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World: Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

29 July 2014 - 8:01pm
Source: Oxfam Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Nepal, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

World: Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

29 July 2014 - 9:08am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, World, Yemen, South Sudan preview

Snapshot 22-29 July 2014

oPt: 1,067 are reported killed in Gaza since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. 215,000 people have been displaced, and shelter conditions are a major concern. Damage to critical infrastructure, including the only power station in Gaza and health facilities, is heavily restricting access to basic services. Insecurity is also impeding humanitarian access.

Syria: Islamic State launched multiple attacks on government positions across northern and northeastern Syria in its first large-scale coordinated assault. An increasing number of injuries – averaging 25,000 injuries each month - combined with the severe shortages in surgical supplies are rendering functioning hospitals unable to cope with the demand for surgical treatment.

Nigeria: The frequency and fatality of attacks are currently at their highest levels since the state of emergency (SoE) was imposed. Four attacks took place in Kano city, and two in Kaduna. Ebola was confirmed as the cause of death of a Liberian man in Lagos, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa.

More on www.geo.acaps.org

Updated: 29/07/2014 Next Update: 05/08/2014

Global Emergency Overview Web Interface

Philippines: Foco de desnutrición aguda en Mindanao

29 July 2014 - 7:44am
Source: Acción contra el Hambre Country: Philippines
  • El conflicto desatado en septiembre de 2013 entre el Ejército filipino y el Frente Moro de Liberación Nacional (FMLN) ha afectado a casi 120.000 civiles. 64.000 personas siguen desplazados a día de hoy, hacinadas en centros de evacuación sin las condiciones básicas de agua, saneamiento e higiene. Más de 1.000 niños menores de cinco años sufren desnutrición aguda en la ciudad de Zamboanga

  • Acción contra el Hambre, que trabaja desde hace nueve meses en esta emergencia, ha puesto en marcha una intervención integrada de lucha contra la desnutrición especialmente a niños menores de cinco años, mujeres embarazadas y madres en periodo de lactancia

Madrid, 29 de julio de 2014

Aunque la comunidad internacional ha reaccionado generosamente tras los últimos desastres naturales que han azotado Filipinas (p.ej, el tifón Haiyan de noviembre de 2013), estas grandes emergencias han eclipsado de alguna forma otras crisis latentes en el país, como el conflicto en la isla de Mindanao, la segunda más grande del archipiélago, donde viven medio millón de personas.

El conflicto, cuya última ola se desató en septiembre de 2013, ha provocado la destrucción de viviendas, infraestructuras, sistemas de agua, las instalaciones necesarias para agua potable y el saneamiento, y miles de personas perdieron sus medios de vida. Nueve meses después de iniciar los trabajos de recuperación y reconstrucción en la ciudad de Zamboanga, Acción contra el Hambre continúa brindando apoyo junto al Gobierno a 25.670 personas desplazadas.

"Seguimos muy preocupados por la suerte de las personas desplazadas, muchas de sus necesidades siguen sin resolverse. Estas condiciones plantean peligros para los sectores más vulnerables. Esto puede implicar muchas muertes, especialmente entre los niños menores de cinco años, por desnutrición aguda, y plantea riesgos para las mujeres embarazadas y en periodo de lactancia. Estamos colaborando con las partes interesadas en el apoyo a estos grupos vulnerables a hacer frente a su sufrimiento ", dice Javad Amoozegar, Director País de Acción contra el Hambre en Filipinas.

“El acceso a servicios de agua potable, saneamiento e higiene es insuficiente y esto tiene un impacto directo sobre el estado nutricional de los más vulnerables", subraya Amoozegar.

El Plan de Acción de Zamboanga, elaborado por las autoridades filipinas estima en 12,7 millones de dólares la respuesta necesaria, pero constata que solo se cuenta con 5,2 millones.

Desde que la crisis comenzó, Acción contra el Hambre, con financiación de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Unicef y el Departamento Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección Civil de la Comisión Europea (ECHO), ha proporcionado letrinas, tanques y tuberías, instalaciones sanitarias, grifos y sistemas de eliminación de residuos. También está organizando sesiones de sensibilización sobre higiene y preparando la intervención nutricional necesaria para hacer frente a los crecientes casos de diarrea y desnutrición entre los niños menores de cinco años.

