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Philippines: MY PEACE project launched in Zambo City

23 October 2014 - 11:41pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY, 24 OCTOBER - - Madrasah Youth Promoting English Advancement for Community Empowerment or MY PEACE project was launched in Sarang Bangun Learning Center, Zamboanga City, Tuesday, October21, 2014 with Mr. Macon Philips, visiting U.S Department of State Official and Coordinator of the U.S Dept. of State Bureau of International Information Program along with other U.S officials gracing the event.

MY PEACE is a year- long project of the U.S Embassy in Manila, in partnership with the Voice of Mindanao-Zamboanga Peninsula and the support of American Field Service, Fatwah Foundation and the HMIJ Islamic College. It empowers at risk-Madrasah students in Mindanao by providing English language and life skills training as positive alternatives to joining armed groups.

According to Ms. Frenzie Carreon, Voice of Mindanao project director, “this project is being implemented by a local youth NGO in Mindanao, Voice of Mindanao, Inc., in partnership with the Department of Education in Zamboanga City, and USG Alumni. The project has two outcomes: teaching English to Madrasah students (Islamic schools); and providing the students with life skills training.”

“This project takes a two-pronged approach, combining English language learning with life skills. The project began with a training of trainers (TOT) for 30 trained teachers from Zamboanga City with a high level of English proficiency, who participated in intensive 5-day training on English teaching methods. Following the TOT, the MY Peace Teachers will provide 10 hours per session of English language instruction and 8 hours of English Language Application activities through social enterprise workshops and other lifelong learning to 60 students for one (1) year,” Ms. Carreon explained.

The project consists of 13 sessions which will be conducted on one to two weekends a month. During the project period, the 60 Madrasah students will receive two (2) hours of life skills training per session also delivered by U.S. government exchange program alumni, and entrepreneurial/business/work skills for six (6) hours based on curricular programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), under the guidance and supervision of TESDA-certified trainers from MEIN College.

Carreon informed that Sarang Bangun Learning Center will serve as the base of implementation of MY PEACE project. “This center is furnished with internet connectivity and computer equipment. In the final three months of the project, the students will be encouraged to put what they have learned to use by creating and implementing community projects,” she concluded. # (ALT/JPA/PIA9)

Philippines: Hundreds of Children to ‘Race for Survival’ to end malnutrition

23 October 2014 - 9:48pm
Source: Save the Children Country: Philippines

(Quezon City, Philippines) Hundreds of school children from Metro Manila run today in Save the Children’s ‘Race for Survival’ global relay race. Held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the event is calling for equal access to health services and nutrition for children under five years no matter where they are born.

The 2013 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) reveals that nearly one third (30.3%) of Filipino children 5 years and below are malnourished. It also shows that there has been very little progress in reducing malnutrition over the past years, with rates at around 33% since 2008. The same data highlights that children in the poorest regions are almost twice as likely to die before the fifth birthday.

In Luzon, malnutrition among children remains high due to lack of access to basic health and nutrition services. The risk is even higher during crises and emergencies such as typhoons and conflict situations. In the Visayas, ‘Yolanda’-ravaged Western and Eastern Visayas are among the regions with high prevalence of underweight children.

“Every child should have access to nutritious food and health services. Healthy children will grow up to be productive citizens of this country. With Race for Survival, we are highlighting the need for every child to be within reach of the quality care they deserve,” Ned Olney, country director of Save the Children Philippines Country Office said.

The ‘Race for Survival’ is organized in partnership with child-led groups and national agencies, including DSWD, National Nutrition Council, DOH and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC). The child participants are putting their running shoes on to say that this is an unacceptable statistic and it has to change.

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Note to Editors:

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981. We provide both humanitarian and long-term support, working closely with partners across the country. Save the Children addresses key issues of children in the country by implementing programs in child protection, education, health and nutrition, child rights governance and also supports in times of humanitarian crises.

Save the Children’s ‘Race for Survival’ is a relay race event held simultaneously in 67 countries, including Scotland, India, Canada and Kenya, as part of Save the Children’s Global Day of Action. Over 50,000 children worldwide have participated in this activity to make a statement and clamor for an urgent action to deliver health care and nutrition to EVERY child.

