26, members of these families have been visiting their new homes in North Hill Arbours relocation site at Barangay Sto. Niño (Suhi) in Tacloban City to clean up so that, on Monday, their homes will be ready for occupancy.

“I’m very happy to hear the report from our men and women of the Task Force Bulig that the people are already excited to start a new life in their new homes,” PA Dino said.

Task Force Bulig was formed through the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas after President Duterte publicly ordered PA Dino in front of Taclobanons to lead the completion of all Yolanda resettlement sites in Leyte so that the families hit by typhoon three years ago can transfer before Christmas.

​The Presidential Assistant for the Visayas acknowledged the collaborative effort among the national government agencies, local government of Tacloban, the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, private sector, and the typhoon victims themselves in making the permanent resettlement happen.

PA Dino assured the beneficiaries that the resettlement centers will be equipped with amenities like water and electricity before the transfer, while the task force has already charted long-term solutions to livelihood, education, transportation, among others.

The task force is expecting a daily mobilization of the settlers, until the last family beneficiary will be in their new home by end of December. Around 8,000 family beneficiaries shall be transferred to permanent houses in 17 relocation sites north of Tacloban.

“The problem besetting the Yolanda resettlement in three years is solved in just 18 days after Pres. Duterte’s tapang and malasakit to the Yolanda victims made him issue presidential directives to finish it without delay,” PA Dino said.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 03 re Preparedness Measures and Effects for Tropical Storm Marce (I.N. Tokage)

27 November 2016 - 2:05am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

23 November 2016

The LPA east of Mindanao has developed into a Tropical Depression (TD) and was named "MARCE" with maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 17 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 is hoisted over Southern Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

24 November 2016

At around 5:00 PM, TD "MARCE" has made landfall over Siargao Surigao Del Norte.

TCWS No. 1 is hoisted over Romblon, Cuyo Island, Calamian Group and Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro and Masbate, Biliran, Southern part of Samar, Southern part of eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

25 November 2016

"MARCE" has intensified into a Tropical Storm as it moves toward Panay Island with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 110 kph and forecasted to move west northwest at 24 kph.

TCWS No. 2 was hoisted over Romblon, Calamian Group of Islands, Southern Occidental Mindoro and Southern Oriental Mindoro in Luzon and Northern Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Northern Antique in Visayas. While TCWS No. 1 was hoisted over Northern Palawan including Cuyo Island, Rest of Oriental Mindoro, Rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Island, Biliran, Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Negros Oriental, Rest of Negros Occidental, Rest of Antique and Guimaras.

TS "MARCE" has made five (5) landfalls since 24 November 2016 in the following areas:

  • 1st landfall in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte at 5:00 PM, 24 November 2016

  • 2nd landfall in Abuyog, Leyte at 8:30 PM, 24 November 2016

  • 3rd landfall in Daan Bantayan, Cebu City at 1:30 AM, 25 November 2016

  • 4th landfall in Caries, Iloilo at 5:00 AM, 25 November 2016

  • 5th landfall in Calamian Groups of Island at 6:00 PM, 25 November 2016

TS "MARCE" has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph and forecasted to move west northwest at 22 kph.

TCWS No. 2 was also raised over Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo Island, Southern Occidental Mindoro and Southern Oriental Mindoro. While TCWS No. 1 is hoisted over the rest of Occidental Mindoro, rest of Oriental Mindoro, Northern Palawan, Romblon, Aklan and Antique.

26 November 2016

TS "MARCE" has slightly intensified as it continues to traverse the Philippine Sea. At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "MARCE" was estimated based on all evailable data at 335 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro with maximum winds of up to 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph and forecasted to move Northwest at 15 kph.

All TCWS has been lifted.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Sitrep No. 02 re Preparedness Measures and Effects for Tropical Storm Marce (I.N. Tokage)

25 November 2016 - 5:46pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

(extract)

II. EFFECTS

A. Pre-Emptive Evacuation

• A total of 637 families 2,959 persons are taking pre-emptive evacuation in Regions VII and CARAGA, and currently taking shelter in 5 evacuation centers.

B. AFFECTED POPULATION

• A total of 285 families / 1,100 persons affected in 13 barangays in Region CARAGA. Of this 285 families / 1,098 persons were served inside evacuation centers.