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Philippines: Muslim rebel attacks kill 18 in Philippines: military

22 July 2014 - 2:10am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

07/22/2014 03:38 GMT

COTABATO, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - An escalation of fighting between the Philippine army and a breakaway Muslim rebel group in the country's south killed 18 people in a single day of violence, the military said Tuesday.

Seventeen members of the rebel Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and one soldier were slain in the day-long violence Monday in the strife-torn southern island of Mindanao, Brigadier General Eduardo Pangilinan, the area's military commander, said.

"One of our soldiers was killed during the (initial) attack. The 17 enemies were killed when our troops fired back and during the subsequent encounters," the general told reporters.

There was a lull in fighting on Tuesday but the military remained on alert, with helicopter gunships flying overhead and armoured vehicles parked on the streets of Cotabato City, a trading centre in the area.

"There have been no additional encounters but we are continuing our operations on the ground," Pangilinan added.

Fighting began in the early hours of Monday morning as BIFF guerrillas attacked military outposts in the violence-scarred province of Maguindanao.

The violence later spread to the neighbouring province of North Cotabato before the rebels pulled back, Pangilinan said.

BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama disputed the military's version of events, saying only four of his fighters had been killed.

"Only four have died. We would never lie about our casualties because it is an honour to die as a mujahedeen," he said.

He said the BIFF had launched the attacks in retaliation for the military's abduction of a Muslim father and son on July 3.

The military has previously denied his accusation, branding this as propaganda.

Regional social welfare agencies said that at least nine civilians were wounded and over 300 families had been forced to flee due to the new fighting.

The BIFF split from the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in 2008.

The 10,000-strong MILF has entered into a ceasefire and peace talks with the government for the creation of an autonomous region for Muslim-dominated areas in the south of this largely Christian nation.

However the BIFF, which is believed to have just a few hundred fighters, has rejected the negotiations and still demands a separate Islamic state in the southern Philippines.

It has previously launched attacks in Mindanao in efforts to disrupt the peace efforts.

Various Muslim armed groups including the MILF have waged a rebellion in the southern Philippines since the 1970s aimed at winning independence or autonomy for the country's Muslim minority in Mindanao, which they regard as their ancestral homeland.

About 150,000 people are estimated to have died in the conflict.

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Philippines: Canada supporting farmers in the Philippines

21 July 2014 - 10:21pm
Source: Government of Canada Country: Canada, Philippines

Funding announced to promote skills development and improve access to markets for farmers

July 21, 2014 – Manila, Philippines – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced Canadian support for a project that will help farmers enhance their business management skills and financial literacy, and access better farming practices and markets for their products.

The Agribusiness development project, to be implemented by the International Finance Corporation, will deliver financial products and services that meet farmers’ needs, facilitate partnerships between the government and the private sector, and design policies, regulations and procedures that will improve the investment climate.

“It is essential to help small farmers grow their businesses and generate profits so that they become important engines of economic growth in their communities”, said Minister Fast. “Canada is proud to help advance the economic opportunities of women and men in the Philippines.”

“In order to raise people out of poverty and put them on the road to prosperity, we must leverage private sector involvement, and foster good governance,” said Minister Paradis. “The private sector is the driving force behind economic growth and is essential to achieving meaningful development outcomes.”

Quick facts

  • In 2014, the Philippines was confirmed as a country of focus for Canada’s international development efforts.
  • The goal of Canada's international development assistance program in the Philippines is to support sustainable economic growth by improving the investment climate and advancing economic opportunities.
  • When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on November 8, 2013, Canada was already putting in place the pieces that allowed a rapid, life-saving, whole-of-government response in support of the government of the Philippines

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Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
343-203-6238
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Philippines: Le Canada appuie les agriculteurs aux Philippines

21 July 2014 - 4:10pm
Source: Government of Canada Country: Canada, Philippines

Annonce d’un financement qui aidera les agriculteurs à accroître leurs compétences et à accéder aux marchés

Le 21 juillet 2014 – Manille (Philippines) – Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada

L’honorable Ed Fast, ministre du Commerce international, au nom de l’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, a annoncé aujourd’hui l’appui du Canada à un projet qui permettra d’aider les agriculteurs à accroître leurs compétences en gestion des affaires et leurs connaissances financières, à adopter de meilleures pratiques agricoles et à accéder aux marchés pour vendre leurs produits.

