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Philippines: The International Environmental Emergencies Response System: A Case Study of Supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda), The Philippines

20 February 2015 - 1:04am
Source: UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

The purpose of this paper is to review the multilateral response system for environmental emergencies, using,as a case study, the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan as conducted by UNEP and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Philippines: The International Environmental Emergencies Response System: A Case Study of Supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda), The Philippines

20 February 2015 - 1:04am
Source: UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

The purpose of this paper is to review the multilateral response system for environmental emergencies, using,as a case study, the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan as conducted by UNEP and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Philippines: WFP Philippines | Brief Reporting period: 01 October – 31 December 2014

19 February 2015 - 3:51am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Philippines

COUNTRY STRATEGY:

WFP activities in the Philippines focus on assisting vulnerable populations affected by armed conflict and natural disasters in Visayas and Mindanao through general food distribution, food assistance for assets and training, school meals, and supplementary feeding. The current PRRO provides assistance to 1.4 million people affected by protracted conflict in Central Mindanao as well as disaster-affected communities in Central Visayas and Eastern Mindanao. As the Philippines is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, WFP is also helping the Government strengthen its disaster preparedness and response capacities. WFP reestablished its presence in the Philippines in 2006 to support the ongoing Mindanao Peace Process and to help build community resilience to armed conflict, which undermines food security.

Philippines: ASEAN Continues Support to Philippines After Haiyan

18 February 2015 - 3:03pm
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Philippines

ILOILO, 18 February 2015 – The first stakeholders' meeting and inception workshop was held on 17-18 February in Iloilo City, Philippines, to launch the Adopt-a-Municipality for Resilient Recovery - a project under the ASEAN Assistance for the Recovery of Yolanda-Affected Areas in the Philippines.

The Adopt-a-Municipality project is an initiative of ASEAN in modeling a post-disaster framework for resilient recovery planning that will feed into a risk-sensitive comprehensive land use planning at the local level. The project aims to provide technical assistance to four pilot areas: municipalities of Badiangan and Mina in Iloilo Province and the municipalities of Palo and Ormoc City in Leyte Province.

According to ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Alicia Bala, this project will enable the four pilot areas to "bounce forward" instead of "bounce back" and help operationalize the principle of "building-back-better-faster-and-safer" towards reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience to disasters. She noted that this project is also a continuing manifestation of ASEAN solidarity towards building a "caring and sharing ASEAN Community."

In her welcome remarks, Assistant Secretary Gina dela Cruz of the Philippines' Office of the Presidential Assistant on Recovery and Rehabilitation (OPARR) emphasized the importance of evidence and science-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation as bases of the comprehensive land use plan.

About 50 key local government officials including the mayors of the four pilot areas participated in the Inception Workshop together with representatives from OPARR, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Office of Civil Defense, which comprise the ARYA Project Steering Committee.

In November 2013, super typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) struck 12 provinces and 171 cities and municipalities in the Philippines causing the death of 6,300 people, while the injured numbered 28,689 and the missing persons, 1,061. More than a million houses were damaged of which 489,613 houses were completely destroyed. About 4 million people or 900,000 families were displaced due to the destruction brought about by storm surges, destructive winds and floods in the so-called Yolanda Corridor. ASEAN co-convened a High-Level Conference on Assistance for the Recovery of Yolanda-Affected Areas together with OPARR and Department of Foreign Affairs in August 2014.

The Adopt-a-Municipality project will be a more lasting and concrete support of ASEAN for the communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda as it will help enhance the capacity of local governments and stakeholders for resilient recovery and long-term sustainable development through comprehensive land use planning that factors in disaster and climate risks.

Philippines: UNHCR highlights need for reporting displaced persons in Caraga

18 February 2015 - 3:15am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Philippines

Butuan City – The recurring displacement of indigenous people from natural disasters and armed conflict in Caraga over the years have underlined the need for timely reporting and proper documentation of these incidents.

This has prompted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to build community capacity to monitor, document and report incidents of displacements through a protection monitoring and information management training, 17-18 February.

The training is a follow up of the consultation UNHCR conducted with indigenous peoples groups and local government units in the region last October 2014. The indigenous peoples groups specifically from the Manobo, Higaonon, Banwaon, and Mamanwa tribes lamented the under reporting or non-reporting of their plight during and after displacement.

