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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 10 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Southwest Monsoon (HABAGAT)

16 August 2016 - 9:43pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 08 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon and Western Visayas. On 09 August 2016, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) located at Aparri, Cagayan enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which brought moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, CALABARZON, and the Provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

At 10.00 AM, 10 August 2016. the LPA continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon. Moderate to heavy rains was experienced over CALABARZON and Ilocos Region, and in the Provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan.

The LPA at Itbayat, Batanes exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 11 August 2016 but continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.

On 12-14 August 2016, the Southwest Monsoon continued to bring light to heavy rains with isolated thunderstorms over Luzon and Western Visayas.

At 5:00 AM, 17 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon. Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over Ilocos region and the provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac and Pampanga. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms is expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

World: World – Severe weather events – ECHO Daily Map | 16/08/2016

16 August 2016 - 8:43pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: Philippines, Sudan, World

SUDAN

• Heavy rain has continued to affect several areas of the country over the last week causing more floods.

• According to media reports, as well as of 16 August, 23 people have been killed, 31 have been injured and over 1 970 houses have been damaged in El Gezira state as well as traffic disruptions in North Darfur and South Darfur state.

• Over the next 24 h moderate rain may affect the central and the south-eastern areas of the country, including the ones already affected.

ERSAD, NOAA, Local Media

PHILIPPINES

• Heavy rain has continued to affect several areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.

• According to local media report, as of 16 August, at least five people have been killed, seven have gone missing, over 20 000 have been displaced and several houses have been damaged in Luzon.

• Over the next 24 h moderate to locally heavy rain may affect the country, including the areas already affected.

NDRRMC, PNA, PAGASA, WMO, Local Media

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 09 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Southwest Monsoon (HABAGAT)

16 August 2016 - 8:15pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 08 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon and Western Visayas. On 09 August 2016, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) located at Aparri, Cagayan enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which brought moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, (locos Region, CALABARZON, and the Provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

At 10:00 AM, 10 August 2016, the LPA continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon. Moderate to heavy rains was experienced over CALABARZON and (locos Region, and in the Provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan.

The LPA at ltbayat, Batanes exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 11 August 2016 but continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.

On 12-14 August 2016, the Southwest Monsoon continued to bring light to heavy rains with isolated thunderstorms over Luzon and Western Visayas. At 5:00 PM, 16 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon. Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over (locos region and the provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac and Pampanga. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms is expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of the country.

Orange Rainfall Warning is raised over Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales while Yellow Rainfall Warning is raised over Metro Manila, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Bulacan at 8:00 PM, 16 August 2016.

World: La Niña: Early warning – early action analysis for a potential La Niña in 2016 – 2017 Revised edition (August 2016) Update #2

16 August 2016 - 4:17pm
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uruguay, World

What is La Niña?

La Niña is the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every three to five years, lasting from six to 24 months. On average, half of El Niño events are followed by a La Niña, which typically affects global climate patterns in the opposite way El Niño does. The intensity of the La Niña climatic phenomenon generally peaks between October and January

Purpose of this report

The aim of this report is to:
(a) consolidate information on La Niña’s potential impacts on agriculture and food security, specifically in the regions which are now dealing with the consequences of El Niño; and
(b) provide early action recommendations in the agriculture sector to either reap the beneficial outcomes of La Niña, or prevent, mitigate and prepare for its negative effects.

What is the current forecast for La Niña?

Current forecasts indicate that the onset of a La Niña episode may start between August and October 2016 and there is a 55 to 60 percent chance that it would persist until the beginning of 2017.The timing of a La Niña onset is key to determine how its consequences will impact on agriculture.

What are the main consequences of La Niña for agriculture and food security?

A La Niña phenomena generally affects the same regions that are impacted by El Niño, with opposite climatic consequences. Areas which experienced dry conditions (below-average rainfall and/or increased temperature) during El Niño, for instance, tend to receive above-average rainfall and in some cases cooler temperatures.