Le projet Développement de l’agroentreprise sera mis en œuvre par la Société financière internationale. Il permettra de créer des produits et des services financiers qui répondent aux besoins des agriculteurs, de faciliter l’établissement de partenariats entre le gouvernement et le secteur privé, et de concevoir des politiques, des règlements et des procédures qui amélioreront le climat d’investissement.

« Il est essentiel d’aider les petits exploitants agricoles à élargir leurs activités et à faire des profits afin qu’ils deviennent un moteur important de la croissance économique dans leurs collectivités, a indiqué le ministre Fast. Le Canada est fier de contribuer à la promotion des débouchés économiques pour les Philippines et les Philippins. »

« Pour que les gens sortent de la pauvreté et prennent la route de la prospérité, nous devons mobiliser le secteur privé et favoriser la bonne gouvernance, a dit le ministre Paradis. Le secteur privé est la force motrice de la croissance économique et sa participation est essentielle à l’obtention de résultats significatifs sur le plan du développement. »

Les faits en bref

  • En 2014, les Philippines ont été désignées comme l’un des pays ciblés par le gouvernement du Canada dans le cadre de son programme de développement international.
  • Le programme de développement international du Canada aux Philippines a pour but de soutenir la croissance économique durable du pays en améliorant le climat d’investissement et en stimulant les débouchés économiques.
  • Lorsque le typhon Haiyan a déferlé sur les Philippines le 8 novembre 2013, le Canada s’affairait déjà à mettre en place les éléments nécessaires à une intervention pangouvernementale vitale et rapide pour aider le gouvernement des Philippines.

Produits connexes
Document d’information : Projet : Développement de l’agroentreprise aux Philippines
Liens connexes
Intervention du Canada à la suite du passage du typhon Haiyan
Aide au développement du Canada aux Philippines
Profil de projet : Développement de l’agroentreprise

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Attachée de presse
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Philippines: ACF Interventions in Zamboanga, Leyte and Tacloban

21 July 2014 - 2:03pm
Source: Action Contre la Faim Country: Canada, Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Nine months into recovery and reconstruction efforts after armed faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) engaged the Philippines security forces in Zamboanga on 9 September 2014, ACF International, the world’s leading organization in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, is continuing providing a range of essential support to complement government efforts for the 25,670 displaced people, among them 13,000 in Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Stadium and thousands more in other evacuation centers.

The conflict destroyed homes, infrastructures, water systems, the facilities needed for safe drinking and sanitation, and thousands lost their livelihoods.

From beginning of conflict to April 2014, in the overcrowded evacuation centers, city health authorities identified over 1,000 children under five suffering from acute malnutrition, and a total of 114 deaths, 47 % of them were children under five, diarrhea as the leading cause of death. Other causes of deaths are neonatal and pneumonia. Pregnant and lactating women needing nutrition interventions account to 2,427, according to health authorities.

"We remain extremely concerned over the fate of the displaced people as many of their needs are still unaddressed. These conditions pose dangers to the most vulnerable sectors. This can involve many deaths among them especially children under five from acute malnutrition, and poses risks to pregnant and lactating women. We are collaborating with stakeholders in supporting these vulnerable groups cope with their suffering,” says Javad Amoozegar, country director of ACF International.

Noting the distressing conditions of the displaced in the evacuation centers, Amoozegar emphasizes the need to focus on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable populations. "The international community must protect children and their families, the pregnant and lactating women, and speed up assistance to those who need it. The number of deaths are unacceptable to the humanitarian community. Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services is insufficient, threatening the lives of majority of the population," stresses Amoozegar.

