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Philippines: 'Glenda' victims offered SSS loans, advanced pension payments

21 July 2014 - 1:25am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, July 19 -- Social Secuirity System (SSS) has offered a calamity relief package for members, which allows them to renew their salary loans, avail of house repair loans with easier terms, and advance their pension payments, following the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda on Wednesday, July 16.

SSS Vice President May Catherine Ciriaco, Officer-in-Charge of the SSS Lending and Asset Management Division, in a statement said the SSS calamity relief package is extended to members in areas declared under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which as of 18 July 2014 includes the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Samar, Laguna, Naga City, and the town of Obando in Bulacan.

“This relief assistance was set up to help our members in urgent need of funds during these times,” Ciriaco said. “They can use their loan proceeds and advance pensions for food, safety water, and medicines, and to pay for other expenses resulting from the damages caused by Typhoon Glenda.”

The SSS calamity relief package includes the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP), which enables existing borrowers in affected areas to renew their salary loans ahead of the prescribed period under the regular loan guidelines. Members with sanctions on loan renewal due to their availment of the SSS Loan Penalty Condonation Program are also allowed to apply for SLERP, provided that they live or work in a declared calamity area.

“The SSS will also waive the one-percent service fee charged on salary loan applications, both for new and renewed loans,” Ciriaco said, adding that the same eligibility requirements, interest rate, and repayment terms on salary loans will still apply.

The assistance package also offers qualified SSS pensioners with an option to get in advance their three-month's worth of pension. Availment of advance pension payments requires submission of an application form duly certified by the Barangay Chairman.

“Pensioners may also attach a certification issued by the Barangay Chairman, DSWD, or NDRRMC that attests their residency in the typhoon-affected area. We will only accept applications without any of these certifications if the pensioner's given address is within an officially declared calamity area and it is the same as that in our database,” Ciriaco explained.

The SSS official also said that the regular release of pensions will automatically resume right after the three-month period covered by the advance payments.

Aside from the SLERP and three-month advance pensions, the SSS has also reduced the interest rates for the SSS Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan to six-percent per annum. The service fee is also waived to further help the members who need to rebuild their homes, said Ciriaco.

The deadline of submission of applications under the SSS calamity relief package is onOctober 31, 2014 except for the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan, which is up to one year from issuance of its SS Circular. Application forms are available at SSS branches or may be downloaded from the SSS website (

For SSS members residing in affected areas not yet officially declared in state of calamity, the SSS will update them through a media advisory as soon as the NDRRMC has completed its assessment of damages.(SSS)

Philippines: Dengue vaccine successfully tested, possibly ready for release July 2015

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

MANILA, July 20 -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday revealed that a dengue vaccine, which has been under the first Asian dengue vaccine efficacy trial for more than two years now, showed a promising overall efficacy of 56.5%.

Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona in a statement explained that 56.5% efficacy means that more than half of the subjects did not get dengue compared to the group that did not receive the vaccine.

The study also showed that after three doses, the vaccine reduced the possibility of a subject developing dengue hemorrhagic fever by 88.5%, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria. Also during the observation period, a 67% reduction in the risk of hospitalization due to dengue was observed.

Ona added that the study on the dengue vaccine efficacy was performed in five Asian countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The said study involved 10,275 children (2-14 years old). In the Philippines, there were 3,500 children coming from Cebu and San Pablo.

The measured efficacy of the dengue vaccine during the 25-month observation is consistent across countries and appears to vary by dengue serotypes between 34.7% and 72.4%. Further, the measured efficacy appeared to increase with age, possibly as a marker of prior exposure to dengue.

“These results are of great public health importance due to the high incidence of dengue and its disruptive effect on the health system,” Ona said, adding that this vaccine should significantly contribute to achieving the Global Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control Goals set by the WHO, which is 50% mortality reduction and 25% morbidity reduction by 2020.

This study will be complemented with another similar efficacy study performed in five Latin American countries, namely: Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Peru and Colombia.

