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Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No. 10 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

19 February 2017 - 1:45am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao, The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 6:00 AM of 18 February 2017, 210 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area, The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population

A total of 5,838 families / 29,190 persons were affected in 60 barangays in the Province of Surigao del Norte and are served inside and outside evacuation centers:

B. Casualties

  1. A total of eight (8) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

Philippines: DSWD assists Filipinos affected by AFP-NPA clash in Ifugao

19 February 2017 - 1:21am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Fulfilling one of its declared missions to assist Filipinos affected by incidents of armed conflict, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) has provided assistance to civilians whose safety were endangered when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) overran a suspected New People’s Army (NPA) camp in Sitio Pinugao, Barangay Namal, Asipulo, Ifugao, during an encounter on February 12.

According to a report submitted by Regional Director Janet P. Armas of DSWD CAR, 98 families were affected by the incident, which breaks down to 398 individuals (201 males and 197 females); 107 of them are children.

The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) office has so far provided the individuals with 500 food packs; 127 mats; 105 blankets; 60 dignity kits. Other municipalities and community leaders have also extended assistance: Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat donated P15,000; while the municipality of Lamut, Ifugao gave 10 sacks of rice as well as used clothing.

The DSWD Central Office is also set to airlift flannel blankets to Ifugao to help the residents who were forced to evacuate because of the skirmish.

There are currently five evacuation centers open to accommodate the civilians who were forced to leave their homes and communities to avoid getting caught in the crossfire of the AFP and the NPA. These are Namal Elementary School; facilities in Sitio Bahgit, Sitio Nanlapunan, and Sitio Ulnoy; and Sitio Pebet Day Care Center.

There has also been one reported death of a senior citizen; it is said that he died because of exposure as he refused to join the others in the evacuation centers. His body has since been secured and now lies in state in one of the evacuation centers, but his identity has yet to be determined as of this writing.

In the meantime, there are also reports that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who hail from Ifugao are also giving donations to help the evacuees of the armed skirmish.

DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo said that it was important that efforts be continuously made to address the impact of incidents of armed conflict on civilians and their communities and to make sure that no civilians get caught in the crossfire. She said that the latest incidents of armed confrontations between the AFP and the NPA are very compelling reasons that justify the resumption of the formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We must all support calls for the resumption of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. Incidents of armed conflict more often than not lead to violations against the rights of civilians; their safety, security, and very lives are put into danger, and the normal flow of their lives spent mainly on pursuing their respective means of livelihood are disrupted. Children are also especially vulnerable, as well as senior citizens. If and when the peace talks continue, there will be higher chances for peace to take root in our country and hopefully fewer incidents of armed skirmishes,” she said.

She also lauded the coordination of the LGUs and the DSWD to assist the affected Filipinos. “Cooperation and coordination in efforts to assist those affected by armed conflict are important. Emergency situations created by incidents of armed conflict incidents require immediate responses, and it is highly commendable that our LGU leaders responded swiftly to provide for the needs of the evacuees,” she said.

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No. 09 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

18 February 2017 - 2:05am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao, The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 6:00 AM of 18 February 2017, 210 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area, The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

II. EFFECTS

A. Affected Population

  1. A total of 5,838 families / 29,190 persons were affected in 60 barangays in the Province of Surigao del Norte and are served inside and outside evacuation centers:

Philippines: All quake-affected villages in Surigao City given relief aid

17 February 2017 - 7:17am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)- Field Office Caraga reported that as of 3pm today, all 54 barangays in Surigao City that have been affected by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake already received relief assistance.

Likewise, repacking of relief goods at the City Social Welfare and Development Office is on-going to ensure that additional food requirements of survivors will be addressed.

To date, a total of ₱10,256,256.37 worth of assistance has been provided to affected families through the local government units (LGUs) in the region. Of the said amount, the Department has provided ₱9,178,068.37, the LGUs provided ₱963,838 while some NGOs provided ₱112,350.

