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Philippines: DA awards P16M rehabilitation assistance to Marinduque

5 January 2017 - 3:30pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 6 - The province of Marinduque received P6.3 million worth of agricultural assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the rehabilitation program for both agriculture and fishery industries badly damaged by typhoon Nina.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol led the distribution of equipment to almost 500 affected farmers and fisherfolk during the stakeholders’ consultation in Boac, Marinduque on January 5, 2017.

“I am amazed by the resilience of the Marinduque people,” Piñol said.

The rehabilitation assistance includes 1,000 bags of certified palay seeds, 50 bags of OPV white corn seeds, 50 bags of ordinary hybrid corn seeds, 40 kilos of assorted vegetable seeds, 30,000 pieces of coffee planting materials, 65,000 pieces of cacao planting materials, 65 heads of upgraded dairy goats, 35, 376 pieces of drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry industry and 50 marine engines.

The agri chief also announced the establishment of the Provincial Lakatan Nursery amounting to P10 million to propagate the production of banana industry in the province.

“Bibilhin namin ang semilya ng Lakatan dito sa probinsya at palalakihin sa nursery tapos ibabalik at ipapamigay muli namin sa inyo ang mga ito,” Piñol said adding that if the bananas in the province do not suffer any disease then it is better to protect its seedlings for production.

During the consultation, Sec. Piñol addressed concerns of farmers and fishers including rampant cases of dynamite fishing in the province and insurance for crops and boats damaged during the onslaught of the typhoon.

He also recommended the creation of the National Cooperative for Farmers and Fisherfolk, which will help in the monitoring of cooperatives in the country.

“This will provide the cooperatives control on the movement of their own goods,” he said. (DA)

“We want you to know that whatever you are, we will always be there to address for all your needs,” he added.

Typhoon Nina has damaged 1,431 hectares (ha) of rice areas and 33 ha of corn areas.

World: Food Insecurity and Climate Change

5 January 2017 - 12:24am
Source: Government of the United Kingdom, World Food Programme Country: American Samoa, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Caledonia (France), Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue (New Zealand), Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross emergency operations in Typhoon Nina affected provinces continue

4 January 2017 - 11:54pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

More help is on its way.

10 days after Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-ten) hit provinces in Bicol, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to deploy teams to help in the relief distribution in the hardest hit provinces as part of the emergency operations.

To spearhead the distribution and visit the families and affected areas in Albay, Catanduanes, and Camarines Sur, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon along with PRC Secretary General Atty. Oscar Palabyab will be going to Baras, Catanduanes, Polangui, Albay and Sagnay, Camarines Sur today, January 5, to provide relief supplies to 928 families.

The humanitarian caravan, loaded with emergency relief supplies for 1,500 families and response equipment, deployed last December 30 has already reached Catanduanes, Albay and Marinduque. Another batch of relief supplies for 2,500 families was also deployed last January 3. With the dispatched supplies and equipment, PRC staff and volunteers were able to distribute 538 food items, 1,072 sleeping kits (blankets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets), 1072 hygiene kits, 1,287 jerry cans and 1,287 tarpaulins, as well as distributed up to 35,500 liters of safe and clean water.

Apart from relief items, Operation Heads and Chapter Support Teams have been deployed to,Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro to augment the chapters in delivering the emergency response interventions as well as continuously assessing their needs.

These are all part of PRC’s commitment to provide timely humanitarian assistance and disaster response to the most vulnerable. PRC, through the help of staff and volunteers pledged to continue to help and provide support as families begin to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives again.

Philippines: DSWD begins processing of emergency shelter cash assistance for ‘Nina’-affected families

4 January 2017 - 3:04pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 5 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has begun to process its Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) for Typhoon Nina-affected families in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA,​ ​ ​and Bicol.

Under the directive of DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo, teams have already begun to assess and validate the total number of partially and totally damaged houses in the affected regions to determine the amount needed for the target beneficiaries.