Meanwhile, DOH said the number of dengue cases nationwide from January 1 to July 2 of the current year now stands at 31,088. There were 134 deaths recorded. This year’s number of cases is 60.78% lower compared to the same period last year (79,274).

Most of the cases came from Eastern Visayas (3,088), SOCCKSARGEN (3,077), Northern Mindanao (2,894), CALABARZON (2,768), and Davao Region (2,757). The majority (53.58%) of the cases were male. Most (37.08%) of the cases belonged to the 5-14 years age group.

At the National Capital Region, most of the cases are from Manila (414), Quezon City (394), Las Piñas (181), Caloocan (172), Pasig City (156), Parañaque City (155), and Taguig City (136).(

Philippines: US Gov’t, CRS partner to strengthen disaster risk reduction in NCR

21 July 2014 - 12:14am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines, United States of America

MANILA, 21 July (PIA) – The United States Government recently partnered with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to build community resilient to floods and other disaster events in Metro Manila.

The US Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided an additional P107.5 million (US $2.5 million) to CRS for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the Philippines.

The support will provide training and support to communities in 15 high-risk, flood-prone barangays in Metro Manila and nearby province of Rizal, directly benefiting an estimated 43,200 people.

According to U.S. Embassy, CRS will provide training to barangay officials and community members on areas including risk assessment and mapping, participatory disaster risk reduction and management, and contingency planning.

The program will also build community resilience by undertaking preparedness and mitigation projects, such as waterway and community clean-up campaigns and improvements to evacuation centers and early warning systems, helping to lessen the impact of future flood events.

Since 2012, the U.S. Government through USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided nearly P868.6 million (US $20.2 million) for DRR programs in the Philippines. (U.S. Embassy Manila/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

Philippines: DSWD continues rapid assessment in ‘Glenda’-hit areas

21 July 2014 - 12:11am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, July 21 -- Over the last five days of continuous relief operations in areas devastated by Typhoon Glenda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided 41, 642 food packs, 18, 725 additional food items, and 6,345 non-food items in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and the National Capital Region (NCR).

Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams continue to conduct rapid assessment in typhoon-hit areas to determine the extent of damaged and to identify appropriate interventions to be provided to the affected families, DSWD said in a statement.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured that there are enough relief goods to augment the resources of the local government units of affected areas.

DSWD Field Offices were provided a total of P56,603,712.11 standby funds which can be used in the purchase of other emergency relief supplies that may be needed by the affected families.

In NCR, the DSWD has turned GRACES, a center for abandoned older persons, as a temporary warehouse where additional goods are stored.

As of 4 am, Sunday ,1,243 evacuation centers remain open providing temporary shelter to 104,607 families or 520,323 individuals.

DSWD said that majority of the evacuees who remain in the evacuation centers are those whose houses were heavily damaged by the typhoon.

As of Sunday, July 20, totally damaged houses has reached 51,199 while those partially damaged houses has totaled to 181,596 with Southern Luzon reporting the most number. These houses were mostly situated along coastal barangays. (DSWD)

Philippines: PAGASA warns of heavy rains over N. Luzon due to "Henry"

21 July 2014 - 12:07am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Joanne Namnama Parrocha

SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 21 (PIA) - The state weather bureau has alerted residents of heavy rains and strong winds from Typhoon "Henry" (international name: Matmo) which is moving towards extreme northern Luzon.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in Region 1 conducted an emergency meeting on Sunday afternoon and held a pre-disaster risk assessment of Typhoon Henry.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Henry was expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and cause substantial rainfall in Region 1.

Engr. Fredolina Baldonado of Pagasa said Henry was forecasted to hit northern Luzon and bring heavy rains beginning July 22.

On Sunday, “Henry was expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, Dinagat and Siargao Islands, and over the province of Surigao Del Norte,”

Pagasa added that Henry has slowed but kept its course and strength while moving toward extreme northern Luzon.