DSWD-FO CARAGA social workers also continue to conduct psycho-social activities for quake survivors in the towns of Malimono, San Franciso, and Surigao City.

DSWD-Secretary Judy Taguiwalo is relieved that all affected barangays have been helped. She gave her assurance that resource augmentation for affected LGUs in the province will continue as long as there is a need for it.

“We have to help our kababayans recover from the trauma caused by the earthquake. They are still traumatized from their experience and may not be able to return to their normal lives because aftershocks are still felt from time to time. The DSWD pledges to continue monitoring the situation and to be always prepared to provide what assistance are within our means,” Sec. Taguiwalo said. ###

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No. 08 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

17 February 2017 - 4:04am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao, The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 6:00 AM of 17 February 2017, 205 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area, The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

Philippines: Red Cross responds to the needs of quake-affected families in Philippines as aftershocks continue

17 February 2017 - 3:33am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC

Residents in the city of Surigao were shaken awake from their sleep on Friday, 10 February, after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the northernmost province in Mindanao.

The shallow earthquake created strong tremors that caused damage to buildings, infrastructure and disrupted communications lines, affecting some 30,800 people. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that the earthquake killed at least eight people and injured over 200.

Although no tsunami alert was issued, more than 16,600 people have been displaced and remain camped in open areas or are staying with host families as aftershocks continue to be felt in Surigao del Norte. The quake destroyed 215 homes and damaged over 3,200 in the province of Surigao del Norte.

The Philippine Red Cross 143 volunteers and staff responded immediately to the earthquake, providing support to local authorities to evacuate affected residents, conduct search and rescue operations as well as providing first aid to the injured. Now, together with partners from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Philippine Red Cross is meeting the needs of at least 7,500 people with shelter assistance and essential household items including blankets, water containers, personal hygiene items, mosquito nets and tarpaulins.

“Our priority right now is to provide temporary shelters for evacuees whose homes are not yet safe to return to, and provide access to clean and safe drinking water,” says Patrick Elliot, Operations Manager for the IFRC in the Philippines. “Many of them are still apprehensive about returning to their homes because of aftershocks.”

The Red Cross mobilised two ambulances, one water tanker, six water bladders, four generator sets, two onion tanks and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene equipment to augment the water supply and electricity needs of the affected communities. The Red Cross’ Surigao chapter mobilized and set up 75 family tents for evacuated residents, prioritizing children, lactating mothers, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

The local chapter assisted in transporting patients from Caraga Regional Hospital to other nearby health facilities, set up three welfare desks, and provided psychosocial support to over 90 people in the hospital. Relief supplies dispatched from Manila and Cebu arrived in Surigao on Monday and are currently being distributed to affected families. Additional relief items including sleeping kits, 500 hygiene kits, 3,000 jerry cans and 1,000 tarpaulins are being mobilised from the Philippine Red Cross’ warehouse to boost the ongoing emergency relief operation.

“Our sympathy goes out to the people of Surigao City. During these tough times, we can give the assurance that aid is being delivered without delay,” says Philippine Red Cross Chairman, Richard Gordon. “This earthquake reminds us to always be on our guard and to be prepared for any eventuality. People should have knowledge on how to survive during an earthquake and minimize the risk of injury.”

In the last six months, the Philippines has been struck with a series of significant disaster events that have had a high humanitarian impact. Typhoons Meranti, Sarika and Haima made landfall in the country in September and October, while Typhoon Nock-Ten swept across the eastern island province of Catanduanes on Christmas Day.

“The Philippine Red Cross has been responding to each emergency to have struck the country since September. I have to commend the resolve of their staff and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to reach as many people as possible on the ground,” says Kari Isomaa, Head of the IFRC in the Philippines.

Philippines: SSS extends help to victims of typhoon Nina

16 February 2017 - 11:51pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 16 - To show that the Social Security System (SSS) cares for its members and pensioners, the pension fund distributed relief goods to 1,000 families from four barangays in Bicol- Magurang, Alnay, Basud and Gabon- which were affected by typhoon Nina last February 11, 2017.

