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Medical and humanitarian supplies helping families displaced by Typhoon Rammasun
AmeriCares emergency medical aid, power generators and other humanitarian support are reaching health facilities in the Philippines damaged by Typhoon Rammasun. When the Category 3 typhoon struck in July, it left nearly 100 dead, destroyed homes, displaced hundreds of thousands of families and left millions without power.
As damaged health facilities work to restore services amid prolonged power outages, AmeriCares has supplied four emergency power generators to extensively damaged health units in a province south of Manila. At the same time, our partner in country is distributing medicines and supplies including water purification tablets, medicines for respiratory infections, asthma, and diarrhea to health facilities in the area.
In addition, our shipment of over $400,000 of medicines and medical supplies has arrived in Manila. The shipment includes respiratory medicines, wound care supplies, pediatric medicines and baby care products to support provincial and district hospitals, as well as local health centers treating survivors. We are also supporting the purchase and distribution of basic hygiene supplies for an estimated 4,000 survivors.
Paul Gwyn Pagaran, AmeriCares emergency response and recovery coordinator in the Philippines, has been assessing the health needs in affected areas and reports significant damage to health centers and hospitals is hampering the delivery of health care in the hardest-hit areas. He is working closely with a partner organization in country to distribute medicines and supplies from AmeriCares.
“The situation has been made worse due to power outages, resulting in the absence of water and the inability to perform surgery and other medical procedures in some health facilities,” Pagaran said from the field. “With the generators supplying much needed power, our medicines and supplies will help health workers treat survivors injured by flying debris and fallen trees and sickened from exposure to rain and unsafe water.”
AmeriCares relief workers will continue to help meet survivors’ health needs in the affected regions, even as the organization continues to restore and rebuild health facilties.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Despite localized crop damage due to Typhoon Glenda, prospects for the 2014 main season rice production remained favourable
Record cereal imports in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June)
Prices of rice continued to increase in July reaching record levels
Food insecurity concerns remain due to high prices and for the population affected by several typhoons/cyclones
Today’s announcement of $500,000 to UNICEF is addressing the humanitarian needs of women and children affected by conflict on Mindanao island in the Philippines.
Canada is supporting UNICEF’s operations that are improving the health, well-being and protection of children, women and their families by providing:
safe drinking water, latrines and hygiene kits to 15,000 people, including 8,400 children;
nutrition interventions, including breastfeeding support and micronutrient supplementation, to an estimated 8,400 children under the age of five and 6,600 pregnant and lactating women; and
emergency education services and psychosocial support for more than 10,000 schoolchildren.
Canada’s additional support in Mindanao
In 2014, Canada has contributed to additional humanitarian efforts underway in Mindanao by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support conflict-affected families, particularly women and children.
Canada’s contributions are supporting IOM’s efforts to improve the coordination and management of camps for more than 25,000 internally displaced people in 10 evacuation centres and 4 temporary shelters, as well as improving conditions at temporary shelters by providing privacy partitions for approximately 4,000 families in evacuation centres.
Canada is also supporting UNHCR’s operations in Mindanao to provide protection services (such as monitoring, legal assistance, civil documentation) for approximately 67,000 conflict-affected people in southern Philippines, appropriate support to survivors of sexual violence in conflict-affected areas of southern Philippines, and technical assistance to support the Government of the Philippines to fulfill its commitments as a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.
Canada’s role in responding to humanitarian crises Canada helps save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain the dignity of people in developing countries affected by conflict, natural disasters, and situations of food insecurity requiring a humanitarian response by providing funding to support the appropriate, timely, and effective response of multilateral, international and Canadian humanitarian agencies.
For more information on Canada’s response to humanitarian crises around the world, please visit the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development website.
Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 8 Effects of southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Typhoon "Jose" (Halong)
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW
(24 Hour Public Weather Forecast 5:00 AM, 08 August 2014 and Severe Weather Bulletin No. 11 (FINAL) as of 10 :30 AM, 07 August 2014)
Typhoon "JOSE" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 07 August 2014. Southwest Monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.