For press access and interviews with Ned Olney for Save the Children, please contact Lany dela Cruz at 09255556290 or email lany.delacruz@savethechildren.org

Philippines: ASEAN Monthly Disaster Outlook Vol. 10 October 2014

23 October 2014 - 4:29am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam preview

General Overview

Natural disaster reports were regularly recorded in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet) www.adinet.ahacentre.org

Only significant disasters that satisfy the following criteria will be recorded in ADInet: 1. More than 100 people affected, and
2. Involving more than 1 subdistrict,

In total, 15 disasters were recorded during September 2014, with at least 2.5 million people affected and 203,000 people displaced. This month, the region experienced typhoon and storm that caused a lot of damages and widespread impact in Philippines, Myanmar, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. Meanwhile on the the other hand, flooding still happened in Indonesia and Thailand in spite of drier than usual condition in Central and Eastern parts of Indonesia due to effect of El nino. This dry condition is forecasted to continue until at least November 2014.

Number of disasters recorded in September 2013 are higher than September 2014. Last year, the region suffered from flood, particularly in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam. At least, 9 million people were exposed to natural disasters in that month.

Facts

Flood occurred more frequently in this month, with 56% occurence. But the strongest impact is generated by the two weather systems that developed in the pacific ocean. i.e. Typhoon Kalmaegi and Storm Fung Wong. Over 2.3 milllion people were exposed to this disasters. Furthermore, Kalmaegi shows that a single occurence of natural hazard can create widespread impact to the region.

Philippines: Building skills to rebuild communities in the Philippines

23 October 2014 - 1:28am
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed nearly 1.1 million houses in the Philippines and displaced approximately 4.1 million people. Northern Leyte, is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. Its capital is Tacloban City. ACTED is training carpenters in Northern Leyte to support communities to rebuild. Nilo is one such carpenter who now has a formal carpentry certificate and his own tool box.

Nilo’s Story

Nilo is 50 years old. He lives in Alangalang Municipality in Northern Leyte, Philippines. Alangalang is an area that was heavily affected by Typhoon Haiyan – thousands of houses were damaged and communities are still struggling to rebuild. Nilo is a husband and father of two. The family’s only income is the casual carpentry work Nilo does. Like many other semi-skilled carpenters, Nilo struggles to find a full time job to provide a stable income for his family. One month ago, Nilo was not formally trained in carpentry and did not own his own tools.

Empowering Communities to Rebuild and Recover

Then Nilo got involved in an ACTED pilot shelter reconstruction project supported by ShelterBox, supporting 300 families to rebuild homes. The project has developed an improved shelter design incorporating indigenous knowledge to support families to ‘build back safer’ and to increase community resilience to future disasters. The 300 households that are building a new home are not the only families to benefit. 30 semi-skilled carpenters are being formally trained in carpentry to enhance local skills and to stimulate local economic recovery.

A big Change for Nilo

Nilo has passed his 15 day carpentry training course with flying colours and now has a formal certificate from the Philippine’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Nilo will graduate next week. He was provided with a personal tool box by the project and has already helped in the construction of 20 of the 300 houses to be built in his community. For Nilo, the training was a great help, providing him with new skills and knowledge that he is now putting into practice by helping his neighbours rebuild. Nilo believes that a certificate from TESDA as well as his new tools will make it easier for him to find regular work, earn a higher income and provide for his family.

World: Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) DIPECHO South East Asia 2014-2015 (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 07/10/2014 Version 2

22 October 2014 - 12:27pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam, World preview

AMOUNT: EUR 11 300 000

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Myanmar/Burma is one of the most vulnerable countries in South East Asia and presents the highest InfoRM ranking in the region1. InfoRM2 identifies countries at high risk of humanitarian crisis and more likely to require international assistance. Myanmar/Burma ranks number 10 worldwide in this index, with a 9.1 rating for natural hazards. Although the country has made significant efforts over the last years to adopt a Disaster Management Law and a Disaster Risk Reduction Action Plan, it is necessary to further reinforce disaster preparedness initiatives in coastal areas at high risk of cyclones. Since Cyclone Nargis made landfall in 2008, many initiatives have focused on the Irrawaddy Delta, while less has been done in Rakhine State, where Cyclone Giri affected thousands of people in 2010.

It is therefore proposed to increase the allocation under the current HIP by EUR 300 000 to reinforce disaster preparedness at community and township level in Rakhine State. The implementation of this additional funding will be made by modifying ongoing actions.

World: Missed Again: making space for partnership in the Typhoon Haiyan response

22 October 2014 - 11:27am
Source: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, ActionAid, Tearfund, Christian Aid, Oxfam Country: Philippines, World preview


Humanitarian partnerships between national and international organisations are a long-established means of responding to humanitarian need. As long ago as 1994 the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct emphasised the importance of working collaboratively with national organisations, and in 2007 the Principles of Partnership outlined best practice in humanitarian partnership working. Given the considerable support that exists for humanitarian partnership it is disappointing that as recently as 2012, in her preface to ALNAP’s State of the Humanitarian System report, the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs lamented the ‘lack of inclusion of non-traditional actors such as National Disaster Management Authorities and southern NGOs… which undermined the effectiveness of many operations’.