“We hope to immediately finish the assessment on the extent of the damages wrought by Typhoon Nina so we can start the distribution of emergency shelter cash assistance to the affected households. The cash aid will be used to purchase construction materials to repair the houses of families who lost their shelter due to ‘Nina’s’ devastation,” the Secretary said.

Based on today’s latest report from the DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB), some 197,787 houses were partially damaged and 82,384 were totally destroyed in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and V.

Assistance to typhoon victims

Meanwhile, the Department is continuously augmenting resources and providing technical assistance to affected local government units (LGUs) to meet the emergency needs of the typhoon survivors.

Currently, a total of P182,473,574 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V & VIII, including those who were stranded in various ports in Regions V and VIII.

The DSWD provided assistance worth P166,976,473 while LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) provided a total of P4,225,832 and P11,271,270, respectively.

Sec. Taguiwalo also said that, “there are sufficient food packs in the affected municipalities and that the Department is continuously reminding concerned LGUs, who are the first responders and the primary responsible for the distribution of relief items, to act on the needs of their affected constituents.”

She reiterated that complaints on the distribution of relief supplies and other disaster-related services can be sent to ereklamo.dswd.gov.ph, a complaint management system being managed by DSWD-DReAMB. Every complaint is assigned a unique ticket number which can be used to track the progress of responses online.

Aside from this, the citizens' complaint hotline number, 8888, can also be used. (DSWD)

Philippines: Villar: Resettlement sites of Yolanda victims now with water

4 January 2017 - 2:53pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Jan. 5 - In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to provide victims of Typhoon Yolanda a conducive and permanent resettlement area, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that water tanks and jetmatic pumps have been installed in all resettlement sites of Yolanda victims.

“As promised, all resettlement sites are now provided with water. The Tacloban North Resettlement Site is now equipped with 67 units of 5 cubic meter and 70 units of 2 cubic meter stainless water tanks,” Villar said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways augmented the water supply at 17 resettlement sites in Barangay Sto. Niño in Tacloban City. A total of 181 jetmatic pumps were already installed at various resettlement areas.

“We are very happy to be able to provide the water tanks on time. It is our duty to ensure that problems are addressed at the shortest possible time”, Villar said.

Aside from the water tanks and jetmatic pumps, the DPWH has also provided 4 units of 10 wheeler dump trucks, 5 units of 6 wheeler dump trucks and 2 units of water tank trucks

Overall, a total of 4,468 cubic meters of water were already delivered to various resettlement sites. DPWH is expected to provide clean water supply to 2,841 families.

“As part of the government’s initiative, we are tasked to provide all necessary assistance to the Filipino people. This is why we have extended all efforts that we can provide to the people of Tacloban, especially those hit by Typhoon Yolanda.”, Villar added.(DPWH)

Philippines: Power restored to more than 1 Million households in Nina-affected areas

4 January 2017 - 2:48pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 5 - With its 24/7 power restoration efforts, the Department of Energy (DOE), together with its private institution partners has resumed electricity supply to 1,003,519 households or about 57% re-energization of Typhoon Nina-affected areas as of 4 January 2017.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “After restoring power in town centers and nearby communities, our ground personnel are working round the clock, even double time to bring back the power supply to all affected households in Southern Luzon and Bicol regions.”

Specifically, Sec. Cusi relayed, “We’ve already deployed 982 personnel from 52 participating energy companies and distribution utilities through the Task Force Kapatid to help restore power supply in the affected 99 municipalities and 7 cities.”

On transmission facilities, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines reported that only three transmission service connected to NGCP customers are still undergoing rehabilitation as of yesterday (3 January), which include Tabaco 20 Megavolt Ampere (MVA) Load-End Substation (LES) serving Albay Power & Energy Corp. (APEC); Malinao 5 MVA LES serving APEC; and Albay Agro-Industrial Development Corp. (ALINDECO) LES serving AboitizPower Renewable Incorporated’s Tiwi Geothermal Plant.

The following are the updates on restoration in the affected provinces as of 4 January 2017:

A) On Grid Areas:

For Sorsogon, the NEA reported that 46,366 households have been restored under the franchise area of Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II), while SORECO I is currently undergoing clearing and restoration of their distribution facilities.