During the relief operations held at Magurang Elementary School, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, a Bicolano himself, encouraged his kababayans to remain resilient like the bamboo and rise stronger and taller after a crisis because this is what Uragons are known for. He said that SSS is always ready to help them as they rebuild their lives and homes.

Above photo shows PCEO Dooc (center) and Polangui, Albay Vice Mayor Herbert Borja (besides PCEO) giving the relief package to Mr. Domingo Bogal from Brgy. Gabon, one of the beneficiaries of the SSS relief operation. Also present during the gift-giving were Management Services & Planning Division Vice President Eleonora Y. Cinco; Administration Group Senior Vice President May Catherine C. Ciriaco; Luzon Operations Group Senior Vice President Josie G. Magana; Officer-In-Charge for Luzon-Bicol Division Elenita S. Samblero; Magurang Elementary School Principal Yvonne O. Rea; and Officer-In-Charge of the Corporate Communications Department Sonia P. Guinto. Below photo shows employees of SSS Naga and Legazpi distributing the relief packages to the beneficiaries.

PCEO Dooc together with other senior officials were in Bicol from February 9-11 for the first Regional Visit for 2017 as part of the pension fund's trust to bring SSS closer to its members. (SSS)

Philippines: DepEd, DPWH to construct more quake-resilient school buildings in 2017

16 February 2017 - 10:21pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

PASIG CITY, Feb.17 – Prior to the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit the province of Surigao del Norte, Education Leonor Briones has met with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials to reconstitute the joint Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Basic Education Facilities.

This is to target the prompt execution of school buildings construction under the 2017 budget of the Department. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) provides the roles and responsibilities of DepEd and DPWH in the implementation of School Building Project (SBP). It also discusses the technical and financial system to be followed in the implementation.

On Friday, February 10, the quake jolted Surigao, causing damage in the following schools: CARAGA Regional Science High School, JR Clavero Elementary School, Ipil Elementary School, Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School, Surigao City Elementary School, Suklayang Elementary School, Mat-I Elementary School, Cabrera Altres Senior High School, and the DepEd Division Office.

The Education chief, along with Undersecretary for Administrative Services Alain Del Pascua, joined President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet members in inspecting the destruction and encouraging the disaster-stricken Surigaonons to be strong in the face of this challenge.

The DepEd and the DPWH also agreed to design new school buildings based on the latest National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) 2010 and on the Minimum Performance Standard Specifications (MPSS) to make the structures physically resilient.

Accordingly, the buildings are designed to withstand strong winds and major earthquakes. The structural component of the building such as footing, columns, and beams are made bigger.

Briones recommends the construction of school buildings that can withstand wind velocity at 350 kph after the heavy destruction on classrooms brought about by typhoons “Nina” and “Lawin” that hit Cagayan Valley and Bicol Region.

Both agencies are working on the finalization of the new school building design, which they target to implement this year.

The DepEd reported that between 2010 and 2016, a total of 118,686 classrooms were constructed and 66,463 are ongoing. This year, the Department has allotted P65.4 billion to build 47,492 classrooms including 10,000 classrooms for procurement.

The total budget of DepEd for 2017 is P109 billion to cover the construction of classrooms for K to 12, technical vocational workshop laboratories, and replacement of old and dilapidated classrooms.

Secretary Briones vowed to the quake survivors that the Department will speedily implement the Department’s programs and projects, particularly on school physical facilities. (DepEd)

Philippines: Eastern Samar farmers and municipality representatives visit Mindanao to learn from others’ experience

16 February 2017 - 3:52pm
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

ACTED supports livelihoods in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines by empowering farmers and municipalities.

ACTED facilitated the organisation of learning visits to Mindanao for 39 participants, including municipal councellors, agriculturists, farmer groups who won the Challenge Fund, local service providers (LSPs) and ACTED staff. The participants were split into three groups:

18 participants visited the Bansalan Municipality (Davao del Sur) to learn about goat raising, food production, and sloping agricultural land technology, through practical trainings.