With its focus on national actors, this study focuses on the vexed question of humanitarian partnership and seeks to provide evidence, in real time, of how far partnership working happened in the response to Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) in the Philippines, and its effectiveness.

Despite efforts made to include local and national actors in the Haiyan response it remained largely internationally led, coordinated and implemented. While the scale of the disaster outstripped the capacity of government and NNGOs to adequately respond, more could have been done to build capacity in advance of the Typhoon to prepare for and strengthen partnership for response. Six months after Haiyan struck, the international humanitarian system was still struggling with the task of responsibly handing over the leadership and coordination of the recovery response to the government. At the same time, INGOs were starting the process of handing over large operational programmes to NNGOs. The lack of adequate support to assist the Philippines to prepare for large-scale disasters and the lack of willingness to entrust a greater share of the response to national organisations has played an important role in the perceived need to ‘scale-up to scale-down’ – shorthand for a further influx of international capacity to build national capacity in key institutions in order to permit these handovers. The findings of the study suggest that this is true across all aspects of the response – leadership, coordination and implementation. There are widespread fears within civil society that one of the implications of such an internationalised response is that it is highly vulnerable as capacity is withdrawn.

Conclusion and Recommendations

Many of the findings of the study about the shortcomings of how international and national organisations work together in disasters in the Philippines echo similar findings documented after previous humanitarian responses in the country. However, one issue that stands out in the Haiyan response more than others (and was also a finding of the Missed opportunities study) is the challenge of taking partnership to scale, and it is this that sets an important and urgent agenda for the humanitarian community. Despite considerable experience of national-led humanitarian response in the Philippines and the significant capacity of civil society, the limited scale of humanitarian partnerships in the Haiyan response and the tendency of agencies that seek to balance direct delivery and partnership to prioritise the former over the latter suggest it may be necessary to moderate expectations of what scale of response can be achieved through humanitarian partnerships. Translated to the global context where human vulnerability is growing as the potential for larger and more frequent disasters increases, it is this aspect of humanitarian partnerships more than others that requires greater investigation and investment.

Philippines: Missed Again: making space for partnership in the Typhoon Haiyan response

22 October 2014 - 11:27am
Source: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, ActionAid, Tearfund, Christian Aid, Oxfam Country: Philippines preview

Summary:

The effectiveness of partnerships in response to Typhoon Haiyan
- The proximity to and knowledge of communities that NNGOs bought to partnerships strengthened the relevance of humanitarian assistance.
- Where International NGOs (INGOs) had invested in National NGO (NNGO) humanitarian consortia, partnerships contributed to a timely response although direct delivery INGOs were amongst the swiftest to respond.
- The greater technical knowledge that INGOs had of accountability mechanisms was complemented by NNGOs greater engagement with communities which strengthened the effectiveness of the response.
- While INGOs working in partnership with faith-based NNGOs benefited from their extensive networks direct delivery by INGOs accounted for the most of the coverage, and in the immediate aftermath of the Typhoon was often prioritised over partnership.
- Despite the limited NNGO presence that existed in the affected area before the Typhoon, where there was a prior presence, NNGOs did strengthen the connectedness of the response.

The engagement of national actors in the international humanitarian system
- The Haiyan response was of a magnitude that overwhelmed existing disaster management systems and with the L3 activation, humanitarian leadership and coordination mechanisms had an international look and feel.
- NNGOs largely felt out of place in the Clusters and absented themselves although INGO partners did play a role in facilitating attendance or representing their partners.
- There was very little direct funding of NNGOs through traditional humanitarian donors. INGO partners played a key role in providing funds to support national scale-up and response.

Three key messages from the research
- Create an enabling environment for partnership: Action must be taken in the Philippines to articulate a strategy for strengthening national disaster response which outlines how a government-led and civil society-supported humanitarian system can respond effectively to disasters in the future.
- The need to ‘localise’ surge responses: The Haiyan response provides an important agenda for the IASC to reflect on recent experience of large-scale international humanitarian responses with a view to complementing international L3 surge mechanism with national surge capacity.
- An obligation to prioritise preparedness: There is an urgent need to invest in preparing partnerships for response at scale in the Philippines.