The eye of the storm was located 420 km east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar as of 10 a.m. Sunday.

Henry, which has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, is expected to move northwest at 13 kph.

It is projected to reach 440 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Monday morning.

Authorities warned residents of affected areas to be alert due to the possibility of flash floods and landslides. (MCA/JNP PIA1-La Union)

Philippines: Philippine typhoon death toll nears 100, new storm brings rains

20 July 2014 - 4:15am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

07/20/2014 03:34 GMT

MANILA, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines rose to 94 -- with six missing -- as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas, authorities said Sunday.

The reports of fatalities came in as repairmen struggled to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of households who have been without power since the storm hit last week.

"The majority of the fatalities are from falling debris and trees while many of the missing are from boats that went out to sea," despite the storm, said Mina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The typhoon has since blown to southern China but a new storm, named Matmo, was packing gusts of 150 kilometres (93 miles) and worsening rainfall in places affected by Rammasun, she told AFP.

Manila Electric Co, the country's largest power distributor, said more than 400,000 homes in the Manila area were still experiencing outages since the first typhoon of the year hit on Wednesday.

The Philippines is struck by about 20 major storms annually, many of them deadly. The Southeast Asian archipelago is often the first major landmass to be struck after storm build above the warm Pacific Ocean waters.

In November Super Typhoon Haiyan unleashed giant seven-metre (23-foot) high storm surges that devastated the coasts of the eastern islands of Samar and Leyte, killing up to 7,300 people in one of the nation's worst ever natural disasters.

There were no immediate reports of damage from Typhoon Matmo which is expected to pass over the northern end of the main Philippine island of Luzon about Tuesday, the government weather station said.


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Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 16 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

19 July 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview


A total of 330,433 families / 1,600,298 persons were affected in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR

Out of the total affected, 97,055 families / 518,764 persons were displaced and served inside 1,264 evacuation centers

*Awaiting submission of updated report from DSWD Dromic


A total of ninty-four (94) persons were reported dead, three hundred seventeen (317) were injured and six (6) are still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VIII and NCR

Philippines: Malacanang asks the public to brace for typhoon 'Henry'

19 July 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, July 20 -- Typhoon Henry will hit the Visayas region with a projected entry through Guiuan, Eastern Samar, a Palace official said on Sunday.

In a press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) warned that the typhoon will be 370 kilometer from Eastern Samar by Sunday night.

“Ang bagyong ‘Henry’ ay nagtataglay ng hangin na aabot sa 120 kilometro bawat oras malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na 150 kilometro bawat oras,” said Coloma.

Heavy rain is expected with thunder storms in Eastern Samar, island of Siargao and Surigao del Norte as Typhoon Henry makes landfall.

Coloma also said that the storm may cause flash floods and landslides and warned fishermen to refrain from heading to sea particularly in the eastern part of the country.

“Ipinaaalala rin sa mga mangingisda na huwag nang maglayag mula sa mga silangang baybayin patungong karagatan ng Bicol, Visayas, at Mindanao,” said Coloma.

China: Tropical storm Matmo: past and forecast track (last updated on 19 Jul, 2014 7:48 GMT)

19 July 2014 - 7:32am
Source: Tropical Storm Risk Country: China, Philippines preview

Philippines: Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens

18 July 2014 - 11:55pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

07/19/2014 03:48 GMT

MANILA, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - The disaster-weary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said.

While Tropical Storm Matmo was not forecast to hit the main island of Luzon, the weather service warned it would still bring heavy rains to the area over the weekend, along with the threat of flash floods or landslides.

"(Matmo) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility. We should get ready now before the heavy rains fall," President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a warning broadcast over government radio.

The threat from Matmo came as the country picked up the pieces from Rammasun, the first major storm of the wet season and the deadliest since Super Typhoon Haiyan killed about 7,300 people in November last year.

Rammasun sliced across the country's economic heartland including Manila on Tuesday, killing 77 people and wrecking more than 111,000 homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in an updated tally.