While the climatic phenomenon usually peaks in intensity between October and January, changes to climatic patterns and their related impacts on food security and agriculture can happen both before and after the peak. It is possible that La Niña could develop as early as August, in which case it might already start affecting the growing seasons in some parts of the world from September 2016.

The consequences of La Niña on agriculture and food security can be both positive and negative. The positive effects derive from the increased likelihood of above-average rainfall which could improve pasture and crop yields. At the same time, if the above-average rainfall results in flooding, then clearly the results may be negative as in this case there is an increased incidence of seeds being washed away, landslides, crops destroyed and livestock morbidity and mortality. Since La Niña would most likely impact regions that have already been affected by El Niño, the food security situation could further deteriorate and protract into 2018. In the event of a “positive” La Niña, it is important to highlight that the actual full effect of above-average rainfall will not be felt until the next harvest – i.e. the end of 2016 (if La Niña comes early) or by mid-2017 (if La Niña occurs later).

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: Weather Advisory No. 09 for Southwest Monsoon

16 August 2016 - 4:27am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW:

• The Southwest Monsoon will continue to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the llocos Region and over the provinces of Benguet, Zambales and Bataan. Residents in these areas are advised to keep monitoring and be alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

• Light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms is expected to prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

• Meanwhile, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 1360km East of Baler, Aurora (14.7°N, 134.2°E).

Philippines: Philippines: DA sec says 6-month buffer stock of food needed for disaster preparedness

16 August 2016 - 4:21am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) – The government should at least keep a buffer stock of food good for six months to ensure that the country will have enough food reserves in times of calamities. Department of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol pointed this out during the Green Convergence State of the Convergence State of Nature Assessment (Green SONA) event held at Silliman University recently which was attended by representatives of various sectors in the province. Piñol’s topic was Philippine agriculture amid climate change wherein he shared to his audience some of the climate change adaptation measures which his department will implement. The agricultural secretary also stressed that “Self-reliance and self-sufficiency are the battle cries of the day.”

To achieve this, the country must attain food sufficiency in rice, corn, livestock and poultry and then maintain a buffer stock of food. Piñol disclosed he told President Rodrigo Duterte on this and he assured the latter that it will be his priority to make sure that there is a full supply of food for six months to assure the people that there will be enough food during disasters. “Today, our rice buffer stock is only good for three months. Our problem is, what will happen if an eight-month El Niño would hit the country?,” Piñol said. To address this, the DA official proposed a Rice Productivity Enhancement program, part of which is the review of the country’s irrigation and water management policies. Piñol said he aims to have irrigation systems that will not harm the mountains and would be operational within six months to one year so that the target for food production will be realized. Another measure is the conduct of nationwide soil analysis. “We would like to guide the Filipino farmer by telling him what kind of soil he has in his backyard so that he will be fully guided in planting what kind of crop,” he stressed.

Aside from this he also proposed that there should be effective soil rehabilitation and fertilization program, extensive program to improve rice farming technologies through sharing of farmers best practices. Piñol also shared the challenge of the Department of Agriculture under the current administration is more on food production particularly in the readiness and preparedness to face the unpredictability of climate. He noted that climate change and its negative effects El Niño and La Niña are real challenges and the country must adjust in order to survive. “There are fundamental policy changes which the DA will have to adopt. The DA is staking a proactive stance, unlike before, we no longer ignore the warnings,” he said. “La Niña preparedness is a must, it’s no longer a choice,” Piñol pointed out. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross responds to dengue upsurge in CAR

15 August 2016 - 10:55pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

As the increasing cases of dengue continuously sweep the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Philippine Red Cross (PRC) extended their response through conducting their Basic Health and Care Unit (BHCU) operation to aid the dengue patients last July 30 in La Trinidad, Benguet.

According to the Department of Health – CAR data, Benguet has already increased three-fold from 2015’s record of 260 cases to a total of 1,890 cases starting from January to June 26, 2016. Death cases from the municipality of La Trinidad and Tuba have also been reported this year – five from La Trinidad and one from Tuba, respectively.