A second group of 13 participants went to VMostril’s farm, in Tupi municipality (South Cotabato) in order to learn how to identify herbs - that can be used for alternative medicine - and how to process them. They also received training on root crop processing into chips.

The last group, made up of 8 people, was received by the Local Government Units of Makilala and Arakan municipalities in North Cotabato. The local mayors and councellors exchanged their experience on how to get fundings and to dedicate a regular budget for agriculture. The visitors also looked at how the funds were used for rubber and cacao processing.

These exchange visits are part of a wider program of support to the Municipal Agriculture Officers (MAOs) of six targeted municipalities of Eastern Samar, within the scope of ACTED’s livelihoods program, funded by SWS and AFD. For this purpose, ACTED is also providing technical and material support to the MAOs to help them better assist farmers. For instance, ACTED is providing several MAOs with laptops, a motorbike, and a projector.

ACTED also funded the construction of facilities, such as a multi-purpose hall and a mini-grocery center in two municipalities.

Philippines: WFP Philippines Country Brief, January 2017

16 February 2017 - 12:12pm
Source: World Food Programme Country: Philippines

Highlights

  • WFP concluded its emergency support to the El Nino-affected populations in central Mindanao.

  • Pepsi Corporation donated funds for the school meals programme. The contribution will help provide hot, nutritious lunch meals to thousands of children from conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Operational Updates

  • WFP provided assistance to 100,300 individuals in Mindanao to enhance their resilience. Of this, 19,200 people received food through the asset-creation programme, while 8,500 pregnant and nursing women, and 10,000 children aged 6-23 months were supported under the stunting prevention programme. Additionally, WFP provided school meals to 62,600 school-age children in 269 primary schools in central Mindanao.

  • WFP supported the awareness of 210,000 families of disaster preparedness through the provision of information, education, and communications (IEC) materials. The LISTONG Pampamilyang Pilipino (alert Filipino families) was borne out of a partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and aims to build the capacity of households to become disaster resilient. The guide provides a checklist for planning and critical information on what to do at the household level during disasters.

  • Private sector partner, Pepsi Corporation, contributed USD 300,000 in support to WFP’s school meals programme currently being implemented in central Mindanao.

  • The European Union launched a coffee table book entitled “Ties that Bind” that features a story on EU’s support to WFP Philippines.

Gender

  • WFP will help facilitate the launch of the Ranaw Women’s Peace Table in Marawi City spearheaded by the Office of the President on the Peace Process (OPAPP). The peace table is an assembly of women leaders composed of various government and non-government agencies that puts women at the heart of peace-building efforts in Mindanao.

  • At the request of local authorities in the province of Lanao del Sur, the Country Office gender focal person conducted a gender mainstreaming training to government heads of agencies. Government partners agreed to have further gender sensitivity workshops and consequently for WFP to assist them in the utilization of their Gender and Development Fund, including the integration of food security and nutrition into local government plans.

Challenges

  • The combination of law enforcement operations and the recurring torrential rains in central Mindanao have yet again hampered WFP’s operations and caused delays in the delivery and distribution of commodities as roads become impassable or restricted for security reasons.

Philippines: Philippines: Surigao earthquake - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF operation n° MDRPH024

16 February 2017 - 5:45am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

At 22:00h local time Friday 10 February 2017, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of north-eastern Mindanao, Philippines. According to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the earthquake was relatively shallow, with a depth of 10 kilometres, and its epicentre was about 14 kilometres from Surigao City, the capital of Surigao del Norte Province with over 154,000 inhabitants, located about 700 kilometres south of Manila.

Surigao City was placed under a state of calamity on 11 February, following a declaration by the City Council. In making the declaration, the council noted that 20 percent of the city's population has been affected by the tremor; translating to approximately 30,800 people.

Three days on, the actual impact of the quake continues to emerge as government teams, Red Cross personnel and emergency responders from the government and other agencies undertake assessments.

