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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)

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

2 January 2017 - 9:43pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

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.

Philippines: DSWD provides relief assistance worth P158.2 to ‘Nina’ affected families

1 January 2017 - 11:21pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

As of today, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided assistance amounting to P158,282,150 to affected families of typhoon Nina to augment the resources of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAOPA, BICOL, and VIII.

In addition, the LGUs also provided assistance amounting to P4,226,832 while Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) contributed P80,500 to the disaster relief operations.

The Department is also continuously conducting an assessment of the damages left by ‘Nina’ in partnership with the LGUs and other National Government Agencies (NGAs) in preparation for the next round of relief assistance, as well as the provision of other appropriate interventions.

To date, there are 436,862 families or 1,967,911 persons affected in 1,767 barangays in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, BICOL, and VIII. Of the said total, some 327,487 are displaced, with 46,850 families still staying in evacuation centers, while the rest are temporarily taking shelter either with their relatives or friends.

DSWD has provided a total of P9,614,208 worth of assistance to Calabarzon, P6,634,720 in MIMAROPA, P686,033 in Region VIII, and P141,338,189 to Bicol.

Damaged houses

Based from the latest report, typhoon Nina damaged 239,343 houses in Regions V, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA, with 171,671 partially damaged while 67,667 are totally damaged. The numbers of damaged houses are still expected to change once all the assessment reports in the affected areas are in.

In partnership with other concerned agencies, the DSWD is currently preparing for the appropriate response to the shelter needs of the affected families.

Continuous relief operations

DSWD is also anticipating requests for augmentation from the LGUs given the magnitude of the affected families, thus, the production of the family food packs continue.

Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo assures the public that the DSWD is ready to respond to the requests of LGUs for assistance. “We will ensure that we have enough stockpile of family food packs ready for immediate delivery to the LGUs upon request.”

The Secretary also addressed the report of some concerned citizens that some affected families have not received help from DSWD.

“DSWD has provided relief assistance to all affected areas even before typhoon Nina hit. The Department has also sent additional family food packs to LGUs which has requested for augmentation support,” Secretary Taguiwalo said.

Secretary Taguiwalo reminds the public to inquire with their respective LGUs for the relief goods. “The DSWD does not have enough manpower to provide the relief goods to the household level. Thus, the family food packs provided by DSWD are with the LGUs. Disaster relief response is primarily the responsibility of the LGUs, with the DSWD ready to augment their resources.”

Thanking volunteers

DSWD also welcomes volunteers who are willing to share their time in repacking relief goods at the National Resource and Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City and in the different warehouses of the regional offices.

“The provision of relief assistance is continuous, thus, volunteers are also welcome. We are grateful for those who want to be part of this important work of disaster response in any way they can. To achieve maximum productivity, we encourage those interested to call NROC for a more orderly schedule of volunteer work,” Secretary Judy added.

Philippines: Did our eco-friendly boat idea hold water?

1 January 2017 - 10:34pm
Source: Concern Worldwide Country: Philippines

Written by Craig Burnett

Fishing is a way of life across the Philippines, so when Typhoon Haiyan hit the nation of many islands in 2013, we aimed to restore the livelihoods of fisherman in the form of new, more sustainable fishing vessels. Here’s what happened.

When major disasters strike, we act fast. Sometimes within a few hours — as we did when Hurricane Matthew battered Haiti at the beginning of October. And while the TV crews pursue new headlines after a few days or weeks, we stay and work with local people to rebuild lives. In the wake of a huge typhoon in the Philippines in 2013, we helped fishermen go green and start earning again.

When Typhoon Haiyan brought chaos to the Philippines three years ago, Concern was quick to send help. In the weeks after the disaster, we gave out blankets and other essential supplies. But people needed to do more than survive — they needed to rebuild their lives.

On the island of Iloilo, where Concern focused its efforts, many people made their living through fishing. But the typhoon destroyed huge numbers of boats — even those pulled up on to land for safety. Without them, already poor families would struggle to put food on the table. So, beyond rebuilding schools, fixing water pipes, and helping people get ready for future disasters, we worked to replace damaged and destroyed boats with a new eco-friendly design.

