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Philippines: Students receive financial aid after ‘Ferdie’ onslaught

21 September 2016 - 12:43am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Protective Services Program (PSP), continues to extend aid to typhoon victims in Batanes, this time for students who lost their school supplies and uniforms during the onslaught of Typhoon Ferdie.

According to Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) team leader in Region II, Rosemarie Bartolome, around P14M will be allocated for the educational assistance of students in the province. Yesterday, September 19, the DSWD Field Office-II already started disbursing the financial aid to students in Brgy. Itbud, Uyugan.

Meanwhile, basic food requirements in Batanes are now considered stable, with the National Food Authority (NFA) providing more than 5,000 sacks of rice and a cargo ship carrying commercial commodities.

An additional 500 family food packs, 3,000 bottled water, 147 boxes of corned beef, and 10,000 candles are set to be delivered today, September 20, since there are still 15 families or 101 persons staying in an evacuation center in Basco, while others are just starting to reconstruct their homes and are still in need of food provisions.

To date, a total of 1,941 damaged houses in Region II of which 1,431 are partially damaged and 547 are totally damaged.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said that DSWD maintains its close coordination with local executives of Batanes in order to prepare for the recovery and rehabilitation phase.

“It is important that programs aimed at rehabilitating affected families be immediately implemented to enable them to return to their normal functioning, “ Sec. Taguiwalo said. ###

World: Aid Security Incident Statistics: 18-month trends based on open source reported events affectng aid infrastructure (December 2014 to May 2016)

20 September 2016 - 12:02pm
Source: Insecurity Insight Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

In Africa and Asia, more events were atributed to Non-State Actors (NSA's) than to State Actors (SA's) (77 and 16 respectvely). In Africa, 97% of events affectng aid infrastructure were atributed to NSA’s (77/79). Of these 77 events, the highest number of incidents were reported in South Sudan (24), followed by Mali (19) and CAR (14). In Asia, 80% of events affecting aid infrastructure were atributed to NSA’s in Afghanistan (11/20).

In the Middle East, 75% of events were atributed to SA's (51/68). Of these 51 events, the highest number of incidents atributed to SA's were reported in Syria (35), followed by Yemen (14).

Reported incidents affectng aid infrastructure in the Middle East by SA's increased between June 15 and November 15(Q3 and Q4 from 6 to 13) and remained at similar levels throughout December 15 to May 16 (Q5 and Q6, 14 and 11). The rise was led by an increase in the number of reported atacks atributed to the Syrian and/or Russian military forces in Syria (Q3 and Q4 from 3 to 9).

Reported incidents affectng aid infrastructure by NSA’s decreased between September 15 and May 16 (Q4 and Q6) in select African and Asian Countries. The decrease in the number of reported events was led by a reducton in the number of reported events by NSA’s in Afghanistan and in South Sudan (see graphs, right).

Philippines: WFP Philippines Country Brief, August 2016

20 September 2016 - 5:30am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Philippines
  • The requested USD 1.1 million additional financing for the El Niño-affected population in Mindanao has been received. The funding aims to provide food assistance to farmers and local communities from July until October.
In Numbers

WFP Philippines assisted 93,500 people with food and provided technical support including: - 63,000 school children - 7,700 children aged 6-23 months - 6,000 pregnant and nursing women - 24,630 farmers and local communities

WFP Assistance

Through the PRRO, WFP assists half a million people affected by the protracted conflict in Central Mindanao as well as typhoon-affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao. The assistance is tailored to reach the most vulnerable in areas where poverty, nutrition and basic education indicators remain well below the national averages. WFP supports food-insecure populations including the internally displaced people and returnees through market-sensitive food assistance-for-assets options, school meals, and stunting prevention programmes for children under two years of age and pregnant and nursing women.

Through the Disaster Preparedness and Response (DPR) Programme under this PRRO, WFP supports local government units, academic institutions, civil society and NGOs in strengthening disaster preparedness and risk reduction mechanisms through initiatives such as capacity development trainings, installation of early warning systems, and community-based risk mitigation activities.

This operation also features capacity augmentation and policy development components to optimise the disaster response structures and policy frameworks of the Government of the Philippines in support of the Philippine Development Plan (2011–2016).

