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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.

World: Zika virus, Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome Situation Report, 29 December 2016

29 December 2016 - 3:02pm
Source: World Health Organization Country: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana (France), French Polynesia (France), Gabon, Grenada, Guadeloupe (France), Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique (France), Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Myanmar, New Caledonia (France), Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Saint Barthélemy (France), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten (The Netherlands), Solomon Islands, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, World

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    Saint Martin

ANALYSIS

  • Overall, the global risk assessment has not changed. Zika virus continues to spread geographically to areas where competent vectors are present. Although a decline in cases of Zika infection has been reported in some countries, or in some parts of countries, vigilance needs to remain high.

SITUATION

  • Seventy-five countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquitoborne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (69 with reports from 2015 onwards), of which:

    • Fifty-eight with a reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Fig. 2, Table 1).
    • Seven with having possible endemic transmission or evidence of local mosquitoborne Zika infections in 2016.
    • Ten with evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in or before 2015, but without documentation of cases in 2016, or with the outbreak terminated.
  • Thirteen countries have reported evidence of person-to-person transmission of Zika virus (Table 2).

  • Twenty-nine countries or territories have reported microcephaly and other CNS malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection, or suggestive of congenital infection (Table 3).

  • Twenty-one countries or territories have reported an increased incidence of GBS and/or laboratory confirmation of a Zika virus infection among GBS cases (Table 4).

Philippines: IFRC launches emergency appeal as Catanduanes residents count the cost of Typhoon Nock-Ten

29 December 2016 - 12:12pm
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

By Mary Joy Evalarosa

Within 48 hours of Category 4 typhoon, Nock-Ten striking the eastern seaboard of central Philippines, emergency teams from the Philippine Red Cross were on the ground assessing the damage. Catanduanes Province in the central Bicol region was where the typhoon first made landfall. Its residents are now counting the cost of the storm.

Local livelihoods have been hit hard. Philippines is the world’s largest producer of abaca fibre (popularly known as the Manila hemp) and Catanduanes is a key producer. According to Governor Joseph Cua, sixty percent of the population relies on abaca farming as their main source of livelihood.

“Based on our initial reports, damages to abaca amount to 191 million pesos alone. In total the typhoon caused around 211 million pesos damage to agricultural production here in Catanduanes.”

The landlocked municipality of San Miguel in Catanduanes, which produces the highest volume of abaca fibre, sustained the most damage.

“6,000 hectares of abaca plants in San Miguel have no chance of recovery, as the plants were already in the mature stage,” says Governor Cua. “It will take a maximum of three years for new abaca plants to fully mature and be harvested.”

One kilo of abaca fibre is usually sold for 50-60 Pesos. Its by-products are used to make handicraft items, but lately have been adapted to make tea bags, ropes, special paper products, and even sausage casings.

65-year-old abaca farmer William Tuzon has made a good living selling the abaca fibres. He owns a 3-hectare abaca farm on a small hillside in the municipality of Baras.

In order to get the most out of his ruined harvest, he now has to employ 3-4 people to help him harvest, strip, and dry his plants. He pays them 300 pesos each for their efforts.

“Once I sell them, I’ll have to use that money to buy new abaca plants, but I will have to wait for three years before I can make some profit out of it,” says William.

“We were thankful that the typhoon passed over quickly,” says Philippine Red Cross Catanduanes chapter administrator Raymund Reginaldo.

“The winds began at 6:30 pm and by 9:00 pm they had almost died down. If they had continued longer the damage to homes and infrastructure would have been far worse.”

Residents pre-emptively evacuated by the local government units in Catanduanes have already gone back to their homes and have started to go through their damp, soiled possessions to see what they could salvage.

52-year-old Nicanor Tesorero and 46-year-old Juri Pangkoga returned to their home a day after Christmas. Their home is located along the coast of Benticayan in the municipality of Baras, Their thatched house was gone and all they found were their clothes strewn across the street when the waves crashed over the low seawall during the height of the typhoon.

More than 30,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Catanduanes. 38-year-old Mary Jane Camot from the coastal town of San Vicente in Virac sought shelter in the nearest concrete house instead of going to the municipal hall and school.

“When we heard the news that the typhoon was coming, me and my three kids quickly went to my mother’s house next door,” says Mary Jane. “We knew we were safe in my mother’s house because it had stronger foundations. The house had been built by the Red Cross.”

