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Philippines: Dengue Situation Update 511, 28 February 2017

1 March 2017 - 9:15am
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, China, French Polynesia (France), Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, New Caledonia (France), Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Viet Nam

As of 31 January 2017, there were 34 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is a little higher than that reported during the same period in 2016 (28 cases) (Figure 1).

A total of 1,915 cases of dengue were reported during week 7, which is higher than the 1661 cases reported in the previous week (increase of 15.3 %) (Figure 2). The cumulative number of cases reported in 2017 was 12,576 cases, which is lower than that during the same period in 2016 (22,518 cases). As of week 7, there have been a total of 34 deaths related to dengue in 2017, compared with 51 deaths for the same period in 2016, lowered by 17 deaths (33%).

Philippines (No update)
As of 5 November 2016, there were 176,411 suspected cases of dengue reported in 2016, including 422 deaths. This is 0.8% lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (n=177,767) (Figure 3).

As of 18 February 2017, there were 592 dengue cases reported in Singapore since January 2017. This is lower than that reported during the same period since 2013. During week 7, there were 55 cases and the number of cases decreased by 91%, compared to 590 cases for the same period in 2016 (Figure 4).

As of 17 February in 2017, there were 390 cases of dengue with no deaths reported in Lao PDR in 2017. During week 7, 26 dengue cases and no deaths were reported. The number of cases is higher than the same time period in 2015 and 2016 (Figure 5).

Viet Nam (No update)
From 1 January to 31 December 2016, there were 122,020 cases of dengue including 43 deaths reported in Viet Nam. For the month of December, there were 11,166 cases reported including one death. Compared to November 2016, number of cases decreased by 28.6%, and there were 6 fewer deaths. Compared to same period in 2015, cumulative number of cases increased by 25.2%, and there were 18 fewer deaths. Compared to the median in 2011-2015 period, cumulative number of cases increased by 73.6% (Figure 6).

As of 17 February 2017, a total of 95 cases of suspected dengue cases reported in 2017. The number of suspected dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 7).

As of 28 February 2017, there were 202 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases reported in Australia in 2017. The number of cases reported is less than that reported during the same time period in the previous years (2012-2016) (Figure 8).

French Polynesia A total of 29 confirmed dengue cases were reported in French Polynesia between week 3 and week 4 (12 cases in week 3 and 17 cases in week 4) (Figure 9). Seven (24%) of the 29 cases were confirmed as DENV-1 infection.

New Caledonia As of 24 February 2017, 892 dengue cases were reported since January 2017, indicating an increase in the number of cases since September 2016 (Figure 10).

Philippines: PH gov’t agencies sign first and only law in the world prioritizing protection of children during disasters

1 March 2017 - 9:07am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo and Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led yesterday the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 10821 or the ‘Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act’ – a law considered as the first and only in the world that protects children during emergencies and disaster situations.

“This is a very important law as it will contribute to our efforts to further protect those who are most vulnerable during disasters,” explained Sec. Taguiwalo in her opening remarks.

Apart from the importance of the law, Sec. Taguiwalo also discussed several salient points ​in the law such as the establishment of a Comprehensive Emergency Program for Children (CEPC) which is designed to protect and support the immediate recovery of children and pregnant and lactating mothers during and after emergencies and disaster situations.

The signing was witnessed by students from San Vicente Elementary School who also showcased their talents by playing musical instruments at the event.

Also present in the ceremonial signing were OCD administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, AFP-Human Rights Office (HRO) chief B/Gen. Jose Antonio Carlos Motril, Save the Children Country Director Ned Olney and UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander.

Lastly, Sec. Taguiwalo said that, “As we push for the implementation of the law at all levels, we hope to make the public recognize the truth that disaster risk reduction, response and management processes involve the collective action between the public and the government.”

“The key ways to ensure the proper enactment of this law is to empower the public and encourage their involvement in crafting and implementing policies and programs that can help improve the ability of Filipino communities to mitigate the effects of calamities and disasters, and promote resiliency,” she ended.

Philippines: Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Tacloban receive P5,000 cash aid

1 March 2017 - 7:02am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Around 213 Typhoon Yolanda survivors received their P5,000 financial assistance from the Office of the President today. The cash assistance was distributed by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VIII.

DSWD OIC-Undersecretary for Operations-Protective Services, Hope V. Hervilla, witnessed the distribution on behalf of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

It can be recalled that on November 8, 2016 on the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to provide cash assistance to Typhoon Yolanda survivors who were not included in the list of beneficiaries of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA). They then raised their issue with Sec. Taguiwalo who subsequently relayed their appeals for help to Pres. Duterte. OIC-Usec Hervilla lauded those who stood up and fought for their rights.

“Ito ang administrasyong may tunay na malasakit sa mga mahihirap (This is the administration which has genuine compassion for the poor) Although this is just a small amount, this will compensate for the three long years that you have patiently waited for an answer, “OIC-Usec Hervilla stated.

“We are pleased that the government responded to your call. These funds come from no less than the Office of the President, ” she added.

However, she emphasized that the government cannot give the P10,000 (for partially damaged houses) and P30,000 (totally damaged houses) ESA since these are not included in the government’s budget for this year.

About 1,841 individuals from Tacloban City have been listed by an alliance of people’s organizations formed by the typhoon survivors, but the number was trimmed down after careful validation.

Meanwhile, DSWD-Field Office VIII Director Restituto Macuto explained that some of the survivors have already availed of government shelter assistance, while others were put into double entry in the list.

The 213 recipients of the financial aid come from Barangays 60-A, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, and Utap.

Listed as eligible beneficiaries for the cash assistance under the Presidential Assistance guidelines are heads of qualified households, and those in the list endorsed by people’s organizations on or before the third year anniversary of Yolanda when Pres. Duterte announced the P5,000 aid.

Asked how long will it take for the remaining claimants from other areas of the region to receive the cash aid, Usec. Hervilla said that it will take three to six months, since the validation of households is ongoing.

She added that the P1B allotted by the Office of the President for the 200,000 claimants for the region and three other regions (Regions VI, VII and N.I.R.) do not include funds needed to hire additional workers to go around the different localities to facilitate speedy validation of all the affected households.

She pledged to do everything possible to hasten the process reiterating the Department’s “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo” slogan.