This Special Operation (SO) aims to enhance the Government’s disaster response capabilities in areas of logistics and supply chain management. It also aims to ensure that WFP is ready to activate emergency response options at-scale, in a timely manner, and in alignment with government relief mechanisms.

Building on the key learnings from the Typhoon Haiyan emergency in 2013/2014, the operation aims to mitigate potential operational bottlenecks and challenges as identified during the large-scale humanitarian response.

Key to this operation is the establishment of a network of disaster response facilities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in support of an improved and decentralised emergency response network. WFP also provides technical assistance and trainings for government counterparts on practical, operational and strategic logistics.

Operational Updates
  • In August, WFP supported 93,500 people by enhancing their resilience. Of these, 3,300 people received food assistance and 24,600 farmers and local communities were given technical support through the asset-creation programme (FFA). Under the stunting prevention programme, 6,000 pregnant and nursing women and 7,700 children aged 6-23 months were also supported. Additionally, 62,800 school children were supported through the school meals programme.
  • Under the FFA modality, WFP will be supporting 40,600 local farmers and communities mainly affected by the El Niño-induced drought in Mindanao with technical support and food assistance from July to October. A household of six family members will receive 50kg of rice per month that translates to a daily ration of 278g per person. The food assistance hopes to take them through the next harvest.
  • WFP recently received contribution from donors Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Philippines amounting to USD 48,000 that will be earmarked for the school meals programme. The funds that were raised came from the 2015 World Hunger Relief campaign.
  • The Country Office recently procured 30 mt of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) called Eezee that will replace the existing Plumpy Doz given to pregnant and nursing women in central Mindanao. Eezee, which comes in a sachet, has the same quality, but is purchased at a lower cost.
  • WFP handed over kitchen utensils worth USD 22,800 to the Department of Education that will be used in the preparation of hot meals for students in 144 schools in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur provinces.
  • WFP participated, in an observer capacity, in the second meeting of the Policy Reference Group (PRG) of the Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition (FNS) situation in the Philippines led by the Office of the Vice President. Separately, WFP provided an FNS orientation to the House of Congress through its partner the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) to push for FNS policies.

The security situation in central Mindanao remains volatile due to sporadic skirmishes between state security forces and rebel groups, political tensions and clan wars. Military activities against a local terror group in the province of Lanao del Sur during the month hampered some WFP routine field missions.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 08 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ferdie" (I. N. Meranti)

20 September 2016 - 3:48am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


20 September 2016, 5:00 AM
- Southwest monsoon affecting the western section of Luzon. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over the regions of !locos Sur, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Western Visayas and the Province of Palawan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.



A total of 2,850 families / 10,556 persons. Of which, 15 families / 101 persons are still inside one (1) evacuation center in Basco, Batanes.


  1. Power a. Batanes incurred 60% damaged in power facilities which is targeted to be restored in 30 days by DOE, NEA and local power utilities. b. Municipalities of Mahatao and Ivana incurred 10% damaged and is expected to be restored after a week. c. Sabtang municipality incurred 40% damaged and is targeted to be restored in two weeks time. d. ltbayat assessment on power damaged is still ongoing.
  2. Communication a_ Communication in the Municipalities of Basco, Mahatao, and ltbayat in the Province of Batanes was cut-off since 14 September 2016_ b. The NDRRM Operations Center and OCD II were able to establish communication with the MDRRMO Uyugan, Batanes through mobile phone on 14 September 2016_ Communication lines using Globe and Smart Telecommunications in the Municipality of Uyugan, Batanes is restored as of 18 September 2016
  3. Water: There is a limited water supply in the Province of Batanes. Relief supplies from NDRRMG included drinking/bottled water to complement the need.

Philippines: Philippines: Committee Chair Ousted for Death Squad Inquiry

19 September 2016 - 7:45pm
Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Philippines

Senate Undercuts Effort to Stop ‘Drug War’ Killing Spree

(New York, September 20, 2016) – The Philippine Senate has ousted the chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights in an apparent reprisal for her inquiry into the surge in killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch said today. The Senate should seek Sen. Leila De Lima’s immediate reinstatement to signal its support for justice and human rights.

