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Philippines: DSWD’s P68-M Ruby restoration project up in Borongan City

14 January 2015 - 12:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Some 17,547 individuals from the 61 barangays of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, who were affected by Typhoon Ruby are expected to benefit from the Cash-for-Building-Livelihood Assets (CBLA) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Initially, five barangays have started to implement the project – Barangays Sohotan, Bayubay, San Gabriel, Maybacong, and San Pablo.

CBLA is a strategy to help affected communities restore damaged physical and natural assets to rebuild their livelihoods.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that this initiative will help beneficiaries achieve a sense of normalcy in their daily lives as they have a source of income, though short-term, while the government prepares to implement more sustainable recovery and rehabilitation projects for them.

DSWD has allotted more than P68 million for CBLA implementation in the city.

Under the project, beneficiaries are engaged in the repair of small infrastructure facilities, dredging of canals, and in the clean-up of rivers. They will be receiving P260 per day or a total of P3,900 for a maximum period of 15 days.

On Monday, the city conducted the second community assembly to determine the next set of five barangays, which will be recipients of the CBLA and the activities that will be undertaken.

Eligible to participate in the program is any member of an affected family, a duly resident of the affected barangay, in good physical and mental condition, and at least 18 years old.

Only one family member is allowed to be part of this income-generating venture.

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 7-13 Jan 2015

13 January 2015 - 12:26pm
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.

Sudan: Government and opposition forces fought in Tawila locality, North Darfur and in Northern Jebel Marra, Central Darfur. 15 villages were burned and another 30 abandoned in Tawila, with up to 37,000 estimated displaced. In Fanga, northern Jebel Marra, 21 villages were burned and some 50,000 estimated displaced.

Ukraine: Savings are dwindling and winter needs remain unmet, as the latest figures indicate more that than half of the 633,000 registered IDPs were displaced in the past four months. More than 4,800 people have been killed in the conflict, and it is reported that hostilities are intensifying.

Updated: 13/01/2015 Next Update: 20/01/2015

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: The European Union more than doubles its aid to the Philippines for the period 2014-2020

13 January 2015 - 3:51am
Source: European Union Country: Philippines

The European Union Delegation and EU Member States Embassies will today launch the 2015 Joint EU-Philippines Development Report highlighting their development cooperation programmes implemented over the last three years while setting out their priorities for 2014- 2020.

Greek Ambassador Constantina Koliou, French Ambassador Gilles Garachon, Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno, British Ambassador Asif Ahmad, German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski, Spanish Ambassador Luis Calvo, Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen, Dutch Ambassador Marion Derckx, and Czech Chargé d'Affaires a.i Jan Vytopil, presented the Joint Report together with EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux.

Also present were representatives of the Austrian and Belgian Ambassadors.

In the last years the European Union and Member States have been working with the Philippine Government to reduce poverty through various programmes including on the rule of law, energy security, public health and peace building in Mindanao.

Looking ahead to the 2014-2020 period the focus will be on two key areas: (a) The rule of law and (b) Inclusive growth through sustainable energy and job creation. The new strategy will address governance and climate change which are key areas of the new global sustainable development goals which are expected to replace the MDG's this year. The European Union will continue to direct a more than proportional amount of its assistance to Mindanao as part of its contribution to the Peace Process.

In order to finance these ambitious goals NEDA Deputy Director General Rolando Tungpalan and EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux will sign a letter confirming the new seven year EU support strategy that more than doubles EU grant assistance to the Philippines from € 130M (PHP 7Billion) to €325M (PHP 17 Billion).

EU Ambassasdor Guy Ledoux said that "The significant increase in aid has been granted in the context of the progressive improvement of governance under the current administration. Emphasis will be on achieving concrete results and maximising the impact of the EU funding provided to the benefit of Filipinos across the country."

The decision to more than double EU Development assistance to the Philippines follows just weeks after the granting by the EU of GSP+ status to the Philippines in line with the EU's strategy to support poverty reduction using the tools of both aid and trade. The granting of the GSP+ and its related tariff reductions in December 2014 will create many thousands of jobs for Filipinos in the Philippines directly contributing to poverty reduction. As the largest source of foreign direct investment in the Philippines, European companies have created already sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Philippines.