A. AFFECTED POPULATION
• A total of 4,355 families / 15,769 persons were affected in Pangasinan and (locos Norte (Region 1), and Bataan (Region III)
• Out of the total affected, 500 families 12,500 persons are being served outside the evacuation centers in Pangasinan:
Period covered by this update:
5 December 2012 to 30 June 2014
This update provides a snapshot of progress made under the water and sanitation, shelter and National Society preparedness for response components.
Appeal target: CHF 16,267,217
Appeal coverage: 50 per cent
- 21 December 2012: An emergency appeal launched for CHF 16,267,217 to assist 40,000 families (some 200,000 people) for 18 months.
- 5 December 2012: A preliminary emergency appeal issued for CHF 4,523,369 to cover 10,000 families (some 50,000 people) for 11 months.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 393,198 was allocated to support the National Society in its initial response
Summary: Philippine Red Cross (PRC), with support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), continues to provide recovery assistance to survivors of Typhoon Bopha, some 18 months after the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Philippines in 2012. Rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities in four schools is underway. The project entails construction or rehabilitation of sanitation blocks such as latrines and urinals, installation of boreholes (fitted with pumps), and provision of hand washing facilities. A total of 8,105 families repaired their damaged houses while 622 others have moved into their new homes after receiving assistance under this operation. Construction of 33 more core shelters is underway in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, while construction of 145 others in the two provinces is set to start during July The batch to start will be the last of those planned. Based on funding received towards the appeal, only 8,100 families could be provided with shelter repair assistance, only 1,200 families can be provided with core shelter assistance and only four schools can be supported with rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ Contributions towards the IFRC emergency appeal have been received from the Red Cross Red Crescent partners, government partners and institutional partners – including the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (DG ECHO), the Australian, Italian and Japanese governments. The partner National Societies who have contributed are American Red Cross, Belgian Red Cross (Flanders), British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross Society/Canadian government, Danish Red Cross/Danish government, Finnish Red Cross/Finnish government, Japanese Red Cross Society, Red Cross of Monaco, New Zealand Red Cross/New Zealand government, Swedish Red Cross, and Taiwan Red Cross Organization. A contribution was also received from the WHO’s Voluntary Emergency Relief Fund (VERF).
On behalf of the PRC, IFRC would like to thank partners and donors for their response to this appeal. Even though not all beneficiaries targeted can be assisted, owing to funding limitations, further contributions from donors are not encouraged. This is because the operation timeframe is set to end in October 2014, with no further extension envisioned. Donors are advised that while new contributions will be accepted, they would be re- allocated to the Philippines Long-Term Planning Framework (LTPF) 2012-2015 at the close of this operation.
BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday that 100 percent of the budget for farm-to-market roads today is being used to make roads at least six inches thick and five meters wide, as part of government’s climate change resiliency program.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said, one of the big problems of our countrymen is adequate road network and he is proud that under the Aquino administration, substandard farm-to-market roads became a thing of the past.
“Hindi na po pwede yung basta ma-grader lang ay ok na. Now 100 percent goes to concreting,” Alcala said.
He added irrigation canals have also been concreted to avoid seepage and other possible defects.
The DA’s initiative to combat the effects of climate change though is not limited to infrastructure, Alcala said.
According to the secretary, whenever there is a projection of a prolonged dry spell, the department deploys drought tolerant seeds to affected areas, and sends ‘submarine’ type seeds, or seeds that can withstand long periods of being submerged, to flooded areas.
The ‘submarine’ type palay of the DA, he added, can withstand being submerged for 14 days.
Once the sun comes out and the floodwaters subside, the ‘submarine’ type palay recovers, except when it is swamped during the flowering stage.
Also as part of the climate change resiliency program the Department has introduced grains that can be used as an alternative to palay, Alcala said.
"Among these is the adlai, which is indigenous to the Philippines," Alcala said.
He added adlai can be prepared "the way we cook rice cakes or steamed rice, and besides being an alternative to rice, it can also be used as an alternative to corn." (DA-OSEC/PIA-Caraga)
Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 7 Effects of southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Typhoon "Jose" (Halong)
Typhoon ''JOSE'' exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 07 August 2014. Southwest Monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.