Based on updates issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), eight people lost their lives as a result of the earthquake, with 202 injured. The latest NDRRMC update indicates that quake has damaged 3,257 houses in the province of Surigao del Norte, of which 215 are destroyed and 3,042 with partial damages. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported that 3,331 families (16,655 people) have been displaced and are currently staying in open areas near their homes, in tents or with host families. Many residents, including those whose houses were not damaged, are apprehensive about returning to their homes because of aftershocks.

As regards lifelines, electricity supply was disrupted in parts of Surigao City and adjacent municipalities of Malimono, Placer, San Francisco, Sison and Tagana-an. Water supply was disrupted in Surigao City mainly due to damaged pipelines as well as in the municipalities Malimono, Mainit and San Francisco. Some telecommunication lines were also disrupted. Almost a week on, electricity and water supply have gradually been restored, with telecommunication providers having undertaken restoration works.

Damage to important infrastructure extends to the city’s airport, bridges and roads, churches, commercial buildings, a port, hospitals, schools and public buildings. Specifically, 6 bridges and 5 roads have been damaged while a total of 40 school facilities are reported damaged. The city government also ordered the temporary closure of high-rise business establishments until assessments to determine their structural integrity have been done. The collapse of the Anao-aon bridge, in particular, isolated the municipalities of Malimono and San Francisco from Surigao City although the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has since built a detour to restore access pending rehabilitation of the bridge.

The runway of the Surigao City Domestic Airport has been damaged, and currently it can only be used by helicopters. Passenger and cargo flights have been diverted to Butuan Airport in Agusan del Norte Province, some two-to-three-hour drive to Surigao City, pending rehabilitation works. Operations of passenger ferries from the port of Lipata have been disrupted due to a damaged passenger terminal and partially damaged roads, with ferry services now being provided from the Port of Surigao.

Assessments continue, including in areas outside of Surigao City, and will reveal more information on the impact earthquake across the province. The figures on damages and casualties are not likely to increase drastically as PHIVOLCS has projected that based on historical data, the extent of damage will not be major.

Philippines: Dengue Situation Update 510, 14 February 2017

16 February 2017 - 4:05am
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

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of 31 December 2016, there were 2,076 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

A total of 1,550 cases of dengue were reported during week 5, which is fewer than the 1,858 cases reported in the previous week (decrease of 16.6 %) (Figure 2). The cumulative number of cases reported in 2017 (9,000 cases) is lower than the number of cases reported during the same period in 2016 (17,143 cases). As of week 5, there have been a total of 22 deaths related to dengue in 2017.

Philippines (No update)

As of 5 November 2016, there were 176,411 suspected cases of dengue reported in 2016, including 422 deaths. This is 0.8% lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (n=177,767)
Figure 3).

Singapore

In week 5, 2017, there were 63 dengue cases reported in Singapore. The cumulative number of cases in 2017 (n=359) is lower than the number of cases reported or the same period since 2013 (Figure 4).

Lao PDR

As of 27 January in 2017, there were 283 cases of dengue with no deaths reported in Lao PDR in 2017.
During week 4, seventy new dengue cases and no deaths were reported. The number of cases is higher than the same time period in 2015 and 2016, but has been decreasing since week 47 (Figure 5)

Viet Nam

From 1 January to 31 December 2016, there were 122,020 cases of dengue including 43 deaths reported in Viet Nam. For the month of December, there were 11,166 cases reported including one death. Compared to November 2016, number of cases decreased by 28.6%, and there were 6 fewer deaths. Compared to same period in 2015, cumulative number of cases increased by 25.2%, and there were 18 fewer deaths.
Compared to the median in 2011-2015 period, cumulative number of cases increased by 73.6% (Figure 6).

Cambodia

As of 9 February 2017, a total of 81 cases of suspected dengue cases reported in 2017. The number of suspected dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 7)

Southern Hemisphere

Australia

As of 14 February 2017, there were 143 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases reported in Australia in 2017. The number of cases reported is less than that reported during the same time period in the previous years (2012-2016) (Figure 8).