We’ve taken a hard look at the scheme to see if it was a success. Read the full report, or grab the highlights below.

GREENER DESIGN

The island’s traditional fishing boats are made of wood from locally-grown tipolo trees. But tipolo tree numbers plummeted after the typhoon, as fishers chopped them down to replace their broken boats.

To protect tree supplies, Concern came up with an alternative design using marine plywood. The new design was a similar shape to the old boats, but needed much less wood. Once it was approved by the fishers and the local authorities, Concern set up a boatyard, staffed by five teams of local people. Soon the yard was churning out boats for fishers who had lost their old craft in the typhoon.

A PROJECT BACKED BY LOCALS

Each new boat was expected to last six years — longer than traditional boats, which would survive for three to four years. A survey showed that the new design was well liked by users, with 34% rating it ‘good’ and 64% ‘very good’. They rated the quality of construction highly too (39% ‘good’ and 56% ‘very good’). In total, 950 boats were built and given out by Concern, along with fishing gear.

A panel of local people made sure those claiming a boat had been fishing for a living before the disaster. No boats were given to people who did not own one before the disaster. The list of those helped was shared with other organizations working in the wake of the typhoon, to make sure support was spread around fairly.

To offset the wood used to build the new boats, the project included the reforestation of more than 120 acres of land on a local mountain. Local farmers and fishermen associations planted more than 15,000 seedlings.

CRUCIAL CORAL REEFS AND MANGROVES

This wasn’t the only support we gave fishers on Iloilo. We also helped rebuild mangroves and coral reefs — vital environments for the fish local people depend on — and helped communities prevent overfishing. You can read more about this work, and the new fishing boats, in our in-depth report.

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Philippines: Philippine Red Cross humanitarian caravan on its way to deliver relief supplies in typhoon Nina affected areas

1 January 2017 - 4:29pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) humanitarian caravan loaded with emergency relief supplies and other equipment intended for Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-ten) affected families and areas had been deployed yesterday, December 30, and now on its way to Catanduanes, Marinduque and Albay to distribute relief items and assist in the clearing operations.

According to PRC Operations Center report, the number of Typhoon Nina damaged houses has reached 153,316 while 125,696 families or 583,574 individuals have been affected.

“As we honor the heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal, we at the Philippine Red Cross also remember the value of selflessness through the humanitarian works and generosity exemplified by our volunteers, who provide service without expecting anything in return. They are our everyday heroes, who are able to swiftly mobilize aid and bring relief to the most vulnerable. In response to Typhoon Nina, our staff and volunteers have been on the ground in close coordination with the local government, and have also been active in the distribution of emergency relief items, while others have assisted in repacking and in preparing the caravan to be able to extend more help in various affected areas,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

The teams are set to distribute relief supplies which include 3,000 sets of tarpaulins, blankets, mosquito nets, and sleeping mats, 1,500 sets of hygiene kits, 50 sets of shelter tool kit (handsaw, hammer wire, etc), 1,500 sets of 20 liter jerry cans, 10 generator sets, 500 sacks of clothes, and 15,000 pairs of shoes. PRC 10 and 6 wheeler trucks, a fuel tanker, humvee, landcruiser, and a 10,000 liters water tankers and other equipment have been dispatched for the relief distribution.

Be one of our heroes and be part of our mission to save lives and provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable by volunteering or sending your donations. For more information, visit our website www.redcross.org.ph.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.11 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Nina" (I.N. Nock-ten)

1 January 2017 - 4:21pm
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: PRC appeals for donations for Typhoon Nina victims

1 January 2017 - 3:39am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANDALUYONG CITY, Jan. 1 - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for donations to help the families and communities affected by typhoon Nina that left thousands of people homeless in 19 provinces along its path.

The PRC’s appeal came at the heels of the recommendation of PRC assessment teams deployed in different affected areas right after the height of the typhoon.

According to the report from PRC’s Operations Center, typhoon Nina left a trail of 1,612 affected barangays with a total of 100,075 families as of today. The typhoon destroyed a total of 110,008 houses and several health facilities, schools, agriculture, livelihood, and roads.