“The indigenous people are one of the most vulnerable groups in the community. They are often discriminated and neglected due to their race, color and nomadic way of life putting them at risk of human rights violation. Also adding to this already dismal situation in the region is its direct path to typhoons that force these people to flee their homes,” said Brenda Escalante, UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer.

The Caraga region places itself more disposed to cases of displacement due to the unpredictable nature of armed conflict between the NPA and AFP. The feedback gathered from the previous consultation indicated that reporting was minimal due to the reluctance of communities to report incidents and their fear of being exposed.

“This shows that there is very limited information and reporting is weak in conflict-affected areas of the region. This will, in turn, affect the monitoring mechanism of human rights defenders and will hamper the delivery of their services,” added Escalante.

Understanding what protection is, aided with the basics of documentation, and the mechanisms in reporting, will help vulnerable groups in the future as to whom they should seek assistance from and coordinate with at the first instance of displacement.

“Either in situations of natural disaster or armed conflict, generating the right figures and putting a face to the numbers is always tantamount to ensuring the safety and dignity of the displaced population,” said Escalante.

Philippines: P1.4-B shelter aid released for ‘Yolanda’ survivors in W. Visayas

18 February 2015 - 12:12am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P1.4 billion in emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to local government units (LGU) in Western Visayas for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

Under the guidelines, beneficiaries of the ESA are families who have no permanent source of income or whose income is below the poverty threshold of the region; those whose houses were either partially or totally damaged and who have not received a similar assistance from other agencies or non-government institutions.

Likewise, regular employees of government and private corporations with salary below P15,000 are also eligible provided they are included in the master list of DSWD-Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC).

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman also upheld the DSWD stand on not including those receiving a salary of more than P15,000 because they have the capacity to rebuild their houses.

On the other hand, those living in danger zones are also not included as beneficiaries, because they are being assisted by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

A total of P10,000 shall be given to families whose houses were partially damaged, while P30,000 will go to those whose houses were totally destroyed.

Breakdown

In the province of Aklan, the municipality of Libacao received P109.6 million for the 3,655 families with totally damaged houses.

In the province of Antique, the town of Culasi got P109.4 million for the 7,228 families with totally and partially damaged houses.

In the province of Capiz, the town of Panay received P173.6 million for 5,787 families with totally damaged houses; Pontevedra got P43.5 million for 4,357 families with partially damaged houses; while Tapaz got P69.4 million for 6,311 families with partially damaged houses.

In the province of Iloilo, the town of Sara received P240.4 million for 8,015 families with totally damaged houses; Lambunao, P72.5 million for 7,250 families with totally damaged houses; Ajuy, P9 million for 300 families with totally damaged houses; Concepcion, P18 million for 600 families with totally damaged houses; and Estancia, P9 million for 300 families with totally damaged houses.

In the province of Negros Occidental, P93.8 million was released for 7,178 beneficiaries with both totally and partially damaged houses .

DSWD urged the other LGUs which have not submitted their supporting documents to complete these so that the Department could immediately download the ESA funds to them. In Iloilo, there are still 14 towns which have not submitted their validated list and documents; four in Aklan; one in Antique; three in Capiz; and four in Negros Occidental.

Dialogue

Meanwhile, DSWD Field Office-VI Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre held a dialogue last week with members of Bayan Muna and Pamanggas – organizations of farmers and fisherfolk – to explain the guidelines on the implementation of ESA.

During the dialogue, Macapobre responded to the issues raised by the two organizations. These included the total scrapping of Memorandum Circular Number 24 or the Guidelines for ESA Implementation in ‘Yolanda’-Affected Areas, swift and immediate release of ESA to all victims of ‘Yolanda,’ additional funds for all ‘Yolanda victims,’ and transparency in the identification of beneficiaries.

Macapobre clarified that all services of the DSWD have eligibility requirements which must be followed.

The implementation guidelines of ESA for the ‘Yolanda’ survivors in all affected areas are spelled out in MC 24, which is the basis for the release of the cash aid and which will be used by the Commission on Audit (COA) in post-auditing releases.

“The Field Office is dependent on how soon the LGUs can submit to us the required documents as specified in MC 24, and [how] fast the funds are released to us,” Macapobre further explained.