In response to the rising dengue cases and the lack of medical facilities in the province, PRC in coordination with the local government unit of the municipality has set up a BHCU that served as an extension ward of the Benguet General Hospital and Dengue Emergency Fast Lane.

The team installed a ward extension with a 20-bed capacity for suspected patients and another 10-bed capacity that is expandable to 12-bed capacity was also put up for pediatric and observation dengue patients. Moreover to ensure a systematic operation and enough medical supplies, they put up an area for storage and administration, as well.

A team composed of two technicians and two nurses together with Health in Disasters and Emergencies (HIDE) officers will be able to monitor the BHCU.

As of August 3, PRC’s BHCU is serving one patient at their recovery room and five patients confined at their Medical/Pedia Ward.

Efforts began as early as January this year to address the dengue upsurge. PRC chapters – Benguet, Kalinga and Apayao Sub-Chapter, conducted a community mobilization in coordination with the local government unit officials from Itogon and Sablan to prioritize and cover affected areas.

The Benguet Chapter also seeks partnership to different private organizations and companies such as HedCor Inc. and San Roque Power Corporation to support their Dengue Community mobilization to different affected municipalities.

Senator Richard Gordon, PRC CEO and chairman, immediately urged the chapters to remain vigilant and to mobilize all resources needed. PRC deployed two Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WaSH) personnel from PRC La Union and Pangasinan Chapters who led the Red Cross 143 volunteers in conducting a Dengue Prevention sessions and provided Dengue Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials to different barangays.

“Everyday, we closely monitor the areas affected of the dengue upsurge and activated our RC 143 volunteers for standby blood donors in case needed. We encourage the public to donate blood to the PRC or other collecting blood agencies to help the dengue patients when it comes to blood transfusion,” plead Chairman Gordon.

Furthermore, Chairman Gordon alerted other Red Cross Chapters for a possible raise in dengue cases in their respective communities. “I ask our chapters nationwide to constantly monitor their area and immediately report to our Operations Center at the national headquarters in case there is dengue upsurge or any disease outbreaks that would require our assistance,” stated Chairman Gordon.

Chairman Gordon also advises the public to be more informed in terms of health awareness to avoid any harmful diseases and virus outbreaks.

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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 08 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Southwest Monsoon (HABAGAT)

15 August 2016 - 9:25pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Situation Overview

Since 08 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

On 09 August 2016, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) located at Aparri, Cagayan enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which brought moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, and the Provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

The LPA at Itbayat, Batanes exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 11 August 2016 but continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.

On 12-14 August, the Southwest Monsoon continued to bring light to heavy rains with isolated thunderstorms over Luon and Western Visayas.

At 4:00 AM, 16 August 2016, a Low Pressure Area was located at 800 KM East of Baler, Aurora. Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon will continue to affect Luzon and monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides are expected over Ilocos Region and in the Provinces of Benguet, Zambales, and Bataan.

Yellow Rainfall Warning is raised over Zambales, Bataan, and Pampanga at 5:00 AM, 16 August 2016, and light to moderate with occasional heavy rains is expected over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, and Quezon.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 07 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Southwest Monsoon (HABAGAT)

15 August 2016 - 3:50pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines
Situation Overview

Since 08 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

On 09 August 2016, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) located at Aparri, Cagayan enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which brought moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, and the Provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

The LPA at Itbayat, Batanes exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 11 August 2016 but continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.

On 12-14 August, the Southwest Monsoon continued to bring light to heavy rains with isolated thunderstorms over Luon and Western Visayas.

At 4:00 PM, 15 August 2016, a Low Pressure Area was spotted at 890 East of Baler, Aurora. Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon will continue to affect Luzon and monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides are expected over Ilocos Region and in the Provinces of Benguet, Zambales, and Bataan. Moreover, the Heavy Rainfall Warning over Zambales and Bataan are terminated. However, thunderstorm is still expected over Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija.