On September 19, 2016, senators who accused De Lima of being “biased” voted 16 to 4 to replace her as chairwoman in favor of “someone neutral.” At a Senate hearing on September 15, admitted former “hit man” Edgar Matobato had testified on Duterte’s involvement in the killings of about 1,000 people in Davao City, where Duterte had been mayor for more than two decades.

“The Senate vote to remove the chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights is a craven attempt to derail accountability for the appalling death toll from President Duterte's abusive ‘war on drugs,’” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Senate is imperiling the Philippine public by covering up allegations of state-sanctioned murder rather than exposing them.”

In August, De Lima convened Senate hearings into the killings of more than 2,000 alleged drug users and drug dealers since Duterte took office on June 30. The hearings exposed her to a torrent of harassment and intimidation from Duterte and other government officials. Last month Duterte told a crowd of supporters that De Lima should commit suicide, saying, “If I were De Lima, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll hang myself.”

The most recent Philippine National Police data shows that from July 1 to September 4, police killed an estimated 1,011 suspected “drug pushers and users,” more than 14 times the 68 such police killings recorded between January 1 and June 15. Police blame the killings on suspects who “resisted arrest and shot at police officers,” but refuse to launch an investigation into the deaths. Police statistics attribute another 1,067 killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the past two months to unknown gunmen.

In 2009, Human Rights Watch published the report, “‘You Can Die Any Time’: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao,” detailing the involvement of police and local government officials in targeted death squad killings in Davao City during Duterte’s time as mayor. Another Human Rights Watch report from 2014, “‘One Shot to the Head’: Death Squad Killings in Tagum City, Philippines,” documents police involvement in what appeared to be a copycat policy of extrajudicial killings in a city nearby Davao City. Human Rights Watch has called for the Philippine government to convene an independent investigation involving the United Nations into allegations of direct involvement by President Duterte in extrajudicial killings.

“The Philippine Senate has a duty to promote accountability for the thousands of victims of this ‘war on drugs,’ rather than siding with those advocating summary killings as law enforcement,” Kine said. “Opposition to an impartial investigation into these killings only intensifies the spotlight on Duterte and his administration’s disregard for basic human rights protections for all Filipinos.”

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Philippines: More aid delivered to Batanes; relief reaches Itbayat

19 September 2016 - 12:10pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

This morning, September 19, the DSWD National Resource Operations Office (NROO) was able to airlift additional 200 boxes of corned beef and generator sets to Batanes as requested by the provincial government and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Response Cluster during the first relief mission to the island on September 17.

Also yesterday, another batch of response team from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) provided aid in isolated areas in Batanes, specifically in the municipality of Itbayat.

The team, headed by NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad with DSWD Assistant Secretary Hope V. Hervilla and DSWD-Assistant Bureau Director Carlos Padolina, arrived in Batanes around 8:30AM yesterday, September 18, via C295 plane to assess the condition of Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ victims and extended additional assistance.

Accompanied by Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco and Representative Henedina Abad, the team brought 20 sacks of rice, four boxes of distilled water, 20 assorted boxes containing canned goods and family food packs (FFPs), medical supplies, medicines, and generator sets to Itbayat. Based on the update from Asst. Dir. Padolina, the team was able to conduct initial assessment on the damage brought by the typhoon in Itbayat.

He said, “Damaged were houses, electric posts, school buildings, crops and livestock and agricultural products such as bananas and coconut trees. The Itbayat municipal assessment initially cost the damages amounting to P64.7M.”

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo commends the response team for delivering the immediate needs of the typhoon survivors despite the inclement weather in Northern Luzon.

“The DSWD and NDRRMC team is doing their best to provide immediate assistance to typhoon victims. We assure the public that we are doing all the necessary actions to assist those who are severely affected. In addition, the Department is already assessing them for programs that will help them for their recovery and rehabilitation,” said Sec. Taguiwalo.

To date, there are 2,710 families or 10,344 persons who have been displaced in Regions I and II, of which, 20 families or 151 persons are still in three evacuation centers, while 2,651 families or 10,063 persons temporarily took shelter with their relatives and friends.