An electronic version of the report on - European Union Philippines Development Assistance 2015 may be downloaded from the EU Delegation website : and Facebook :!/EUDelegationToThePhilippines

Further Information: Thelma Gecolea, Public Affairs Officer, Phone 8595124

Philippines: Philippines: Central Visayas Earthquake - Emergency Appeal n° MDRPH013 Operation Update no 5

12 January 2015 - 8:29am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

Period covered:
1 October 2014 to 30 November 2014

Appeal target (current):
CHF 3,583,780

Appeal coverage:
The appeal is 87 percent covered.

Appeal history:

  • Second revision of appeal was issued on 31 October 2014, with budget adjusted to CHF 3.58 million to assist 100,000 people within the same timeframe.
  • A revised emergency appeal was launched on 26 December 2013 seeking CHF 7,728,975 to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering humanitarian assistance to 20,000 families (100,000 persons) over 16 months.
  • This emergency appeal was launched on a preliminary basis on 24 October 2013 for CHF 5,463,496 to assist 10,000 families (50,000 persons) over eight months.
  • CHF 499,911 was allocated from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 October 2013 to support the National Society in undertaking needs assessments and delivering immediate relief assistance.


More than a year after Central Visayas was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, PRC, through the support of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has been on the ground providing support to earthquake-affected families as recovery efforts continue.

Specifically, under IFRC support, relief distributions were completed in February 2014, having provided non-food items to 12,000 families in the most affected municipalities of Antequera, Buenavista, Calape, Catigbian, Clarin, Danao, Inabanga, Loon, Maribojoc, Sagbayan, San Isidro, Sevilla and Tubigon. To address emergency shelter needs, tarpaulins were provided to 10,101 families while tents were provided to 500 others. During the emergency phase, more than 60,000 families were also provided with safe drinking water.

Philippines: Emergency Relief Mission for the Floods in Southeast Asia

12 January 2015 - 4:30am
Source: Association of Medical Doctors of Asia Country: Malaysia, Philippines

At the end of 2014, a massive monsoon impacted far and wide in Southeast Asia, which heavily flooded in the northern Malaysia. AMDA responded to the situation and implemented a relief and medical mission in collaboration with one of our local partners, MERCY Malaysia, on January 3rd and 4th. On December 29th, 2014, typhoon Jangmi brought floods and landslides in many parts of Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines.

AMDA continuously dispatched its medical team from Malaysia to the Philippines to conduct a joint relief activity with Leyte Medical Society in Tacloban. AMDA team arrived in Tacloban on January 8th and had a meeting to share the information and make activity plans. On the next day, they along with the team from Leyte medical society purchased sacks of rice, canned food and medications and repacked rice into 500 bags.

They will visit Barangy Apitong and provide those relief supplies and medical services to the affected people on January 10th. Barangay Apitong is one of the most affected areas that is prone to flooding as it sits at the foot of a mountain. According to the local information, even though the flood water receded and there are many relief activities contributed by various organizations, Barangay Apitong is still in need of medical assistance and relief goods because it is a low-income area, and not many support has been provided in the Barangay.

Those affected areas by typhoon Jangmi were also devastated by typhoon Haiyan in 2013. This calamity has slowed down the reconstruction of the already-devastated areas from typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines: ACF Philippines Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 1, 3rd Quarter 2014

12 January 2015 - 1:18am
Source: Action Contre la Faim Country: Philippines

Rebuilding Lives after Yolanda

ACF community development officers and Maria Lia Olino, ACF Enumerato

LEYTE – More than eight months after Yolanda unleashed her wrath and brought unprecedented damage to lives and property, survivors have yet to recover the quality of life they had before the calamity. But survivors have a lot to hope for as many humanitarian organizations are helping them get back on track.

ACF International, with funding from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has been providing emergency assistance to 10,000 affected households under the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) project in Tacloban City, and the towns of Dagami, Julita, Pastrana, Burauen and La Paz in Leyte. Among the project beneficiaries are pregnant and lactating mothers, single parents, households with malnourished children and persons with disability whose livelihoods depend on farming devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. The amount, Php 4,370 provided for six months until August 2014, is estimated to cover the food needs of a family of five for a month. Widely-used in emergency response, the UCT was launched in the Philippines following its success in emergency situations in Africa.

