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Philippines: Final Report re Preparedness Measures and Effects of TY CHEDENG (MAYSAK)

11 April 2015 - 8:12am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Philippines: ICRC activities in the Philippines in 2014 - April 2015

10 April 2015 - 7:05am
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Philippines

In 2014, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continued working to protect and assist people affected by decades of non-international armed conflict and other situations of violence. It also coordinated with authorities to prioritize the welfare of detainees and promote awareness of and respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) among various stakeholders.

Many communities already beleaguered by cycles of armed conflict further suffered the effects of successive natural disasters in 2013. Despite the immediate outpouring of aid, these communities needed continued support to be able to rebuild their lives. The ICRC, which had provided life-saving assistance in these situations, also sustained its response to cover the remaining needs of the people affected. Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the ICRC implemented programs to help survivors recover their livelihoods, rebuild their houses and regain stable access to clean water and health care.

Armed conflict and volence

Conflict and armed violence continued to affect certain parts of the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, where improvised explosive devices and armed clashes caused deaths, injuries or displacement. Often these areas, also afflicted by poverty, were difficult to reach and had minimal or irregular access to basic services.

In 2014, the ICRC completed several projects to support livelihoods and improve access to clean water in these communities. Key hospitals and community health facilities enhanced their capacity to provide timely and adequate care to the weapon-wounded, thanks to continued support from the ICRC and local health authorities.

  • 360 weapon-wounded patients were treated in ICRC-supported hospitals
  • 154 additional patients received individual support for their treatment across Mindanao
  • 534 disabled people obtained physical rehabilitation services – enabling some to walk again – at the ICRC-supported Davao Jubilee Foundation
  • 4,000 people in rural communities of Negros Occidental and Surigao del Sur gained regular access to clean water via two new water-supply systems built with their involvement
  • Over 38,000 people in Mindanao and the Visayas restored or reinforced their livelihoods, aided by veterinary support, seed, tools and equipment
  • Over 14,000 people used cash grants to improve or launch their own income-generating activities, such as vegetable gardening
  • Almost 5,000 people augmented their household income through cash-for-work projects in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, and Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Zamboanga conflict response

The humanitarian needs in Zamboanga City lingered long after the hostilities ended in September 2013, as hundreds of families struggled with prolonged displacement in evacuation centres and transition sites. In response, the ICRC continued to assist them by improving their access to water, sanitation and hygiene, addressing the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable groups, and providing opportunities to earn short-term income through cash-for-work activities.

  • Over 12,000 people in 5 evacuation centers had a steady supply of potable water trucked in by the PRC/ICRC
  • Displaced people in 2 transition sites, and the host community, benefited from increased water supply, through projects coordinated with the Zamboanga City Water District
  • The construction of 102 latrines, enhancements to drainage systems, and hygiene-promotion sessions improved sanitation conditions and curbed the spread of diseases in evacuation centres and transition sites
  • 19,000 consultations done at the Philippine Red Cross-operated basic health-care unit inside the Joaquin Enriquez stadium, with support from the ICRC and the City Health Office (CHO)
  • Almost 11,000 patients benefited from the repair of the Rio Hondo barangay health station and 2 new multipurpose halls (hosting health activities at the Tulungatung and Taluksangay sites), all of which received medical supplies and equipment
  • The CHO also received similar support with 7 barangay health stations and the Zamboanga City Medical Center was provided with material support and medicines
  • PRC/ICRC health staff supported CHO mobile teams in conducting weekly primary health-care activities in Mampang site (Masepla)
  • Over 3,000 displaced families (almost 16,000 people) eased their living conditions with received essential household and hygiene items
  • Around 2,800 vulnerable families (almost 14,000 people) received food packages as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of malnourishment
  • 571 moderately malnourished children under five years old and pregnant or lactating women improved their nutrition through a supplemental feeding programme; out of them, 289 received additional food packages
  • Almost 40,000 displaced persons improved their food consumption, started small businesses or rebuilt their homes using unconditional cash grants
  • Over 6,400 heads of households (nearly 35,000 people) earned short-term income through cash-for-work activities, such as garbage disposal, which also benefited the displaced population


2014 was an intensive year for the ICRC's vast work with Philippine authorities to improve detainees' living conditions, through mechanisms aimed at reducing prison overcrowding, improving health information systems and the management of tuberculosis (TB), and enhancing essential services and infrastructure in places of detention.