The Zamboanga Action Plan 2014, which outlines the needs of the people affected by the crisis, highlights the very little help extended to save lives and alleviate their suffering.

The plan presents that of the $12.7 million funding requirements, only $5.2 million have been met to address the most urgently needed assistance for 120,000 people in the first three months of the crisis. It calls for additional $7.4 million in funding to cover the needs of the families that lost their homes and livelihoods.

"Children under five, persons with disability, pregnant and lactating women in evacuation centers, and those without permanent source of food and income especially those from poorer layers of the population are the most vulnerable in this situation, and their specific needs can be overlooked,” says Amoozegar.

Since the crisis begun, ACF, through the generous support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and European Union's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), has been providing latrines and potties, tanks and pipes, bathing facilities, faucets, and looks at proper methods of waste disposal, holds awareness sessions on disaster risk management, hygiene promotion and positioned nutrition intervention needed in addressing the growing cases of diarrhea and malnutrition rates among children under five.

"Despite the uncertainties in the evacuation centers, the heads of families are determined to make a better future for their children. Their smiles and courage are inspiring. I hope we can find solutions for the remaining thousands internally displaced people. By ensuring quality of life, we can help build a better and stable Zamboanga City, with close coordination with the local government,” says Amoozegar.

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TACLOBAN CITY—Over 100,000 Filipino people whose lives were blighted by Typhoon Yolanda will benefit from a CAD$ 3, 733,065.87 million (P146 million) livelihood and water, sanitation and hygiene project in Leyte and Iloilo, two of the worst hit provinces by the storm.

ACF International (known internationally as Action against Hunger, Acción contra el Hambre, Action Contre la Faim), the world’s leading organization in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, increased its provision of need essentials to typhoon survivors, more than eight months after the fiercest storm ever recorded lashed central Visayas region.

The organization received funding support from the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to help restore livelihoods and improve health of 115,000 people belonging to the highly vulnerable sectors, such as children under five, pregnant and lactating women, persons with disability, elders, especially those from poorer layers of the populations.

"The typhoon survivors not only lost their homes, but their livelihoods too. Restoring livelihoods and critical life-saving services such as safe water, health promotion and sanitation services are essential to prevent public health risk and malnutrition from taking root. We are thankful to the commitment of Canadian government by helping the affected families recover what they lost, their welfare and self-sufficiency. We cannot reduce malnutrition without clean water and livelihood to meet the needs of the affected families,” says Javad Amoozegar, country director of ACF International in the Philippines.

In Iloilo province, ACF will conduct a cash-based intervention to reach vulnerable individuals in the town of Sara, Batad and Conception who lost their livelihoods while ensuring access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in Tacloban City, Tanauan, Sta. Fe, Jaro, Alang-alang, Ormoc City and Albuera in Leyte province.

The existing acute malnutrition rates among children under five have reached 11, 643 while 399, 313 children are at risk in the typhoon-stricken areas in regions 6, 7 and 8, and over 30,000 pregnant and lactating women are nutritionally at risk, according to the Nutrition Database All Regions and the ACF-led Standardized Monitoring and Assessments of Relief and Transitions (SMART) nutritional survey, a methodology that provides up-to-date and reliable information on hunger.

“This is a big concern for ACF. We are on the recovery phase and ACF will focus on rehabilitating water networks, protecting livelihoods such as rice farming, and recovering productive resources—actions which further reduces vulnerability to malnutrition and health risks,” says Amoozegar.

In the first phase of the emergency, ACF delivered clean water, food, sanitation equipment, shelter and other survival essentials to approximately 650,000 people in Leyte, Samar and Panay islands.

“Behind these services and statistics are thousands of our supporters working hard to improve their conditions, such as the Canadian government,” says Amoozegar.

During the third phase, ACF will enable vulnerable populations to build resilience against future disasters.