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Final Periodic Monitoring Report November 2013 to August 2014

22 October 2014 - 2:47am
Source: Humanitarian Country Team in the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

OVERVIEW

In close partnership with national authorities, significant progress has been made in meeting the needs of vulnerable people affected by last November’s Typhoon Haiyan (locally-known as Yolanda). This is the final Periodic Monitoring Report (PMR) and it evaluates the quality and quantity of the response from 9 November 2013 to 31 August 2014 against the objectives of the Haiyan Strategic Response Plan (SRP).

We list key achievements of the SRP as the following:

•3.7 million people reached with food assistance

•82,000 mothers given feeding counsel

•190,000 children received blanket supplementary feeding

•570,000 households reached with emergency shelter

•158,000 households given durable roofing solution

•All evacuation centres reached with camp management

•152,000 vulnerable workers benefitted from immediate short-term work

•103,000 farmers provided with agricultural seeds and tools

•24,000 fishermen assisted with boat building and repair

•1.9 million people benefitted from hygiene kits

•350,000 provided with access to new or fixed latrines

•0 significant public health outbreaks

•2.3 million children were vaccinated

•10,000 officials trained by protection partners

•50,000 documents processed for the most vulnerable

•545,000 children received learning materials

•111,000 beneficiaries of GBV-awareness training

•285 child-friendly spaces established •4,900 temporary learning spaces created

•1.4 million people received some form of cash transfer

Philippines: Philippines Final Periodic Monitoring Report, November 2013 to August 2014 - Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

22 October 2014 - 2:47am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

OVERVIEW

In close partnership with national authorities, significant progress has been made in meeting the needs of vulnerable people affected by last November’s Typhoon Haiyan (locally-known as Yolanda). This is the final Periodic Monitoring Report (PMR) and it evaluates the quality and quantity of the response from 9 November 2013 to 31 August 2014 against the objectives of the Haiyan Strategic Response Plan (SRP).

We list key achievements of the SRP as the following:

•3.7 million people reached with food assistance

•82,000 mothers given feeding counsel

•190,000 children received blanket supplementary feeding

•570,000 households reached with emergency shelter

•158,000 households given durable roofing solution

•All evacuation centres reached with camp management

•152,000 vulnerable workers benefitted from immediate short-term work

•103,000 farmers provided with agricultural seeds and tools

•24,000 fishermen assisted with boat building and repair

•1.9 million people benefitted from hygiene kits

•350,000 provided with access to new or fixed latrines

•0 significant public health outbreaks

•2.3 million children were vaccinated

•10,000 officials trained by protection partners

•50,000 documents processed for the most vulnerable

•545,000 children received learning materials

•111,000 beneficiaries of GBV-awareness training

•285 child-friendly spaces established •4,900 temporary learning spaces created

•1.4 million people received some form of cash transfer

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Effects of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) in Visayas and Mindanao (as of 18 October 2014, 08:00 AM)

22 October 2014 - 2:20am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

A. SITUATION OVERVIEW:

Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affected Visayas and Mindanao. Intermittent rains was reported in Region VI and VII, while moderate to heavy rains were experienced in Zamboanga City and in the Provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur which started on 07 October 2014.

Philippines: NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 35 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

22 October 2014 - 1:14am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

I. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 21 October 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volcano's seismic network recorded four (4) volcanic earthquakes and three (3) rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

Philippines: EU Aid Volunteer uses digital mapping to help prepare for disasters in the Phlippines

21 October 2014 - 12:22pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines

Typhoons, earthquakes and floods often occur in the Philippines, one of countries most directly affected by the changing climate and natural disasters, such as the 2013 typhoon Haiyan. VSO EU Aid volunteer Arnoud Keizer from the Netherlands spent nine months with the Filipino government and communities affected by disasters, supporting national efforts to use science and technology to prepare for and prevent future devastation.

Where floods, typhoons and earthquakes are the norm

74 year-old community leader Anita Ayuban, from the region of Bohol, Philippines, has lived her entire life facing floods and typhoons. “One year we suffered a very strong typhoon. Our roof was blown from the house so we went underground for safety...but it became full of water,” she recalls, adding, “I was very afraid, especially for my children”.

Anita and her family were eventually rescued by neighbours, but she has since remained haunted by the devastation a natural disaster can bring when a community is unprepared.

Driven by a desire to help her community prepare better for future typhoons, Anita is one of forty local community leaders in the town of Alicia in Bohol who participated in an OpenStreetMap workshop conducted by VSO volunteer Arnoud Keizer. It is one of several workshops Arnoud has been conducting in disaster-prone areas across the Philippines in an effort to help communities prepare more effectively for future natural disasters.

Digital mapping and flood modelling

“Disasters happen all the time here, yet a lot of the emphasis is on how to respond instead of preparing for and actually preventing disasters”, explains Arnoud, whose professional experience in the Netherlands managing large infrastructural projects on waterways focuses almost entirely on disaster preparedness and prevention.