The response team maintains its coordination with the provincial government of Batanes and will continue their relief mission in the municipality of Mahatao and other hard to reach areas in the following days. ###

Philippines: DSWD to conduct stress debriefing to ‘Ferdie’-hit survivors in Batanes

19 September 2016 - 12:02pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to provide stress debriefing to Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ survivors in Batanes.

Five social workers who were trained on Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) in DSWD Field Office (FO) II will be deployed to help relieve the stress and trauma experienced by the typhoon victims.

CISD is a process professionally conducted to help prevent or limit the development of post-traumatic stress among people who are exposed to critical incidents such as typhoons, wars, and disasters. Aside from stress debriefing, four DSWD FO-II staff have distributed themselves in the various affected municipalities to provide augmentation support in relief operations.

Based on the latest report from the DSWD FO-II, 2,824 families or 10,451 individuals in Batanes and Cagayan were affected by the typhoon. Only one evacuation center in Basco remains open since most of the families affected by the typhoon are now back in their homes.

A total of 1,364 houses were considered totally and partially damaged in the municipalities of Basco, Ivana, Uyugan, and Itbayat.

The local government of Itbayat has requested for additional shelter assistance such as ropes and tarpaulins, as well as, candles, food and water supplies which the provincial government will try to deliver thru airlift starting today, September 19.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo remains confident that all typhoon victims will be provided with assistance since the response team from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and DSWD is prompt in delivering supplies since the start of the relief mission last weekend. “The relief mission is far from over as long as there are still families in need of the government’s assistance. We will help them in whatever means we can,” said Sec. Taguiwalo. ###

World: 2015-2016 El Niño - Food Security Impact (September 2016)

19 September 2016 - 10:58am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Angola, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • While the 2015-2016 El Niño weather event is now over, humanitarian needs continue to grow, and are not expected to peak until early 2017 as food security continues to deteriorate in many regions. WFP, working closely with partners on the ground, is rapidly scaling up life-saving operations for communities reeling from the catastrophic effects of El Niño.

  • WFP is working to reach people with life-saving food and cash-based relief, while also emphasizing the reinforcement of national and local capacities and systems. Resilience building is key to curbing the long term impacts of El Niño, protecting hard-won development progress. El Niño - Food Security Impact September 2016 20.


El Niño-related drought continues to affect Ethiopia, and food insecurity and malnutrition rates remain high with millions of people requiring humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian needs have tripled since early 2015 as severe drought has caused successive harvest failures. WFP is responding through a joint response with the Ethiopian Government targeting 7.1 million people.


WFP launched an Emergency Operation in April to address the immediate food needs of drought-affected populations after an Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) in February 2016 revealed that 3.6 million people were food insecure, with 1.5 million severely food insecure. August marks the second phase of the operation, which plans to assist a total of 280,000 people with both cash transfers and cash for assets activities to build their resilience.

Southern Africa

The current El Niño-induced drought in Southern Africa is the worst in 35 years, following the failure of two consecutive rainy seasons. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in July declared a Regional Disaster. WFP is rapidly scaling up life-saving operations for the most vulnerable communities in the worst-affected countries.

Papua New Guinea

In May, WFP launched an Emergency Operation in Papua New Guinea, initially targeting 180,000 people suffering from the impacts of El Niño-induced drought. Although the El Niño event has now officially ended, many Papua New Guineans continue to suffer from food insecurity as they wait for their harvests. WFP has conducted food distributions since early June this year, and plans to provide assistance to more than 200,000 people in five provinces by the end of October. WFP continues to deploy protection measures to ensure that its food assistance does not fuel social tensions or violence against people served.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (13 - 19 September 2016)

19 September 2016 - 6:24am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Philippines


As of 16 September, the Government confirmed 138 people have been killed and another 400 people are still missing as a result of heavy rains and flooding in North Hamgyong Province. The most severely affected areas are Heoryong City, Musan and Yonsa counties. Based on official reports and assessment findings, around 69,000 people remain displaced and at least 140,000 people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
However, as many as 600,000 people have been affected by damage to the water supply system and a lack of access to basic services. The floods destroyed about 18,600 homes and partially damaged an additional 11,400 houses. The national Red Cross, IFRC, UN agencies and NGOs have released in-country relief supplies to support the ongoing response operation.