World: Mujeres en grupos armados y fuerzas combatientes: Lecciones aprendidas desde perspectivas de género en programas de DDR

15 August 2016 - 2:14pm
Source: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre Country: Angola, Burundi, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone, World

Resumen ejecutivo:

A pesar de su implicación en el apoyo estratégico, material y logístico, así como en el combate, los roles de “soldado” y “víctima” están definidos de manera restringida para las mujeres en los programas posconflicto. La mayoría de programas de desarme, desmovilización y reintegración (DDR) abordan de manera limitada las cuestiones específicas relativas a las mujeres combatientes. El diseño de programas de DDR sensibles al género debe estar unido al proceso de paz en su conjunto, desde las negociaciones de paz hasta el mantenimiento de la paz, y debe continuar con actividades de construcción de paz. Esto incluye cuestiones como identificar a las mujeres y establecer los criterios apropiados para entrar en los procesos de DDR; comprender las cuestiones relativas a la identidad y los obstáculos para la participación política de las mujeres en el posconflicto; dirigirse a las mujeres como unidades más amplias con sus hijos y parejas en vez de como meramente individuos; abordar las necesidades de salud y psicosociales de las mujeres; y sensibilizar sobre las cuestiones particulares de las dimensiones de género de la violencia y las dificultades de la aceptación comunitaria. Este informe destaca lecciones aprendidas sobre enfoques de género en los procesos de DDR y señala que en lo que concierne a la implementación territorial, las comisiones nacionales de DDR deberían ser alentadas a trabajar estrechamente con entidades gubernamentales al cargo de los asuntos de género y de las mujeres, y – especialmente allí donde los gobiernos son responsables total o parcialmente del proceso de DDR – con las redes de mujeres constructoras de paz que pueden servir de puente en la transición a la vida civil y facilitar la reintegración social, política y económica.

Indonesia: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 08 - 14 August 2016

15 August 2016 - 8:23am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Philippines, Viet Nam

INDONESIA

  • Strong wind damaged 27 houses in Bintan, Riau archipelago. Another incident also happened in South Lampung, Lampung Province where 42 houses were reportedly damaged.

  • Mt. Dukono has erupted and affected many people in North Maluku. The local authority reported that 14,000 people were affected by the ash fall.

  • Flood inundated houses in Ciamis, West Java Provinces. 250 houses were (estimated) inundated.

VIET NAM

  • Due to the high intensity of rainfall, several villages in Viet Nam experienced flood and landslides. Based on the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control report, seven people were died and 101 houses were damaged due to the flood and landslide in Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Ha Thin and Son La Provinces.

PHILIPPINES

  • The Southwest Monsoon has triggered several incidents of flooding, landslide and tornado. 80,467 people were reportedly affected in the Region III, VI, CALABARZON, NCR and NIR.

Philippines: CRDRRMC cautions public on possible effects of Monsoon rains

15 August 2016 - 7:52am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reminds the public to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures against possible landslides or flashfloods with continuing monsoon rains.

In the CRDRRMC “Habagat” Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting at the Office of Civil Defense Operations Center today, PAGASA Baguio meteorologists Danny Galati affirmed that the enhanced Southwest Monsoon is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains until Friday especially in the Baguio – Benguet area.

DENR Mines and Geo – Science Bureau Regional Director Faye Apil, in the same meeting, disclosed that the continuous rains over the weekend already loosened the soil and if monsoon rains persist this week, the soil will be saturated and may cause landslides.

The rains in the mountains and watersheds of Cordillera will go down to the water tributaries and may cause flash floods on low lying areas or communities within riverbanks.

Meanwhile, DPWH Assistant Regional Director Albert Gahid reported that all national roads leading to Baguio are open but for safety purposes, he advised motorists to take Marcos Highway. It is the standard operating procedure of DPWH to temporarily close the Kennon Road which has open/close status, when there is a two-hour continuous rain due to high possibility of soil and rock slides.

Except for the Gurel – Bokod – Kabayan,Buguias, Abatan Road in Benguet with KO353 + 360 Toking Buguias blocked by falling debris, all national roads in the region are open. The Baguio – Benguet – Nueva Viscaya road has a one lane passable along KO 314 + 600 in Pacac Pito Bokod due to landslide.