The death toll had stood at 54 dead a day earlier, before casualty reports from remote areas came in.

Power was restored to most of Manila, a sprawling metropolis of more than 12 million people, overnight Friday, according to the regional utility Manila Electric Co.

However, it warned that power cuts of up to five hours a day would continue across the capital as it rations limited supply, with a number of generating plants still cut off from the grid.

The government said it would take a few more days to repair thousands of power pylons and downed transmission lines across the industrial provinces south of Manila and the impoverished Bicol agricultural region to the southeast.

Matmo was about 600 kilometres (380) miles off the eastern island of Samar on Saturday morning with maximum gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour, the state weather service said.

It was forecast to head northeast, skirting Luzon before hitting the sparsely populated Batan island group between Luzon and Taiwan early Tuesday.

The Philippines endures about 20 cyclones each year.

Rammasun was meanwhile lashing southern China's Guangxi region bordering Vietnam Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometres an hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

It is forecast to weaken into a tropical storm on Sunday and dissolve into a low-pressure area on Monday as it tracks the China-Vietnam border.


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Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 15 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

18 July 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview


A total of 330,433 families / 1,600,298 persons were affected in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR

Out of the total affected, 97,055 families / 518,764 persons were displaced and served inside 1,264 evacuation centers

*(Awaiting submission of updated report from DSWD Dromic)


A total of eighty-nine (89) persons were reported dead, three hundred and eight (308) were injured and seven (7) are still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VIII and NCR

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 14 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

18 July 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview


A total of 330,433 families / 1,600,298 persons were affected in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR

Out of the total affected, 97,055 families / 518,764 persons were displaced and served inside 1,264 evacuation centers


A total of seventy-seven (77) persons were reported dead, two hundred and twenty (220) were injured and five (5) are still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII and NCR

Philippines: Emergency shipment headed to the Philippines

18 July 2014 - 4:19pm
Source: AmeriCares Country: Philippines

AmeriCares is sending emergency medical aid to the Philippines where Typhoon Rammasun destroyed homes, displaced thousands of families and left millions without power. The storm, which battered Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island, on Tuesday, comes as the disaster-prone country is still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan in November.

Rammasun, known locally as Typhoon Glenda, battered the island nation with wind gusts up to 115 mph and drenching rain. More than 60 storm-related deaths were reported as of Friday morning.

Our emergency response and recovery coordinator in the Philippines was immediately dispatched to assess the health needs in Quezon province south of Manila, and has been working closely with a partner organization in country to distribute medicines and supplies from AmeriCares.

To help local health care providers meet an expected surge in demand for care, AmeriCares is preparing to deliver an additional $400,000 worth of medicines and relief supplies for survivors. The shipment includes respiratory medicines, wound care supplies, pediatric medicines and baby care products to support provincial and district hospitals, as well as local health centers treating survivors.

“Health facilities throughout the affected areas are damaged or without power in a time of crisis when survivors need them most,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “We are helping to ensure health workers are equipped to meet the needs in the coming days and weeks.”

Paul Gwyn Pagaran, AmeriCares emergency response and recovery coordinator in the Philippines, reports significant damage to health centers and hospitals is hampering the delivery of health care in the hardest-hit areas.

“The situation has been made worse due to power outages in some areas, resulting in the absence of water and the inability to perform surgery and other medical procedures in health facilities,” Pagaran said from the field. “Our medicines and supplies will help treat survivors injured by flying debris and fallen trees and sickened from exposure to rain and unsafe water.”

AmeriCares relief workers will continue to assess the health needs in the affected regions to meet survivors’ needs.

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Philippines: Typhoon Glenda: Affected Population (as of 18 July 2014)

18 July 2014 - 12:36pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

China: 18 July 2014: China, Vietnam - Tropical Cyclone RAMMASUN

18 July 2014 - 11:48am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: China, Philippines preview


• Typhoon RAMMASUN made landfall in north-eastern Hainan, in the morning of 18 July, UTC. Previously, at 6.00 UTC, its maximum sustained wind speed was 249km/h (a “Super Typhoon” according to China Meteorological Administration - CMA).