Repeated visits were also conducted by the ICRC to people detained in relation to armed conflict and other situations of violence in order to assess their treatment and living conditions and to ensure that internationally recognized detention standards were respected. Detainees were able to maintain links with loved ones through family visits facilitated by the PRC and the ICRC.

  • 321 visits to 70,701 detainees, of whom 928 were visited and monitored individually
  • 1,273 pending cases were submitted to different courts by the ICRC-supported Task Force Katarungan at Kalayaan (Justice and Freedom), comprising several government agencies led by the Supreme Court, leading to the release or sentencing of more than 350 detainees
  • 400 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) paralegals participated in workshops to ensure that inmates receive ample support concerning the status of their cases
  • 10,000 inmates in 7 Metro Manila jails were given health cards to strengthen the health information systems, through cooperation with the BJMP and Department of Health
  • Support offered to the New Bilibid Prison and Quezon City Jail with mobile digital X-ray machines for TB screening, and rehabilitated their TB treatment working stations, laboratories and isolation facilities
  • Almost 15,500 inmates were screened for TB in these two detention facilities
  • Over 690 inmates with TB, including 99 with drug-resistant TB, were diagnosed with the disease and provided proper care
  • Around 30,000 inmates in the two detention facilities benefited from TB advocacy, communication and social mobilization
  • 50,000 inmates improved their access to health care through mobilization of detaining and health authorities, while 30 detention places received health-monitoring visits
  • 136 increased bed capacity for the infirmary of the Davao Penal Colony
  • 3,000 inmates in 11 jails saw improvements in their living conditions following the renovation of water/sanitation systems, outdoor areas and other facilities
  • Over 12,000 inmates in 16 facilities were given hygiene and/or recreational items

Typhoon Haiyan response

Although the path to recovery was predictably long and arduous in communities in Central Philippines that suffered utter devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) in November 2013, many survivors successfully transitioned from reliance on relief to self-sufficiency.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement delivered aid to the most affected communities in Cebu, Leyte, Palawan, Panay and Samar. The ICRC, together with the National Society, focused its response on Samar island – also partly affected by armed violence – where it had been supporting communities for years.

  • Survivors restored contact with relatives via Red Cross messages, phone calls and the ICRC's family links website (
  • 4,461 families in eight municipalities were given new storm-resilient houses built with the help of community members, including more than 1,000 carpenters who received training on good construction principles
  • Over 72,500 individuals benefited from consultations, surgeries and deliveries in field hospitals, basic health-care units and mobile clinics set up in Basey and Balangiga during the emergency response
  • 79 health facilities received medical supplies/equipment
  • 2 district hospitals, 6 rural health units, and 7 barangay health centers were rehabilitated and around - 2,600 children under five years old received various vaccines
  • 500 people were given mental-health/psychosocial support
  • 75,000 people – including 33,000 people in Guiuan – regained access to water through rehabilitated water-supply systems and the installation of hand pumps and slow sand filters
  • Almost 236,500 people sustained themselves through distributions of food rations or food-for-work projects
  • Over 227,000 of them started vegetable gardens using ICRC-donated seed
  • Almost 226,000 people received essential household and hygiene items
  • Around 147,500 people received unconditional cash grants to cover basic expenditures
  • Over 10,000 breadwinners supported their families (more than 54,000 people) with wages they earned in exchange for clearing debris or participating in shelter-construction projects
  • Over 71,000 people received cash grants with which they pursued fishing, agricultural, livestock and other business ventures

Humanitarian law

Activities to promote awareness of IHL, or the law of armed conflict, continued in 2014 for various stakeholders – from weapon bearers to members of the judiciary to members of the academic community.

In the field, the ICRC conducted IHL dissemination sessions and meetings with armed groups, influential circles and communities affected by armed conflict, to help enhance respect for the law and ensure that civilians were protected.

