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The return to their former livelihoods has always been one of the major milestones aspired by the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Zamboanga siege. For 21 IDP seaweed farmers, this aspiration became reality, as they were able to resume their seaweed planting activities thus taking a great leap towards the rebuilding of their lives.
“Agar-agar talaga ang kinabubuhay namin, noon pa bago mag-giyera (Seaweed planting has always been our main source of livelihood, even before the siege),” recalls Bensadar Talanghati, an IDP currently living in a transitory site in Barangay Taluksangay, Zamboanga City. “Pero nung nag-giyera na, lahat ng kabuhayan namin ay nawala. Hindi na kami nakabalik sa pagtatanim ng agar-agar kasi kahit may lugar, wala naman kaming capital para makapagsimula ulit. (But when the siege broke out, we lost all of our livelihood. We were not able to return to seaweed farming because even if we had a place, we didn’t have enough capital to start over).”
Bensadar is only one of the several IDPs who are now part of the livelihood component of the Zamboanga Recovery Project (ZRP). He, together with 20 others from the Taluksangay transitory, submitted livelihood proposals on seaweed farming and later had the opportunity to meet with CFSI’s Director for Philippine Programme, Vlad Hernandez on the 18 September 2015. The meeting allowed them to share their insights on how they want to go about or proceed with this livelihood venture.
During his time with the IDP seaweed farmers, Vlad shared his thoughts with them on how seaweed farming can further be explored as a lucrative livelihood venture, especially if and when the farmers choose to group together and form an organization.
“It’s amazing, they are interested to form an organization as seaweed farmers,” says Vlad. “I reiterated that before grouping together, they should first find a purpose for the organization, as that’s where the success of their livelihood will stem from.”
The seaweed farmers also shared with Vlad other potential activities that can be used to supplement the earnings of seaweed planting. “It takes 3 months to complete a cycle of seaweed farming – from planting the seedlings to harvesting,” Vlad continues. “It may be good that the farmers also look into producing seaweed seedlings, which they can use for the next cycle, or as a supplemental source of income, since they can sell these to other farmers in need.”
As for Bensadar, who has been driving a pedicab to support his family’s needs, the return to seaweed farming is more than just an opportunity; he sees it as a second choice in life. “Dito ako magpupundar, dahil ito ang nakagisnan kong kabuhayan (This [seaweed farming] is where I will persevere, since this is the kind of livelihood I grew up with),” he says. “Patuloy parin akong magpepedicab, pero itong pag-aagar-agar ang magiging pantustos sa kinabukasan ng pamilya ko (I will continue to drive a pedicab, but seaweed farming will always serve as the key to securing my family’s future.)”
Seaweed farming is one among the many livelihood grants provided by CFSI under the ZRP. Other livelihood grants include farms, sari-sari stores, fishing boats, and pedicabs. Exactly last week, on 27 October 2015, CFSI had its ceremonial handover of the first batch of livelihood grants in Barangay Taluksangay.
– Fae Cheska Esperas
Ben Moses Ebreo
STA. FE, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 2 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here recently conducted a Diskwento Caravan in this town to help typhoon victims avail of low-priced products.
The caravan which carried the theme Bagsak Presyo para sa mga Nasalanta ni Bagyong Lando” provided opportunities for the town villagers in buying basic and prime commodities at discounted low prices and seven product exhibitors in selling their products.
Ruben Diciano, DTI provincial director said the caravan was participated by product exhibitors namely: Savemore, Jade’s General Merchandise, Pandayan Bookshop, HBC, INc., Hydie Harrison Pasalubong and the National Food Authority(NFA).
He said the activity generated more than P75,000.00 total sales from 891 registered buyers.
“The exhibitors also provided freebies, discounts from 20 to 50 percent, buy one take one and three for 250 promos,” Diciano said.
The Diskwento Caravan which aims to allow consumers in accessing low cost and quality standard basic and prime commodities, school supplies and other local goods was supported by the local government unit. (ALM/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, November 2 (PIA) – Local breast milk advocates remind the public of the milk code provision which specifically prohibits donation of breast milk substitutes, including infant formula and milk supplements’ even during emergencies.