His OpenStreetMap workshops train community leaders how to use GPS devices to digitally map their villages, making use of the free online software with the specific purpose of mapping critical infrastructure e.g., hospitals, schools, pharmacies, police stations, etc.

“Knowing in advance where important buildings at least risk of flooding are located; which places are most suitable for evacuation centres and how likely a place can be reached after an earthquake is lifesaving information”, explains Arnoud.

OpenStreetMap is freely available online and its data is uploaded, stored and managed by volunteers, making it an ideal platform for disaster preparedness. After Arnoud trains community leaders, they in turn mobilise local volunteers to support the process of GPS mapping their communities, enabling volunteers to actively participate in disaster preparation measures.

“The capital city of Bohol suffered a major earthquake in 2013, killing more than 200 people, and it was digitally mapped in the aftermath...but so much damage and destruction could have been avoided if it was mapped and the disaster planning had been done in advance”, says Arnoud.

Preventing future disasters

When he’s not conducting workshops in disaster-prone areas, Arnoud spends his time in the capital city of Manila, managing components of the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) project, run by the Filipino government. It is a nationwide programme for creating sophisticated 3D hazard maps that can be used for identifying which areas are most likely to be affected by flooding.

The project’s goal is to produce flood maps for the country’s major river basins, with the aim of producing the most accurate flood maps possible for disaster-prone communities.

“I visited Tacloban recently, and it was really devastating to see an evacuation centre had been placed so close to the sea where a lot of people died...our project could have prevented these type of casualties because if you compare the OpenStreetMap for the area with the hazard maps it is clear that it was not a safe location for an evacuation centre”, says Arnoud, reflecting on the importance of his work.

Arnoud is not the first VSO humanitarian aid volunteer to undertake a long-term placement in the Philippines. According to government colleagues working on project DREAM, he has helped to advance the work of his predecessors.

“We have had four EU AID volunteers support the project so far and each of them is very special to us because they’ve contributed to some of the essential gaps where we’ve faced limitations... doing this kind of work is very sensitive because it relates to the safety and well-being of people,” says Enrico Paringit, who heads Project DREAM in Manila.

Back in Bohol following her OpenStreetMap training, community leader Anita has strong faith in the potential of digitally mapping her community with the support of local volunteers. “Mapping critical infrastructure helps you know where it is safe to go so you can have a proper plan in place...which I believe will save lives.”

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative gives thousands of Europeans the opportunity to engage in humanitarian aid around the world. To find out more about initiative, visit the EU Aid Volunteers page.

Malaysia: Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

21 October 2014 - 8:57am
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, French Polynesia (France), Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Nauru, New Caledonia (France), Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, Tuvalu, Viet Nam preview

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan

As of 20 October, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Japan, reported a total of 159 confirmed autochthonous cases of dengue fever. None of these cases had recent overseas travel history. While cases were reported from throughout Japan (residents in Hokkaido, Akita, Aomori, Iwate, Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Osaka, Hyogo, Yamaguchi, Ehime, and Kochi prefectures), the majority (142/159, 89.3%) were associated with visiting Yoyogi Park or its vicinity. The tendency of new case is decreasing and the latest new case is reported on 15 October. To date, dengue virus serotype 1 was identified, and it is likely of Southeast Asian origin.

Malaysia

The number of dengue cases in Malaysia is still higher than last year's. Week 41 had shown a decrease of 14.9% in the number of reported new cases compared with the previous week. (Graph 1)
As of 11 October 2014:

• Cumulative number of reported cases: 80,578
• Cumulative number of deaths reported: 153

Philippines

Total number of cases reported in Philippines follows the seasonal pattern and showing a decreasing trend since week 33. It reported 57.6% lower rate compared to the same period last year. (Graph 2)
As of 20 September 2014:

• Cumulative number of reported cases: 67,781
• Cumulative number of deaths reported: 269

Singapore

Total number of reported dengue cases shows a marked seasonal pattern (Graph 3).
Cumulative cases reported until 11 October 2014.

• Cumulative number of reported cases: 16,067
• Cumulative number of deaths: 4 (no update available)

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

21 October 2014 - 8:27am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

DRC: A resurgence of ADF-NALU attacks in North Kivu are thought to have displaced 100,000 people, and killed at least 80. In South Kivu, there has been a significant increase in IDPs, mainly due to insecurity in Shabunda and Fizi territories. 7.3 million people across the country are estimated to be food insecure.