ACF International, mobilized 23 international staff and over 300 Filipino nationals, delivering critical life-saving support to the affected populations in disaster zones in the Philippines, such as the conflict in Zamboanga, earthquake in Bohol and typhoon in central Visayas, and contributing to poverty reduction in Central Mindanao through its integrated development projects.#

About ACF

ACF International (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, Action Against Hunger, Accion Contra el Hambre) is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. ACF responds to help vulnerable populations around the world through programs that empower communities to overcome the barriers standing their way.

In the Philippines, ACF tackles the root causes of hunger, prevents outbreaks of life-threatening acute malnutrition, and helps the most vulnerable communities regain self-sufficiency through integrated programs in Nutrition, Food Security & Livelihood; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Disaster Risk Management, Good Governance & Advocacy incorporating crosscutting issues such as gender, environment and cultural sensitivity.

ACF likewise aims to decrease the vulnerability of communities and schools to disaster through increasing awareness to disaster risk reduction, and strengthening of institutional capacities within the government and education sectors.

ACF works in more than 45 countries and reach approximately seven million people annually.

For more information, please contact:

Rosa May de Guzman Maitem
Communication Manager

ACF International Philippine Mission

Action Against Hunger | ACF-Spain
www.accioncontraelhambre.org / www.actionagainsthunger.org
2nd Floor, Eurovilla 4 Building,
853 A. Arnaiz Avenue,Legaspi Village,
Makati City. Metro Manila, Philippines 1229
Tel/Fax: +63-(02) 840-1808; +63-(02) 659-3598
Mobile: + 63-998-988-5461
Skype: mimiksi1

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

21 July 2014 - 12:12pm
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: Minister Paradis announces support for those affected by Typhoon Rammasun

21 July 2014 - 11:59am
Source: Government of Canada Country: Canada, Philippines

Canada’s immediate response will ensure life-saving emergency relief is provided quickly

July 21, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced up to $250,000 in humanitarian assistance to help meet the urgent needs of those affected by Typhoon Rammasun.

“It is absolutely devastating for the people of the Philippines to be hit once again with such a destructive typhoon,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada’s immediate response will help ensure emergency relief is provided as soon as possible to the people and families affected.”

Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) hit the east coast of the Philippines on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The full impact of the storm is still being determined. To date there have been 94 fatalities reported, 6 missing, numerous injuries as well as the destruction of crops and thousands of homes ($180M CDN in damages). Three provinces have declared a state of calamity. More than 500,000 people have sought refuge in evacuation centres.

Typhoon Rammasun, which hit only eight months after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), brought heavy rainfall into Tacloban, causing tents to flood and collapse and leading to the relocation of 2,000 families.

Canada is closely monitoring the situation in the Philippines as needs assessments are ongoing, and is prepared to respond further as needed.

Quick Facts
•Typhoon Rammasun is the seventh weather disturbance to affect the Philippines in 2014, and the first to make landfall. On average, the country is hit by at least 20 typhoons each year.
•In response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last year, the Government of Canada made a rapid, life-saving whole-of-government response which included humanitarian assistance as well as the deployment of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
•In 2014, Canada added the Philippines to the list of development countries of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts

Associated Links
The Philippines – A country of focus for the Government of Canada
Canada’s response to Typhoon Haiyan

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Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
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Philippines: Le ministre Paradis annonce des mesures de soutien pour les personnes touchées par le typhon Rammasun

21 July 2014 - 11:42am
Source: Government of Canada Country: Canada, Philippines

L’intervention immédiate du Canada permettra de fournir rapidement des secours d’urgence

Le 21 juillet 2014 – Ottawa (Ontario) – Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada

Aujourd’hui, l’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, a annoncé le versement d’une somme allant jusqu’à 250 000 $ pour que soit apportée de l’aide humanitaire aux Philippines afin de répondre aux besoins urgents des personnes touchées par le typhon Rammasun.