Albay province, through the report of Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC), has restored 31% of all affected areas or a total of 68,668 households.

In Camarines Norte, all power facilities are up and running supplying electricity to its locals, while in Camarines Sur, there are still 296,219 households to be energized spread over the franchise areas of four (4) electric cooperatives in the province.

As reported by NEA, Quezon Province has reached 50% restoration status for all typhoon-affected areas, especially under the Quezon I Electric Cooperative.

For Batangas, NEA reported that Batangas II Electric Cooperative (BATELEC II) have attained 100% restoration, while BATELEC I stood at 90% or around 16,000 remaining households to be energized.

B) Off-grid Areas:

In the hard-hit province of Catanduanes, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) reported that the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) has counted 48,000 affected households undergoing restoration. Moreover, the National Power Corporation (NPC) reported that all affected government-owned power plants in the province are already in operation with a dependable capacity of 7.8 megawatts (MW), while among the privately-owned generation facilities totaling to 8.5 MW, only the 2.8 MW Sun West Corporation Hydroelectric Power is still non-operational due to flood water.

For Mindoro Island, NEA reported that 99% of households in Occidental Mindoro have been restored, while Oriental Mindoro stood at 68% re-energization or 120,682 households have experienced resumption of power supply.

While Marinduque’s generation and transmission facilities have been restored by NPC, there are still 43,200 affected households that are yet to be restored by Marinduque Electric Cooperative (MARELCO) as NEA reported.

All other off-grid areas (Masbate, Batangas, Camarines Sur and Marinduque Mini-Grids) under the supervision of NPC are back in operation awaiting restoration of distribution facilities.

“We’ve already added personnel and augmented assets through private institutions and we are continuously monitoring the progress of power restoration,” said Cusi. "We are exhausting all possible remedies to bring back the power in the affected areas the soonest possible. We cannot leave our kababayans until we have lighted each and every household affected by Typhoon Nina," Cusi concluded.(DOE)

Philippines: 535 PAMANA completed projects bring change to conflict-affected areas

4 January 2017 - 10:37am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 4 - A total of 535 or 68% of the 787 projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have been completed since the program started in 2012.

DILG Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno said the Department is continuously monitoring the 252 remaining projects which are on various stages of implementation.

The PAMANA program provides subsidy and technical assistance for infrastructure projects such as roads, water, bridges, and public market to alleviate the plight of people living in conflict-affected communities and to strengthen peace efforts in these areas.

“Armed conflict is ignited when people’s clamor for socioeconomic development is ignored and marginalized. There can’t be peace where there is no development. Over the years, this is being addressed and healed by PAMANA,” said Sueno.

Through PAMANA, the DILG addresses sub-regional development interventions covering economic structures, local roads, evacuation centers, water supply systems and community infrastructure subprojects.

The Department also builds the capacities of DILG field offices and local government units (LGUs) on conflict-sensitive planning and investment programming.

It also implements or formulates policies addressing issues on good governance relative to conflict-affected areas.

The DILG further provides advisory and technical assistance to Regional Offices in project appraisal; and assists LGUs in the preparation of project proposals and detailed engineering design including program of work as well as operation and maintenance of completed projects.

“Real development, real change is inclusive and does not leave behind areas affected or vulnerable to armed conflict,” said Sueno. (DILG) -

Philippines: External Evaluation of the DEC-Funded Philippine Red Cross and British Red Cross Livelihoods and Shelter Recovery Programme

4 January 2017 - 10:20am
Source: British Red Cross Country: Philippines

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal raised over £95 million in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, and allocated approximately £6.4 million to British Red Cross. Of this, British Red Cross spent £1.8 million during the initial emergency response and the remaining £4.6 million during the recovery.

This evaluation looks at the DEC–funded parts of the recovery programme which focussed mainly on shelter and livelihoods assistance.

Philippines: Dengue Situation Update 507, 3 January 2017

3 January 2017 - 11:51pm
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, China, French Polynesia (France), Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, New Caledonia (France), Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Viet Nam

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December 2016, there were 2098 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015.