Given the weather outlook, CRDRRMC chair and OCD Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy informed that the Operation Center will maintain the Blue Alert status. He also called on all the council member agencies to help intensify information dissemination of early warning, safety advisories and precautionary measures especially in flood and landslide prone communities, former landslide sites, tourists destinations and small scale mining areas.

Aside from DPWH and MGB, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, Police Regional Office Cordillera, Armed Forces of the Philippines also reported their respective preparedness activities in the PDRA meeting. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

Myanmar: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 August 2016)

15 August 2016 - 4:51am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste

MYANMAR

Since the end of July, more than 422,000 people across Myanmar have been displaced by monsoon flooding. As flood waters recede, affected communities are beginning to return home. Local and regional governments continue to lead the response in collaboration with national partners and the private sector.
International organizations are providing targeted assistance upon the request of authorities, particularly for additional food supplies. To date, no major gaps have been identified.

422,000 people displaced

Laboratory tests have confirmed a measles outbreak in the Naga Self-Administered Zone, near the north western border with India. It is suspected that the outbreak is responsible for the deaths of 38 children.
The Ministry of Health has mobilized response teams to investigate and respond to the incident, supported by WHO and UNICEF. Containment zones have been established and a mass vaccination campaign is planned targeting all children in the affected areas.

BANGLADESH

An estimated 3.7 million people across 19 districts have been affected by floods which began around 19 July – Jamalpur, Kurigram, Sirajgonj, Tangail and Gaibanda are the worst hit districts. The Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) estimates that at least 1 million people are in need of immediate assistance.
The HCTT agreed to focus response operations for the next three months in the five worst affected districts. A multi-sector rapid needs analysis identified water, sanitation and food as immediate needs.

TIMOR-LESTE

An estimated 120,000 people in the municipalities of Lautém, Viqueue, Baucau and Covalima and the Oecusse Special Economic Zone remain severely affected by the 2015 to 2016 El Niño event. In 2016, cereal crop production is projected to be around 70,000 tonnes, falling short of the annual need of 258,000 tonnes. A weak La Niña event may also develop in the third quarter of 2016 which could further strain the resources of already vulnerable rural households. Food, water and sanitation, health, nutrition, livelihood and education support remain priority needs.

120,000 people affected

PHILIPPINES

The southwest monsoon continues to affect the western regions of the Philippines. As of 15 August, 19,400 families (about 80,500 people) across five regions have been affected. A total of 104 evacuation centres are currently hosting 11,090 families (50,600 people). Five people are reported dead and six people injured. The Philippine Army and the Department of Social Welfare and Development have distributed relief goods to affected families. The Philippine government, private sector, and NGOs remain on alert to support evacuation and relief distributions as needed.

80,500 people affected

Philippines: Bayanihan after Typhoon Haiyan: Are we romanticising an indigenous coping strategy?

15 August 2016 - 2:36am
Source: ODI - Humanitarian Practice Network Country: Philippines

By Yvonne Su and Ladylyn Lim Mangada

Narratives of disasters are full of binaries – victim/survivor, vulnerability/resilience and devastation/recovery. Immediately after a disaster, there are stories of destruction and death. But as people start to recover, victims become survivors, and vulnerability exists alongside community and individual resilience. The Philippines – a country well-versed in this exercise and known for its vulnerability as well as its resilience – experienced Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda), the strongest storm to have made landfall in reported history, on 8 November 2013. Despite the high level of devastation, the overriding impression, from media coverage, government officials, NGO reports and general sentiment – was one of resilience. A report by the Philippines Humanitarian Country Team in August 2014 (nine months after the typhoon) noted:

“Self-recovery efforts by affected communities, combined with a scaling up of government-led interventions and effective national and international humanitarian efforts, have led to a significant reduction in the level of humanitarian needs … [and] many sectors are already well into the recovery phase on the ground.”