Regarding the demand for additional funds for all ‘Yolanda’ survivors, the militant groups said they do not only mean more funds to accommodate the affected families who are not included in the first list submitted; they also want to avail all other DSWD services.

The Director encouraged the protesters to submit their list to their local social welfare and development office so that it can be included in the validation.

DSWD will meet all the six governors in Western Visayas on February 24 to ask for their help in monitoring the LGUs under them in coming up with the validated and official list of affected families.

“This final list should be submitted to DSWD-Field Office [VI] on or before March 31 as we intend to consolidate the submission and forward an additional fund request to the DSWD Central Office by April 10,” Dir. Macapobre added.

On the transparency issue in identifying legitimate beneficiaries, Macapobre reminded Bayan Muna and Pamanggas members that it was the LGUs which provided their lists of qualified recipients to DSWD. ###

Philippines: An Inside Look into USPACOM Response to Super Typhoon Haiyan

17 February 2015 - 10:03pm
Source: Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Country: Philippines, United States of America

Executive Summary

Many humanitarian and military leaders noted that civil-military coordination during the Haiyan response in November-December 2013 was some of the best they had seen. The United States Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the Department of Defense (DOD) United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) forces, and the US Embassy, Philippines demonstrated clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities as evidenced by their effective coordination. The United States Government (USG) response entities provided assistance reflecting their unique capabilities appropriately scaled throughout the response phase.

The USAID/ OFDA Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) team coordinated with the humanitarian community. The team validated and transmitted requests for military assistance to the DOD responders on the ground. With the exception of a few days of water production in Tacloban, DOD mostly focused on large-scale operations using their unique capabilities to deliver “wholesale” transportation and logistics support. USAID/OFDA was one of the first donors to the World Food Program (WFP), enabling its role as the lead coordinator of the United Nations (UN) logistics and emergency telecommunications clusters and co-lead of the food security cluster with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Philippines: An inside look into USPACOM response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, February 2015

17 February 2015 - 2:01pm
Source: Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Country: Philippines

Executive Summary

Many humanitarian and military leaders noted that civil-military coordination during the Haiyan response in November-December 2013 was some of the best they had seen. The United States Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA), the Department of Defense (DOD) United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) forces, and the US Embassy, Philippines demonstrated clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities as evidenced by their effective coordination. The United States Government (USG) response entities provided assistance reflecting their unique capabilities appropriately scaled throughout the response phase.

The USAID/ OFDA Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) team coordinated with the humanitarian community. The team validated and transmitted requests for military assistance to the DOD responders on the ground. With the exception of a few days of water production in Tacloban, DOD mostly focused on large-scale operations using their unique capabilities to deliver “wholesale” transportation and logistics support. USAID/OFDA was one of the first donors to the World Food Program (WFP), enabling its role as the lead coordinator of the United Nations (UN) logistics and emergency telecommunications clusters and co-lead of the food security cluster with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Several communication avenues for the responders and the affected were utilized, providing many alternative ways to coordinate while major communication infrastructures were down. Mainstream media, social media, and citizen journalism played a significant role in informing responders of the appropriate courses of action for the employment of USG resources. Key lessons learned from previous disasters improved the speed and quality of overall US interagency coordination. Most notably, personnel with previous disaster response experience who had personal connections with other major players in the relief efforts considerably expedited interagency and transnational relief efforts. The informal professional networks among relief workers built during common training and exercises greatly facilitated the trust needed for effective and efficient cooperation, particularly in the early response phase.

Many noted the impressive demonstration of Haiyan lessons learned put into action in the recent response to Typhoon Hagupit that began as Category 5 before weakening into Category 3 when it hit the Philippines in December 2014. The resiliency of the Filipino spirit continues to impress domestic and foreign media. The commitment of foreign assisting actors who came to the aid of the Philippines in Haiyan clearly demonstrated the increasingly globalized nature of disaster response.

In the coming years, the challenge remains to find more innovative ways to increase investment in disaster preparedness and to better integrate and leverage local capabilities and capacities with international response.

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

17 February 2015 - 10:41am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

Afghanistan: 32,000 undocumented Afghans have spontaneously returned from Pakistan, after security incidents in the country have led to a military crackdown; another 2,000 people have been deported to Afghanistan. This is 130% more people than returned in all of 2014.

DRC: 1,170 cases of cholera have been recorded in Katanga province so far in 2015, with 24 deaths.