Mali: Clashes in Intillit, Gao region, just before peace talks were scheduled to resume have prompted the withdrawal of some NGOs, with fears that the violence may spread. Mounting insecurity is hampering humanitarian access in the north.

Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: 9,191 cases of Ebola and 4,546 deaths have been reported, with Guinea’s capital recording a new spike in cases, and every district in Sierra Leone now having recorded cases of the disease. Liberia remains the most affected country.

Updated: 21/10/2014. Next update: 28/10/2014

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: US Backs IOM Anti-Trafficking Activities in Typhoon-affected Areas of Philippines

21 October 2014 - 7:27am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Philippines, United States of America

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Central Philippines almost one year ago, has led to a rising concern about human trafficking in the affected area. IOM and its partners have been tackling this problem since the week of the disaster, registering people leaving the area through Migration Outflow Desks and informing them of the dangers posed by human traffickers.

Yesterday in Tacloban their efforts received a vital boost, with the announcement by US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg that IOM will receive a new two-year grant totalling US$ 353,000, working in close cooperation with the Philippines Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP.)

The new project “Victim-Centered Counter-Trafficking Awareness in Typhoon Haiyan Affected Areas in the Visayas” will be implemented in Tacloban City, Ormoc and Cebu. The key objectives are to improve access to referral channels through awareness-raising activities; strengthen the capacity of service providers to identify and assist victims of trafficking; and improve direct assistance through a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Emergency Support Fund.

Ambassador Goldberg noted that IOM is a perfect partner for the Philippines government in the fight against human trafficking due to its global expertise and local presence. “Human trafficking is a global problem that requires both a global and local response,” he noted.

The Ambassador went on to praise the collaboration of local civil society, government agencies and IOM in their prompt humanitarian and anti-trafficking response in the days and months following the typhoon.

IOM Philippines Chief of Mission Marco Boasso said that IOM has been working in the field of counter-trafficking in the Philippines since 1996. As part of IOM’s migration crisis operational framework, it is a key sector in the agency’s emergency response.

In the year since Haiyan, 1,600 people affected by trafficking have received psychosocial support, while 60,000 more have been given information on legal and other services, through IOM and its partners in government and civil society, he said.

Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Secretary of the Philippines Department for Social Welfare and Development has commended IOM and the US J/TIP for their efforts in protecting the most vulnerable in Haiyan-affected areas.

For more information, please contact Romina (Beng) Sta. Clara at IOM Philippines, Email: rstaclara@iom.int, Tel: +63 927 6801202

Philippines: Ilocos Norte youth raise funds for storm victims' education

21 October 2014 - 1:14am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Cherry Joy D. Garma

LAOAG CITY, October 17 (PIA) - The Ilocos Norte provincial government through its youth organization will put up a two-day bazaar beginning Saturday, October 18 to raise funds for the education of students who were victims of Typhoon Mario.

The Artisan bazaar, to be supervised by the youth arm ‘Sirib Express,’ calls netizens to take part by donating their used clothing, shoes, and accessories, among others, which will then be sold to patrons.

Joaz Lagundino, Sirib coordinator, said the organization aims to raise P250,000 as an initial amount to bankroll the provincial government's Student Loan Program.

“The Sirib Express eyes to help at least 100 students this coming semester,” Lagundino said.

Each student may loan an initial amount of P2,500 with zero interest payable in November .

On Saturday, an online portal of the “Artisan Bazaar” will also be launched as its continuing project. Items that will be unsold during the two-day bazaar will be made available in the online store.

Some 1,000 pairs of sunglasses from ramp model Georgina Wilson’s Sunnies Inc. collection were donated for the bazaar.

Earlier this year the province’s youth organization launched a “Sirib Biz” program where online businesses were gathered together in one roof for a day of sale. (MCA/CDG,PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)

Philippines: Beneficiaries perceive brighter future in Habitat for Humanity villages

21 October 2014 - 1:08am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

BY: VENUS L. GARCIA

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA) – The beneficiaries of the Butuan Habitat for Humanity housing projects in Barangays Loyola and Talisay in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur bared in particular that their access to decent shelter gave them the hope to coexist through an improved way of living and by worrying no more the obstacle of dealing housing crisis.

Former barangay captain Leonor Dinagay, a beneficiary and resident of Brgy Loyola said that he personally appealed to the local government of Hinatuan that the community living in coastal area be relocated at a safer and higher ground.

“We were thankful that they have addressed our concern. By then, the Butuan Habitat for Humanity (BHFH) began facilitating and constructing the ‘starter shelters’ that basically include building of structure’s foundation, four concrete columns and flooring,” described Dinagay.