Mary Jane’s thatch house was flattened after a huge mango tree fell on the roof during the peak of the storm.

65 year-old Aida Traquena, Mary Jane’s mother, remembers all too well the last strong typhoon she experienced. Category 4 typhoon Durian destroyed her home ten years ago. The strong winds ripped off the roof of their house and dragged the entire structure a few meters along the ground.

“It was the scariest experience I ever had, and I did not want to go through the same ordeal ever again,” says Aida. “I became a recipient of the Red Cross shelter repair programme after the typhoon. Words can’t express just how grateful and lucky I am because this home has helped shelter us from Typhoon Nock-Ten.” Durian was a category 4 typhoon that dumped heavy rains over the Bicol region in 2006.

In the province of Camarines Sur where Nock-Ten made its second landfall, trees, electrical posts, and six wheeler trucks that have yet to be cleared and toppled over by the typhoon along the national highway and causing heavy traffic.

Across the affected region the Philippine Red Cross estimates that some 600,000 people have been affected and at least 70,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

“Provision of shelter kits and food items are our main concern at the moment,” says Raymund Reginaldo.

On December 29th, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a 1.6 million Swiss Franc emergency appeal (USD 1.56 million, Euro 1.5 million) to help the Philippine Red Cross assist more than 20,000 people with emergency relief assistance and longer term recovery support.

The IFRC appeal will enable the Philippine Red Cross to provide emergency relief and longer term recovery support to affected communities over the coming seven months with a focus on non-food relief, health and provision of clean water, livelihoods recovery and support to repair and rebuild houses. For updates on Twitter follow @IFRCAsiaPacific and @Philredcross

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Emergency appeal operation update n° 17 (MDRPH014)

29 December 2016 - 6:17am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

Period covered by this operation update: 8 November 2013 to 30 November 2016
Appeal target (current): CHF 94.53 million
Appeal coverage: 96 per cent

Appeal history:

  • 18 August 2015: The budget was adjusted downwards by 5 per cent, from CHF 99.88 million to CHF 94.53 million via Operations Update 13.

  • 30 July 2014: A further revision of the emergency appeal was launched, seeking CHF 99.88 million to support 100,000 households (500,000 people) through December 2016.

  • 16 January 2014: A revision of this emergency appeal was launched for CHF 126.2 million to support 100,000 families (500,000 people) over 24 months.

  • 12 November 2013: An emergency appeal was launched on a preliminary basis for CHF 72.3 million to support 100,000 families (500,000 people) over 18 months.

  • 8 November 2013: CHF 475,495 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering immediate assistance and undertaking initial needs.

The situation

Identified as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to make landfall, Typhoon Haiyan struck Central Philippines on 8 November 2013. It killed at least 6,300 people and caused massive damage to more than 1.14 million houses, displacing an estimated 4.1 million people and affecting more than 16 million individuals.

The emergency relief operation was launched immediately to provide assistance to the people affected across the Central Visayas region. Food, water, and emergency shelter materials were dispatched and more than 8,000 volunteers were mobilized. The recovery of households entailed support for shelter repair and reconstruction, recovery of livelihoods and income generation activities, construction of water and sanitation facilities, rehabilitation of health infrastructure and health promotion initiatives, and improved educational facilities. Awareness raising sessions were also carried out with the communities to improve their knowledge of disaster preparedness.

Three years on, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), together with its Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement) partners, are close to completing their support to longer-term recovery of communities. PRC and most of its Movement partners – including IFRC, with an Emergency Appeal operation of CHF 94.53 million in budget – are now working on their exit strategies and transitioning from recovery to development.

Meantime, as the Typhoon Haiyan operation winds up, IFRC continues to support PRC in responding to Typhoon Sarika (DREF operation MDRPH021) and Typhoon Haima (Emergency Appeal operation MDRPH022).

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten - Emergency Appeal n° MDRPH023

29 December 2016 - 4:59am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

IFRC launches Emergency Appeal for Philippines as humanitarian toll of Typhoon Nock-Ten mounts

29 December, 2016. Manila / Kuala Lumpur. Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a 1.6 million Swiss Franc emergency appeal(USD 1.56 million, Euro 1.5 million) to help the Philippine Red Cross assist more than 20,000 people affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten (local name ‘Nina’) which struck the Philippines on December 25th.