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Sri Lanka: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (10 - 16 Feb 2015)

16 February 2015 - 5:46am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka

INDONESIA

On 9 - 12 Feb heavy rainfall fell on the island of Java, including the capital Jakarta. Local authorities have reported four casualties and temporary displacement of almost 7,100 people. All IDPs returned to their homes by 13 Feb. Government agencies, Indonesia Red Cross, NGOs, military and police provided search and rescue support and relief to the displaced.

4 people killed

7,100 people evacuated

PHILIPPINES

Local authorities are conducting assessments and monitoring the displacement of 5,745 people in Barangay Kabasalan, Pikit municipality in North Cotabato province caused by clashes between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on 5 Feb. The cause of the fighting remains unclear but occurred one week after an armed encounter between the Philippines National Police - Special Armed Forces, MILF and BIFF in Mamasapano municipality in Mindanao.

5745 people displaced

SRI LANKA

UNHCR continues to facilitate the voluntary repatriation programme for Sri Lankan refugees. All returning refugees are provided with a transport grant to reach their homes in a dignified manner and provided with a comprehensive package of services for reintegration including civil documentation, health and education services. UNHCR stands ready to assist potential government facilitated voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Refugees from India.

MYANMAR

In the Kokang self-administered zone, northeast Shan State, fighting began between the Government of Myanmar Army and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and other armed groups on 9 Feb. There have been media reports of displacement across the border to China; however figures are not yet confirmed. The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that civilians have been displaced and assistance is being provided.
People are also displaced from Laukkai to Lashio, where they are receiving assistance from local authorities and civil society organizations.4 The majority of IDPs from Kan See arrived in Hpakan and Lone Khin after the displacement of over 1,000 people from Aung Bar Lay and surrounding areas to Kan See due to fighting that erupted on 14 Jan between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army. An estimated 50-100 displaced people remain in Kan See.

Philippines: Housing aid continues for ‘Pablo’ survivors

16 February 2015 - 1:06am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

About 1,840 families in the three Typhoon Pablo-hit areas in Davao Oriental received permanent housing units during the turnover ceremony on February 3.

Implemented under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the housing project is a joint venture between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which bankrolls the funds, and the provincial government which shoulders the acquisition of resettlement sites.

The town of Baganga received 920 shelter units; Cateel, 770; and Boston, 150.

To date, about 13,780 houses have been constructed in the province, offering disaster-resistant homes to typhoon survivors. The DSWD is targeting to build 21,382 for Pablo victims in Davao Oriental.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman explained that the strong partnership forged between the Department and the provincial government facilitated the provision of assistance to the survivors.

“The provincial government’s active role in this partnership has made this joint venture a reality,” Sec. Soliman added. Meanwhile, DSWD-Field Office XI Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca Santamaria commended the resiliency shown by the people of Davao Oriental amid the hardships they have gone through in the wake of the disaster that shattered their homes and lives.

She said that people’s resiliency, coupled with the rising socio-economic activities, made the province a model in development and became one of the country’s most benchmarked provinces when it comes to disaster response and rehabilitation.

According to Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, the downpour of support from the local and international community has made her province grow stronger and more resilient, that despite the mounting challenges, there are still people with kind and generous hearts who continue to help meet the urgent needs of ‘Pablo’ survivors.

Philippines: Deadly Clash in Philippines Jeopardizes Peace Process

12 February 2015 - 2:53pm
Source: Voice of America Country: Philippines

Simone Orendain

MANILA— Last month, a police raid in the southern Philippines targeting two internationally-wanted terrorists ended in disaster when clashes left about 70 people dead, including 44 police officers. Philippine lawmakers are now holding inquiries into the raid and suspending work on a landmark peace agreement for a self-governing area in the country’s Muslim-majority south.

Lawmakers this week were supposed to be deliberating the merits of a proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is based on an agreement signed last March between the government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Instead, those talks have been indefinitely suspended while lawmakers investigate the 12-hour gun battle which took place in Mamasapano town, a marshland area on rebel turf. It was the first time in three years the cease-fire between both sides was broken. Although the raid succeeded in killing Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, a militant on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list, the execution-style killings of several police officers have enraged the public.