Malaysia

In week 51, the number of reported dengue cases was 1,590 cases, an increase from 1,397 cases (an increase of 13.8 %) reported in the previous week. The cumulative number of cases reported in 2016 (100,028 cases) up to date, is less than that reported during the same period in 2015 (118,325 cases). As of week 51, the cumulative number of dengue deaths for 2016 was 231 cases, compared to 322 deaths during the same period in 2015.

Philippines (No update)

As of 20 August 2016, there were 101,401 suspected cases of dengue reported in 2016, including 422 deaths. This is 16% higher than that reported during the same period in 2015 (n=87,411).

Singapore

In week 51, there were 72 dengue cases reported in Singapore. The cumulative number of cases in 2016 (13051) is 20.3% higher than that reported during the same period of 2015 (10842). Large numbers of cases were reported in early 2016 compared to previous years.

Viet Nam

As of 30 September 2016, there were 79,204 cases of dengue including 27 deaths, reported in 44 out of 63 provinces in Viet Nam. In September 2016, there were 15,700 cases reported including 7 deaths. This is an increase of 22.9% in number of cases and a decrease of 5 deaths compared to same period in 2015.

Compared to the median of the 2011-2015 periods, the cumulative number of cases has increased by 96.1%.

Southern Hemisphere

Australia

As of 30 December 2016, there were 2,106 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases in Australia. The number of cases reported has been decreasing since March 2016 and it follows the seasonal trends (2011-2015)

Pacific Islands Countries and Areas

French Polynesia (No update)

In week 42, 22 confirmed dengue cases were reported in French Polynesia (Figure 7). Four (18%) of the 22 cases were confirmed as DENV-1 infection.

Papua New Guinea

From 1 January to 18 December, 81 imported cases of dengue with travel history to Papua New Guinea were reported by Queensland Health (Weekly Report on overseas acquired dengue notifications). Among these cases, 5 were DENV-1, 57 were DENV-2, 4 were DENV-3, 4 was DENV-4 and 11 cases were of undetermined serotype.

New Caledonia

As of 3 January 2017, 33 dengue cases were reported, and the number of cases has been decreasing since June 2016.

World: The Column AHA Centre News Bulletin Volume 24, December 2016

3 January 2017 - 10:33pm
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, World

On this edition:

  • ASEAN supports Pidie Jaya EQ relief efforts
  • How to respond during earthquake
  • Story from the ground, as told by an ASEAN-ERAT Members from Malaysia

Myanmar: UNHCR South East Asia 2016 Funding Update as of 3 January 2017

3 January 2017 - 10:07pm
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand
  • 139.7 M required for 2016

  • 45.1 M contributions received, representing 32% of requirements

  • 94.6 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

Philippines: Philippines - Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN/NINA - ECHO Daily Map | 03/01/2017

3 January 2017 - 9:54pm
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines

SITUATION

  • Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN, locally named NINA, formed over the northwestern Pacific Ocean, near the Federated States of Micronesia, on 21 December. It started moving northwest, heading towards the Philippines and strengthening. It affected Philippines between 23-28 December 2016 and it made a total 8 landfalls: the first one was in Bato (island province of Catanduanes) on the 25 December early morning (UTC) as very intense Tropical Cyclone.

  • According to the latest situation report from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) of 2 January, three people have died and 21 people are reported missing.

  • The number of affected people has risen to 1 986 960. The number of people reported at evacuation centres has risen to 230 097 at 282 evacuation centres.

Sources: GDACS, NDRRMC, Local media

Philippines: PCA to help Nina-affected coconut farmers

3 January 2017 - 5:42pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON PROVINCE, Jan. 4 - Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Billy Andal promised to aid all the coconut farmers to help them get back on their feet after experiencing the devastating typhoon Nina.

“We are really devastated when we heard the news. Imagine losing thousands or even million-worth of your crop? We lost hundreds of thousands of coconut trees at a time when we are trying to plant more to replace the senile and damaged trees of the past,” stressed Andal.