• After landfall, RAMMASUN is expected to move north-west, over southern Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, losing some of its intensity, but remaining a Typhoon for the following 24h. Then, it is forecast to move inland, over northeastern Vietnam, weakening further.

• Heavy rainfall, strong winds and high storm surge are expected to affect the areas along the Typhoon’s path. The CMA has a Red Warning for Typhoon and an Orange Warning for Rainstorm in effect for Hainan, south-western Guangdong and south-eastern Guangxi. JRC calculations indicate a possible storm surge of the order of 3-4m in the area near Leizhou and Dongli (Guangdong) on 18 July late morning to afternoon, UTC.

• As of the afternoon of 18 July (UTC), media report one death and over 70 000 people to have evacuated their homes in Hainan. Many houses have been damaged and air, sea and rail traffic has been suspended.

Impact of RAMMASUN in the Philippines

• According to the latest NDRRMC report (18 July, 16.00 local time), the death toll has increased to 64 people, while over 525 000 are currently hosted in evacuation centres. Eight provinces and 65 municipalities/cities are still without electricity.

GDACS (1, 2), JTWC (1, 2), CMA (1, 2, 3, 4), Vietnamese NMS, Local Media (1, 2), NDRRMC, WMO

Philippines: Typhoon 09W "Rammasun" – Short Summary, Report #1

18 July 2014 - 11:29am
Source: CEDIM Country: China, Philippines, Viet Nam preview

Preferred Hazard Information Description:

On 15/16 July

  • The Japan Meteorological Agency put Rammasun's central pressure at 965mb at 06Z (2am EDT) Tuesday, then dropped it to 945mb at 09Z (5am EDT) as the storm was making landfall. The storm weakened while crossing Luzon
  • Gusts around 90-125 kt (167-232 kph) near center of storm
  • The typhoo passed over the most heavily populated part of Luzon including Manila.
  • Rammasun passed Manila at around 22 UTC within 40 miles of the city, gusts at that time 170 kph
  • Flooding has occurred in Manila, and expected flood and wind damage in the city has the potential to make Rammasun one of the top ten most expensive natural disasters in Philippine history

On 18 July

  • Landfall at 06:30 UTC northeastern tip of Hainan (cities of Wenshan and Qinghai)
  • Maximum intensity of Rammasun (06 UTC), 1 min sustained 135 kt, gusts 165 kt (JTWC), central pressure 935 hPa (Nat. Met. Center, China)
  • Rain expected in excess of 300 mm/24 in Hainan, southern Guangdong and southeastern Guangxi
  • “Red” (highest level) and “orange” warnings in effect in southern China

Outlook (+48h)

  • Final landfall expected in southern Guangxi close to Vietnamese/Chinese border between July 18 UTC and 19 July 06 UTC as a category 2-3 typhoon
  • Rapid weakening on 19 July and complete dissipation on 20 July 2014
  • Storm tracking with high confidence
  • Intense rainfall and flooding in northern Vietnam and the very south of China’s province of Yunnan
  • Damage due to storm and storm surge along coastlines of Guangxi and Vietnam

Philippines: “No-build zones” confusion delays resettlement of Haiyan survivors

18 July 2014 - 11:06am
Source: IRIN Country: Philippines

MANILA, 18 July 2014 (IRIN) - Mixed messages related to “No-Build Zones” in coastal areas of the Philippines, including those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2014 can create a false sense of security, and prevent the rehabilitation of storm-displaced people, officials and experts warn.

In the weeks after super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) decimated the central Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) declared a “40-metre no-build zone” along the coastlines of Eastern Samar and Leyte, two of the worst-hit areas.

The declaration was based on protocols outlined in Article 51 of the Philippine Water Code, a presidential decree. However, officials say, the move could undermine safety and recovery efforts.