The donations will be utilized to cover the cost of the relief operations and to maintain the adequate provision of food items such as hotmeals and ready to eat meals, and non food items such as blankets, plastic mats, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, jerry cans and tarpaulins. Other services will also provide psychosocial support and restoring family links program to affected families.

And as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program, PRC will also establish water stations by providing water bladders and tankers in communities and evacuation centers to provide access to clean water. Health and hygiene promotions will also be conducted.

To those who are interested to extend a hand through the Philippine Red Cross, cash donations may be deposited in any of the following Philippine Red Cross bank accounts:

BDO Peso Account – 00-453190938

BDO Dollar Account – 10-4530039482

Metrobank Peso Account – 151-7-1552434-2

Metrobank Dollar Account – 151-2-15100218

Donations may also be dropped off at the PRC Tower, 37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City, or in any PRC chapters nationwide. Donors may also call telephone numbers 790-2300 local 807 and 826, and look for Joy Materum, Ma. Rizza Genil or Shervi Corpuz.

To date, more than 3,700 individuals were given hotmeals and food items, and 100 individuals were provided aid by welfare services, such as psychosocial support. PRC also immediately provided assistance to the affected areas through water search and rescue, clearing and disaster relief operations, first aid support and hygiene promotions.

Please give generously and be a part of our mission to alleviate suffering and restore the dignity of the most vulnerable. (PRC)

Philippines: Philippine Red Cross humanitarian caravan on its way to deliver relief supplies in Typhoon Nina affected areas

31 December 2016 - 1:40pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) humanitarian caravan loaded with emergency relief supplies and other equipment intended for Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-ten) affected families and areas had been deployed yesterday, December 30, and now on its way to Catanduanes, Marinduque and Albay to distribute relief items and assist in the clearing operations.

According to PRC Operations Center report, the number of Typhoon Nina damaged houses has reached 153,316 while 125,696 families or 583,574 individuals have been affected.

“As we honor the heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal, we at the Philippine Red Cross also remember the value of selflessness through the humanitarian works and generosity exemplified by our volunteers, who provide service without expecting anything in return. They are our everyday heroes, who are able to swiftly mobilize aid and bring relief to the most vulnerable. In response to Typhoon Nina, our staff and volunteers have been on the ground in close coordination with the local government, and have also been active in the distribution of emergency relief items, while others have assisted in repacking and in preparing the caravan to be able to extend more help in various affected areas,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

The teams are set to distribute relief supplies which include 3,000 sets of tarpaulins, blankets, mosquito nets, and sleeping mats, 1,500 sets of hygiene kits, 50 sets of shelter tool kit (handsaw, hammer wire, etc), 1,500 sets of 20 liter jerry cans, 10 generator sets, 500 sacks of clothes, and 15,000 pairs of shoes. PRC 10 and 6 wheeler trucks, a fuel tanker, humvee, landcruiser, and a 10,000 liters water tankers and other equipment have been dispatched for the relief distribution.

Be one of our heroes and be part of our mission to save lives and provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable by volunteering or sending your donations. For more information, visit our website www.redcross.org.ph.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.10 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Nina" (I.N. Nock-ten)

31 December 2016 - 1:32pm
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: ‘Nina’-evacuees start returning home; DSWD to continue relief ops

31 December 2016 - 3:54am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

A total of ₱153,371,593 worth of relief assistance has already been provided to families affected by Typhoon Nina in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V & VIII, coming from the combined resources of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which extended P149,285,261, local government units (LGUs) with P4,005,832 and non-government organizations (NGOs) with P80,500. As of 5am today, 46,798 families or 229,901 persons are still staying in 280 evacuation centers set-up by LGUs in the affected regions. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo expressed relief upon learning that the number of evacuation centers has decreased indicating that families are already returning to their homes. More than 500 evacuation centers were opened at the height of ‘Nina’. “We are doing our best so that families can already return to their homes to also welcome the new year. I commend our disaster teams who continue to work even during the holidays. DSWD will continue to assist affected families until they are able to return to their normal lives,” Sec. Taguiwalo said. Meanwhile, Sec. Taguiwalo joined disaster teams yesterday morning as they distributed family food packs in Marinduque and nearby towns. Aside from relief operations, Sec. Taguiwalo also joined the aerial inspection in the province. She then presided over the meeting of the Response Cluster at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in the afternoon and discussed the result of the aerial inspection and needs assessment.