The congressional investigative sessions have been tense and highly emotional with lawmakers pressing for answers about the January 25 operation. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said lawmakers will not pick up deliberations on the proposed peace law known as the BBL until they finish investigating the deadly police raid.

“We had pinned our hopes on the BBL as bringing peace to Muslim Mindanao. It would seem that now the lesson that we learned is that that may not be sufficient. That maybe there are elements that we have to examine,” said Marcos.

Marcos now calls the proposed law just “one part” of what could lead to peace in the restive region. And he added that its passage by the March 20 session recess would not happen.

Since the January raid, Marcos and other lawmakers have raised questions about the peace agreement’s plan for local law enforcement and national defense.

The government’s chief peace negotiator, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, said that could lead to changes in the deal that fall short of what was discussed in the original proposal between rebels and government negotiators.

“Even more worse is that we will have a law that is very, very far from the expressed aspirations that are already embodied in the draft, or let’s say, bottom line, the aspirations that are embodied in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro,” said Ferrer.

The comprehensive agreement is the product of nearly 20 years of talks and is meant to end four decades of fighting that has left more than 120,000 dead. The rebels say it addresses their aspiration for self-determination.

But following the deadly police raid, there may be public pressure to scale back the provisions of the proposed law.

Ferrer said she prefers no law to a watered down one. Her counterpart in the MILF, chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, said in a text message to VOA that his group is still backing the original law but will “see what happens” after it is debated by Philippine lawmakers.

In his opening statement before a senate panel Thursday, Iqbal enumerated the several components of the peace pact that were signed by both sides and made a heartfelt plea for peace.

“It contains our hopes and dreams, if not for us, for our children. We have waited for this opportunity for 17 years. We promised our people that peace will be our legacy. We seek your help in making this promise possible,” said Iqbal.

Ramon Casiple, head of the Manila-based Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said public trust in the peace process is now shaky. He said that loss of trust could lead to significant changes in the final law.

“The reading there among legislators [is they] would rather risk a war if the MILF wants that or an extended peace process extending to the next administration rather than approve an arrangement, which does not have the trust of the body politic,” said Casiple.

Casiple called the situation a “slow-burning fuse” and that scenarios for the future are “wide open.” He said “it will take time to calm things down.”

World: UNHCR Regional Office for South-East Asia Factsheet - September 2014

12 February 2015 - 6:27am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, World

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

World: UNHCR Regional Office for South-East Asia Factsheet - September 2014

12 February 2015 - 6:27am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, World

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

World: UNHCR Regional Office for South-East Asia Factsheet - September 2014

12 February 2015 - 6:27am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, World

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

Philippines: PNP, AFP affirm support for passage of Bangsamoro law

12 February 2015 - 1:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Expressing the apprehensions of people from Mindanao that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be delayed or scrapped off in the wake of the unfortunate incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker and Lanao del Sur second district Representative Pangalian Balindong asked top police and military officials if they support the passage of the BBL as a way forward in achieving peace. ‎

To this, both Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang responded “yes” and affirmed their support to the passage of the BBL during the HOR’s first public hearing on the Mamasapano incident that claimed lives of policemen, armed rebels and civilians.

Balindong, a Muslim, appealed that the “peace process should continue so our [referring to the people of Mindanao] hearts may be at ease.”

He urged the conduct of an “uninterrupted review of the BBL” parallel to the Congressional probe on the Mamasapano incident.

For her part, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said that the passage of the BBL is‎ really in the hands of Congress and expressed her respect to the power of the body to legislate a law that will address the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.

The passage and ratification of the BBL shall establish a Bangsamoro government that will exercise genuine autonomy, and replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The BBL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 27, 2014. The CAB also provides a normalization process that includes decommissioning of the MILF weapons and forces, simultaneous to the establishment of the Bangsamoro.

Earlier, Espina emphasized in a very emotional manner that, “we [the PNP] are for peace, we are first and foremost your peacemakers. Whatever it takes to attain the peace, let us do it po‎.”

Implication of non-passage of BBL

In response to a question from Caloocan City second district Rep. Edgar Erice on what will be the effect on the ground if the BBL will not be passed into law, Catapang pointed out the security repercussions.

According to the AFP chief, government forces and MILF had a zero skirmish record for three years since 2012 until this year when the tragic incident in Mamasapano happened due to the ceasefire accord.