This was reiterated by the National Nutrition Council during the conduct of the Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) training workshop held in Cagayan de Oro city on 19-23 October 2015.
DOH NiE manual cites infants and children as among the most vulnerable victims of natural or human-induced emergencies, and that interrupted breastfeeding, and inappropriate complementary feeding heighten the risk to malnutrition, illness and mortality.
To prevent this, the nutrition cluster is tasked to institute immediate intervention during emergencies by providing adequate breastfeeding supplements, support to malnourished mothers/children, and other appropriate health services.
The Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) local support group will likewise be deployed to establish lactation rooms/corners, ensuring easy and secure access for caregivers to water and sanitation facilities.
Basic support in stimulating breast to continue producing milk, expressing milk by hand, breastfeeding supplementation, as well as, breast milk stimulation technique for female volunteers will be extended.
Infants who have never been breastfed or stopped breastfeeding would always be considered to try breastfeeding or relactation especially when resources to safely managed artificial feeding are limited.
NNC noted that uncontrolled distribution of breast milk substitute in evacuation centers can lead to early and unnecessary cessation of breastfeeding.
Meanwhile, children aging six months above especially those identified as moderately and severely undernourished are given ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF), Fortified Blended Foods (FBFs) and micronutrient powders. (JCV/PIA)
SAN JOSE, Antique Nov. 3 (PIA) - - The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported that a total of 811 dengue cases were recorded from January to October 17, this year.
“This is 98.77 percent higher compared to 408 cases in the same period in year 2014,” said Supervising Sanitary Inspector Tessie M. Vergara.
The municipality of Tobias Fornier was identified with the most number of cases recorded at 161, followed by San Jose with 149 cases; Sibalom- 121; Valderrama- 86; Caluya 68; and Hamtic with 62 cases.
The disease is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito that is infected with a dengue virus. Dengue fever is fatal and mainly affects children.
Vergara said that most of the cases recorded at 44 percent belong in the age group of 11-20 years old, and 34 percent of the cases affect 1-10 years old.
Majority of affected patients were males, and only one fatality was recorded from the Municipality of Caluya last June 7, 2015.
Vergara said that the Provincial Health is sustaining its campaign against dengue, and distributed 1,500 treated mosquito nets to different households with clustering of dengue cases.
The municipalities that were given treated mosquito nets include Tobias Fornier, Valderrama, Hamtic, Caluya and San Jose.
Veragara reminded the public that rain-water settles in tree-holes, gutters, cans, used tires, and many others where it serves as breeding ground for mosquitoes, “therefore we should always keep the surroundings clean in order to eliminate breeding sites and prevent the dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.” (JCM/VWV/PIA Antique)
The IASC Alert, Early Warning and Readiness report is produced bi-annually as an inter-agency effort by the Task Team on Preparedness and Resilience (TTPR) for IASC member agencies. The report highlights serious risks that were either identified as being of particular strategic operational concern or as having a high probability and impact on humanitarian needs. In addition to collaboratively assembling the report, the report includes an analysis of the state of readiness, prepared by OCHA, which is compared against each risk.
The featured risks are divided into conflict and natural hazard risks and include a detailed risk analysis section followed by an associated preparedness analysis. The risk analysis assesses the risk’s drivers and projects trends while the preparedness analysis looks at the IASC system’s readiness level as well as national capacities to cope with identified risks. A health risk alert outlines the predominant polio, plague and cholera concerns in a separate section which was added in view of potential restrictions to the UN’s operational environment.
October 2015 – Trends
Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey
November 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
Nearly 714,000 people remain displaced across Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region, two weeks after Typhoon Koppu (known locally as Lando) made landfall in the Philippines. Around 80 per cent of those displaced are in Regions I and III where damage to houses was most severe.