The agency will help the farmers in the debris management that involves proper disposal of fallen coconut trees to clear public and private lands of the debris that pose as hazard to the environment and health and pave the way for new seedlings.

The PCA Administrator personally visited the severely damaged areas in Quezon province to monitor the condition of the farmers, communities and the coconut trees damaged by typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-Ten).

Andal, together with Department of Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol, Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre, PCA Deputy Administrator Roel Rosales and Regional Manager Erlene Manohar of Region 4A, surveyed the affected areas specially in the 2nd and 3rd district of the province particularly Mulanay, San Narciso and San Andres.

“We are here to assess the condition of the typhoon affected coconut trees and farmers; we have to identify the trees that can be saved and the trees that should be cut down,” said Andal.

“We also have to know if they need some re-planting or inter-cropping so that we can assist the coco farmers of their needs,” he added.

Strong winds with heavy rain pounded the Quezon province early Monday this week and damaged 3,787,749 coconut trees with an estimated cost of P69,772,724.

According to the preliminary report of PCA on the damages to coconut industry brought by typhoon Nina, the estimated number of coconut trees damaged in Camarines Sur covering districts 4 and 5 has reached 3,827,716, the total damage in Bicol is 9,010,655, while the estimated cost of damage in Batangas has reached P509,920, P182,188 in Cavite, P309,760 in Oriental Mindoro and P128,000,000 in Marinduque. (PCA)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.12 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Nina" (I.N. Nock-ten)

3 January 2017 - 5:24pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

23 December 2016

The Severe Tropical Storm (STS) with international name NOCK-TEN entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "NINA". It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph and it is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

24 December 2016

"NINA" has intensified into a Typhoon and continues to move in a West Northwest direction with a maximum sustained winds of up to 135 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph moving West Northwest at 17 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No.1 is hoisted in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

25 December 2016

TCWS No. 4 was raised over Catanduanes and Camarines Sur; TCWS No. 3 in Burias Islands, Albay, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Sorsogon, and Marinduque; TCWS No. 2 in Metro Manila, Masbate including Ticao Island, Oriental Mindoro, Barangas, rest of Quezon including Polillo, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Romblon, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, and Northern Samar, and TCWS No. 1 over Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Calamian Group of Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Bantayan Island.

26 December 2016

TY "NINA" has weakened and continues to move towards the West Philippine Sea. At 4:00 PM today, the eye of TY "NINA" was located at 75 km Southwest of Submic, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kph and gustiness of up to 180 kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

TCWS No. 2 was raised over the Lubang Island and Western portion of Batangas and TCWS No.1 in the Provinces of Southern Zambales, Bataan, the rest of Batangas, Cavite, and Northern portions of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal elsewhere were lifted

27 December 2016

STS "NINA" exited the Western boundary of the PAR. At 10:00 PM, the center of "NINA" was estimated based on all available data at 355 km North Norhteast of Pagasa Island, Palawan (14.0°N, 115.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of up to 75kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90kph. It is forecast to move Southwest at 20kph.

All Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals were lifted.

Philippines: ACAPS Briefing Note – Philippines: Super Typhoon Nock Ten, Bicol, 3 January 2017

3 January 2017 - 8:58am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project, Start Network Country: Philippines

Crisis overview

Typhoon Nock Ten (locally known as Nina) struck the Philippines, making eight landfalls between 25 and 26 December, with gusts of up to 285 km/h and winds of 235 km/h. Affected areas are the Bicol region (Region V), Mimaropa, Calabarzon and Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). Nearly 2 million people were affected and at least three people were killed. 1.4 million of the affected are in Cantanduanes, Albay, and Camerines Sur, in Bicol.

Catanduanes was the first province hit by the typhoon on 25 December. As of 2 January, nearly 60% (153,861 people) of the population was affected and more than 20,000 people were still in evacuation centres. Albay and Camarines Sur provinces, in the same region, are also severely affected.