« Il est absolument dévastateur pour les habitants des Philippines d’être encore une fois touchés par un typhon aussi destructeur, a affirmé le ministre Paradis. La réponse immédiate du Canada aidera à veiller à ce que les mesures d’urgence soient menées dès que possible à l’intention des particuliers et des familles touchés. »

Le typhon Rammasun (connu localement sous le nom de Glenda) s’est abattu sur la côte Est des Philippines le mardi 15 juillet 2014. On évalue encore l’ensemble des répercussions de la tempête. Jusqu’à maintenant, 94 personnes sont décédées et six autres sont portées disparues. On compte aussi de nombreux blessés, et des récoltes et des milliers de maisons ont été détruites (les dommages totalisent 180 millions de dollars canadiens). Trois provinces ont déclaré l’état de catastrophe. Plus de 500 000 personnes ont trouvé refuge dans des centres d’évacuation.

Le typhon Rammasun, qui survient seulement huit mois après le typhon Haiyan (connu localement sous le nom de Yolanda), a provoqué des précipitations abondantes à Tacloban, ce qui a provoqué l’inondation et l’effondrement de tentes, forçant ainsi la relocalisation de 2 000 familles.

Le Canada surveille étroitement la situation aux Philippines, alors que l’évaluation des besoins se poursuit, et il est prêt à prendre d’autres mesures, au besoin.

Les faits en bref

Le typhon Rammasun est la septième perturbation qui touche les Philippines en 2014, et la première à toucher terre. En moyenne, au moins 20 typhons s’abattent sur le pays chaque année. À la suite du passage du typhon Haiyan aux Philippines l’an dernier, le gouvernement du Canada a rapidement a dirigé une réponse pangouvernementale qui a sauvé des vies, notamment en apportant une aide humanitaire et en déployant l’équipe d’intervention en cas de catastrophe du Canada. En 2014, le Canada a ajouté les Philippines à la liste des pays en voie de développement sur lesquels il doit concentrer ses efforts en matière de développement international.

Liens connexes

Les Philippines – Un pays sur lequel le gouvernement du Canada se concentre
Réponse du Canada à la suite du typhon Haiyan
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Attachée de presse
Cabinet du ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie
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Philippines: Lives saved but typhoon losses grow

21 July 2014 - 11:34am
Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: Philippines

By Kristoffer Berse

MANILA, 21 July 2014 - Once more, preparedness has proven its mettle. Pre-emptive evacuation saved thousands of lives as Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) unleashed its fury in the Philippines, the strongest storm to visit the country since Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the central, eastern and western Visayas regions last year.

The storm affected more than 1.6 million people and left 94 people dead, 437 injured and six missing—a relatively small number given the typhoon’s wide reach that spanned across seven regions, including Metro Manila, the national capital.

However, while this is an improvement for a country that receives about 20 typhoons annually, Typhoon Glenda also highlights the need to address a major gap in the push for overall resilience: the protection of critical infrastructure.

A total of eight provinces and 65 cities and municipalities have experienced power interruptions since 15 July.

Two days after the typhoon, major parts of Metro Manila, particularly the cities of Makati, Quezon, Manila and Pasay, suffered from rotational blackouts due to insufficient supply. As of today, the Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO), the private company responsible for electricity distribution in the metropolis, has still to restore electricity in 2% of its coverage areas in the capital.

Other areas devastated by Typhoon Glenda are not as fortunate. For instance, in Quezon Province, only 68% of power source has been restored, according to the latest update from the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

According to Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, restoration could take up to two weeks in the hard-hit provinces of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Albay.

Typhoon Glenda further demonstrated the vulnerability of private businesses, whether big or small, in the face of weather-related hazards such as typhoons, which are expected to grow in intensity in the coming years as a result of climate change.

Many business operations were already halted even before the storm made landfall as part of the “zero casualty” policy of many local governments. However, big commercial centres such as SM Supermalls whose head, Hans Sy, is a member of UNISDR’s international private sector advisory group, remained in operation and, in the process, provided temporary shelter to stranded individuals.