Philippines: Typhoon recovery assistance to The Philippines

31 December 2016 - 3:31am
Source: Government of Australia Country: Australia, Philippines

Australia's thoughts are with the people of the Philippines as they respond to the devastating impact of Typhoon Nock-ten.

Typhoon Nock-ten made landfall in the northern Philippines on Christmas Day causing at least seven deaths, damaging 70,000 homes and affecting more than 950,000 people.

Today I announce the Australian Government will provide up to $900,000 in humanitarian assistance. Australia's assistance will support 35,000 people with emergency items such as sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins and hygiene kits. Our assistance will be provided through the Philippines Red Cross which is working closely with the Philippines Government.

Australia and the Philippines have a long history of working together in disaster response and risk reduction. The Philippines Government's decision to begin evacuations before the typhoon made landfall was important in mitigating casualties.

The Australian Government stands ready to respond to any additional requests for assistance once the full impact of the typhoon becomes clear.

Media enquiries

Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500 DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555

Philippines: Red Cross provides psychosocial support to families and relatives of sank off ship, MV Starlite Atlantic

30 December 2016 - 3:56pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), through its Welfare Service, provided psychosocial support to the families and relatives of the missing crew members of the MV StarliteAtlantic in Batangas Port yesterday, December 28.

The ship sank off the coast of Batangas at the height of Typhoon Nina on December 26. Upon instructed of PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, Welfare Service of National Headquarters together with PRC Batangas Chapter mobilized a team and provided psychosocial support to 14 survivors (captain, chief engineer, cadet crew members), 53 families and relatives of the missing crew and 11 employees of Starlite Atlantic.

PRC also provided a medical and welfare desk to assist the relatives of the missing crew members.

"Welfare Service is one of the pillars of the Philippine Red Cross, and the psychosocial support is an important part of its program to help people cope with different crisissituation with the help of our social workers and volunteers who are well trained, we get our work done easily in supporting the families in easing the pain and problems they suffer from," said Chairman Gordon.

Psychosocial support refers to actions that address the psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities to mitigate the impact of critical events. With this, PRC provides psychological first aid that assists the immediate family members of the victims in the aftermath of disasters, emergencies and crisis situations.

"We sympathize with the families and relatives of the missing crew members of MV StarliteAtlantica. During the height of Typhoon Nina, they were also battered by strong winds and heavy rains and we, at the PRC will make sure that help and needed support will be given to the families and relatives," said Atty. Oscar Palabyab, PRC Secretary General.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.09 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Nina" (I.N. Nock-ten)

30 December 2016 - 3:51pm
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 is 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 are now lifted

27 December 2016

"NINA" has maintained its strength while traversing the West Philippine Sea. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of the Typhoon was located based on all available data at 360 km West of Iba, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecasted to move West at 17 kph.

All Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals are now lifted.

Philippines: DSWD speeds up relief ops to assist ‘Nina’-affected families

30 December 2016 - 12:21pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 31 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is speeding up its relief operations to reach all families affected by Typhoon Nina, which hit the Philippines from December 23-27.

The second batch of family food packs (FFPs) numbering to 2,596 from the DSWD warehouse in Cebu arrived yesterday at Virac, Catanduanes. It was loaded by the C130 plane of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). This is on top of the 12,000 FFPs prepositioned in the province before the onslaught of the typhoon. Another 2,500 FFPs will arrive in the province anytime soon.

The Department is also providing additional FFPs to Region IV in the provinces of Quezon and Marinduque, which were also badly hit by ‘Nina.’ To check the damage caused by the recent typhoon in the region, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo and other officials of the Department will join the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as it conducts an aerial assessment tomorrow, December 30. The target areas include those affected in Batangas, Quezon and Marinduque provinces.

The number of families affected by ‘Nina’ continues to rise as concerned regions submit their reports. According to the 2AM report by the DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), the typhoon has affected a total of 206,812 families or 923,485 individuals in 813 barangays in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, and VIII.