Indonesia: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017)

3 January 2017 - 3:09am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines

MYANMAR

Armed conflict continues between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army in Kachin State. On 27 December, more than 2,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Zai Awng/Mungga Zup camp in Waingmaw Township temporarily relocated to makeshift shelters several kilometres north of the town after mortars landed within the vicinity of the camp. Urgent needs amongst the IDPs include shelter, food and NFIs. Local NGOs are providing initial assistance including food, hygiene kits, solar lanterns, water and sanitation services, with support from the UN and INGOs.

INDONESIA

Between 29 December and 2 January, flooding in the provinces of West Java, Aceh, Central Java and East Java left thousands of homes underwater for two to three days. An estimated 22,000 people were directly affected and dozens of homes were damaged in Aceh. Local government in the affected areas provided relief assistance with support from provincial and national government. National authorities forecast that the rainy season will continue until March and have issued warnings to local governments to remain on alert for additional flooding and landslide incidents.

22,000 people affected

BANGLADESH

Between 23 and 29 December, the number of new arrivals from Rakhine State (Myanmar) to Bangladesh continued to increase. Regular monitoring is being undertaken to confirm the number of new arrivals in registered camps, makeshift settlements and host villages in Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas (sub-districts) in Cox's Bazaar. Food, shelter, clothing, basic household items (NFIs) and medical services remain priority needs. To support ongoing life-saving protection, food, nutrition, WASH, health and shelter activities, about US$3 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund has been allocated.

US$3 million CERF allocated

PHILIPPINES

On 29 December, Mount Bulusan, an active volcano, in Sorsogon province erupted sending ash plumes up to 2 kilometres in the air. While there were no reported casualties or damage, a 4 kilometre radius danger zone has been imposed by authorities. Communities living within valleys and along rivers and streams around the volcano have been advised to observe caution.

Iraq: CTTA: Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2017

3 January 2017 - 1:34am
Source: Nanyang Technological Univ. Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, World, Yemen

Editorial Note

Annual Threat Assessment 2017

2016 saw the so-called Islamic State (IS) in retreat following sustained bombardment and military attacks and airstrikes by the US-led coalition as well as Russian and Syrian forces. It has conceded large swathes of territory, towns and cities, and lost some of its top commanders and strategists and more than 25,000 fighters. The group‘s revenue has declined and so has the flow of new fighters. It has to contend with desertions, in-fighting and scarce resources. Its fall-back wilayats (provinces) in Libya have been lost and many in the liberated areas of Iraq and Syria are jubilant at its ouster after holding sway for more than 20 months. Its declaration of the caliphate is rejected by the Muslim world, which has denounced its acts of violence and misreading of religious texts. Since its formation, IS remains the object of condemnation and denunciation by the whole world.

Even so, the terrorist threat posed by IS and its decentralised networks in 2016 shows no sign of abatement. Throughout the year, IS‘ active worldwide networks demonstrated the ability to plan, direct, train, recruit and radicalise from abroad, operating with impunity and surpassing the threat from Al Qaeda‘s old guard. The year saw a number of IS-directed or IS-inspired attacks by terror cells or "lone wolves" in major cities like Brussels, Nice, Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Jakarta and Berlin resulting in thousands of casualties. Its propaganda machinery and online presence remain formidable, exploiting technology for communications, recruitment, finance, training and terrorist operations. IS has caused the displacement of millions and triggered a humanitarian crisis among refugees and in the battle zones. The group‘s extremism and violence have contributed to inter-religious tensions and discord, and strengthened anti-Islamist movements in the West.

The stage is therefore set for 2017 to be a portentous and decisive year for IS and countries afflicted by the threat of terrorism. As IS loses control of Mosul and Raqqa in coming months, it will change strategy, focus and priorities. How it will change and what the impact will be are issues addressed by Rohan Gunaratna in his article on Global Threat Forecast, as well as in accompanying articles on the terrorism situation in selected countries and regions.* As IS continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, it will transform itself from a caliphate-building entity to a terrorist organisation. It will seek refuge in its many wilayats and enclaves, and consolidate, expand and use them as launching pads to mount terrorist attacks. The group will continue with its strategy of expanding the ‗battlefield‘ to the West and elsewhere, and hit ‗soft‘ and easy targets. Overall, the terrorist threat will endure in the New Year and will continue to require effective counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism measures.