Pacific Islands Countries and Areas

French Polynesia (No update)

A total of 21 confirmed dengue cases were reported in French Polynesia between 19 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 (11 cases in week 51 and 10 cases in week 52) (Figure 9). Four (18%) of the 21 cases were confirmed as DENV-1 infection.

New Caledonia

As of 3 February 2017, 391 dengue cases were reported, indicating an increase in the number of cases since June 2016 (Figure 10).

Philippines: DSWD says only 15 out of 54 barangays in Surigao have not been given post-earthquake assistance

16 February 2017 - 12:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gave updates on its relief efforts in Surigao. DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said that the Field Office in Caraga continues its efforts to assist residents affected by last Friday’s earthquake and the aftershocks which continue to hit the region three days later.

“We have established a more orderly system of relief distribution in coordination with the local government units (LGUs) down to the barangay level. Our Field Office staff and officials are doing their best to respond to the situation and release what assistance the DSWD can provide our people at the soonest possible time,” said Sec. Taguiwalo.

Sec. Taguiwalo said that based on reports from DSWD Caraga, as of February 15, 2017, only 15 barangays out of 54 in Surigao City have not been given assistance. These are Cagniog, Canlanipa, Capalayan, Lipata, Lisondra, Mabini, Mapawa, Mat-I, Nonoc, Quezon, Rizal, San Jose, Sugbay, Taft, and Washington. Officials of these barangays have yet to submit their lists and have not withdrawn their respective allocations. It was agreed during the meeting last Monday that the said list of totally and partially damaged houses will be used as the basis for augmentation.

DSWD Caraga officials and staff were in Anao-aon yesterday, and the day before, where the FO conducted a distribution drive in Brgy. Poblacion. The FO also provided augmentation support to the province last February 11-12. Some 1,302 family food packs will be released to the municipality as an augmentation support.

Currently, efforts to transport the goods are meeting challenges because the bridge connecting Surigao City and the municipality was damaged by the Feb. 10 earthquake. The detour being used passes through a wide quarry, and a river also has to be crossed.

Some residents from Brgys. Lipata, Cagniog, Canlanipa, Mabua, San Juan, Washington, Luna, Sabang, Taft, and Mat-I were present during the initial distribution drive last Sunday. Residents from these barangays also received donations from other non-government organizations and private institutions, as well as other LGUs. All of these entities provided assistance similar to what the DSWD provides (family food packs and drinking water). Also, some barangay units which were already assisted distributed family food packs to their residents, both Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program members and non-members.

Field Office Caraga staff and officials are also in Surigao City now to continue data validation and to scout the area for possible camping grounds for residents who leave their houses at night because they want to avoid possible aftershocks. They are being given laminated sacks.

Included in the 15 barangays are those in island communities; residents have been unable to get their assistance and we cannot go to them either because of the massive waves.

“We assure the Filipino people that we are doing our best to help our kababayans in Surigao. We laud the efforts of other agencies and NGOs to also help Surigao and all those affected by the earthquake. We need to cooperate and coordinate our efforts so we can reach and provide for all those who need,” said Sec. Taguiwalo.

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No. 07 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

16 February 2017 - 12:38am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. Situation Overview

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao. The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 4:00 PM of 11 February 2017, 101 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area. The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

On 12 February 2017, at 11:01:30 AM, an aftershock was felt at 09,80°N, 125.41°E - 009 km N 87° W of Surigao City (Surigao Del Norte) with recorded magnitude of Ms 4.1 at 15 km depth of focus. Intensity III was reported in Surigao City & San Francisco, Surigao Del Norte and Intensity II in San Francisco & San Ricardo, Southern Leyte.

II. Effects

A. Affected Population

1 . A total of 3,331 families / 16,655 persons were affected in 60 barangays in the province of Surigao del Norte and are served inside and outside evacuation centers.

B. Casualties

1 . A total of eight (8) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

2 . A total of 202 persons sustained injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment.