The common explanation for these early self-recovery efforts is the Filipino principle of bayanihan (collective cooperation), which is commonly evoked after major disasters by NGOs, governments and the media to demonstrate the resilience of the Filipino people. But what is the bayanihan spirit, and does this indigenous principle really serve to increase community resilience in the modern age? Drawing on fieldwork in the province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan, we argue that, while bayanihan was once a principle that was believed to be upheld by the whole community, its contemporary expression is often on a much smaller scale, from neighbour to neighbour, and only for a brief period during crises. Moreover, we argue that, despite its popular use after disasters, calling on communities to evoke bayanihan is often an inadequate answer to the need for collective action that commonly exists in post-disaster recovery. As such, we call for a more critical examination of the potential and limitations of bayanihan as a post-disaster coping mechanism in the Philippines. In addition, echoing the concerns of others, we caution against the romanticisation and over-reliance of bayanihan and other indigenous Filipino coping strategies as a source of post-disaster community resilience, particularly if doing so shifts the pressure away from government institutions with formal responsibilities.

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Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 06 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Southwest Monsoon (HABAGAT)

15 August 2016 - 12:53am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 08 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

On 09 August 2016, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) located at Aparri, Cagayan enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which brought moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, llocos Region, CALABARZON, and the Provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

At 10:00 AM, 10 August 2016, the LPA continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.
Moderate to heavy rains was experienced over CALABARZON and llocos Region, and in the Provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan.

The LPA at ltbayat, Batanes exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 11 August 2016 but continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.

Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over Metro Manila, llocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro. Occasional rains will prevail over Western Vlsayas, rest of Central Luzon and the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, Rizal and Palawan. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms Is expected over the rest of Luzon and Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

At 4:00 AM, 15 August 2016, Yellow Rainfall Warning is raised in the Provinces of Zambales, and Bataan, in which flooding in low lying areas may still prevail over these areas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains is expected over Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Bulacan which may persist for 2-3 hours.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 05 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Southwest Monsoon (HABAGAT)

15 August 2016 - 12:46am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

Since 08 August 2016, Southwest Monsoon is affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

On 09 August 2016, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) located at Aparri, Cagayan enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which brought moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, (locos Region, CALABARZON, and the Provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

At 10:00 AM, 10 August 2016, the LPA continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon. Moderate to heavy rains was experienced over CALABARZON and !locos Region, and in the Provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan.

The LPA at Itbayat, Batanes exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 11 August 2016 but continued to enhance the Southwest Monsoon.

Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over Metro Manila and the Provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, and Mindoro. Occasional rains will prevail over Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Western Visayas, rest of Central Luzon and the Provinces of Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, and Palawan. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms is expected over the rest of Luzon and Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

At 7:00 PM, 14 August 2016, Yellow Rainfall Warning is raised in the Provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, Bataan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan, in which flooding in low lying areas may still prevail over these areas.

Meanwhile, thunderstorm is affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, and Quezon which may persist within 3 hours. Light to moderate rains is expected over Cavite, Laguna, Batangas within the next 3 hours.

Philippines: Dengue cases in Bulacan down by 43 percent

15 August 2016 - 12:36am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MALOLOS CITY, August 15 (PIA) -- Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Provincial Public Health Office noted a 43% decrease in reported dengue cases in Bulacan compared to the same period last year.

Dengue Surveillance of PESU accounted 1,319 cases from January 1- July 30 2016 that were gathered from different Disease Reporting Units compared to 2,333 dengue cases in 2015.

With this, Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado reminded Bulakenyos not to be complacent but to continue cleaning their surroundings and be more vigilant when it comes to dengue symptoms.

Based on the PESU records, municipalities and cities with the highest number of reported cases were Plaridel with 152, San Miguel with 141, City of San Jose del Monte with 113, City of Malolos with 99 and Baliuag and Santa Maria with 90. (CLJD/VFC-PIA 3)

Philippines: DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo visits ‘Habagat’ evacuees in Brgy. Silangan, Quezon City

15 August 2016 - 12:32am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Aug. 15 - DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo proceeded to Barangay Silangan in Quezon City to visit and personally check on the condition of Habagat evacuees at the Geronimo Covered Court evacuation center.