69,000 people remain displaced


On 14 September, Typhoon Meranti (locally named Ferdie) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility. As of 17 September, some 2,700 families (10,300 people) have been affected in the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, and llocos Norte. In Batanes, 292 houses were destroyed and 932 houses partially damaged. Local authorities are continuing to provide aid to families affected by the typhoon.

10,300 people affected


As of 19 September, (09:00, UTC+8), typhoons Meranti and Malakas have affected 2.7 million people across 16 cities and 107 counties in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, and Jiangxi provinces, with 29 deaths and 15 people missing. Level IV emergency responses were launched by the China National Disaster Commission for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and Ministry of Civil Affairs for Fujian (16 September) and Zhejiang (18 September), with more than 4,100 people in need of immediate assistance.

2.7 million people affected

As of 14:00 (UTC+8), Typhoon Malakas was located approximately 350 km southwest of Sasebo city, Nagasaki Prefecture (Japan) with maximum sustained winds of 111 km/h and gusts of 139 km/h. Malakas continues to move towards Japan at 24 km/h and is expected to make landfall around Kyushu Island on 19 September as a Category 3 typhoon.

World: Safe Spaces: The Urgent Need for Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Disasters

19 September 2016 - 1:06am
Source: A World at School Country: Central African Republic, Chad, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic, World

The international community is neglecting millions of vulnerable babies and young children affected by conflicts and disasters, a shocking report by children’s charity Theirworld warns today.

They will suffer from psychological trauma, toxic stress and poor brain development unless their needs are prioritised in humanitarian response plans.

The failure to plan for and finance early childhood development services in emergencies - ensuring "safe spaces" for all children - could have lifelong detrimental effects, according to Theirworld.

More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015 - an average of 43,835 per day. Despite that, more than 60% of education aid appeals lack clear plans for early learning programmes or psychosocial support for children under five to access the safe spaces they need to learn, grow and recover.

Theirworld President Sarah Brown said: “We know that 80% of brain development is completed by age three and 90% by age five.

"Babies and toddlers absolutely cannot afford to wait for the end of a crisis to learn, play and receive care.

"Children are incredibly adaptable and resilient. With proper services and support, and close relationships with nurturing caregivers, they will not only survive emergencies but manage to thrive in spite of even the most adverse circumstances.”

After five years of war in Syria, 3.7 million children - or one in three of all Syrian children - have only ever known life in a violent conflict and 306,000 Syrian babies were born as refugees.

Zeinah - a psychosocial support expert working with Syrian children in Turkey - said: “Safe child-friendly spaces are helping the youngest children to forget and recover from what they have been through in Syria.

"Children are psychologically and physically affected by the war. When they first come they don’t interact with other children and hardly speak.

"Sometimes children as young as three and four are telling me about their dreams. They are seeing war in their dreams - people have died, often relatives and loved ones."

Zeinah said she deals with each case individually and over time most children are getting better. They are able to laugh, play with their friends and be more interactive.

She added: "Parents have a lot of pressure and stress at home. They cannot always pay interest in their children - but it is important to work with the parents to get more involved with their children to support their early development needs.”

Early learning programmes increase young children’s readiness for school and improve learning outcomes. This is especially important in emergencies because children living through conflict are much more likely to be excluded from school or fall behind academically.

Theirworld is working to ensure that more attention and resources in this critical time in a child’s life is prioritised.

One mother who knows the value of that is Baria, a 41-year-old Syrian teacher who fled her home in Al Raqqah and arrived in Turkey as a refugee two years ago.

She now works at a children's centre and has three children of her own, aged three, four and seven.

"Early childhood education is extremely important, as it helps the child to understand the difficult situation we are in and to develop despite the hardships," said Baria.

"These children have lost everything. Before if they would want to play in a park they would be frightened that a plane would bomb them. They had lost their childhood innocence.

"They don’t realise that they are safe now. We have to work to return the child’s sense of security which they have lost."

Baria believes children who go to kindergarten before primary school will benefit hugely in their development and education.