According to the Government, 9,100 people (2,400 families) are in 37 evacuation centres. An additional 704,000 people (164,000 families) are staying with relatives and friends or in the open nearby their damaged homes. As of 1 Nov, there were 48 confirmed deaths, mainly from drowning and landslides. Another 83 people were injured and 4 are missing. The Philippines Humanitarian Country Team, in consultation with line departments, is planning targeted and coordinated assistance in health, agriculture and emergency shelter.
48 people dead
714,000 people displaced
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Assessment reports confirm the occurrence of frost in July and August. Coupled with the drought, the frost has impacted economic and agricultural activities, as well as access to education and health services. According to the Government, the current situation will become devastating if the drought continues for another three to four months.
Key needs include the provision of drinking water and purification tablets, as well as food. According to the Government, about 2.4 million people are affected by drought, of which 1 million people live in the most severely affected regions.
2.4 million people affected
Fighting that broke out between the Myanmar Military and Shan State Army North (SSA-N) forces in Mongshu Township, Shan State has continued, causing further displacement. According to local organisations and INGOs, up to 6,000 people remain displaced staying in monasteries and IDP camps. Assessments undertaken by INGOs and local CSOs identified immediate needs in hygiene kits, clothing, blankets, food, health, shelter and WASH. INGOs and local organisations are providing assistance to those displaced, including food, hygiene kits and other non-food items, but further assistance is needed.
6,000 people displaced
Rationing and water deliveries are underway to the worst hit parts of the Solomon Islands with predictions that below average rainfall will continue until February next year. Some schools, police stations and hospitals are already facing closure because of water shortages. Some villagers are walking 2-3 hours to get clean drinking water and work is being suspended for half-days in the worst hit areas to allow for water collection.
Nepali police have cleared protesters from the Nepal/India border crossing at Birgunj which was closed for over 40 days. This raises hopes that fuel shortages which have been hampering humanitarian relief, will ease. Nevertheless it is expected that it will take at least several weeks before the situation returns to normal. In the meantime the CERF has allocated US$1.2 million for strengthened UNHAS air lift capacity which will move much needed supplies to communities living above 1,500m before the onset of winter.
Confidential and Open Source Data
This report examines trends over the first half of 2015 in both open-source and agency-reported data. We are pleased that this quarterly security analysis includes information from 11 contributing agencies - one more than last quarter. As compared to last quarter, this edition contains more reported incidents both from open sources (88, up from 51) and agencies (223, up from 198). As described below, many of the additional reported incidents affected humanitarian infrastructure and occurred in Africa and the Middle East. The number of reported severe events remained constant between the first and second quarters of 2015.
This edition introduces a basic incident rate for hotspot countries, calculated using the number of reported events divided by the number of contributing agencies present in a country (see box, page 6). The regional maps on pages 7 to 11 show those countries that appear on both the total incident and incident rate hot spot lists in orange.
The three hotspot rankings below (open source, incident count, and incident rate) illustrate three options for determining the most insecure countries for humanitarian agencies. Each of the methods illustrates only a selective part of the picture, underlining the fact that each remains an imperfect measure in the absence of better data.
We also carefully examined open-source and agency-reported events to avoid double counting the same event. In this edition, we indicate the origin of the data as open source (OS), agency reported (AR) or dual source events (DE), which refer to events reported in both sources. To our surprise, we discovered only seven events reported by contributing agencies and in open sources over the first six months of 2015. This represents 1.4 percent of all events (8/562) and raises questions about overall scale of threats and violence that affect humanitarian aid.
Page 4 and 5 are dedicated to Yemen. They discuss incidents reported between January and June 2015 in open sources and by the four contributing agencies present in the country
"Durable solutions for IDPs: challenges and way forward" is a training package developed to build the capacity of relevant actors to engage in national durable solutions processes. It consists of materials making up a 2.5-day participative event based largely on the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s framework on durable solutions. Its structure and contents are flexible, it can be adapted to specific countries or displacement situations and to shorter timeframes if necessary.