Philippines: Philippines - Mindanao: Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (15 February 2017)

15 February 2017 - 5:49am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

At 10:03 p.m. on 10 February 2017, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake with a depth of ten kilometres and an epicenter located near Surigao City caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region, particularly in Surigao del Norte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported no tsunami threat but they predict aftershocks will continue for several weeks. A Red Alert status has been raised by Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center. Surigao City declared state of calamity.

Philippines: QRCS First Humanitarian Organization to Reach Surigao City in Philippines [EN/AR]

15 February 2017 - 4:25am
Source: Qatar Red Crescent Society Country: Philippines

February 15th , 2017 ― Doha: In response to the deadly earthquake that hit Mindanao, the Philippines, on Friday, Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has allocated $40,000 from its Contingency Fund for a quick relief intervention.

A team of QRCS's Mission in the Philippines was sent to conduct impact assessment and prepare a humanitarian plan to help the victims of the earthquake.

Over a week, the team would make field assessments of the damage, identify intervention priorities, evaluate the available resources, and provide aid for the affected populations based on the results of assessment.

Coordination meetings were held with partners, the local community, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in the City of Surigao, local charities, and representatives of government authorities.

They are working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Philippine Red Cross.

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake killed at least eight people and injured 200 in the City of Surigao, southeastern Philippines. More than 1,100 houses were damaged, as well as an airport runway, a main bridge, and water/power supply networks. Many residents resorted to public parks, in anticipation of possible aftershocks.

The basic needs currently on the list include emergency shelter, food and nonfood aid, water and sanitation, and health care. Longer-term needs are house restoration and livelihood generation.

As the first Arab relief provider to work in the country, QRCS has had a foothold in the Philippines since 2012. Its mission conducted several humanitarian responses to major natural disasters, at a total cost of more than $5 million.

Examples of these interventions are Tropical Storm Washi (2012) and Typhoon Haiyan (2013).

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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS's humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

For more information, please contact Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No. 06 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

15 February 2017 - 1:27am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. Situation Overview

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao. The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 4:00 PM of 11 February 2017, 101 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area. The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

On 12 February 2017, at 11:01:30 AM, an aftershock was felt at 09,80°N, 125.41°E - 009 km N 87° W of Surigao City (Surigao Del Norte) with recorded magnitude of Ms 4.1 at 15 km depth of focus. Intensity III was reported in Surigao City & San Francisco, Surigao Del Norte and Intensity II in San Francisco & San Ricardo, Southern Leyte.

An additional eleven (11) aftershocks of the 2017 M6.7 Surigao Earthquake were reported from 13-14 February 2017.

II. Effects

A. Affected Population

1, A total of 2,284 families / 11,420 persons were affected in 60 barangays in the province of Surigao del Norte and are served inside and outside evacuation centers.

B. Casualties

  1. A total of six (6) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

  2. A total of 202 persons sustained injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment.

Philippines: Insurance Commission activates quick response mechanism for Surigao quake victims

15 February 2017 - 1:14am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 15 (PIA) - lnsurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa has activated Tuesday the Disaster Response Mechanism to expedite quick insurance claims for the speedy recovery of the residents of Surigao.

Last February 10, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Surigao City killing at least six and injuring hundreds.

The quake left over 1,400 houses damaged in 54 barangays across Caraga, displacing over 5,170 people. lnitial estimates placed damage at over P140 million.

The mechanism mobilizes the Agarang Proseso, Benepisyo ay Sigurado Program for the setting up of Claims Action Center, for simplified and quick claims where insured victims can go for their legitimate insurance claims.

"The sooner earthquake victims who are insurance policyholders can get their claims, the sooner they can get back to their feet. The Agarang Proseso, Benepisyo ay Sigurado Program aims to address the urgent need for relief available to the victims of the recent earthquake," Commissioner Funa said.

Likewise, Funa instructed all insurance companies to expedite, with the help of the Claims Action Center, the processing of the insurance claims filed by persons affected by the recent earthquake.