Abandoned by her husband, Karen Germanes, 23, from Brgy. Rizal, Dagami town had been suffering from epileptic seizures. Without a job to support her children and continue her medication, her problem worsened after Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the family-owned coconut farm and sari-sari (variety) store. Assessments were made by ACF team and Germanes was among the thousands who qualified for the UCT project.

According to Germanes the monthly cash assistance hasgiven her family a new lease on life, as it is momentarily providing them subsistence now that their livelihood sources are gone.

Philippines: DSWD continues aid for ‘Seniang’ survivors

11 January 2015 - 9:50pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Jan 10 -- As part of its continuing assistance to survivors of Typhoon Seniang, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided a total of 33,443 family food packs and 4,000 non-food items, as of January 8, through the local government units (LGUs) in the Visayas and in CARAGA.

In Central Visayas, DSWD has provided a total of 8,846 food packs and other food items such as water and biscuits.

Non-food items such as blankets, mats, and mosquito nets, among others, were also given to affected families in Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, and the towns of Alcantara, Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda, Bohol, Antequera, Cortes, Loay, Loboc, Loon, Maribojoc, Pres. C.P. Garcia, and Siquijor.

All evacuation centers in the region have been closed with the evacuees already back to their places of origin.

Aid for landslide victims

In Barangay Mercedes, Catbalogan City, Samar, where 21 persons died due to a landslide incident that occurred on December 30 following a heavy downpour, DSWD provided each bereaved family with P10,000 in cash assistance.

DSWD also gave P5,000 each to the eight individuals from the town who were injured due to “Seniang”.

Likewise, cash assistance was given to the injured and to the family of the lone fatality in Calubian town.

DSWD-Field Office VIII Assistant Regional Director Resty Macuto and Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan recently visited the Samar Provincial Hospital to check on the injured.

Emerita Mabag, 46, one of those injured expressed her gratitude to the Department and to the LGU for the help extended to her family. Nine members of her family died as a van rammed into their house as a result of the landslide.

Mayor Tan said that she has discussed with DSWD and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) the evacuation of vulnerable families residing in the landslide prone area of Purok 5-A in Brgy. Mercedes.

Meanwhile, DSWD continues to coordinate with concerned LGUs and other national government agencies for the provision of other appropriate services to survivors of “Seniang” to ensure that they can already return to normalcy. (DSWD)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.22 re Effects of Tropical Storm "Seniang"

11 January 2015 - 2:52pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

World: Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience

9 January 2015 - 9:59pm
Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Country: Indonesia, Philippines, Timor-Leste, World

Executive summary

Coastal communities living in archipelago countries and small island states in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of hydro-meteorological hazards such as storms, droughts, landslides, and floods. Environmental degradation such as deforestation, desertification, biodiversity loss, soil erosion, and climate change, as well as social factors such as poverty and inequality, further compound their exposure to such hazards and make these communities extremely vulnerable to disasters.

Disaster risk reduction efforts in recent years are increasingly focussing not only on the hazard itself, but on the risks surrounding the hazard and the underlying components of vulnerability which can contribute to turning a hazard into a disaster. An important factor that can increase the resilience of communities is their local knowledge.

Since the 1990s, local and indigenous knowledge has received increasing attention in the fields of natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation. In the disaster risk reduction field, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami has been recognized as a turning point, when specialists and scientists began to show interest in such knowledge. However, local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience.

A project officially launched in 2011 focusing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydro-meteorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. Funded by the Japanese government through UNESCO Funds-in-Trust (2010-2014) and by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (2012-2013), the United Nations Educational,
Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta Office implements this project in close partnership with government agencies, research institutes in the three countries, and experts from Japan.

After two years, the project has documented local and indigenous knowledge and practices that help communities to predict, mitigate and adapt to hazards; produced tools for integrating local and indigenous knowledge with science; and published information, education and communication materials that integrate local and indigenous knowledge and science on hydro-meteorological hazard risk reduction and climate change impacts.

This publication introduces the results of the research activities implemented between 2011-2013, based on which the action-oriented third phase of the project is being implemented. The publication begins with an introduction of the background, basic concepts and methodology used in the project. This is followed by Section 2, which consists of country-specific lessons and action points derived from activities implemented in the three countries, with a view to further promoting knowledge integration in the three countries in the final year of project implementation.