The training package was field-tested in Georgia and Uganda in 2011, and rolled out in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and the Philippines in 2014. During this time it was enriched with a module on "Profiling and durable solutions" developed by JIPS and benefitted from the support of Solutions Alliance and of the Global Cluster on Early Recovery during the revision conducted in 2015.
5. Profiling IDP Situations
6. Housing, land and property (HLP) and durable solutions (DS)
7. Age, gender and diversity (AGD) and durable solutions
8. Planning for durable solutions
As of 30 September, there were 1917 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September. From 1 to 30 September 2015, 1479 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of September in 2015 has increased, however was lower than the same period of 2014. (Figure 1)
As of 17 October, there were 96,222 cases of dengue with 263 deaths reported in Malaysia for 2015. This is 19.4% higher compared with the same reporting period of 2014 (n=80,578) (Figure 2). From 11 to 17 October 2015, there were 2,158 cases of dengue reported, 4.0% less than the number of cases reported in the previous week (n=2,078). Weekly dengue cases have been decreasing. Since May 2015, DENV-1 has been the dominant serotype (60%) as of 6 Oct 2015.
Philippines From 1 January to 3 October 2015, there were 108,263 suspected cases of dengue, including 317 deaths, reported in Philippines. This is 31.9% higher compared with the same reporting period in 2014 (n=82,049) (Figure 3). From 27 September to 3 October 2015 (week 39), there were 806 suspected cases of dengue reported. All four DENV serotypes have been detected in 2015.(NOTE: Case counts reported here do not represent the final number and will change after inclusion of delayed reports)
As of 10 October 2015, there were 7,815 cases of dengue reported in Singapore for 2015. From 4 to 10 October 2015, 235 dengue cases were reported, 22 cases less than the previous week (Figure 4).
Cambodia (No Update)
As of 3 August 2015, there were 5,274 cases of dengue, including 16 deaths, reported in Cambodia. The number of cases has been steadily increasing; however, the total number of cases is still following seasonal trend of 2011 and 2013 (Figure 5).
As of 9 October, there were 1,456 cases of dengue and no deaths reported in Lao PDR for 2015. From 3 to 9 October 2015, 60 dengue cases were reported, 20 cases less than the previous week (Figure 6). There is no country level alert for the week ending 9 October 2015.
Viet Nam (No Update)
As of 20 September 2015, there were 39,547 cases of dengue including 25 deaths reported in Viet Nam for 2015. The number of cases is 17.7% lower compared to the average of same reporting period from 2010-2014. The number of cases is 3.4% higher in the week ending 20 September 2015 (n=2,617) compared to the previous week (n=2,532) from 43 out of 63 provinces (Figure7).
As of 30 September, there were 1,393 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases in Australia for 2015. In the month of September there were 56 cases reported. Compared with the same reporting period of last year (n=1,460), the number of reported cases was consistent with previous years and follows seasonal trends (Figure 8).
Pacific Islands Countries and Areas
In the week ending 4 October 2015, 25 confirmed dengue cases were reported in French Polynesia (Figure 9). There were 10 hospitalizations since 28 September 2015, including 1 severe case..
As of 14 October 2015, there have been 450 cases of which 143 were hospitalised. Dengue serotype-3 has been identified in circulation. The number of cases is decreasing.
On October 18, Typhoon Koppu made landfall in the Philippines wrecking havoc in various parts of the country. A report from the national disaster monitoring office said that the flooding had displaced over 500,000 people. Koppu, the second strongest typhoon to hit the disaster-weary country this year, then crawled over vast swathes of Luzon for three days, bringing torrential rains that triggered landslides and massive flooding. The death toll climbed over 50. After Typhoon Koppu made landfall in the Philippines, it inundated fields and flattened crops in disaster area. The rice crops, which were ready for harvest, have been completely destroyed.
Tzu Chi volunteers in Philippines immediately set out for Nueva Ecija, an area hard hit by Typhoon Koppu in Luzon, to conduct a disaster survey and provide humanitarian aid for the survivors.