"We directed them to put a system in place to guarantee the speedy processing of claims upon submission of minimum documentary requirements," he added.

ln order to ensure the efficiency in the processing and settling of claims, the lC will require the insurance companies to submit a report as to the number and type of insurance claims filed, a number of claims paid, and other relevant information.

Last Monday, 15 non-life insurance claims have been filed in connection with the recent Surigao earthquake, according to the Commission. The destruction brought by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 was somewhat cushioned by the activation of the Claims Action Center in the ravaged areas of Leyte and Samar.

Over P200 million in claims were rapidly processed and released by life, non-life and mutual benefit associations (MBA), the main microinsurance provider, for hundreds of thousands of victims. The main bulk in terms of lives protected was covered by MBAs, which includes cooperatives, credit unions. Policyholders affected by the recent Surigao may seek the Commission's assistance through its telephone numbers (02) 5238461 to 70 local127 and 103 or (02) 4041758 or through emaiI at publicassistance@insurance.gov.ph. (Insurance Commission/PIA-CARAGA)

Philippines: NDRRMC SitRep No.05 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

14 February 2017 - 6:51pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

14 February 2017, 8:00 AM

I. Situation Overview

At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7 shook the island of Mindanao. The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 4:00 PM of 11 February 2017, 101 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEIS VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEIS V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEIS IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area. The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.

On 12 February 2017, at 11:01:30 AM, an aftershock was felt at 09,80°N, 125.41°E - 009 km N 87° W of Surigao City (Surigao Del Norte) with recorded magnitude of Ms 4.1 at 15 km depth of focus. Intensity III was reported in Surigao City & San Francisco, Surigao Del Norte and Intensity II in San Francisco & San Ricardo, Southern Leyte.

II. Effects

A. Affected Population

1, A total of 1,790 families / 9,320 persons were affected in 60 barangays in the province of Surigao del Norte and are served inside and outside evacuation centers.

B. Casualties

  1. A total of four (4) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

  2. A total of 202 persons sustained injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment.

World: Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2017–2019 for Asia and the Pacific

14 February 2017 - 1:12pm
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, World

Introduction

Progress towards gender equality is key to meeting global goals of eradicating poverty and eliminating hunger and malnutrition. Women make important contributions to agriculture and rural livelihoods and play a vital role in the care and reproduction of households and communities. However, persistent gender inequalities, such as unequal access to productive resources – including land, services and inputs, finance, training – and information to markets and institutions hamper the realization of women’s human and productive potential. These inequalities must be addressed to realize the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to eliminate hunger and malnutrition and eradicate poverty through sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources.

In recent years, the United Nations (UN) and FAO have deepened their institutional commitment to gender equality. In 2006 the UN Chief Executive Board for Coordination endorsed the UN System-Wide Action Plan to speed inclusion of gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the UN system. FAO formulated the FAO Gender Equality Policy (GEP) in 2012, establishing institutional targets and external objectives for gender equality in rural development, agriculture and resource management (FAO, 2013a). To support the implementation of the FAO GEP and ensure attention to gender equality and women’s empowerment in all its areas of work, FAO also strengthened its gender architecture consisting of a team of experts at headquarters, regional gender advisors and Gender Focal Points (GFP) in country offices.Gender is a cross-cutting theme in the FAO Strategic Framework and its five Strategic Objectives. This confirms the organization’s commitment to “pursue the integration of gender issues in all aspects of its work, ensuring that attention to gender equality becomes a regular feature of work on standard setting and of regional, subregional and country level programmes and projects” (FAO, 2013b, 20).

In the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, gender equality is mainstreamed as well as being included as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) (SDG5), which aims at gender equality, including in representation and decision-making and in access to economic resources, inheritance, and natural resources. FAO further recognizes rural women as agents of change whose engagement is necessary to meet the other SDGs (FAO, 2015). This Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan 2017–2019 for the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) builds on and supports these efforts.