  • 1,455 members of the military and police increased their understanding of IHL and/or human rights laws applicable to their duties
  • 300 members of armed groups, influential religious leaders and scholars enhanced their awareness of IHL
  • 14 law schools participated in the annual moot court competition on IHL, organized with the PRC and the Court of Appeals
  • 28 political science professors in Mindanao were trained on IHL

Working with the National Society

The ICRC continued working closely with its main operational partner in the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), while supporting its capacity to respond to emergencies, including natural or man-made disasters.

In 2014, the ICRC helped build the capacity of 24 PRC chapters prone to man-made or natural calamities, by training their Red Cross Action Teams and providing them with equipment and supplies.

The ICRC also supported the deployment of volunteers in ICRC-PRC emergency operations.

Philippines: Philippines: EU provides some €600, 000 to displaced people in Mindanao

10 April 2015 - 2:35am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines

Manila, April 10th 2015 – After the recent escalation in violence in Mindanao, the European Union is providing €300, 000 to fund emergency humanitarian assistance to people who have been displaced in the Maguindanao area. This will enable the provision of life-saving relief items to the most vulnerable and support the management and provision of services at evacuation and displacement sites.

The two-month emergency project will more specifically focus on the most vulnerable families. It will help ensure that they have access to safe and dignified shelters, water and sanitation facilities as well as lifesaving non-food items such as blankets, sleeping mats and hygiene kits. Psychosocial support will also be provided, allowing the displaced persons to exchange with others about their traumatic experience and receive information on potential further specialized support.

Moreover, the European Union is continuing its assistance to the families displaced by the fighting which took place in Zamboanga in 2013 by providing a further €297, 600 on top of the assistance provided already in 2013 (€ 300,000) and 2014 (€ 250,000), bringing the total humanitarian aid for this particular crisis to almost €850 000. A year and a half after the displacement took place, some 20 000 people remain in evacuation and transitional sites, living under very difficult conditions. The EU-funded aid will also focus on the most vulnerable individuals, providing them with food, protection, livelihood support, and health services until the authorities can provide a more permanent solution for the displaced.

In both cases, the assistance is being made available through the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) through its Small Scale Response mechanism. The first project, in Maguindanao, will be implemented by a consortium made up of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Plan International - two humanitarian actors who have a long established presence in the Philippines. The operation in Zamboanga will be implemented by another consortium comprising NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and Plan International – both already operational in the area from previous ECHO funding.


The armed conflict in Central Mindanao, southern Philippines, intensified in February 2015 when fighting erupted between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the towns of Pagalungan and Pikit. The clashes further escalated when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) launched an "all-out offensive" against the BIFF troops. The fighting resulted in the displacement of over 120 000 people in the provinces of Maguindanao.

In September 2013, a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) seized hostages in Zamboanga, leading to an intervention by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The ensuing clashes lasted for more than two weeks and left some 45 dead and over 100 000 people displaced in Zamboanga City.

ECHO’s Small Scale Response fund is a global mechanism which allows for rapid funding of up to €300 000 for humanitarian aid in countries affected by natural and man-made disasters.

For more information

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO):

Factsheet on the Philippines:

Philippines: Disaster Council members undergo DRRM seminar-workshop

10 April 2015 - 2:33am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, April 10 (PIA) — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) recently underwent seminar-workshop on disaster preparedness and planning aiming to effectively and efficiently implement emergency response during disasters.

The said training was spearheaded by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council - Office of Civil Defense IV-A (RDRMMO-OCD).

During the two-day seminar-workshop, the RDRMMO-OCD equipped the CDRRMO with knowledge on the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010, communications and disaster reporting systems as well as contingency planning.

The CDRRMO also underwent workshop on the Incident Command System — an effective and efficient systematic management tool used for the command, control and coordination of emergency responses.

The RDRMMO-OCD also taught them the importance of organizational structure and framework composition not just in the municipal level but also in the barangay units.