Philippine Red Cross emergency response teams on the ground in the worst affected areas estimate estimate that the storm left substantial humanitarian needs, affecting close to 600,000 people. In provinces such as Catanduanes, Marinduque, Camarines Sur and Albay, where the typhoon made landfall, high winds and heavy rains felled trees and power lines and caused landslides in some areas making roads impassable.

“Over 70,000 homes have been reported damaged or destroyed and we estimate that these numbers will only increase as we get a clearer picture of the situation. Local livelihoods have suffered losses with farm land flooded and damage to banana, coconut and abaca crops,” says Patrick Elliott, Operations Manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Philippines. “Some of the most severely affected provinces are islands and reaching them is not easy. The logistics involved in delivering relief items will be challenging”.

As well as conducting rapid needs assessments, Philippine Red Cross teams have been working in evacuation centres providing cooked meals to thousands of people who left their homes before the storm made landfall. Most are now returning to their communities.

The IFRC appeal will enable the Philippine Red Cross to provide emergency relief and longer term recovery support to affected communities over the coming seven months with a focus on non-food relief, health and provision of clean water, livelihoods recovery and support to repair and rebuild houses.

“People have lost their homes and many of their possession. We aim to provide them with essential household items such as mosquito nets, tarpaulins, water containers, sleeping mats and personal hygiene items”, explains Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross.

Where water supply systems have been damaged, the Philippine Red Cross will also deploy equipment and teams able to produce clean water for 10,000 people daily. Averting any outbreaks of disease will also be a top priority. Red Cross volunteers will conduct awareness campaigns to ensure good hygiene practises as poor sanitation in some of the affected areas mean that communities are most susceptible to health issues, such as diarrhoea, dengue and acute respiratory infections.

“Looking ahead we will also be providing people with cash grants so that they can meet their household expenses and make repairs to their homes”, says Mr. Gordon. “It is important to remember that in recent months, the Philippines has been struck by four major typhoons and it is often the same people who get hit each time by these storms. Our aim is to help them to recover from the impact of the typhoon but also increase their resilience to future shocks”.

For further information or interviews, contact:

In Philippines:

· Mary Joy Evalarosa, Communications Officer, IFRC Philippine Country Office

Phone: +63 (0) 998 960 6291; Email: maryjoy.evalarosa@ifrc.org

Principal Spokespeople

· Richard Gordon, Chairman, Philippine Red Cross

Phone: +63 (0) 917 899 7898; Email: chairman@redcross.org.ph

Patrick Elliott, Operations Manager, IFRC

Phone: +63 (0) 980 9612140

In Kuala Lumpur:

· Patrick Fuller, Communications Manager, Asia Pacific

Phone: +60122308451; Email: patrick.fuller@ifrc.org

In Geneva:

· Reeni Amin Chua, Sr Officer of Public positioning & strategy, IFRC;

Phone: +41 (0)79 708 6273; Email: reeni.aminchua@ifrc.org

Philippines: Thousands of families benefiting from 1,825 completed potable water supply projects nationwide - DILG

29 December 2016 - 3:42am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Some 840,381 households nationwide are now benefiting from the 1,825 completed potable water supply projects from the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)-Water Supply Project since the program started in 2013, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The BuB-Water Supply Projects is one of the components under the DILG-BuB program which aims to strengthen local communities’ participation in national budget formulation and project implementation.

“We all know that water is life and these potable water supply projects will greatly help our fellow Filipinos in the waterless municipalities to have access to potable drinking water,” said DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno.

Sueno said that the Department through the Office of Project Development Services Water Supply and Sanitation Unit (OPDS- WSSU) is also monitoring the progress of the remaining 1,469 projects that are in various stages of project implementation.

Of the 1,469 projects, 697 are on-going implementation, 252 are on procurement stage, 334 have approved initial documents like Detailed Engineering Design (DED) or Program of Work (POW), and 186 are on preparation of initial documents.

The DILG Secretary explained that potable water supply projects take a long time to complete because of the nature of work needed to be done. The initial documents take about 2-3 months to complete then the procurement takes another 2-3 months. The entire project implementation phase takes about 18-20 months to finish.

Billions allotted yearly for water projects

The DILG Secretary explained that the Department allotted a total of P1.058 billion in 2013 for the 678 potable water supply projects. Of these, 643 are completed, 30 are on-going implementation, and 5 are on procurement stage.

He added that another P2.136 billion was allotted for the implementation of 1,075 BuB-water supply projects in 2014. Of these, 734 are completed, 253 are on-going implementation, 65 on procurement stage, 21 with approved initial documents, and 2 are under preparation of initial documents.