Sections 3 and 4 are policy briefs. The first policy brief focuses on steps taken to integrate local and indigenous knowledge with science and technology to increase community resilience. “LIVE Scientific Knowledge”, a community tool for documenting and validating local and indigenous knowledge, and integrating it with science and technology, is introduced. The second policy brief describes the process of incorporating local and indigenous knowledge and science in disaster and climate change education. Different media for information, education and communication materials, and factors to take into consideration when developing such materials to ensure effective impacts, are outlined.

Both policy briefs articulate specific policy actions and tools to be taken to promote the use of local and indigenous knowledge with science for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The publication ends with a set of recommendations of actions that can be taken by national and local governments, and communities.

The primary audience for this publication is national and local government entities and communities interested in promoting the use of local and indigenous knowledge and willing to take actions to integrate such knowledge with science and technology to increase coastal community resilience.
Experts, academics and practitioners working in the fields of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation will also find the tools and recommended actions in the policy briefs useful, in their efforts to integrate local and indigenous knowledge in their work.

Malaysia: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 24 December 2014 - 4 January 2015

9 January 2015 - 8:34am
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines



Flood in Pahang, Kelantan, Perak and Terengganu has affected more than 70,000 people. (



Tropical Storm Jangmi has caused 66 death and affected more than 500,000 people. (


Several floods occurred in Indonesia, mainly in West Java, Central Java, East Java, Central Kalimantan, Gorontalo, Riau, Jambi, South Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara,Banten and South Sulawesi Province. Twister and landslide also occurred in Tasikmalaya and Garut district in West Java Province.




Philippines: Communications with Communities (CwC) Response and Preparedness Summary Typhoon Hagupit

9 January 2015 - 1:17am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines


When typhoon Hagupit made series of land falls in various regions from6th to 8th of December, there were few casualties despite some heavy damages to infrastructures or properties.1 Though the impact of Hagupit was not as strong as Haiyan in terms of strength and damages, highly vulnerable people and those communities at risks were evacuated days earlier. Also, both the national and local (from regional, provincial, municipal and barangay) preparedness response somehow managed to be more organized and coordinated this time.2 The Haiyan experience last year taught the disaster-prone country not only the invaluable lesson for the government agencies, humanitarian actors and affected communities to expect more of Haiyan-type typhoon or the so called new normal --- but also to invest more on preparedness and work hard to achieve zero casualties as much as possible.3 In the case of Hagupit’s preparedness response, the early warning systems, communication protocol and evacuation procedure worked well in reducing damages to life and properties.4 Affected communities in nine regions (Metro Manila, Central Luzon or Region III, CALABARZON or Region IV-A, MIMAROPA or Region IV-B, Bicol or Region V, Western Visayas or Region VI, Central Visayas or Region VII, Eastern Visayas or Region VIII and Caraga Region)5 were evacuated on time, which showed some capacity on the part of national and local government and other organizations in the country

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.21 re Effects of Tropical Storm "Seniang"

8 January 2015 - 7:00pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


On 28 December 2014, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named "SENIANG". On 29 December 2014, "SENIANG" has intensified into a Tropical Storm and made landfall over Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur. It made five (5) landfalls within the PAR: Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (29 December 2014, 3:45 AM); Anda, Bohol (29 December 2014, 7:40 PM); Sibonga, Cebu (30 December 2014, 4:45 AM); Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 7:00 AM); and La Libertad, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 8:00 AM).

On 31 December 2014, "SENIANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area and exited the PAR on 02 January 2015 at around 1:00 AM.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.20 re Effects of Tropical Storm "Seniang"

8 January 2015 - 6:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


On 28 December 2014, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named SENIANG. On 29 December 2014, "SENIANG" has intensified into a Tropical Storm and made landfall over Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur. It made five (5) landfalls within the PAR: Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (29 December 2014, 3:45 AM; Anda, Bohol (29 December 2014, 7:40 PM); Sibonga, Cebu (30 December 2014, 4:45 AM, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 7:00 AM; and La Libertad, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 8:00 AM).

On 31 December 2014, "SENIANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area and exited the PAR on 02 January 2015 at around 1:00 AM.