“There is a misinterpretation of the Water Code. It gives the wrong message that when you are beyond 40 metres of the coastline, you are already safe,” Alfred Romualdez, the mayor of Tacloban, told IRIN.

“Elevation is a better measure of protection. You cannot build a structure that will withstand a storm surge or tsunami - the only way is up,” he said.

Tacloban, a coastal city in the central Philippines, was swallowed up by storm surges reported to be as high as six metres. Most of the over 6,000 deaths caused by Haiyan occurred in Tacloban.

A May 2014 inter-agency report shows that around 26,000 people remain in tents and evacuation centres, or with host families; and 200,000 people face prolonged displacement, the report said, if the areas where they lived previously are declared by the government as being in “no dwelling zones”. The designation means structures can be built but not inhabited, which is often in practice interpreted to mean “no-build zone”.

Government officials and humanitarian workers are concerned that compliance with the 40-metre no-build zone can have the dual effect of convincing people at lower elevations that they are safe when they are not, and limiting relocation options by designating some safe areas as off-limits.

“Non-strict” application

“We recommend that we do not strictly apply the no-build zone [guideline]. It is impractical to implement,” said Karen Jimeno, director of communications for the Office of the Presidential Advisor for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR).

OPARR was a committee created by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to oversee all rehabilitation efforts after Haiyan.

Instead of the blanket 40-metre no-build zone, OPARR is recommending that areas be classified as “safe zones,” “unsafe zones,” or “controlled zones”.

Building in “controlled zones,” for example, will be permitted as long as there are mitigating measures in that area such as mangroves, catch basins, or sea walls to protect against disasters.

OPARR is currently surveying affected areas using “multi-hazard maps” - which scope out the topography of an area and determine its degree of vulnerability to certain disasters. Then the committee will classify areas as safe, unsafe or controlled zones.

Previously the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau produced geo-hazard maps that classified areas according to their degree of vulnerability to floods and landslides.

According to Jimeno, the multi-hazard maps will complement the geo-hazard maps to include an area’s vulnerability to storm surge and earthquake, in addition to floods and landslides.

“We hope that the LGUs [Local Government Units, which bear principal responsibility for disaster response] can use the maps as an evaluation tool to plan their resettlement and rebuilding efforts,” explained Sarah Jane Samalburo, chief science research specialist at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which is developing the maps in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Taking too long

While many welcome the development of multi-hazard maps as part of “build back better” efforts, some are concerned that they are taking too long to complete, leaving the displaced in limbo.

According to Samalburo, of the 171 municipalities affected by Yolanda, 114 have been mapped out for landslide, 60 for flood and 20 for storm surge. A multi-hazard map to determine earthquake vulnerability will be developed at a later date.

“Our shelter interventions depend on these multi-hazards maps and the decision of the local government on where to build. If you look at their situation now, it is as if [the displaced] have not yet received humanitarian aid,” said Conrad Navidad, emergency preparedness and response coordinator for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in the Philippines.

The May inter-agency report acknowledged that the government had adjusted its blanket policy on no-build zones, but pointed out that only limited options for resettlement remained.

Typhoon Ramussan (local name Glenda) made landfall in the Philippines this week, killing at least 38 people. According to IOM, several hundred Haiyan-displaced families were evacuated temporarily from tents to other structures when flooding began.


Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 13 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

18 July 2014 - 10:58am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview


  • A total of 167,293 families / 882,326 persons were affected in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR

  • Out of the total affected, 99,548 families / 525,791 persons were displaced and served inside 1,200 evacuation centers

*No changes as of 6:00 AM, 18 July 2014, awaiting submission of update from DSWD


  • A total of sixty-four (64) persons were reported dead, one-hundred three (103) were injured and five (5) are still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VII and NCR

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 12 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

18 July 2014 - 10:57am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 11 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

18 July 2014 - 10:51am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Typhoon "Glenda" has slightly weakened as it continues to move farther away from the country. Public storm warning signals are now lowered.