For the 2015 program, 1,145 projects amounting to P2.791 billion was programmed by the DILG. A total of 445 projects out of these have been completed, 390 are on-going implementation, 143 on procurement stage, 135 with approved initial documents, and 32 are on preparation of initial documents.

For the 2016 program, the DILG allotted P2.082 billion for the implementation of 396 BuB water supply projects. Three of these are already complete, 24 are on-going implementation, 39 are on procurement stage, 178 have approved initial documents, and 152 are under preparation of initial documents.

Philippines: Philippines - Tropical Cyclone NOCK-TEN/ NINA (DG ECHO, NDRRMC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 December 2016)

28 December 2016 - 9:39pm
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Philippines
  • Although overall access has improved, no overall needs assessment is available at this stage. The island-province of Catanduanes has been reached, allowing government officials to visit one of the most affected areas. In the mainland Bicol (Albay and Camarines Sur) movement is still very difficult as most of the roads have not been cleared yet.

  • Local chapters of the Philippine Red Cross are undertaking assessments of the affected areas, which should shortly provide a better picture of needs.

  • According to the latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) update, 602 770 persons are affected in 785 barangays in the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, V and VIII. In those regions 485 789 persons had been pre-emptively evacuated.

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No.07 re Preparedness Measures for Typhoon "Nina" (Nock-ten)

28 December 2016 - 4:17pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

(extract)

28 December 2016

Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern Luzon. Forecast: Cloudy skies with light rains is expected over the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the East to Northeast with slight to moderate seas.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) n° MDRPH023

28 December 2016 - 1:34pm
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Philippines

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On the evening of 25 December, Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) made landfall over the island province of Catanduanes with maximum winds of 185 kph and gusts of 255 kph. Nock-Ten moved southwest and traversed across the Bicol Region before passing southern Luzon and leaving landmass and out to sea on 26 December, Monday afternoon.

The typhoon brought strong winds and heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday across the Bicol region and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA).Five people were reported dead, tens of thousands of people displaced and thousands of holiday travelers stranded. The typhoon also uprooted trees and powerlines, destroyed many houses, and caused flooding and landslides in several areas. Five provinces in Bicol at the height of the storm experienced power cut.

Typhoon Nock-Ten made 8 landfalls in the following areas. The typhoon is expected to exit in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the evening of 27 December.

To date amongst the affected provinces, Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes are considered to have been heavily impacted. Strong winds, heavy rains and storm surges affected most parts of the Bicol region. The three provinces are under a state of calamity. In addition, reports have come in of damages in Marinduque and Oriental Mindoro in Region IV-B.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 26 December 0800H, a total of 424,659 people (85,773 families) were seeking shelters in 300 evacuation centers in Regions Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas. Families whose houses were not badly damaged have been advised by the local governments.to return to their homes Damage reports are slowly made available as the assessment teams are returning from the affected areas. However, at the moment there is still no consolidated picture of the damages and needs of the assessed areas. The initial reports from the field indicate there has been wind and flood damage to shelters, infrastructure and agriculture.

According to some reports, Catanduanes has yet to regain power due to fallen trees damaging electricity posts. Fallen electricity posts, trees and several landslides have made many of the roads impassable and further hampered assessments and response. In Albay, officials have initially reported more than 15,800 houses in Polangui town and 6,800 houses in Libon town were either destroyed or damaged, as well as damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

The province of Catanduanes was also recently struck by Typhoon Sarika (locally Karen) in October 2016, which left considerable humanitarian impact in the area. The IFRC Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (DREF) allocation was approved for responding to the humanitarian needs of the affected population. The DREF Operation for Typhoon Sarika is now completed and the Chapter will now prioritize these areas for assessment.

Information is still coming in and all figures are subject to change in the coming hours and days.

Philippines: OCHA Flash Update No.2 Philippines | Typhoon Nock-Ten, 28 December 2016

28 December 2016 - 5:25am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Click here for the full Typhoon Nock-Ten infographic.

Situation overview

As of 27 December (11:40 p.m., Manila time), Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall as a Category 3 tropical cyclone over Bato, Catanduanes on the evening of 25 December, with winds up to 235 km/h and gusts up to 285 km/h. It also made landfall in Camarines Sur, Quezon, Marinduque, Batangas and Occidental Mindoro. The heavy rains and winds cut power lines, damaged homes, roads, crops, infrastructure, and caused landslides and flooding in the southern Luzon region.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 28 December, 98,308 families (485,789 persons) were pre-emptively evacuated in regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII. There are 132,908 families (602,770 persons) affected, with one confirmed death in CALABARZON. Ten deaths in other typhoon-affected areas are yet to be confirmed.