However, Catapang noted that in the past, encounters between the government and MILF forces from 2001 to 2012 resulted to: 491 deaths among AFP and PNP; 841 deaths among civilians; and 1,267 deaths among MILF members. The record for the wounded were 1,089 among AFP and PNP; 1,673 for civilians; 237 for the MILF.

Catapang expressed, “Pahihintulutan po ba natin na mangyari at maulit ito kung hindi natin itutuloy ang national endeavor na magkaroon ng kapayapaan? [Do we allow this to happen again if we do not continue the national endeavor of achieving peace?]”‎

Deles on her part said, “Your honor we already know what the situation is when there is no ceasefire. I thank Gen. Catapang for already having stated that. I think your honor it also has some implications on what we tell our people about our capacity to be able to make peace. What it tells our people about our capacity to fulfill a constitutional mandate on autonomy.”

She cited the wisdom of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Fourteen surviving members of 1986 Constitutional Commission signed last February 9 a statement supporting the creation of the Bangsamoro, as consistent with the constitutional mandate to create an autonomous region in the south. With this Deles said, ”I think we disappoint ourselves, I think we fall down on ourselves, if we cannot show that we can rise to that [constitutional mandate].”

Philippines: PNP, AFP affirm support for passage of Bangsamoro law

12 February 2015 - 1:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Expressing the apprehensions of people from Mindanao that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be delayed or scrapped off in the wake of the unfortunate incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker and Lanao del Sur second district Representative Pangalian Balindong asked top police and military officials if they support the passage of the BBL as a way forward in achieving peace. ‎

To this, both Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang responded “yes” and affirmed their support to the passage of the BBL during the HOR’s first public hearing on the Mamasapano incident that claimed lives of policemen, armed rebels and civilians.

Balindong, a Muslim, appealed that the “peace process should continue so our [referring to the people of Mindanao] hearts may be at ease.”

He urged the conduct of an “uninterrupted review of the BBL” parallel to the Congressional probe on the Mamasapano incident.

For her part, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said that the passage of the BBL is‎ really in the hands of Congress and expressed her respect to the power of the body to legislate a law that will address the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.

The passage and ratification of the BBL shall establish a Bangsamoro government that will exercise genuine autonomy, and replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The BBL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 27, 2014. The CAB also provides a normalization process that includes decommissioning of the MILF weapons and forces, simultaneous to the establishment of the Bangsamoro.

Earlier, Espina emphasized in a very emotional manner that, “we [the PNP] are for peace, we are first and foremost your peacemakers. Whatever it takes to attain the peace, let us do it po‎.”

Implication of non-passage of BBL

In response to a question from Caloocan City second district Rep. Edgar Erice on what will be the effect on the ground if the BBL will not be passed into law, Catapang pointed out the security repercussions.

According to the AFP chief, government forces and MILF had a zero skirmish record for three years since 2012 until this year when the tragic incident in Mamasapano happened due to the ceasefire accord.

However, Catapang noted that in the past, encounters between the government and MILF forces from 2001 to 2012 resulted to: 491 deaths among AFP and PNP; 841 deaths among civilians; and 1,267 deaths among MILF members. The record for the wounded were 1,089 among AFP and PNP; 1,673 for civilians; 237 for the MILF.

Catapang expressed, “Pahihintulutan po ba natin na mangyari at maulit ito kung hindi natin itutuloy ang national endeavor na magkaroon ng kapayapaan? [Do we allow this to happen again if we do not continue the national endeavor of achieving peace?]”‎

Deles on her part said, “Your honor we already know what the situation is when there is no ceasefire. I thank Gen. Catapang for already having stated that. I think your honor it also has some implications on what we tell our people about our capacity to be able to make peace. What it tells our people about our capacity to fulfill a constitutional mandate on autonomy.”

She cited the wisdom of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Fourteen surviving members of 1986 Constitutional Commission signed last February 9 a statement supporting the creation of the Bangsamoro, as consistent with the constitutional mandate to create an autonomous region in the south. With this Deles said, ”I think we disappoint ourselves, I think we fall down on ourselves, if we cannot show that we can rise to that [constitutional mandate].”