Some 131,011 families or 590,069 persons were displaced; of which, 37,271 families or 152,112 individuals are sheltered in 831 evacuation centers, while 501 families or 2,367 persons chose to stay with relatives or friends.

The number of damaged houses also increased to 76,418 in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and V; of which, 55,682 are partially damaged, while 20,736 are totally damaged.

To date, a total of P51,787,982.00 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families and stranded passengers in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and V. Of the said amount, the Department provided P50,556,437, while the LGUs provided a total of P1,231,545. The Department maintains its close coordination with its concerned field offices (FOs) to augment additional resources when needed.

DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo said that the DSWD is doing its best to assist all families affected by ‘Nina,’ especially those located in far-flung areas.

“We are coordinating closely with our FOs and the local government units (LGUs) of the affected regions in order to extend help to families located in remote areas. We want to reach as many typhoon victims as possible,” she said. (DSWD)

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) (30 Dec 2016)

30 December 2016 - 8:02am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Philippines: Flash Update No.4 (Final) - Tropical Cyclone Nock-Ten, Philippines, 30 December 2016

30 December 2016 - 4:58am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Philippines

After hitting land on the 25 December as Typhoon Category III, TC Nock Ten made 8 landfalls and brought heavy rainfall and strong winds. Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN (Nina) left the land mass on 26 December and finally exited the Western boundary of the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 27 December at 22:00 local time.

Based on the the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) situation report No. 8 issued this morning, three (3) people are reported dead and ten (10) are missing in Regions Calabarzon, Mimaropa and VIII. There were 336,266 families/1,520,324 people served inside and outside evacuation centres in Regions Calabrazon, Mimaropa, V, and VIII. It is also reported that TC NOCK-TEN also causing 123, 596 damage houses where 31, 526 are totally damage and 92,070 are partially damage. More than 300,000 families or around 1,500,000 people are affected in 1,370 barangays in Region Calabrazon, Mimaropa, V and VIII. According to NDRRMC, worth of damage from the Typhoon Nock-Ten is around USD 98,904,785 (4,90 Billion Pesos) coming from the agriculture and infrastructure (roads, river control, and school facilities) sectors.

The government of the Philippines trough NDRRMC and its National Response Cluster is coordinating the response efforts. Population living in the affected areas were pre-emptively evacuated. Relief items and personnel were prepositioned. As of today, a total of 2 million USD worth of assistance has been extended to the affected provinces. Food and Non Food Relief items have been distributed to the affected population by land as well as by air. Radio communication and satellite phone are installed in the Office of Civil Defence Offices of the affected regions. Three Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) teams of the Philippines are deployed to the Province of Albay, Camarine Sur to further assess the typhoon impact. While continuing the response effort, the government of The Philippines is now transitioning to the recovery phase.

One in-country ASEAN-Emergency Response & Assessment Team (ERAT) Member were deployed to NDRRMC Operation Centre for coordination and information sharing since 25 December. The government of the Philippines is capable of managing the situation and there is no request for International Assistance being made. This is the FINAL Flash Update for TC NOCK-TEN (NINA).

Philippines: DSWD team led by Sec. Taguiwalo off to CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Marinduque to oversee relief operations

30 December 2016 - 3:02am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 30 - There is no holiday for Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo, who together with a team from DSWD Central Office, traveled this morning to the areas severely hit by Typhoon Nina in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Marinduque.

Sec. Taguiwalo and other officials left at 8.30 this morning and proceeded to Lucena, Quezon where they attended a briefing on the damages inflicted by 'Nina' in the region. The team will also proceed to Marinduque after the meeting.

The team joined the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which will conduct an aerial assessment of the affected areas in Batangas, Quezon, and Marinduque provinces.

Present during the briefing were LGU officials led by the Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer (PSWDO) of Quezon and the Southern Luzon Command.

The Department is also providing additional family food packs (FFPs) to the provinces of Quezon and Marinduque.

Based on the 6 am report of the DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), the typhoon has affected a total of 326,632 families or 1,501,275 persons in 1, 370 barangays in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII.