The said agencyalso noted that barangays should also create a DRRM committee with organized council members and well-trained responders and service providers. (PIA-4A with report from CIO-SPC)

Malaysia: Dengue Situation Update 462, 8 April 2015

9 April 2015 - 6:54am
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, China, French Polynesia (France), Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)


As of 21 March, there were 30,890 cases of dengue reported in Malaysia for 2015. This is 41% higher compared with the same reporting period of 2014 (n=8,923) (Figure 2). From 15 to 21 march 2015, there were 2,006 cases of dengue reported, 12% less than the same period of the previous week (n=2,275).


From 1 January to 14 March 2015, there were 16,328 cases of dengue, including 41 deaths, reported in the Philippines. This is 3% higher compared with the same reporting period in 2014 (n=15,796). Since week 6 of 2015, the number of dengue cases reported in the Philippines has declined (Figure 3).

Singapore As of 28 March, there were 2,155 cases of dengue reported in Singapore for 2015. From 1 to 28 March 2015, there were 391cases reported, compared with 868 for the same period in 2014 (Figure 4).

Philippines: LGU-Naval extends new assistance to farmers

9 April 2015 - 5:17am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

NAVAL, Biliran, April 9 (PIA) – With the ultimate goal of augmenting the income and uplifting the economic status of fish and agri farmers in the municipality of Naval, its local government unit (LGU) urged them to use new farm equipment and implements at a much lesser cost.

Naval Municipal Agriculture Officer Nascencia Abad, disclosed in a recent interview that the LGU now owns one unit four-wheel tractor which is capable of plowing and harrowing plantation areas and paddies in a shorter period of time and lesser cost as compared to manual farming. It is capable of plowing and harrowing two hectares of farmland in a day.

The equipment is rented out at P500 a day exclusive of gasoline and meals however for the tractor operator.

Aside from the four-wheel tractor, there is also one unit cultivator which is capable of making plots ready for planting in small planting areas and one unit corn sheller, which could be accessed by the farmer here, the report added.

The farmers' equipment were given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Secretary Proceso Alcala in his recent visit to Naval last October as an aid to farmers who were victims of typhoon Yolanda, Abad informed.

She added that another two units of portable corn mills were donated to the LGU by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for farmer-victim of typhoon Yolanda.

The portable corn mill can be transported to areas in that are in need of the mill such that corn farmers need not go to far-flung areas such as Kawayan, Cabucgayan, and the mainland of Leyte facing Biliran province where corn mills are available. Milling charge is also much lesser at P3/kilo than other commercial millers at P10/kilo.

Naval LGU imposes reasonable charges for the maintenance of the said farm implements and ensures that all farmer-victims can avail of its services.

Aside from the cost-efficient farm implements and equipment, LGU-Naval is also pushing for organic farming, by availing the carbonized rice hull, vermicast, and foliar fertilizer that are on sale at LGU-Naval, Abad said. (aen/fj/mlt/PIA8 Biliran)

Philippines: Philippines - Mindanao: 3W - Who does, What, Where (completed, ongoing, planned activities) as of 31 March 2015

9 April 2015 - 5:15am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

World: ERC allocates AED 24.6 mn for overseas relief operations

9 April 2015 - 12:41am
Source: Emirates News Agency Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Serbia, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.

The ERC will undertake sheltering and education projects for Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees in Kurdistan to meet the needs of new refugees' influx as a result of the evolving events, which have created a new reality. To leverage its response to the humanitarian situation in Iraq, the ERC will scale up its operations there to ease the suffering and improve living conditions.

In its first meeting of the year, the committee also approved AED 6.13 million worth of cash assistance for underprivileged in Somali, Morocco, Philippines, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Serbia. Medical assistance worth AED 403,370 will be given to patients with chronic diseases in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

Relief and humanitarian programmes to the tune of AED 5.17 million will be carried out in Palestine, which receives special attention of the ERC due to the desperate need there for essential services.


