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Philippines: More Support for Damaged Health Care Facilities in the Philippines

21 August 2014 - 12:20pm
Source: AmeriCares Country: Philippines

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.

Philippines: ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

21 August 2014 - 7:34am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

  • Strengthening the resilience of communities affected by natural disasters is a key priority for ECHO. Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures into humanitarian assistance helps to achieve this objective. In 2013-2014, € 14 million has been allocated to DRR projects in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.

Read the full factsheet

Philippines: Davao Oriental already in rehabilitation stage after Typhoon Pablo, says Governor

21 August 2014 - 12:49am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, Aug. 21 -- Davao Oriental is making headway in rebuilding communities devastated by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012, Governor Corazon Malanyaon said on Wednesday.

“We are now in the reconstruction and rehabilitation stage. So much is going on there in Davao Oriental now, so parang alive na alive talaga ang tatlong towns. Everybody seems to have work. Everybody seems to be involved in all the activities,” Malanyaon said during a press briefing after paying a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III.

She was referring to the towns of Boston, Cateel, and Baganga, where about a thousand housing units are being turned over every 15 days.

"We hope to turn over at least 60 percent of the total housing requirement for our typhoon victims by the second anniversary of Typhoon Pablo in December," she said, adding that they aim to build a total of 24,000 housing units for the victims.

The governor said they have also begun efforts to give the typhoon victims permanent livelihood in agriculture and fisheries.

“Nakikita ko talaga na everybody talagang nagtatrabaho. Everybody has been given the opportunity to earn income. Construction is a boom there. We are going to construct a lot of housing units, school buildings, barangay halls, ‘yung mga daycare center, and even mga infrastructure like roads, bridges, and all that,” she said.

Typhoon Pablo hit Davao Oriental on December 4, 2012, claiming hundreds of lives and displacing thousands of families. The typhoon also destroyed billions of pesos worth of infrastructure and properties.

The magnitude of the devastation prompted President Aquino to create a special task force led by Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras to facilitate a smooth disaster response mechanism for all the affected areas.

Last February, the people of Davao Oriental thanked President Aquino for mobilizing the entire national government machinery to address their urgent concerns following the onslaught of the Typhoon Pablo. (PCOO/PND (as)

Philippines: Philippines: Region VI (Western Visayas): Ongoing Response Activities (as of August 2014)

20 August 2014 - 8:00pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines preview

Philippines: UNICEF Philippines Humanitarian Situation Report #24, Issued on 10 August 2014

20 August 2014 - 4:23pm
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Philippines preview

Highlights

• UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

• July was Nutrition month focusing on ‘Nutrition in Emergencies’. A high-level Nutrition Summit brought together more than 300 members of congress, policy makers and key nutrition players.

• On 15 July, Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) struck the Philippines with limited impact in Haiyan affected areas. UNICEF supported Government preparedness and response, including evacuation of 1,000 families.

Typhoon Haiyan

5.9 million Children affected out of 14.1 million people affected (OCHA, 28 January 2014)

1.7 million Children displaced out of 4.1 million displaced people (OCHA, 28 January 2014)

UNICEF Haiyan Appeal Philippines 2014 $119 million

World: Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

20 August 2014 - 8:40am
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Bangladesh, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, World preview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

  • Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will increase rice imports to curb rising prices.

  • India will release 5 million tonnes of rice from central reserves to deter inflation.

  • Countries are preparing for El Niño. Ample stocks in the region are likely to prevent major shocks.

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

FOOD AND GENERAL INFLATION

General price inflation in the region moderated to 5.7 percent in June, slowing from the 6.1 percent increase in May. Falling food prices contributed to the slight slowing in general price inflation. Food price inflation eased to 4.4 percent in June, down from 5 percent in May.In China, food prices fell slightly by 0.4 percent as fish, fruits and vegetables were all cheaper. In Thailand, prices for vegetables and fruits dropped by 3.4 percent from May, because of harvests of seasonal fruits and favorable weather conditions. Energy prices, which affect general inflation and impact food prices, edged downward by 0.2 percent. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) lowered diesel fuel and LPG cooking gas prices in June, and is closely monitoring food prices in retail markets. Food prices did rise, however, in several countries. In the Philippines, short supplies of garlic in local markets helped push vegetable prices up by 6.3 percent, and rice prices rose by 1.1 percent. In Sri Lanka, prices for fresh fish and vegetables continued to increase in June on less availability. Lower prices for chicken, eggs and coconuts, however, offset those increases (see Country Section). Food inflation in Indonesia rose by 1 percent as prices for chicken, eggs, tomatoes, red onions and rice all moved higher. In addition, costs for housing, electricity and fuel drove an increase in general inflation. In Pakistan, a significant rise in the price of tomatoes, up 60.2 percent from the same time last year, was mitigated by falling prices for fresh vegetables, chicken, onions and wheat flour.

Philippines: Red Cross tackles threat of disaster in urban areas

20 August 2014 - 12:20am
Source: Philippine National Red Cross Country: Philippines

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), together with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is hosting a three-day workshopfrom August 19 to August 21 to address issues of growing disaster threats to urban populations.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said that the ever rising incidence and severity of natural disasters exerts pressure on the global community to address the threats to urban populations everywhere, most especially in Southeast Asia.

Gordon added that the Urban Disaster Management workshop provides a unique opportunity to discuss this vital concern “ so that the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement can become a catalyst for the rapid dissemination of best practices and innovative approaches to the problem of disaster mitigation in urban areas. “

The workshop brings together disaster management specialists from the International Red Cross Movement in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, together with representatives from Government authorities, the UN, NGOs and academic and private institutions. Discussions will be centered on a common purpose - to develop an effective approach to urban disaster management.

"We are seeing increased vulnerability, especially in the low social economic groups who often have no choice but to live in slums or informal settlements. Often these settlements are located in hazard-prone locations such as steep hillsides, industrial areas, and riverbanks subject to flooding. Here in the Philippines we suffer over 20 tropical storms each year and these communities are hit hardest when flooding affects Metro Manila,” said PRC Secretary General Gwen Pang.

“We are seeing an increase in the number and severity of extreme weather related disasters. The Red Cross aims to help citizens prepare for, respond to, and recover from urban disasters but no single organisation can manage the urban disaster management agenda on its own,” said Nelson Castano, the IFRC’s head of disaster management for Asia Pacific Nelson Castro.

A series of sessions are lined up for the participants to discuss topics on urban risk assessment, disaster law in urban contexts, violence and protection, the impacts of climate change and technology and communication with at risk communities.

The meeting will also reflect on lessons learnt from the response to Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the central part of the Philippines in November 2013.

Gordon said that “The cumulative impact of these devastating storms should make us realize that disaster risk reduction programs must be part of any sustainable approach to prevent the loss of life or destruction of property. Over the years, our partnership and cooperation with the private sector, civil society groups, and local government units have become an integral part of our response. I am certain that this Urban Disaster Management Workshop is another great leap forward in preparing our respective organizations for the worst.”