“The floodwaters rose to the rooftop and all our belongings were washed away. Even our neighbor's house was swept away by the floods.” Said Myrabel Mago, one of typhoon victims.
Cash-for-work program to clean homes:
Flashfloods have triggered landslides and logs, which were washed down from the mountains, caused serious damage to property. All that remained after the waters receded was mud and debris. The typhoon had impacted the residents' quality of life. Hence, the Tzu Chi Philippines Chapter decided to rollout a cash-for-work program. Tzu Chi implements the program by 10 people in one group and cleans each house together. The survivors said they are very happy to clean the surroundings in this program and they should help each other.
“Implementing a cash-for-work program here will be very effective because residents will be able to clean their homes while also getting compensated for it.” Said by Alfredo Li, CEO of Tzu Chi Philippines Chapter.
The city government brought in large equipment and trucks to help speed up the cleaning process. And, helping spearhead Tzu Chi's cash-for-work project here in Gapan is the city's mayor, Maricel Natividad, who managed to recruit close to 400 residents in one day. She said that: We are grateful to the Tzu Chi Foundation for implementing a cash-for-work program here. It gives residents an opportunity to come together and clean their homes while earning a wage. Within half a day, the main road of the community was cleared and is now operational.
Cleanup of school grounds:
Cabanatuan, situated within an hour's drive of Gapan City, was also a victim of the typhoon's wrath. Sumacab Norte Elementary School, a local elementary school in the City, was totally inundated with mud. As soon Tzu Chi volunteers surveyed the situation, Tzu Chi brought in clean up equipment and set up a cash-for-work program to recruit local residents to solve this muddy situation. Some 200 cash-for-work participants have been mobilized to help clear out the debris and mud, which has covered. From 10/27~/31 over 4000 participants joined the program.
“Because of Typhoon Koppu, our school was forced to close down. Almost all of Barangay Sumacab Norte was affected. Our students, all 1,069 of them, are currently unable to continue with their schooling.” Said Carlos S. Celestino Jr., the Principal of the school.
In the coming days, Tzu Chi will do what we can to help these residents get their lives back on track as soon as possible.
Jose Mari M. Garcia
BALANGA CITY, Nov.2 (PIA) -- Orion town recently received a grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the production of fiberglass rescue boats that are lighter and can carry more persons than a rubber boat.
Mayor Antonio Raymundo Jr received the check worth PhP719,000 from DOST Regional Director Victor Mariano as part of the agency’s Grant-in-Aid project that will improve the town’s disaster risk reduction and management practices.
“The said project funds will be used for the fabrication of two units of DOST-designed fiberglass rescue boats that the municipal government may use during rescue operations in flooded areas or distribution of relief goods,” Jerwin Vianzon of DOST-Bataan said.
The fiberglass rescue boat is cheaper, lighter and can carry eight to 12 persons unlike a rubber boat of the same size which has a 6-to-10-person capacity only.
Also, it can accommodate animals and home appliances, has compartments for rescue operations equipment, and can go through submerged narrow roads without being worn-out.
The project came in time as Bataan province heightens preparations for disasters this rainy season, with Orion town being one of most flood-prone municipalities in the province, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.
In the Geohazard Assessment Report, 13 out of the 23 barangays of Orion are prone to flooding, ranging from low to high susceptibility.
These 13 barangays have a total population of about 27,000 and there are areas which are densely populated with marginalized and vulnerable people.
The two units of fiberglass rescue boat will be fabricated by the Samahan at Ugnayan ng Pangisdaan sa Orion, a municipal-wide association of fishermen, who will be trained by DOST experts.
Vianzon said the group may also use the boats in sea patrolling and management of 12.5 hectares of mangrove areas which help in preventing coastal erosion and serve as breeding and nursery grounds for a number of marine organisms. (CLJD/JMG-PIA 3)
Ben Moses Ebreo
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Oct. 31 (PIA) – Electricity in most lowland villages here has been restored by the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO), leaving the remaining power outage problem only in upland barangays.