There are 320 recipients (280 in Brgy. Loyola and 40 in Brgy. Talisay) of the housing project funded by San Miguel Foundation under the disaster response program of Habitat for Humanity.

“Aside from donors and local government officials, another group of partner is the Brgy. Loyola Dream Housing Cooperative which is instrumental in organizing people especially in motivating beneficiaries to do their part. Habitat for Humanity as implementing partner and facilitator ensures that mandates such as safe and healthy living environment is available for all,” mentioned Habitat for Humanity head of regional operations in Davao and Caraga, Atty. Abdussador Sawadjaan, Jr.

When asked about livelihood programs for the Habitat communities, Sawadjaan assured that a 3,000 sq.m. functional garden is ready for them to till and eventually yield vegetable produce.

Bonifacia Bughaw, vice president of Brgy. Loyola Dream Housing Cooperative expressed her gratitude to the stakeholders. “The members of our cooperative were grateful for the support given to us by BHFH. They truly understand our needs and right for a safe and secure place of dwelling. I hope that more members can avail and benefit from this project,” she said.

Meanwhile, the construction of 40 Habitat units situated at Brgy. Talisay is also on-going. Its former barangay captain, Ruel Villanueva who also manages the activities of his fellow beneficiaries disclosed that relocating them at upper Brgy. Talisay is practically ideal to avoid the harmful threats when they continue to stay at the disaster prone areas of the town.

The Habitat village in Brgy. Talisay already has a birthing clinic and a multi-purpose center donated by Angelo King Foundation, Inc. A water reservoir was also installed for public use once the units are turned-over to the beneficiaries.

Yolanda Espejo, chairperson of the Upper Talisay Housing Cooperative bared that 28 units are underway in addition to the 40 units. “This is really a great opportunity for us to own a decent, durable and affordable house. As members of the cooperative, we agreed to collect a monthly due in the amount of P50 for maintenance expenses,” she added.

By going through the tedious process of acquiring the land and necessary documents, Butuan Habitat for Humanity president Eufroceles Udarbe conveyed that “building these houses gives a message of how difficult it is to acquire a unit but with the essence of team spirit and genuine concern towards our fellowmen anything can be done to help address the inequalities and reduce poverty.”

Benevolent donors who wishes to selflessly contribute are advised to contact Butuan Habitat for Humanity at telephone no. (085) 342-0903 or visit their office at Midtown Arcade, Ochoa Avenue corner J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Philippines: 50 responders finish collapsed structure search and rescue training course

21 October 2014 - 1:06am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY, Oct 18. (PIA) – Some 50 city responders and uniformed men are now more capable and knowledgeable in search and rescue skills after completing the 8-day Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Training Course held in this mountain resort.

From October 6 to 13, at least 50 participants from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council and representatives from other emergency responder groups and agencies such as Bureau of Fire and Protection, Baguio City Police Office, Bureau of Jail and Penology, Baguio City Emergency Management Service (BCEMS), Philippine Military Academy and Baguio City hall employees attended the CSSR Training course to boost the city responders’ capabilities in emergency earthquake scenarios.

The program was spearheaded by the city of Baguio in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera, PMA and the United Nations – World Food Program.

OCD-CAR Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy said that the main objective of the 8-day course is to train target participants with the techniques and methods necessary for searching, locating, stabilizing and extricating victims trapped in collapsed structures, using the safest and most appropriate procedures for the rescuer as well as the victims.

The training course included lessons on organizing and starting a CSSR operation; construction materials, structures and damage types; Structural Triage and the INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) Marketing System; Operational Safety; Search and Location Techniques; Tools, equipment and accessories; Rescue strategies and techniques; Shoring methods; Lifting and Stabilizing loads; Pre-hospital treatment; and final practice exercise.

The City of Baguio was devastated by a killer earthquake in 1990 and it can affect us again, and the training course will be very useful when another earthquake hits Baguio City, Uy said.

“Big scenario on earthquake may level down all our resources to zero and the impact of earthquake would be high particularly to a highly urbanized city such as Baguio and it is important for the city to invest on the trainings and equipments used during disaster and emergencies, he added.

During the last day of the CSSR training course, participants underwent final practical exercise with a collapsed building scenario. It included rescuing two victims trapped inside a collapsed structure where in the trainees break into walls made from different materials such as concrete, wood, brick and other light materials.

The participants also got to use the new disaster and emergency equipment of the city government thru the funding of the UN-WFP amounting to P3 Million to enhance the DRRM of the city of Baguio.