World: Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 - East Asia and the Pacific

2 January 2017 - 9:56pm
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, World

2017 Requirements: US$6,106,400

East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years. This threatens the well-being and protection of vulnerable populations, especially children, and prevents them from realizing their full potential. In 2015 and 2016, El Niño led to irregular rainfall patterns, causing both severe drought and flooding, particularly in Indonesia, Mongolia, the Pacific sub-region, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam, affecting more than 10 million people. Typhoons and cyclones disrupted the lives of thousands of children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Pacific sub-region and Viet Nam. In addition, ethnic strife and protracted conflicts in Myanmar and the Philippines continue to severely impact the survival and well-being of children and other vulnerable populations. In the Philippines, clashes between the Philippine Armed Forces, the Abu Sayyaf group in Basilan and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao continue to drive conflict-related displacement, with mounting concerns regarding grave violations of child rights.

Regional humanitarian strategy

The East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) and UNICEF country offices work closely with national authorities to reach the most vulnerable children and their families and protect their rights during humanitarian situations. In response to recurrent monsoons and other disasters in the region, EAPRO will support country offices to deliver assistance to affected children, in line with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, particularly in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, education and child protection. At the same time, UNICEF will continue to invest in its partnerships with national governments to strengthen capacities and systems in countries and contribute to national policy and strategy setting on preparedness and disaster risk reduction (DRR), based on child-centered risk assessment and vulnerability analysis. EAPRO will continue to build regional knowledge management capacity to document best practices and lessons learned to ensure regional exchange and make responses more fit for purpose in fast changing environments. Innovations such as cash transfers in emergencies are being piloted and further developed to support vulnerable groups affected by recurrent disasters. Committed to global agendas, including the World Humanitarian Summit, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement, EAPRO will continue to work closely with its humanitarian partners and regional and sub-regional government bodies to nurture close collaboration and provide effective action for children, while addressing climate change, resilience and DRR. Acknowledging the increased capacity for emergency response among many governments in the region, EAPRO and country offices will rely on regional support mechanisms that draw expertise from and provide surge support to countries in the region by pooling available resources, advocating for improved humanitarian performance monitoring and encouraging further alignment of service delivery in humanitarian and development programmes.

Results in 2016

As of 31 October 2016, UNICEF had received US$8.46 million against the US$8.10 million appeal. 2 These funds allowed EAPRO to support the effective delivery of humanitarian action in its 14 country offices, and ensure investment in preparedness and DRR. Funds accessed through the regional preparedness and response budget supported the response to El Niño-induced drought and flooding in Viet Nam, including the distribution of therapeutic foods and micronutrients to pregnant and lactating women and children aged 6 to 23 months.

Critical WASH supplies were delivered to affected families, with additional supplies en route. In response to Tropical Cyclone Winston, the UNICEF Office for the Pacific provided tents and education supplies to affected children, building on the achievements of ongoing development projects. In the Philippines, UNICEF concluded the Typhoon Haiyan response; one of its final contributions was to the development of the implementing regulation of the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act. EAPRO also enhanced country capacities through trainings on preparedness, response and DRR, and initiated knowledge management mechanisms to mitigate the impact of recurrent disasters. EAPRO is also an active DRR partner and in 2016 contributed to child and youth coalitions, preparedness/DRR platforms and inter-governmental events, and initiatives such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response and the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Philippines: Duterte visits typhoon-hit Camarines Sur

2 January 2017 - 9:49pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

PILI, Camarines Sur, Dec. 28 (PIA)—President Rodrigo Duterte assured Camarinenses of a P50M agricultural assistance to help farmers and planters cope with the devastation brought about by Typhoon ‘Nina’(international name: Nock-Ten) to this town and the rest of the Rinconada area on Christmas day.