Philippines: 5 former rebels receive remuneration for turned-in firearms

7 January 2015 - 10:59pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Jan. 7(PIA) - - Five former members of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) were remunerated of their turned-in firearms in simple ceremony recently at the Kalinga Police Provincial Office here.

The five former rebels who turned-in low calibre firearms, four of which were short firearms, were happy to receive the amount corresponding the assessed cash value of their weapons. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) released the amount of P33,000 for said firearms.

They said they will use the money for their immediate needs and to use it as capital to operate micro-enterprise.

Earlier this year, 11 former rebels from the same group were also remunerated of their firearms.

OPAPP officials said there are still 22 who are ready to turn-in their firearms whose papers the Office is processing.

A total of 44 CPLAs were identified, evaluated, and qualified under this program.(JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

Philippines: PRC partners with Korean counterpart to strengthen Disaster Management Capacity in Western Visayas

7 January 2015 - 10:31pm
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

Not contented with the help it had provided following the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Philippine Red Cross is now set on strengthening the disaster management capacity of its chapters in the Western Visayas by opening a regional warehouse and training center in Passi City, Iloilo.

The PRC, in partnership with the Korean Red Cross, is set to establish an P88-million regional disaster management, logistics hub and training center in Passi City, a strategic area in the Western Visayas, which would serve the whole Panay Island. The City Government of Passi provided PRC with land where the regional hub will be constructed.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said the project aims to address the needs of the PRC chapters in the region by strengthening their capacity building and expand the humanitarian services they provide to the most vulnerable in the region, which is often visited by typhoons and other calamities.

“True to the Red Cross’ vision of being the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, we were able to deliver various services to the most vulnerable of our countrymen and those who were most affected by Yolanda. With the support of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements, international and local private companies, and other institutions, PRC was able to address the immediate needs to help the most vulnerable and severely affected by the typhoon within 24-hours,” he said.

More than 100,000 families were given assistance by the PRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements in terms of food, non-food, health services, emergency shelter, cash transfer programming, psycho-social support, tracing/restoration family link, safe water distribution, blood, and prevention of health risks.

“With the regional warehouse that we will open in Passi City, we would be able to reach out to a greater number of families. Not only will it set-up a well-functioning structure including manpower and systems for effective service delivery and disaster response, both emergency and recovery period, but it will also provide appropriate skills and knowledge to staff and volunteers on leadership, management and technical know-how,” Gordon pointed out.

The Regional Warehouse will serve as hub to preposition supplies, equipment, and vehicles to support other Chapters in the region particularly Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental during disaster operations.

The PRC chairman explained that the 1.5-hectare complex, which is projected to be completed in two years’ time, will have two warehouses, an office/operations center, a training center with accommodation facilities and a covered parking for equipment and vehicles.

He added the existing lay-out of the PRC Regional Disaster Management and Logistics Warehouse in Subic Bay, Freeport Zone will be used as model for the construction of similar facilities needed for this project. The design will also provide appropriate space for parking and driveway for vehicles such as heavy equipment (water tanker and pay loader), trucks and light vehicles.

Gordon said the training facility will include a training hall, accommodation facility for a maximum of 50 persons (dormitory type including accommodation of staff on duty), kitchen and mess hall, toilets (separate men and women), and reception area. It will be used for capacity building such as logistics management, disaster response training, etc.

The PRC will also procure initial emergency relief items such as food and non-food to serve 3,000 families during disaster events; establish an Operation Center facility; and recruit and train Red Cross 143 at the community level in Passi City, Iloilo

Gordon, Korean Red Cross President Kim Sungjoo,PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, and other PRC officials will lead a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.

For her part, Pang said the experience from Yolanda had given the National Society another impetus to go for a higher state of disaster preparedness and response.

“We have learned a lot from Yolanda and we have to put into action these lessons. Our focus now is on improving the Red Cross’ capacity better by having a well-established system for disaster preparedness and response,” the secretary general said.

“Thanks to the Korean Red Cross, which has committed its support, we can now make it into a reality,” she added.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.19 re Effects of Tropical Storm "Seniang"

6 January 2015 - 11:45pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines


On 28 December 2014, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named SENIANG. On 29 December 2014, "SENIANG" has intensified into a Tropical Storm and made landfall over Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur. It made five (5) landfalls within the PAR: Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (29 December 2014, 3:45 AM; Anda, Bohol (29 December 2014, 7:40 PM); Sibonga, Cebu (30 December 2014, 4:45 AM, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 7:00 AM; and La Libertad, Negros Oriental (30 December 2014, 8:00 AM).