Sec. Taguiwalo was pleased to see that the evacuation center was properly managed by the Quezon City Social Welfare and Development Office together with volunteers from the bagong Silangan Disaster Rescue Team, a non-government organization based in the community, as well as members of the Parent-Teachers Association of Barangay Silangan Elementary School.

In a brief engagement with the volunteers, headed by Lalaine Belara, Sec. Taguiwalo lauded the partnership of the groups managing the evacuation center for ensuring that the food, security, and other needs of the evacuees are being addressed.

The evacuation center is currently serving 290 families or 1,442 individuals who came from 15 areas around Barangay Silangan. The families evacuated to the covered court yesterday evening after their areas were declared danger zones with the increasing water level of the nearby river.

All in all there are 39 evacuation centers in Metro Manila, 17 of which are in Quezon City with 9 in Barangay Silangan.

“Ipagpatuloy natin ang pagtutulungan para sa ating mga kababayang nasalanta ng Habagat. Kayong mga volunteers ang tunay na kaagapay ng ating gobyerno sa pagbibigay ng tunay na malasakit sa mga bikitma ng kalamidad (Let us continue our partnership to help out countrymen who have been affected by the Habagat. You, vounteers, are our valuable partners in providing genuine compassion for victims of disaster),” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

Sec. Taguiwalo assured the volunteers that the DSWD is ready to provide resource and even human resource augmentation assistance when necessary. (DSWD)

Philippines: Five dead, tens of thousands flee Philippine floods

14 August 2016 - 4:02am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 8/14/2016 - 07:22 GMT

Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday.

Civil defence officials warned residents of Manila and nearby provinces to expect more heavy seasonal rain over the coming days as more than 24,000 people sought refuge in schools and government buildings.

"We are expecting more low-lying areas to experience flooding," National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokeswoman Romina Marasigan told AFP.

"Those who are already in evacuation centres should stay there until the weather improves," she added.

Those evacuated include nearly 9,000 Manila residents displaced by flooding from the Marikina River on Saturday.

The council said three Manila slum residents were crushed to death Saturday by walls that collapsed in the floods.

A man drowned crossing a swift-flowing river on the central island of Panay on Wednesday, it said, while the authorities retrieved a body from a Manila canal on Friday -- the cause of death is under investigation.

A fisherman went missing at sea off the central island of Marinduque on Monday, while a man was injured by falling rocks at a highway east of Manila on Friday, it said.

In all, more than 70,000 people have had their houses swamped by floodwaters, the council said, though the majority of residents have remained at home.

The western section of the Philippines has been swamped by heavy rain over the past week, forcing the cancellation of some domestic commercial flights and the suspension of classes.

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Philippines: PRC's Operation Typhoon Hayan builds 2,298 houses

14 August 2016 - 12:43am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

August 12, 2016 Alex A. Lumaque

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Aug. 12 (PIA6) – Two thousand two hundred ninety – eight houses out of the 2,500 target are already built by the ongoing Typhoon Haiyan Operation of the Philippine Red Cross in the province.

“The remaining houses are under construction and up for completion in time for the termination of German and Swiss Red Cross core shelter support by September,” said Typhoon Haiyan Operation in Capiz Shelter Sector Officer Paul Arcenas.

He added that some of the houses were funded by the International Federation of Red Cross, HSBC, Taiwan and Hong Kong Red Cross in identified housing project sites. The PRC’s core shelter assistance is implemented in the identified barangays of Panay, Panit-an, Ivisan, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao and Tapaz towns.

“These houses were designed to withstand strong typhoons,” he noted, adding that the core shelter units are either full wooden or half concrete structures.

Each of the full wooden house costs P80,000.00 to P100,00.00 while a half concrete house ranges from P100,000.00 to P120,000.00.

The Red Cross is among the many international humanitarian organizations which immediately responded to help Capiceños after the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013. (JCM/AAL/PIA6 Capiz)