As of 28 December, The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports 77,925 displaced families (340,835 persons) in regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII, of which 42,531 families (179,269 persons) are staying in 507 evacuation centres. In Region V, there are 30,897 damaged houses of which 21,255 are partially damaged and 9,672 are totally damaged.

Damage to agriculture and fisheries in the Bicol region alone is estimated at PhP4 billion (US$80 million), according to the Department of Agriculture. Eighty-five per cent of an abaca plantation was damaged in the Catanduanes province, the biggest producer of the national fiber in the world.

Disaster preparedness and Government response

The NDRRMC has deployed a rapid response team to assess the damage and conduct an aerial survey of the affected region. According to the NDRRMC, the government is focusing its response operations in the Bicol region, particularly in Catanduanes.

DSWD and local government authorities have provided relief assistance worth P 31 million ($624,400) to affected families. An additional 65,000 family food packs were delivered to Region V, while another 68,000 pouches of ready-to-eat meals were provided to travellers stranded in ports. Military C-130 planes are being utilised to transport relief packages to DSWD warehouses in Cebu City and Manila.

The Department of Health (DOH) deployed nine health assessment teams in Region V to assist with medical needs and assess damage to health facilities. Based on initial reports, eight facilities were damaged but remain functional. Medicine worth P31 million ($623,000) was pre-positioned in DOH regional offices, while P41 million ($824,000) worth of supplies is available in the central office. DOH provided P296,000 ($5,900) worth of medicine, hygiene kits, and supplies to Catanduanes.

Over 200 classrooms are still being used as evacuation centres for the displaced population. Reports of damaged classrooms are still being consolidated. The Department of Education reports that funds are available to set up temporary learning spaces, if needed.

The local telecommunications companies are working to restore cellular sites, with mobile phone services resuming in some affected areas. Power interruptions are still being experienced in 124 cities and municipalities across the typhoon-affected regions.

Humanitarian response and coordination

OCHA has fielded a team to Catanduanes to support the authorities in coordinating assistance and assessing needs. Several UN agencies, international NGOs and local partners are assisting in the response, which OCHA is mapping in coordination with the humanitarian country team.

The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available.

For more information, contact:
Mark Bidder, Head of Office, bidder@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-524-2928
Gina Maramag, Public Information Analyst, maramag@un.org, Mobile: +63-917-597-7219

Philippines: DSWD relief operations for evacuees, affected individuals ongoing as ‘Nina’ exits PAR

28 December 2016 - 5:12am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide relief assistance to families affected by Typhoon Nina, which exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before midnight yesterday.

The Department maintains close coordination with concerned field offices (FOs) to ensure continuous assistance for affected Filipinos. Meanwhile, volunteers continue to pack family food packs (FFPs) at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

Based on the 4AM report of the DSWD Disaster Response Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), the number of families affected by ‘Nina’ has increased to 132,908 or 602,770 individuals in 785 barangays in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, and VIII.

The typhoon displaced a total of 77,925 families or 340,835 individuals. Some 42,531 families or 179,269 persons are still staying in 507 evacuation centers.

The number of damaged houses also rose to 30,897 in Region V in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Sorsogon; of which, 21,255 are partially damaged, while 9,672 are totally damaged.

As of 4AM today, there are still 16,155 passengers stranded in 20 seaports: two in CALABARZON, three in MIMAROPA, 11 in Region V, and four in Region VIII.

To date, the DSWD has provided a total of P31,018,264 worth of relief assistance to the families affected by the typhoon. These include FFPs and food and non-food items (FNFIs), such as malong, mosquito nets, blankets, and hygiene kits.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo assures the public of continuous provision of relief supplies to the victims of ‘Nina’, as the number of evacuees is still high.

“The DSWD continues to monitor the condition of families affected by ‘Nina’ who are still staying in evacuation centers. We have provided additional augmentation assistance to the evacuees though the local government units (LGUs). As what President Rodrigo Duterte said, “the government will help our kababayans to recover their bearings,” she said.

The welfare chief also appealed anew to LGU officials to help the DSWD distribute its FFPs and other relief materials to all affected residents. She said that the DSWD continues to receive reports from netizens that they or their relatives affected by Nina have not received badly needed aid.