Philippines: PNP, AFP affirm support for passage of Bangsamoro law

12 February 2015 - 1:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Expressing the apprehensions of people from Mindanao that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be delayed or scrapped off in the wake of the unfortunate incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker and Lanao del Sur second district Representative Pangalian Balindong asked top police and military officials if they support the passage of the BBL as a way forward in achieving peace. ‎

To this, both Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang responded “yes” and affirmed their support to the passage of the BBL during the HOR’s first public hearing on the Mamasapano incident that claimed lives of policemen, armed rebels and civilians.

Balindong, a Muslim, appealed that the “peace process should continue so our [referring to the people of Mindanao] hearts may be at ease.”

He urged the conduct of an “uninterrupted review of the BBL” parallel to the Congressional probe on the Mamasapano incident.

For her part, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said that the passage of the BBL is‎ really in the hands of Congress and expressed her respect to the power of the body to legislate a law that will address the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.

The passage and ratification of the BBL shall establish a Bangsamoro government that will exercise genuine autonomy, and replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The BBL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 27, 2014. The CAB also provides a normalization process that includes decommissioning of the MILF weapons and forces, simultaneous to the establishment of the Bangsamoro.

Earlier, Espina emphasized in a very emotional manner that, “we [the PNP] are for peace, we are first and foremost your peacemakers. Whatever it takes to attain the peace, let us do it po‎.”

Implication of non-passage of BBL

In response to a question from Caloocan City second district Rep. Edgar Erice on what will be the effect on the ground if the BBL will not be passed into law, Catapang pointed out the security repercussions.

According to the AFP chief, government forces and MILF had a zero skirmish record for three years since 2012 until this year when the tragic incident in Mamasapano happened due to the ceasefire accord.

However, Catapang noted that in the past, encounters between the government and MILF forces from 2001 to 2012 resulted to: 491 deaths among AFP and PNP; 841 deaths among civilians; and 1,267 deaths among MILF members. The record for the wounded were 1,089 among AFP and PNP; 1,673 for civilians; 237 for the MILF.

Catapang expressed, “Pahihintulutan po ba natin na mangyari at maulit ito kung hindi natin itutuloy ang national endeavor na magkaroon ng kapayapaan? [Do we allow this to happen again if we do not continue the national endeavor of achieving peace?]”‎

Deles on her part said, “Your honor we already know what the situation is when there is no ceasefire. I thank Gen. Catapang for already having stated that. I think your honor it also has some implications on what we tell our people about our capacity to be able to make peace. What it tells our people about our capacity to fulfill a constitutional mandate on autonomy.”

She cited the wisdom of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Fourteen surviving members of 1986 Constitutional Commission signed last February 9 a statement supporting the creation of the Bangsamoro, as consistent with the constitutional mandate to create an autonomous region in the south. With this Deles said, ”I think we disappoint ourselves, I think we fall down on ourselves, if we cannot show that we can rise to that [constitutional mandate].”

Philippines: PNP, AFP affirm support for passage of Bangsamoro law

12 February 2015 - 1:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Expressing the apprehensions of people from Mindanao that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be delayed or scrapped off in the wake of the unfortunate incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker and Lanao del Sur second district Representative Pangalian Balindong asked top police and military officials if they support the passage of the BBL as a way forward in achieving peace. ‎

To this, both Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang responded “yes” and affirmed their support to the passage of the BBL during the HOR’s first public hearing on the Mamasapano incident that claimed lives of policemen, armed rebels and civilians.

Balindong, a Muslim, appealed that the “peace process should continue so our [referring to the people of Mindanao] hearts may be at ease.”

He urged the conduct of an “uninterrupted review of the BBL” parallel to the Congressional probe on the Mamasapano incident.

For her part, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said that the passage of the BBL is‎ really in the hands of Congress and expressed her respect to the power of the body to legislate a law that will address the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.

The passage and ratification of the BBL shall establish a Bangsamoro government that will exercise genuine autonomy, and replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The BBL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 27, 2014. The CAB also provides a normalization process that includes decommissioning of the MILF weapons and forces, simultaneous to the establishment of the Bangsamoro.

Earlier, Espina emphasized in a very emotional manner that, “we [the PNP] are for peace, we are first and foremost your peacemakers. Whatever it takes to attain the peace, let us do it po‎.”

Implication of non-passage of BBL

In response to a question from Caloocan City second district Rep. Edgar Erice on what will be the effect on the ground if the BBL will not be passed into law, Catapang pointed out the security repercussions.