Mr. Duterte said that reports submitted to him spoke of thousands of homeless families who were forced to flee their homes for safety during the height of one of the most destructive storms to hit the province.

“I wanted to fly here immediately after the typhoon but I have to resolve a problem in Mindanao. Sa mga statistics na sinubmit sa akin ng mga military and other agencies, kayo ang pinaka affected kaya isinama ko si Secretary Pinol,” the President said during a brief speech at the Provincial Capitol here.

He continued: “He has with him immediate seeds for planting. We have the money, corn and rice. We have P50 million to give you and then I might add something to that.”

In a partial report prepared by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) through its chief, Lucena Bermeo, there were 70,027 evacuated families (307,429 individuals); 20,085 totally damaged houses; 49, 665 partially damaged houses, and 12 cases of injured persons.

Partial damage to the 21,441.48 hectares of rice area was pegged at P642,289,157.63 and affected at least 26,667 farmers.

The fisheries sector suffered an estimated loss of P8,200,000.00 loss while 4,875 corn planters were not also spare with an incurred P361,995,857.75 worth of partial damages covering the 7,883 hectares of corn area.

High-value crops from 9 municipalities were also ravaged, resulting in income loss for 867 farmers.

Mr. Duterte directed Education Secretary Leonor Briones to check on the school facilities and ensure that the calamity will not disrupt the classes when schools reopen after the holidays.

“Kasama ko si Sec. Briones to ensure that school will return to normal days. ‘Wag na tayo maghintay and wallow to self-pity, we need to return to normalcy as soon as possible,” he added.

The President also ordered Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to immediately restore electricity in damaged areas.

Nonetheless, considering the extent of the devastation as shown by the fallen electric poles, Duterte is asking the public to give the Department of Energy reasonable time to get things done.

(EAD/LSMacatangay-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

Philippines: Duterte visits typhoon-hit Camarines Sur

2 January 2017 - 9:49pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

PILI, Camarines Sur, Dec. 28 (PIA)—President Rodrigo Duterte assured Camarinenses of a P50M agricultural assistance to help farmers and planters cope with the devastation brought about by Typhoon ‘Nina’(international name: Nock-Ten) to this town and the rest of the Rinconada area on Christmas day.

Mr. Duterte said that reports submitted to him spoke of thousands of homeless families who were forced to flee their homes for safety during the height of one of the most destructive storms to hit the province.

“I wanted to fly here immediately after the typhoon but I have to resolve a problem in Mindanao. Sa mga statistics na sinubmit sa akin ng mga military and other agencies, kayo ang pinaka affected kaya isinama ko si Secretary Pinol,” the President said during a brief speech at the Provincial Capitol here.

He continued: “He has with him immediate seeds for planting. We have the money, corn and rice. We have P50 million to give you and then I might add something to that.”

In a partial report prepared by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) through its chief, Lucena Bermeo, there were 70,027 evacuated families (307,429 individuals); 20,085 totally damaged houses; 49, 665 partially damaged houses, and 12 cases of injured persons.

Partial damage to the 21,441.48 hectares of rice area was pegged at P642,289,157.63 and affected at least 26,667 farmers.

The fisheries sector suffered an estimated loss of P8,200,000.00 loss while 4,875 corn planters were not also spare with an incurred P361,995,857.75 worth of partial damages covering the 7,883 hectares of corn area.

High-value crops from 9 municipalities were also ravaged, resulting in income loss for 867 farmers.

Mr. Duterte directed Education Secretary Leonor Briones to check on the school facilities and ensure that the calamity will not disrupt the classes when schools reopen after the holidays.

“Kasama ko si Sec. Briones to ensure that school will return to normal days. ‘Wag na tayo maghintay and wallow to self-pity, we need to return to normalcy as soon as possible,” he added.

The President also ordered Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to immediately restore electricity in damaged areas.

Nonetheless, considering the extent of the devastation as shown by the fallen electric poles, Duterte is asking the public to give the Department of Energy reasonable time to get things done.

(EAD/LSMacatangay-PIA5/Camarines Sur)