“We want to inform the public that the DSWD has prepositioned goods and funds with the LGUs. It is the LGUs that have the first and primary duty to distribute these goods among all affected residents in their communities. The DSWD Field Offices and the Central Office is always ready to provide augmentation support, and we hope that our partner LGUs can immediately inform us as soon as their supplies run low. Again, to our kababayans, please do not hesitate to go to your respective LGUs to demand relief assistance,” she said. #

Philippines: ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 11/2016: Typhoon Nock-ten (Nina), Philippines

28 December 2016 - 4:06am
Source: ACT Alliance Country: Philippines

Funds Sent To: The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)

Amount Sent: 98,366 USD

Emergency: Typhoon Nock-ten, Philippines

Date of Emergency: 26 December 2016

ACT Requesting Member(s): The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)

I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY

Powerful Typhoon Nock-Ten or known locally as Nina, packing a maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph, entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR on December 23. It brought heavy rain and fierce winds. The typhoon made eight landfall from Bato, Catanduanes; Sagnay, Camarines Sur; San Andres Quezon; Torillos, Marinduque; Verde Island, Batangas; Tingloy Island, Batangas; Calatagan, Batangas; Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro. Typhoon Nock-Ten is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday, December 28. It affected at least 384 barangays (villages in the four regions of Bicol (Region V, MIMAROPA (Region IVZB, CALABARZON (Region IVZA and Eastern Visayas (Region VIII.

According to the situation report issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC dated December 27, 8:00 a.m., a total of 87,059 households /429,485 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V and VIII where 25,959 households /111,634 persons are affected.

The NDRRMC also reported that a total of 83 areas in MIMAROPA and Bicol regions have been experiencing power interruption or outage while seven power lines in the two regions and Calabarzon have been cut off at the height of the typhoon’s wrath. There is still no official figures yet, but according to NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan, agricultural crops as well as houses were destroyed in the areas badly hit provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay and Mindoro.

Philippines: Philippines: Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) Snapshot (28 Dec 2016)

28 December 2016 - 2:04am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

Typhoon Nock-Ten (known locally as Nina) entered Philippine Area of Responsibility on 23 December 2016 and made its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes on 25 December 2016 with a maximum sustained winds of 235 km/h and 285 km/h gustiness. It moved on a westerly track and affected fifteen provinces in four regions. More than 600,000 persons have been affected after eight landfalls before it exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on the evening of 27 December 2016.

Philippines: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 19 - 25 December 2016

27 December 2016 - 11:20pm
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand

MALAYSIA

  • Flood submerged Kemasik and Kijai, Terengganu. The local authority evacuated 112 peopledue to the incident.

THAILAND

  • Due to the continous rain, flood has affected 48 families in Yala and 500 families in Narathiwat. 

INDONESIA

  • Continuous rain has triggerred flashflood which hit severely Bima City, West Nusa Tenggara. Consequently, 105,758 people were reportedly affected where 104,378 of it had to stay in the evacuation centres. 

PHILIPPINES

  • The Tropical Cylone Nock-Ten or Nina has finally made its landfall on 25 December 2016  in Catanduanes Province  and has caused some damages. As of  27 December, nearly 112,000 people were reportedly affected in Region V, VIII, Calabarzon and Mimaropa, region. The government continues to provide assistance and even prior to the landfall, a total of 429,485 people have been pre-emptively evacuated. 

Indonesia: ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 19 - 25 December 2016

27 December 2016 - 11:20pm
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand

MALAYSIA

  • Flood submerged Kemasik and Kijai, Terengganu. The local authority evacuated 112 peopledue to the incident.

THAILAND

  • Due to the continous rain, flood has affected 48 families in Yala and 500 families in Narathiwat. 

INDONESIA

  • Continuous rain has triggerred flashflood which hit severely Bima City, West Nusa Tenggara. Consequently, 105,758 people were reportedly affected where 104,378 of it had to stay in the evacuation centres. 

PHILIPPINES

  • The Tropical Cylone Nock-Ten or Nina has finally made its landfall on 25 December 2016  in Catanduanes Province  and has caused some damages. As of  27 December, nearly 112,000 people were reportedly affected in Region V, VIII, Calabarzon and Mimaropa, region. The government continues to provide assistance and even prior to the landfall, a total of 429,485 people have been pre-emptively evacuated.