To date, a total of 246,586 families or 1,151,892 persons from Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, and VIII have been displaced of which, 68,304 families or 316,714 persons are currently staying in 657 evacuation centers.

To date, a total of ₱92,618,506 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families and stranded passengers in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and V. Of the said amount, the Department provided ₱ 90,063,535 while the LGUs provided a total of ₱2,554,972.

The Department maintains its close coordination with its concerned field offices (FOs) to augment additional resources when needed.

Sec. Taguiwalo stated “Kahit na holiday ngayon, December 30, patuloy pa din ang DSWD sa pagmomonitor ng sitwasyon ng mga naapektuhan ng bagyong Nina. Pinipilit naming maiparating ang tulong sa mga nasalantang lugar sa lalong madaling panahon (Even during the holidays, DSWD continues to monitor the situation of those affected by Typhoon Nina. We are trying our best to deliver the relief goods to the devastated areas as soon as possible).”

The DSWD chief also clarified, “Bago pa man tumama ang Typhoon Nina sa Marinduque, may prepositioned supplies na sa mga LGU. Hindi po namin alam bakit madaming nagsasabi na kahit isang family food pack ng DSWD ay wala sa Marinduque (Even before Typhoon Nina struck Marinduque, there are already prepositioned supplies in the LGU. We do not know why several people are saying that not even a single food pack from DSWD arrived in Marinduque).”

“In any case, DSWD already sent additional augmentation to Marinduque last December 28 which included 5,000 FFPs, 2000 blankets, 2000 sleeping mats, 200 mosquito nets, 500 solar lamps, and 2,000 hygiene kits,” the Secretary ended. (DSWD)

World: RSIS Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Year in Review 2016

30 December 2016 - 12:27am
Source: Nanyang Technological Univ. Country: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, World

An Overview of Non-Traditional Security

Vishalini Chandara Sagar The study of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) emerged during the post-Cold War period due to significant shifts in the way we understand global security. As risks of traditional inter-state wars and conflicts decline, new security challenges, which are typically non-military in nature, have transpired from transnational threats.

Studies have shown that NTS crises have resulted in more deaths and have had a substantially larger impact on people over time than conventional military threats.

Often, overcoming these NTS crises are more challenging than preventing traditional military aggression.

NTS challenges are mainly people-centred issues, which threaten the survival and well-being of individuals and states and can be broadly categorised into the following key areas – economic security threats; food security threats; health security threats; environmental security threats; community security threats; political security threats; and personal security threats. These arise from sources such as climate change, resource scarcity, infectious diseases, natural disasters, irregular migration, food shortages, people smuggling, drug trafficking and transnational crime. It is the state's responsibility to protect its citizens' from such threats. If governments fail to do so, they lose international standing and credibility.

States are aware that the transnational nature of NTS crises defies conventional unilateral solutions. They require comprehensive political, economic and social responses. Such responses can only be initiated with significant cooperation between governments to formulate policies at a regional and international level to overcome NTS challenges.

Many governments in the Asia-Pacific region are not sufficiently prepared to respond due to the scale, magnitude and complexity of NTS crises. As a result, when such crises occur, the devastation surpasses national boundaries and impacts states and societies further afield. For instance, the spread of Zika virus in the region, human trafficking across Southeast Asian borders, forced migration in Myanmar, massive typhoons and storms that hit the Philippines and surrounding countries, flooding of the Mekong River and recurring transboundary haze pollution from agricultural practices in Indonesia have had significant consequences in terms of human security, tourism and business, and economic development. Viewing these challenges through a NTS lens allows for a more multi-dimensional approach to be taken to analyse the situation and to formulate solutions.

In conclusion, it is crucial to note that to sufficiently understand NTS challenges, condense and resolve them, solutions need to be people-centric, multilateral and holistic.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.08 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon "Nina" (I.N. Nock-ten)

29 December 2016 - 4:47pm
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 is 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 are now lifted

27 December 2016

"NINA" has maintained its strength while traversing the West Philippine Sea. At 4:00 AM today, the eye of the Typhoon was located based on all available data at 360 km West of Iba, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecasted to move West at 17 kph.

All Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals are now lifted.