According to the AFP chief, government forces and MILF had a zero skirmish record for three years since 2012 until this year when the tragic incident in Mamasapano happened due to the ceasefire accord.

However, Catapang noted that in the past, encounters between the government and MILF forces from 2001 to 2012 resulted to: 491 deaths among AFP and PNP; 841 deaths among civilians; and 1,267 deaths among MILF members. The record for the wounded were 1,089 among AFP and PNP; 1,673 for civilians; 237 for the MILF.

Catapang expressed, “Pahihintulutan po ba natin na mangyari at maulit ito kung hindi natin itutuloy ang national endeavor na magkaroon ng kapayapaan? [Do we allow this to happen again if we do not continue the national endeavor of achieving peace?]”‎

Deles on her part said, “Your honor we already know what the situation is when there is no ceasefire. I thank Gen. Catapang for already having stated that. I think your honor it also has some implications on what we tell our people about our capacity to be able to make peace. What it tells our people about our capacity to fulfill a constitutional mandate on autonomy.”

She cited the wisdom of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Fourteen surviving members of 1986 Constitutional Commission signed last February 9 a statement supporting the creation of the Bangsamoro, as consistent with the constitutional mandate to create an autonomous region in the south. With this Deles said, ”I think we disappoint ourselves, I think we fall down on ourselves, if we cannot show that we can rise to that [constitutional mandate].”

Philippines: PNP, AFP affirm support for passage of Bangsamoro law

12 February 2015 - 1:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Expressing the apprehensions of people from Mindanao that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be delayed or scrapped off in the wake of the unfortunate incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker and Lanao del Sur second district Representative Pangalian Balindong asked top police and military officials if they support the passage of the BBL as a way forward in achieving peace. ‎

To this, both Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang responded “yes” and affirmed their support to the passage of the BBL during the HOR’s first public hearing on the Mamasapano incident that claimed lives of policemen, armed rebels and civilians.

Balindong, a Muslim, appealed that the “peace process should continue so our [referring to the people of Mindanao] hearts may be at ease.”

He urged the conduct of an “uninterrupted review of the BBL” parallel to the Congressional probe on the Mamasapano incident.

For her part, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said that the passage of the BBL is‎ really in the hands of Congress and expressed her respect to the power of the body to legislate a law that will address the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.

The passage and ratification of the BBL shall establish a Bangsamoro government that will exercise genuine autonomy, and replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The BBL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 27, 2014. The CAB also provides a normalization process that includes decommissioning of the MILF weapons and forces, simultaneous to the establishment of the Bangsamoro.

Earlier, Espina emphasized in a very emotional manner that, “we [the PNP] are for peace, we are first and foremost your peacemakers. Whatever it takes to attain the peace, let us do it po‎.”

Implication of non-passage of BBL

In response to a question from Caloocan City second district Rep. Edgar Erice on what will be the effect on the ground if the BBL will not be passed into law, Catapang pointed out the security repercussions.

According to the AFP chief, government forces and MILF had a zero skirmish record for three years since 2012 until this year when the tragic incident in Mamasapano happened due to the ceasefire accord.

However, Catapang noted that in the past, encounters between the government and MILF forces from 2001 to 2012 resulted to: 491 deaths among AFP and PNP; 841 deaths among civilians; and 1,267 deaths among MILF members. The record for the wounded were 1,089 among AFP and PNP; 1,673 for civilians; 237 for the MILF.

Catapang expressed, “Pahihintulutan po ba natin na mangyari at maulit ito kung hindi natin itutuloy ang national endeavor na magkaroon ng kapayapaan? [Do we allow this to happen again if we do not continue the national endeavor of achieving peace?]”‎

Deles on her part said, “Your honor we already know what the situation is when there is no ceasefire. I thank Gen. Catapang for already having stated that. I think your honor it also has some implications on what we tell our people about our capacity to be able to make peace. What it tells our people about our capacity to fulfill a constitutional mandate on autonomy.”

She cited the wisdom of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Fourteen surviving members of 1986 Constitutional Commission signed last February 9 a statement supporting the creation of the Bangsamoro, as consistent with the constitutional mandate to create an autonomous region in the south. With this Deles said, ”I think we disappoint ourselves, I think we fall down on ourselves, if we cannot show that we can rise to that [constitutional mandate].”