Philippines: NDRRMC Update Final Report re Preparedness Measures for TY Chedeng (Maysak)

8 April 2015 - 9:38pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines



01 April 2015
- At 11:00 PM, the typhoon east of Visayas entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "CHEDENG" with maximum sustained winds of 180 KPH near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph. It moved west northwest at 19 kph

02 April 2015
- Typhoon "CHEDENG" slightly weakened as it continued to move in a West Northwest direction at the same speed. Its maximum sustained winds and gustiness decreased to 175 kph and 210 kph, respectively. The typhoon further weakened as it traversed over the Philippine Sea

03 April 2015
- Typhoon (TY) "CHEDENG" weakened slightly as it moved towards the eastern coast of Central and Northern Luzon. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) Number 1 was raised in Camarines Norte Camarines Sur, Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Isabela, and Mountain Province, while PSWS Number 2 was hoisted in Catanduanes

04 April 2015
- As of 10:00 AM, TY "CHEDENG" accelerated slightly as it continued to move closer to Isabela-Aurora area with maximum sustained winds of 130 KPH near the center and gustiness of 160 kph O At 4:00 PM, TY "CHEDENG" weakened into a Tropical Storm (TS) while over the Philippine Sea. AGASA raised PSWS Number 3 in the Provinces of Isabela and Aurora

05 April 2015
- TS "CHEDENG" further weakened into a Tropical Depression (TD) and remained quasi-stationary over the eastern seaboard of Aurora at 4:00 AM. At around 8:00 AM, it made landfall over Dinapigue, Isabela.
- At 4:00 PM, TD -CHEDENG" weakened into a Low Pressure Area (LPA) Track of Tropical Depression "CHEDENG {MAYSAK}

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 - 8 April 2015

8 April 2015 - 8:34am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Vanuatu, World, Yemen

Snapshot 1–8 April 2015

Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.

Syria: Islamic State has taken large parts of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp after days of intense fighting. 2,000 of the 18,000-strong population are thought to have escaped the camp. 15,000 people have fled Idleb since its takeover by Jabhut al Nusra and Ahrar al Sham.

Yemen: More than 100,000 are reported displaced since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes on 26 March. Access, already difficult, is worsening. It is very difficult to move within the country, and port and airport access is restricted.

Kenya: An Al Shabaab attack on Garissa University left 147 dead and 79 injured. The Kenyan Government ordered the recruitment of 10,000 more police, and sent fighter jets to bomb Al Shabaab bases in Somalia. In Dadaab refugee camp, Garissa, suspected Al Shabaab stormed the premises of an NGO, killed one person and injuring three.

Updated: 08/04/2015. Next update: 14/04/2015

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Maysak (Chedeng) as of 06 April 2015

8 April 2015 - 5:17am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

World: The rights of climate displaced persons - a quick guide

7 April 2015 - 11:18pm
Source: Displacement Solutions Country: Bangladesh, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, World


The aim of this guide is to provide practical, easy to follow advice on what people displaced from their homes and lands by climate change can do to get help. It is written directly for climate displaced persons and their advocates.

It explains in non-technical language what climate displacement is, what rights you are entitled to as a climate displaced person, and what you can do to protect your rights.

It also gives examples of how climate displaced people around the world have organised themselves to obtain help from the authorities in their countries.

To achieve climate justice, communities affected by climate displacement must organize themselves, and individually and collectively claim, assert and enforce their rights.

Philippines: Relief on the Philippines

7 April 2015 - 10:58am
Source: Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation Country: Philippines

Houses and lands are restored, fishermen got new boats. But there was also attention to psychosocial support and land rights. A year after the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines we see that the local partners of ICCO and Kerk in Actie have already done a lot of work for the victims.

All assistance was aimed to enable people as quickly as possible to rebuild their own lives. This infographic gives an overview of what ICCO and Kerk in Actie have achieved in one year.

Micronesia (Federated States of): Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (31 Mar - 7 Apr 2015)

7 April 2015 - 5:29am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Micronesia (Federated States of), Myanmar, Philippines, Vanuatu


As of 3 Apr, 166,000 people remain affected on 22 islands. 50,000 people received emergency shelter assistance, 20,000 received hygiene kits, and nearly 11,000 children were vaccinated against measles. Despite the provision of assistance across all sectors, needs remain, with an estimated 110,000 people are in need of drinking water. On 2 Apr Government-led teams completed a round of assessments to ascertain humanitarian and early recovery needs across several sectors. A Flash Appeal for nearly US$30 million remains 64 percent unfunded.