The recovery of small and medium-scale enterprises—especially those involved in local tourism and agriculture—will be more challenging.

For the province of Albay, the implication of lost incomes and loss of productive capacity is clear: a day of delay in rehabilitation means further income losses and more families falling into poverty.

“The strategic approach is… to isolate the impacted parts and laser-beam interventions on them and keep them from spilling over into the healthy and vibrant parts of the economy like tourism, handicrafts, food and restaurants and retail trade/commerce,” Gov. Salceda said in a press release.

In the 2013 UNISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, it was reported that in times of disaster, businesses struggle when critical infrastructure is damaged, such as power supply, water and telecommunications. This affects longer-term competitiveness and sustainability.

Partial estimates from the NDRRMC indicate that damage to agriculture has reached US$ 145 million, while damage to infrastructure, including school facilities, is pegged at about US$ 25 million.

In Taal Lake in the province of Batangas, another heavily devastated area, unofficial reports indicate that as much as 80% of the 6,000 fish cages have been damaged, a tremendous challenge for the recovery of local fishing communities in the days to come.

Recovery from Typhoon Glenda is expected to add pressure to the Philippine government, which is now in the middle of a gargantuan post-Haiyan reconstruction process. Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) left US$ 3 billion in total damage, with more than 2.6 million people still at-risk and without durable shelter to date.

Philippines: 21 July 2014: Asia and Pacific Ocean - Tropical cyclones

21 July 2014 - 10:41am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: China, China - Taiwan Province, Philippines, Viet Nam preview

RAMMASUN (GLENDA)

• PHILIPPINES: as of 21 July (NDRRMC), there were 97 dead, 437 injured, six missing, 1 600 298 people affected in seven regions, 518 764 people inside 1 264 evacuation centres and 111 372 houses damaged.

• CHINA: as of 21 July, the government reports nine dead in Guangxi, 13 in Hainan and four in Yunnan; 25 people are missing.

• VIETNAM: as of 21 July, media report 11 dead in Vietnam, several people missing and damages in several provinces of northern Vietnam. In terms of damage, the province of Quang Ninh has been affected the most.

MATMO (HENRY)

• On 21 July, 6.00 UTC, Typhoon MATMO had max. sust. winds of 130 km/h and its centre was located approx. 420 km east of Northern Luzon, over the Philippine Sea. It was moving north-west, towards Taiwan.

• In the next 48h, it is forecast to continue on the same direction, intensifying. It is expected to approach the north-eastern coast of Taiwan on 23 July and then move towards eastern mainland China.

• PHILIPPINES: MATMO (locally known as HENRY) will enhance the Southwest Monsoon, bringing moderate to heavy rain over parts of Luzon. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) are in effect (see map).

• TAIWAN, mainland CHINA, JAPAN: Heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge may affect parts of Taiwan, Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces (China), south-west

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 1 Effects of Typhoon "HENRY" (MATMO)

21 July 2014 - 10:24am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

DATE: 21 July 2014, 6:00pm

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW (Severe Weather Bulletin No. 10)

Typhoon "Henry' has accelerated and continues to move towards extreme Northern Luzon.

Philippines: Nearly 100% of Glenda-affected school divisions back to regular operations

21 July 2014 - 8:08am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Department of Education

The Department of Education (DepEd) reported all 117 school divisions affected by Typhoon Glenda have resumed classes and operations, with the exemption of a few schools conducting clearing operations with the support of the local government units (LGUs) and school officials, July 21.

DepEd schools are implementing interventions to address the temporary displacement of classes due to damaged classrooms. This includes provisions of temporary learning spaces, merging of classes, and other measures that have been proven effective in addressing education in emergencies. The department has already directed the school heads to submit initial school damage report.

The public was also encouraged to participate in reporting school damage through the use of #SchoolPatrolPH in different social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter). Through this online initiative, the public has reported a total of 35 schools with damages caused by the typhoon.