A. AFFECTED POPULATION
A total of 4,355 families / 15,769 persons were affected in Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte (Region I) and Bataan (Region III).
Out of the total affected, 500 families / 2,500 persons are being served outside the evacuation centers in Pangasinan.
Philippines: A round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Zamboanga
Ten months after an armed conflict broke out between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government troops, over 40,000 people remain displaced from their homes and struggle with difficult conditions in Zamboanga City, living in evacuation centers and transitional sites or hosted by families, and still dependent on humanitarian assistance.
More than 10,000 structures, many of them houses, were damaged or burned down, adversely affecting the livelihoods of many displaced people who were trapped in poverty even before the clashes in September 2013 left them bereft of their homes and without the few assets they had possessed.
They strive to make ends meet, not knowing when they will be able to resume their normal lives under a roof of their own.
While progress has been made by the authorities in relocating the displaced to transitional sites, efforts should continue to ensure that services such as water supply and sanitation are provided before moving people to these transitional sites.
The ICRC, together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), has been assisting thousands of displaced families since the emergency. It is committed to help the displaced restart their lives, rebuild their communities, and restore their hope and dignity
Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 6 Effects of southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Typhoon "Jose" (Halong)
Typhoon ''JOSE'' is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
A. AFFECTED POPULATION
A total of 4,249 families / 15,411 persons were affected in Pangasinan (Region I) and Bataan (Region III).
Out of the total affected, 1,629 families / 6,495 persons were served outside the evacuation centers.
By: Carlito Dar
BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) - - The City Health Services Office noted a significant decrease in dengue cases but the public is advised to remain vigilant as such vector disease can be fatal if left untreated.
City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head Dr. Donabel Tubera, during the Dengue Forum here Wednesday, reported that from January to June, 97 dengue cases were recorded from the different hospitals and health centers in the city. This is a significant decrease compared to the 373 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Of the 97 cases, most were males (66.67 percent) . Patients’ age ranged from 2 to 63 years old with about half of themin the 19 years old and below bracket.
On per month report, January recorded the most cases with 29, followed by February and June, both registering 23 cases each.
Per barangay, Irisan had the most cases with seven, followed by Sanitary Camp North, Pinsao Proper and Gibraltar with 5 cases each, and Pacdal with four cases. Quezon Hill proper, New Lucban, Loakan Proper, Holy Ghost Extension and Bakakeng Central round -up the top ten barangay with three cases each.
Tubera pointed out that their data do not includes patients who seek consultation from private clinics and those who had home medication.
With dengue already a whole year round concern, Tubera advised the public not to be complacent and continue to be vigilant both in monitoring and in ensuring a clean home and surroundings especially of possible dengue mosquito breeding sites.
She reiterated the city health’s call for all city folks and all sector of society to work together in the fight against Dengue through collaboration of efforts in advocacy, capacity building and in ensuring that cleaning of possible dengue mosquito breeding sites is integrated in every person/family’s daily routine such as the Department of Health’s 4 O’clock habit against dengue campaign.
Tubera also reported that the city HSO is continuously working for an integrated vector management and Dengue control program, in line with its goal to reduce morbidity and mortality from Dengue infection.
The City HSO led Dengue forum was attended by representatives from government line agencies, academe, private health institutions and media. Aside from data dissemination, participants were also presented with Dengue – related researches and the government-led program and servicesin the fight against Dengue. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)
Source: Reuters - Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:36 GMT
By Manuel Mogato
MANILA, Aug 6 (Reuters) - An historic peace settlement in the southern Philippines is at risk of breaking down as Muslim rebels accuse the government of going back on its word over a proposed law to create self-rule for the war-torn region.
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Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 5 Effects of southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Typhoon "Jose" (Halong)
Typhoon "Jose" has slowed downs as it continues to move farther away from the country.
A. AFFECTED POPULATION
A total of 1,129 families / 3,995 persons were affected in Pangasinan (Region I)
- Out of the total affected, 1,129 families / 3,995 persons were served outside the evacuation centers cAsaALTIES