She added: "The children will already have a routine installed into them, where education is part of their life. They will have the basic reading and writing principles before starting school.

"They will know how to work with other children and will have confidence in themselves and would have developed a sense of independence."

China - Taiwan Province: Taiwan, Japan, Philippines - Tropical Cyclone MALAKAS - ECHO Daily Map | 16/09/2016

18 September 2016 - 11:06pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: China - Taiwan Province, Guam, Philippines


• Tropical cyclone MALAKAS formed over the north-western Pacific Ocean approximately 50 km south of Guam (USA), on 11 September. On 16 September at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 350 km south of the Yaeyama group of islands (Okinawa prefecture, Japan), and 340 km south-east of the eastern coasts of Taiwan. It had a maximum sustained wind speed of 167 km/h.

• Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-west with a slight turn to the north, strengthening. Its centre may move near northern Tawain and the Yaeyama group of islands (Japan) on 17 September.

• As of 16 September afternoon (UTC), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal # 1 for the Batanes islands; and the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan has issued a Sea and Land Typhoon Warning for several eastern, northwestern and northern counties. A Red Warning for storm and high waves has been issued for the Yaeyama and Miyako islands by the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

• Southern Taiwan was recently hit by tropical cyclone MERANTI which caused the death of one person, injured over 50 and damaged over 30 buildings.

Philippines: DSWD vows strengthened relief ops in Batanes

18 September 2016 - 9:44pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

After the successful arrival of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) relief team in Batanes, the agency vows to strengthen its relief mission, in coordination with the provincial government of Batanes and other member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in delivering relief items and providing augmentation support to other isolated typhoon-hit areas.

As of 6AM today, September 18, 2,710 families or 10,344 have been displaced in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Batanes, of which, 20 families or 151 persons are still inside three evacuation centers, while 2,651 families or 10,063 persons temporarily took shelter with their relatives and friends.

The data on the number of affected families is said to increase since the town of Itbayat remains isolated and without communication.

“The government’s response and relief efforts will continue. We hope to immediately assess the extent of the damage brought by Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ and to be able to extent aid in Itbayat through a follow up relief mission. They still need food supplies, materials to secure their houses, and emergency communication,” said DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.

Another set of relief mission team, headed by DSWD Director Felino O. Castro V, is on its way to deliver 2,000 additional canned goods and generator sets in Batanes, which is currently under the state of calamity.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Hope V. Hervilla is also joining the team to provide inputs and assist in the relief mission in Batanes.

Philippines: DPWH requires flood control, climate change mitigation master plan for VisMin

18 September 2016 - 2:01am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Sept. 18 -- A comprehensive master plan that will address the issues relating to flooding and climate change in Visayas and Mindanao will be developed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

In a Memorandum issued by DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in charge of Visayas and Mindanao Operations, DPWH Regional Directors and District Engineers in Visayas and Mindanao whose jurisdiction includes areas with major river basins and major rivers classified under the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) are expected to create a comprehensive plan for flood control and climate change mitigation interventions.

The proposed master plan will seek solutions to the overflowing of rivers during rainy days by following the River Basin approach in planning.

The master plan will also enable the Department to address flooding problem holistically and not in a palliative manner.

The DPWH Unified Project Management Office - Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC) will assist the concerned offices whenever necessary in the formulation of respective master plan.

The country has 18 major river basins with Cagayan River Basin as the largest one with the drainage area of 27,753 square kilometers. DPWH has recently started the improvement of Cagayan River Basin which is part of its P356 million flood-risk management projects. (DPWH)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 07 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ferdie" (I. N. Meranti)

18 September 2016 - 1:50am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


11 September 2016

• Severe Tropical Storm (STS) "MERANTI" entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "FERDIE" with maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph

• "FERDIE" moved west-northwest at 20 kph with moderate to heavy estimated rainfall within its 300 km diameter

• STS "FERDIE" intensified into a typhoon with a maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph

12 September 2016

• Typhoon (TY) "FERDIE" intensified further as it continued to move in a west-northwest direction with moderate to heavy rains within its 300 km diameter

• Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands, while TCWS No. 1 raised over the rest of Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and Ilocos Norte