DepEd continues to urge the public to report damages made to school buildings by sending photos and other relevant information to DepEd’s official Twitter Account (@DepEd_PH) using the hashtag: #SchoolPatrolPH, or via email at communications@deped.gov.ph. Together with the LGUs and other national government agencies, the department remains committed to ensuring the delivery of basic education services.

China: Typhoon Rammasun Making Landfall in China (as of 17 July 2014)

21 July 2014 - 7:35am
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Country: China, Philippines preview

Three days after drenching the central Philippines in flooding rains, Typhoon Rammasun smashed into southeastern China and was still headed for northeastern Vietnam early on July 19, 2014. With a name meaning “thunder of God,” Rammasun approached the coast as a category 4 super typhoon and one of the strongest to hit China’s Hainan Province in 41 years.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Rammasun at 1:35 p.m. local time (0535 UTC) on July 18, 2014. In the image, the storm has a well-defined eye situated just off the coast of northern Hainan; it is surrounded by bands of thunderstorms stretching across the South China Sea and the Gulf of Tonkin.

Shortly before the image was captured, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported sustained winds of 125 knots (140 miles or 230 kilometers per hour) and maximum wave heights of 10 meters (35 feet). According to news reports, winds gusted to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour in Haikou City, Hainan, a city of 2 million people, and a month’s worth of rain fell in six hours. Chinese meteorologists warned of a storm surge of as much as 6 meters (20 feet). More than one million people were without power in Hainan and Guangdong, and hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying areas. As typically happens when cyclones make landfall, Rammasun broke up a bit and lost strength earlier in the week after passing over the Philippines. But then the storm intensified rapidly over the warm waters of the South China Sea. Such evolution and intensification is a key interest of scientists participating in NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission later this summer in the Atlantic Ocean.

References and Related Reading

Climate Central (2014, July 18) What’s Behind Typhoon Rammasun’s Rapid Intensification. Accessed July 18, 2014.

NASA Hurricane Page (2014, July 18) Rammasun. Accessed July 18, 2014.

South China Morning Post (2014, July 19) Severe damage and casualties as Super Typhoon Rammasun pummels southern China. Accessed July 18, 2014.

U.S. Naval Observatory (2014) Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Accessed July 18, 2014.

The Washington Post (2014, July 18) Destructive Super Typhoon Rammsun slams into southeast China. Accessed July 18, 2014.

Xinhua (2014, July 18) Super typhoon Rammasun makes second landfall in China. Accessed July 18, 2014.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Mike Carlowicz. Instrument(s):

Aqua - MODIS

Philippines: Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 15 - 21 July 2014

21 July 2014 - 2:54am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam preview

THE PHILIPPINES

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 18 Jul, Typhoon Rammasun affected 882,300 people in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR.

A total of 54 people were reported dead, 100 were injured and three are still missing. Around 525,800 people were displaced and seeking shelter in 1,200 evacuation centres. Approximately 7,000 houses were totally damaged and 19,250 were partially damaged. The Humanitarian Country Team is on standby to support the Government.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring tropical storm Matmo (Henry), located 880 km east of the Philippines. Matmo is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility but is not expected to make landfall.

On 14 July, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 106 km southeast of Davao Occidental. There was no reported damage to property or loss of life.

BANGLADESH

An increase in malaria cases was reported on 6 July by local health authorities in the Hill Tracts. Six children died while more than 1,500 other cases were reported in the district of Bandarban.

On 16 July, around 115 villages in the districts of Bhola, Patuakhali and Barguna were flooded following the collapse of flood control dykes in southern Bangladesh. Around 50.000 people have been affected by floods.

The Government of Bangladesh is leading the evacuations and providing immediate relief.

CHINA

On 18-19 July, Typhoon Rammasun hit coastal cities in Guangdon and Hainan provinces in Guangxi region, causing flash floods and strong winds and affecting more than three million people.