Engineer Narciso Salunat, NUVELCO manager, said they have already restored electricity in most typhoon-affected barangays of the province.
“Except for those barangays which we cannot yet penetrate due to presence of major landslides, we are almost done in restoring power in the lowland villages,” he said.
Onslaught of typhoon ‘Lando’ has toppled many power posts and cables over the weekend, isolating most upland towns in four days due to unpenetrable roads blocked by landslides and rockslides.
Salunat said isolated areas are still the focus of their restoration efforts such as in upland barangays of Alloy, Wangal, Papaya, Muta and Didipio in Kasibu town and several barangays in Kayapa town, Dupax del Sur and Dupax del Norte towns.
He said Alfonso Castaneda, the farthest town of the province via Carranglan town and San Jose City in Nueva Ecija, was also devastated by the typhoon especially its power lines.
Salunat, however, said that they cannot address the power problem of the municipality as Alfonso Castaneda takes its power supply from the Aurora Electric Cooperative (AURELCO).
“We cannot tell when will be the restoration of power in the municipality. But in our area of coverage, we will be able to restore all remaining damaged power grids by two to three weeks,” he said. (ALM/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)
Ben Moses Ebreo
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya , Oct. 30 (PIA) – The provincial government here will be giving a package of assistance to farmers affected by typhoon ‘Lando’.
Governor Ruth Padilla said the big chunk of the 5 percent Calamity Fund of the province will be utilized for subsidy assistance for typhoon-hit farmers whose rice, corn and high value commercial crops have been devastated by the recent typhoon.
“This assistance will enable our farmers to recover their losses and put them again on the recovery level with their fellow farmers outside the province,” she said.
Padilla said farmers should also be encouraged to conduct quick turn-around cropping and start planting and replanting through the provision of free certified seeds and seedlings subsidy to maximize production.
She said the assistance is immediately needed since most of the population in Nueva Vizcaya rely on farming for their livelihood.
The provincial agriculture office bared that ‘Lando’ destroyed about 9,085 hectares of farmlands in the 15 municipalities of the province.
Rice production loss is initially recorded at P219 million, corn loss is valued at P18 million while damage to high value crops, covering fruits and vegetables is at P80 million pending damage report on agricultural infrastructures. (ALM/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)
Tacloban City — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines Buba Tekune led on Thursday the inauguration ceremony for the Water Supply Support Project for Typhoon Yolanda-affected families now residing in Ridgeview Park, a resettlement site located in the city.
The project funded by the donation of the Nigerian government provides potable water supply, on-site water source development, water filtration, and rain harvesting.
Some 77 families who were the first to transfer in the relocation site will benefit from the project.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) which is a longtime partner of the DSWD on disaster response was also involved in the completion of the project.
“This donation is a gift and an offer of friendship from the people of Nigeria to the Filipino people,” Amb. Tekune said.
Amb. Tekune also recognized the resiliency of the “Yolanda” survivors citing that the city barely shows signs of devastation just two years after the disaster.
Acknowledging the assistance of the Nigerian government, Secretary Soliman said that this project has resolved the issue on water rationing.
“We thank the Nigerian people for the friendship and the solidarity that they have provided. Through the bond that the Nigerians have with the Filipino people, they have provided and donated US $300,000 (P14-M) and this was used for the tanks and water filtration. The project will provide water for all who those who will move in to this Ridgeview area,” Sec. Soliman added.
Sec. Soliman also thanked other national agencies, the local government unit, and international organizations who helped in the completion of the project. Sec. Solima
Sec. Soliman also announced that when all the houses in this area will be ready for occupancy, the bunkhouses and other transitional shelters will be closed.
“We will be moving the people in the bunkhouses here, because we will have water and electricity connection. We hope to do this before November 15 for all those who have completed their documents,” Sec. Soliman said.
Sec. Soliman also received cheers from the audience when she said, “ Your christmas will be beautiful and bright as you will have water and electricity very soon.”