On 31 December 2014, "SENIANG" has weakened into a Low Pressure Area and exited the PAR on 02 January 2015 at around 1:00 AM.

Philippines: TS Seniang leaves 2 dead, 33,055 families affected in AgSur

6 January 2015 - 10:53pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

AGUSAN DEL SUR, January 6 (PIA) - Tropical Storm (TS) “Seniang” perceived by many Agusanons as the most disastrous as it affected 33,055 families or 124,767 persons and left two persons dead in 11 municipalities in Agusan del Sur that submitted reports to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC), as of January 4, 2015.

According to PRDDMC, they are still awaiting for the final report from the City of Bayugan, municipalities of San Luis and Talacogon as to affected families or persons during the PDRRMC’s reporting.

According to the reports, the municipality of Bunawan has the highest affected families reaching 9,440 or 43,578 persons from 10 barangays, followed by Esperanza with 6,696 families and no headcount of the number of persons from 12 barangays. Ranking third is La Paz with 6,657 families or 30,083 persons from 15 barangays while Prosperidad claimed 4th having 5,737 families with 27,595 persons from 22 barangays.

As embodied in their respective plans, all the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan had utilized all their evacuation centers where Sibagat town had filled their nine evacuation centers, Talacogon with four, San Luis also nine, Esperanza with 20 evacuation centers, Prosperida with 10, San Francisco with eight, Rosario with three, Bunawan with 14, Trento with two, Sta. Josefa with five, Veruela with two, Loreto with one, La Paz with three and San Luis with nine evacuation centers, with a total of 2,734 affected families evacuated.

There are two casualties that were recorded by the PDRRMC identified as Pepe Ares, 50 years old from Mikit, San Martin, Prosperidad who died due to landslide and CJ Florentino from Barangay 4, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur who died from drowning. LGUs have already extended burial assistance to the bereaved families.

All the affected families provincewide were extended relief foods and goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Caraga Region and their respective local government units during disaster and after the actual flooding ranging from canned goods to packed groceries as contents of family packs. (David M. Suya, PIA-Agusan del Sur)

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 17 Dec 2014 - 6 Jan 2015

6 January 2015 - 10:34am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Snapshot 17 December – 6 January

Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.

Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.

Syria: 76,000 people were killed in conflict in 2014, the highest annual toll since the war began, and including 18,000 civilians. 4.8 million people are in hard-to-reach areas. Shortages of food and medicine caused the deaths of more than 300 civilians in areas under government siege in 2014.

Updated: 06/01/2014. Next update: 13/01/2015

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.18 re Effects of Tropical Storm "Seniang"

6 January 2015 - 7:03am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

World: CrisisWatch N°137, 5 January 2015

5 January 2015 - 9:23pm
Source: International Crisis Group Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended. On a positive note, the Colombia peace talks emerged strengthened in December, and relations between Cuba and the U.S. dramatically improved.

In South Asia, both Pakistan and India experienced severe violent attacks. In Pakistan, the deadliest ever attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) took place on 16 December on a military-run school in Peshawar, killing at least 148, including 132 children. The military retaliated by escalating operations against militants in the tribal belt. The government introduced a counter-terrorism “National Action Plan”, including the establishment of military-run courts, which would require a constitutional amendment undermining fundamental rights and due process. It also lifted a moratorium on the death penalty, leading to the execution of several non-TTP militants allegedly responsible for past attacks on the military. (See our recent report). In India’s north east, militant Bodo separatists killed over 70 people in several attacks across Assam state on 23 December. The attacks, which reportedly targeted Adivasi settlers and came in response to several Bodo deaths during the army’s ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the area, prompted retaliatory vigilante assaults on Bodos and an intensification of the military campaign. In Sri Lanka, as the race tightened ahead of the 8 January presidential election between joint opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and President Rajapaksa, an increasingly volatile campaign environment, including numerous attacks on opposition activists and rallies, raised concerns about the possibility of serious election related violence. (See our new report on the January presidential election and blog post published today).