166,000 people affected

110,000 people in need of water


On 5 Apr a severe local storm affected 14 districts across the country. The storm killed at least 40 people, and injured nearly 300. Casualties were caused by collapsed homes, landslides, and lightning strikes. Bogra district is the worst affected. Reports indicate that nearly 92,000 families are affected, and that 29,000 homes are destroyed with another 70,000 damaged.
The Government is providing assistance.

92,000 families affected

29,000 homes destroyed


Typhoon Maysak weakened into a tropical storm as it made landfall on northern Luzon on 5 Apr. The storm affected 2,800 people in Isabela and Aurora provinces. There are no reports of casualties.


The Government and humanitarian partners continue to deliver food, water, medical supplies, and temporary shelter to the islands and atolls affected by Typhoon Maysak. The Ulithi atoll took the most direct hit from the typhoon, with the majority of homes destroyed and reports of significant damage to crops and infrastructure as well as contamination of food and water sources. The affected populations in Chuuk and Yap are highly reliant on subsistence farming and damage to crops was significant. School buildings were also damaged and classes in Chuuk are temporarily suspended. Power is being restored in Chuuk and the main Yap island, however the outer Yap islands are still without power. The dispersed nature of the affected communities across many small islands and atolls – spanning hundreds of kilometres – will increase the complexity of the humanitarian response.
At the request of the Government, OCHA deployed a five-person UNDAC team to provide support in response coordination, assessments, and information management. IOM and the Micronesia Red Cross Society are also supporting the Government with logistics support, humanitarian coordination, and needs assessments.

World: World Health Day 2015: Age Demands Action campaigners call for age-friendly health services

6 April 2015 - 9:44pm
Source: HelpAge International Country: Bangladesh, Grenada, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mozambique, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, World

By Sophie Amos

Today on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners in over 35 countries are calling for access to age-friendly health services for older people.

“It is unacceptable that older people around the world often miss out on their right to health because of physical and financial barriers, discrimination, lack of appropriate services and being unaware of their entitlements,” said Toby Porter, HelpAge’s Chief Executive.

“2015 is an important year for development. The Sustainable Development Goals will be set, including on health, for the next 15 years. By 2050, there will be two billion people over 60 compared with 868 million now. We need to ensure that older people are included and no one is left behind,” said Porter.

Kenya: No access to hospitals

Older people experience discrimination in many ways. Kahindi, 84, from Kenya became ill in 2007. He is still sick but can’t afford to return to the hospital for treatment.

He said: “I went to the nearest hospital but the doctor was not around and they advised me to go back later. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money so I’ve never gone back. I still don’t know the cause or name of my illness.

“No one would want to be in this state. All I need is help to go to hospital and get treated.”

Moldova: Medicine too expensive

“The medicine I need is very costly. I often can’t get it because I have so little money,” said Dontu, 50, who is disabled and from Moldova.

“The family doctor is 10km away. I need to pay to be taken but I don’t have the money. It would be good if doctors would come to the village and provide free consultations to older people,” he added.

Gaza: Age Demands Action impact

Consistent campaigning by Age Demands Action activists has resulted in improved health services at Sameera’s health centre in Gaza.

“When I went to the health clinic, I used to wait a long time and would sometimes leave without being treated,” said Sameera, 62.

“After several meetings with the head of the clinic, we started to see changes for older people. Priority is now given to older men and women and when I hand in my treatment card, I’m treated without delay.”

Philippines: Services make huge difference

Ernesto, 61, is from the Philippines and works part-time as a barangay guard. He underwent an operation last year on his lungs.

“I received this Senior Citizen ID card from HelpAge and the Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE). When I was hospitalised and received a large bill, I used the card to get a discount. I know this small card is worth a lot. It has been my passport to information and benefits, so I carry it all the time.”

Action around the world

This is a glimpse of what campaigners are doing today on World Health Day:

  • Bangladesh: Older activists are asking the government to implement a newly approved policy on access to healthcare for older people. They are meeting the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and are organising street plays, rallies and health camps.

  • Mozambique: Campaigners are demanding that public hospitals provide free consultations, medication and access to older people, as stipulated in a law passed last year. There will be a community health fair as well as radio and TV debates addressing the issues older people face.