13 September 2016

• TY "FERDIE" maintained its strength with moderate to heavy rains within its 600 km diameter and forecasted to move west-northwest at 24 kph

• TCWS No. 4 was raised over Batanes Group of Islands, TCWS No. 3 over the Babuyan Group of Islands, TCWS No. 2 over Ilocos Norte, Apayao and Northern Cagayan, and TCWS No. 1 over rest of Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Abra, and Ilocos Norte

14 September 2016

• Typhoon "FERDIE" made a landfall over Itbayat, Batanes at 12:15 AM

• "FERDIE" continued to traverse Bashi Channel as it approached the north western boundary of the PAR

• At 7:00 AM, the eye of TY "FERDIE" was located at 150 km northwest of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of up to 220 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph

• TCWS No. 3 was raised over the Batanes Group of Islands, TCWS No. 2 over Babuyan Group of Islands, (locos Norte, Apayao and Northern Cagayan, and TCWS No. 1 over rest of Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra, and Ilocos Sur

• Typhoon "FERDIE" exited the PAR at 12:30 PM, subsequently, all TCWS were lifted



  1. A total of 14 families / 29 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in the Provinces of Batanes and Cagayan:


  1. A total of 2,710 families / 110,344 persons in the Provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte were affected:

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 06 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Ferdie" (I. N. Meranti)

17 September 2016 - 12:59am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Affected Population

A total of 2,710 families/10,344 persons in the Provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte were affected.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 06. re Preparadeness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "FERDIE" (I. N. MERANTI)

17 September 2016 - 12:59am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Affected Population

A total of 2,710 families/10,344 persons in the Provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte were affected.

World: Mapping of current Initiatives, interagency projects and key reports related to Accountability to Affected Populations - 2016

16 September 2016 - 7:34am
Source: Inter-Agency Standing Committee, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

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  1. Accountability Working Groups at country or regional levels ?

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5.Examples of how accountability to affected population is integrated into key global reports ?

6.Key initiatives and standards related to Accountability to Affected Populations ?

7.Specific guidance on how to integrate Accountability to Affected Population in the Humanitarian Program Cycle?

8.E-learning, online videos and mobile applications on Accountability to affected population ?

9.Examples of donors commitments to support Accountability to Affected Populations ?

Philippines: Tropical Storm Malakas Estimated Wind Impact Warning 18, 16 Sep 2016 0300 UTC

16 September 2016 - 12:04am
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Japan, Philippines


Thailand: Countries with Local Zika Transmission in South East Asia, 2016 as of 16 September 2016 (PDC - ZIKA001F)

15 September 2016 - 11:59pm
Source: Pacific Disaster Center Country: Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand

China: China, Philippines - Tropical Cyclone Meranti update (GDACS, CMA, JTWC, PAGASA, CWB, NDRRMC, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 15 September 2016)

15 September 2016 - 4:10pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Philippines
  • Tropical Cyclone MERANTI continued moving north-west over the South China Sea and made landfall over Kinmen county (Fujian province) on 14 September afternoon (UTC) as an intense Typhoon. It then continued moving inland, weakening. On 14 September at 18.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 14 km south-east of Xiangan (Fujian) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 167 km/h (Typhoon).

  • Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving north-west, with slight turn to north-east, weakening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect the areas along its path. As of 15 September early morning (UTC), the China Meteorological Administration has issued a Red Warning for Typhoon for Taiwan and Fujian province and the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan (CWB) has issued an Extremely Heavy Rain Warning for the southern and south-eastern counties of Taiwan.

  • Heavy rain has already been affecting several areas of China, Taiwan and the Philippines, with approx. 133 mm of rain in 24 h recorded in Tainan (Taiwan) and 153 mm in Xiamen (Fujian province, China) over 14-15 September. According to local media, as of 15 September early morning (UTC), one person has been killed, 44 have been injured and over 550 000 households have been left without power in south-eastern Taiwan. National authorities of China and the Philippines also reported that thousands of people have been evacuated and traffic has been disrupted in Fujian province (China) and at least 21 houses have been partially or fully damaged in the municipality of Uyugan (Batanes islands, Philippines), as of the same date.