In the Horn of Africa, both Sudan and South Sudan saw serious armed clashes. In South Sudan, peace talks between warring parties ground to a halt. Both sides remain at odds over the details of a power-sharing deal, in particular the powers that SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar would have as premier of a transitional government. Clashes between the opposing forces continued despite the recommitment in November to a cessation of hostilities agreement, including in Nasir town where fighting between government and SPLA-IO forces is ongoing. There is a risk attacks will escalate into major offensives if no political agreement is reached. (See our new report). Peace negotiations in Sudan floundered as the government continued to reject a comprehensive approach to talks with rebel groups in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Violence is already on the rise, and major offensives are anticipated if the talks fail. The government has stepped up pressure on the UN presence, expelling two UN officials in late December. Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militants continued to step up attacks in Kenya. On 2 December 36 non-Muslim workers were killed at a quarry near Mandera, prompting hundreds to flee the town. Thirteen were injured and one killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a club in Wajir. The government’s clampdown continued, as President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law an anti-terror bill that is widely contested and seen by many as draconian. (See our recent report)

Elsewhere in Africa, government rule was challenged in both Gambia and Gabon prompting a crackdown. In Gambia, the military foiled a coup attempt against President Yahya Jammeh. Three coup plotters were reportedly killed as the military repulsed the 30 December attack on the presidential palace in the capital Banjul. Dozens of military personnel and civilians were subsequently arrested and, according to Gambian official sources, a weapons cache found. President Jammeh, who was abroad at the time of the coup attempt, has accused dissidents based in the U.S., UK and Germany of masterminding the attack and alluded to suspected foreign support. The government in Gabon violently cracked down on protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Bongo Ondimba. On 20 December, protesters clashed with security forces – officials reported one killed, but protesters suggested at least three. Several opposition leaders were detained by police in late December.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, political crisis deepened in both Venezuela and Haiti. In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro’s government pushed through a number of appointments to key institutions with a simple majority vote, installing government allies in the judiciary and other branches of state. In doing so it has violated a number of legal and constitutional requirements designed to ensure that nominees are impartial and of good repute. The opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) alliance abstained in all the appointments in protest. (See our latest report and recent blog post). Haiti’s political crisis over its long-overdue elections intensified, with mass protests demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly even after Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned, and calling for polls to take place. There were fears of further violence with parliament’s mandate set to expire on 12 January, leaving Haiti without a functioning government and meaning Martelly would rule by decree. On 30 December, Martelly reached a deal with the senate and the chamber of deputies to extend their mandate, however lawmakers still need to approve the deal and agree on an acceptable provisional electoral council.

In Russia’s North Caucasus region and in Libya the situation deteriorated in December. In the North Caucasus, fifteen police, two civilians and eleven militants were killed, and 36 police injured, in a shootout between rebel gunmen and police in the Chechen capital Grozny in the early hours of 4 December. An Islamist group claimed responsibility for the raid. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced that relatives of militants responsible would be punished; sixteen houses belonging to insurgents’ relatives were later destroyed. Meanwhile, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate's Dagestan network and several insurgency leaders from Dagestan and Chechnya pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In Libya, multiple new frontlines emerged across the country, with heavy clashes in the south, west and east between the military allies of the country’s two rival parliaments. The fighting deepened the conflict between the two political bodies. A UN-sponsored political dialogue was again postponed due to disagreements over participants.

On a positive note, there was progress both in Colombia and Cuba. In Colombia, peace talks with FARC emerged strengthened from the crisis triggered by the kidnapping of an army general in November. The guerrillas declared an unprecedented, indefinite unilateral ceasefire, which entered into force on 20 December. President Santos welcomed the ceasefire but rejected demands for third party verification and said that security forces would continue operations. There are questions about sustainability, but if the ceasefire holds, it will help break the ground for ending decades of conflict. Expectations that exploratory talks with the ELN could finally develop into formal negotiations are rising, after the country’s second guerrilla group said it would make a “special announcement” in early January. (See our recent report on the challenges of ending the Colombian conflict). December saw a dramatic improvement in relations between Cuba and the U.S., with the U.S. announcement on 17 December that it would normalise ties with the island. The possibility of an end to the decades-long U.S. embargo of Cuba is set to transform political relations across the hemisphere (see our blog post on U.S.-Cuban relations).