  • Kyrgyzstan: Older activists are calling for better geriatric medical services and a gerontology centre in the capital, Bishkek. Campaigners are taking part in flash mobs at Bishkek Historical Museum and are organising diabetes and hypertension screenings.

  • Slovenia: Older activists are meeting the Minister of Health and Minister of Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities to discuss healthy food and lifestyles.

  • Grenada: The focus of this year’s campaign is affordable healthcare for vulnerable older people. Street plays, a TV programme and meetings between older people and Ministers are taking place to highlight this issue.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 10 re Preparedness Measures for TY CHEDENG (MAYSAK)

6 April 2015 - 6:19pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

l SITUATION OVERVIEW (As of 06 April 2016, 6:00 AM)

-At 4:00 AM, 06 April 2015, the LPA was estimated based on all available data at 215 km Northwest of Laoag City, !locos Norte (19.6°N, 119.2°E)


  • As of 6:00 PM, 05 April 20'15, all evacuees (525 families / 2,140 persons) in the provinces of Isabela and Aurora have returned to their respective houses

Philippines: Truce monitors find Philippine police, rebels violated ceasefire

6 April 2015 - 6:06pm
Source: Reuters - AlertNet Country: Philippines

MANILA, April 6 (Reuters) - Malaysian-led peace monitors have found that both the Philippine police and Muslim rebels were at fault for violating a ceasefire in a January clash in which 65 people were killed, the government's chief negotiator said on Monday.

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Philippines: DSWD disaster teams out to assist families affected by Chedeng

6 April 2015 - 7:33am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

With Tropical Storm Chedeng hitting land in the Isabela-Aurora area this morning, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that some 431 families from the towns of Dinapigue, Divilacan, and Maconacon are now staying in 16 evacuation centers, as of 3:00 a.m., April 5.

Most of the families were pre-emptively evacuated starting yesterday since their houses are located in low lying and coastal areas.

In Aurora, DSWD-Field Office III reported that 17 evacuation centers were opened and provided temporary shelter to some 258 families who were pre-emptively evacuated. As of 9:00 a.m. today, these families have already returned home.

In other affected areas, some 75 persons were reported stranded at the Marinduque ports in Mogpog and Buac, as of2 am today. They were attended to by concerned local government units (LGUs).

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that disaster teams of Field Offices along the typhoon path are now on the ground to assist LGUs in disaster relief operations and management of evacuation centers.

The Search, Rescue and Retrieval Cluster of the Response Pillar under the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has deployed communications teams in Dinapigue, Casiguran, Dilasag, and Dipaculao in Aurora province to ensure that communication in these remote towns will not be cut.

In a meeting with the cluster-members of the Response Pillar at the NDRRMC last night, Sec. Soliman emphasized that there is a need to advise vacationers not to travel within today, especially if they are passing along landslide and flashflood prone areas.

“We don’t want you to be hurt so please heed the call of authorities for evacuation and suspension of travel,” Sec. Soliman said.

She reiterated that DSWD disaster teams will continue to monitor the situation and assess the extent of the disaster to enable the government to provide appropriate services for the affected families.

Philippines: Chedeng evacuees return home

6 April 2015 - 7:32am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to monitor the situation of areas affected by Tropical Depression Chedeng and is ready to augment the resources of local government units (LGUs) when necessary.

Earlier, DSWD-Field Office III transported some 1,100 family food packs to Aurora province. Around 2,880 family food packs also arrived at the Field Office earlier today from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City. Staff of the Field Office also continue to repack goods.

In Cagayan Valley, the DSWD-Field Office II reported that evacuees who were pre-emptively evacuated have started to return home.

By noon today, the evacuation centers in Maconacon, Isabela, have been closed. Likewise, the 176 family-evacuees in Dinapigue, Isabela, are also returning to their homes.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the DSWD-Field Office CAR reported that Chedeng has not caused any damage in the region. The Field Office has already terminated its disaster operations this morning.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has allowed travel as long as travelers take extreme caution especially in navigating through landslide and flashflood prone areas.

It also advised the public to keep persons with disabilities, older persons, and children in safer grounds as rains brought by Chedeng can still cause flooding.