“Nakita natin na na absorb nila ng maayos yung training or tinuro sa kanila and dito na nga yung application and nakikita na natin na successful ito and sana tuloy tuloy na rin and supporta ng mga local government unit sa pag-implement ng ganitong technical training para sa mga capacity ng local emergency response team,” Uy remarked.

Uy said that this is the first CSSR training course and the OCD will be conducting other set of trainings for the different local government units in order for them to enhance their DRRM personnel, equipment and plans as well.

“It is our objective to develop local responders, dedicated trained and well equipped on CSSR operation that is ready for emergency mobilization,” he said.(JDP/ Redjie Melvic Cawis & Hanah Fabia- UB Intern, PIA-CAR)

Philippines: Guv says Benguet people more ready for disaster

21 October 2014 - 12:48am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 19(PIA) -- As the province of Benguet commemorated the fifth anniversary of typhoon Pepeng on October 9, Governor Nestor Fongwan said that the people of Benguet are more prepared for calamity.

Fongwan said that after the Little Kibungan tragedy in barangay Puguis this town, that left at least 70 dead and several families homeless, and the other major disasters that occurred in the province, people in Benguet are now more conscious of their environment during calamities.

“Benguet people are more aware of their surroundings, they learn to take care of nature and they now pay attention to announcements of the local government units during disaster,” he said.

He also bared that the province has focused on upholding disaster preparedness and awareness among stakeholders with the mission of establishing safe and resilient communities. He added that they have invested on trainings needed by the responders from the provincial level down to barangay level for disaster preparedness.

The various local government units through their Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) have also conducted various activities such as DRRM trainings, summits, drills and orientations for various audience including schools and offices to make then ready and prepared during disasters.

The provincial government thru the private sector partners has also invested on some emergency and disaster equipment.

On October 9, the community of Sitio Little Kibungan in Puguis, La Trinidad held a holy mass for the people who perished during the 2009 Typhoon Pepeng tragedy. The families and relatives lighted 77 candles representing the individuals who died that time.

Families affected during the tragedy are still appealing for help from the local and national government for their relocation site.

According to Fongwan, the provincial government is fastracking the negotiations between the municipal government of La Trinidad and the Benguet State University at the area identified thru a Presidential Proclamation in Tawang, La Trinidad. (JDP/Redjie Melvic Cawis & UB Interns PIA-CAR)

Philippines: LGU-Tacurong pledges to push WaSH strategies

21 October 2014 - 12:40am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Danilo E. Doguiles

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat, Oct 20 (PIA) -- The city government here has vowed to instutionalize the WaSH strategies of the United Nations Children’s Fund and promote the advocacy of the Single Drop for Safe Water (SDSW).

WaSH, which stands for water, sanitation and hygiene, is a strategy of UNICEF which aims to mobilize community leaders and members to ensure that problems on water sanitation and hygiene are not left on sidelines.

Through WaSH, UNICEF wants to reduce by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation based on the Millennium Development Goal Target 10 and to ensure that all schools have adequate child-friendly water and sanitation facilities, and hygiene education program.

The same objectives are being embraced by the SDSW.

UNICEF and SDSW have started this program in Sultan Kudarat in 2012 with a signing of a memorandum of agreement for a 5-year partnership to pilot WaSH strategies in the provinces coastal towns of Kalamansig and Lebak.

“This year, we are very eager to facilitate WaSH efforts in the remaining municipalities and city in Sultan Kudarat,” said Estelita dela Cruz, SDSW facilitator.

Having been committed to this advocacy, LGU-Tacurong City is bound to strengthen and sustain its programs that would provide clean and safe water for and with the communities.

On October 13 to 15, SDSW conducted WaSH orientation for the LGUs of Sultan Kudarat in Tacurong City.

Participants included LGU WaSH task forces who will ensure that issues on water and sanitation are addressed in in their respective localities.

Each task force was created through an executive order issued by the mayor. Core members of each task force include personnel from LGU’s health, environment, budget, treasury, and Sanggunian office as well as barangay leaders and health workers.

SDSW aims to capacitate WaSH Task Forces for effective and efficient data gathering and planning for strategic solutions that will address water problems in communities.

After the orientation, participants were deployed to Tacurong City’s WaSH pilot sites to apply what they have learned.

Among their tasks were to identify water concerns and issues through focus group discussions, household interviews and to assess water sanitation facilities in the area. SDSW assisted them throughout the process.

Ideally, WaSH task forces of other LGUs will have to do the same in their respective areas once they get back to their communities.

Results of this data gathering process will be validated by community members during a general assembly.

After issues and concerns are identified and validated, the task force will determine the possible solutions.

"SDSW can help LGUs in formulating project proposals and in lobbying for funds from different organizations," dela Cruz said.