Rammasun is the biggest typhoon to hit southern China in 40 years. The government is leading response operations.

VIET NAM

On 19 July, Typhoon Rammasun struck Quang Ninh province in northern Viet Nam. Provincial authorities have reported no fatalities. This is largely attributed to pre-emptive evacuation of people from the projected storm path. Media sources report about 100 houses damaged.

SRI LANKA

According to the Government's Disaster Management Centre, over 5,900 people have been affected by high winds caused by the southwest monsoon in six districts. One person is reported dead and 16 people are reported injured.

A total of 106 houses were fully destroyed and 1,605 houses were partially damaged. At present, 550 people are living in nine welfare centres in Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Rathnapura districts. The Government is leading the response.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 17 re Effects for Typhoon 'GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

21 July 2014 - 2:45am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

A. AFFECTED POPULATION

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

B. CASUALTIES

A total of ninty-four (94) persons were reported dead, four hunder and thirty seven (437) were injured and six (6) are still missing in Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VIII and NCR

Philippines: Typhoon Glenda updates, as of July 18, 2014 – 8:00PM

21 July 2014 - 2:01am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: Isabela town launches campaign against dengue

21 July 2014 - 1:34am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Merlito G. Edale, Jr

ROXAS, Isabela, July 16 (PIA) – The municipal health office here has launched the ‘Aksiyon Brigada Kontra Dengue or ABKD’ program as an initial step to thwart the occurrence of dengue cases in the town.

Mario Lacnac, Rural Health Unit sanitary inspector, said the program aims to raise awareness of preventive methods against dengue such as cleaning of surroundings and canals and spraying for mosquitoes in schools.

Lacnac also urged schools and barangays here to practice the ‘4S’ which is search and destroy, self-protection measure, seek early consultation, say no to indiscriminate fogging.

“Though there are no cases of dengue yet in the town, we are still proactive in preventing the occurrence of dengue disease caused by the dengue virus” he added.

He urged residents to cooperate in the campaign against dengue to prevent the occurrence of dengue cases in the town especially now that the onset of rainy season has started. (ALM/MGE – PIA2/Isabela)

Philippines: Barangay officials must beef up disaster preparedness plans

21 July 2014 - 1:31am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 17 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Negros Oriental made a call to barangay officials to beef up their respective disaster preparedness and mitigation measures.

PDRRMC executive director Adrian Sedillo underscored this in a Kapihan sa PIA today in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.

Based on the R.A. 10121, barangay officials are the primary responders during calamities or disasters since they are the authorities closest to ground zero.

Sedillo stressed it is time for barangay officials to take pro-active measures and intensify their preparations against disasters.

Part of this is to conduct vulnerability assessment wherein officials identify the hazards in their locality as well as the number of people who will be directly affected by disasters and list the appropriate interventions to address such scenario like designating a safe evacuation center.

Moreover, barangays should channel 5% of their funds for their disaster risk reduction and management programs.

He explained that 30% of this fund can be used as quick response fund while the 70% of it can be used for mitigation and prevention, preparedness and rehabilitation programs.

He suggested using 70% of the funds for stock piling of relief goods for the response operations during disasters.

The conduct of fire and earthquake drills can also equip people with the knowledge on what to do during disasters.

But more importantly, Sedillo advised barangays to focus also on prevention and mitigation programs since this could really lessen the negative impact of disasters.

Examples of mitigation are implementing flood control measures, planting trees and solid waste management programs.

“If barangays already have these (preparations), the city/municipal government or provincial government interventions can easily come in,” Sedillo said in the local dialect.

Even though he had put emphasis on the barangay officials Sedillo still reminds the public that disaster preparedness is a shared responsibility between the government and the people.

He noted that because of climate change the observation of the National Disaster Consciousness Week should be not only be July but also carried out every day. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr)

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 (www.sss.gov.ph).

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).(doh.gov.ph)

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)