Más información y entrevistas con portavoces: Acción contra el Hambre España Alicia García – Carlos Riaza: 91 771 16 63 - 608 78 83 20

Philippines: SSS announces list of areas with SSS calamity relief package fro Glenda-hit members

29 July 2014 - 12:51am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

All qualified members of the Social Security System (SSS) residing within the following areas declared under state of calamity due to Typhoon Glenda by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council may avail of loans and advanced pension payments under the SSS CALAMITY RELIEF PACKAGE:

  1. OBANDO, BULACAN
  2. CAVITE
  3. LAGUNA
  4. RIZAL
  5. TAAL, BATANGAS
  6. CUENCA, BATANGAS
  7. STA.TERESITA, BATANGAS
  8. LAUREL, BATANGAS
  9. LEMERY, BATANGAS
  10. SAN NICOLAS, BATANGAS
  11. PADRE GARCIA, BATANGAS
  12. IBAAN, BATANGAS
  13. MALVAR, BATANGAS
  14. BATANGAS CITY
  15. QUEZON PROVINCE
  16. ALBAY
  17. CAMARINES SUR
  18. TIGAON, CAMARINES SUR
  19. BULA, CAMARINES SUR
  20. NAGA CITY
  21. SAMAR
  22. MUNTINLUPA CITY

Applications will be accepted at any SSS branch starting August 01, 2014 (Friday).

The deadline of submission of applications is on October 31, 2014 except for the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan, which is one year after the issuance of its corresponding SSS circular.

For details and inquiries, please contact the SSS Call Center at (02) 920-6446 to 55, or email member_relations@sss.gov.ph.

Philippines: Almost 100 beneficiaries from Pasay receive safer homes

29 July 2014 - 12:45am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Pasay City – After many years of living dangerously along the Tripa de Gallina creek in this city, Gildo Cajuntoy and his family will now have their own home, safe from floods and fires common in informal settlements.

The Cajuntoy Family is one of the 98 informal settler- families (ISFs) from Brgy. 156, Tripa de Gallina, Pasay who was awarded with a new housing unit on Friday, July 25, through the government’s Oplan Lumikas para Iwas Kalamidad At Sakit (LIKAS) project.

The Cajuntoys and the other families were relocated to safer homes in Trece Martires, Cavite.

Oplan LIKAS, spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG), resettles ISFs residing on top of or within the three-meter easement of a waterway.

The goal is to relocate families in danger and high risk zones to safe and humane housing close to their sources of livelihood and also to lessen flooding in Metro Manila.

Called “Voluntary Pre-Emptive Evacuation” by DILG, the project is supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways ( DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), National Housing Authority (NHA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), and local government units (LGUs).

Brgy. 156, located along the 920-meter long Tripa de Gallina creek, was identified by the LGU as one of the city’s 42 danger zones. The soil in the area was becoming loose and houses were starting to lean.

DENR was in charge of the demarcation of the area while DPWH, MMDA, and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) dismantled the structures.

The Relocation Action Center was bustling with activity as the 98 ISFs lined up to get their documents evaluated. They received an entry pass from NHA and Resettlement and Development Services Department, food assistance from the LGU, a medical kit from DOH, the P18,000 Interim Shelter Fund from DSWD. Their biometrics were also processed by MMDA and DSWD.

Present in the event were DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas III, NHA General Manager Chito Cruz, DSWD Assistant Secretary Javier Jimenez, Mayor Tony Calixto, Representative Emi Calixto-Rubiano, and barangay officials.

Mayor Calixto, Rep. Calixto-Rubiano, and Brgy 156 Chairman Serrano all expressed their gratitude for the project.

They emphasized that the participation of their constituents was crucial in making the project a success.

Rep. Calixto-Rubiano also mentioned that President Benigno S. Aquino expressed his concern for the safety of the residents of the city especially for those living along the city waterways who are always in danger during typhoons and storms.

Assec. Jimenez said that more than 1,000 families here have already received financial assistance from DSWD since the project began last year.

According to Sec. Roxas, this was clear proof that the Aquino administration was fulfilling its promises.

“Sa ilalim ng pamahalaan ni Pangulong Aquino, maari nang muling mangarap. Ngayong gabi, halos 100 pamilya ang makakatulog nang mahimbing, malayo sa kapahamakan (Under the administration of President Aquino, it is now possible to dream. Tonight, almost 100 families will be able to sleep soundly, far from danger),” Sec. Roxas said.

Headed by Sec. Roxas, the officials then proceeded to inspect the voluntary dismantling of houses by the ISFs.

Afterwards, the families bid goodbye as they travelled in vans to Cavite, carrying their belongings to a new way of life.

Cajuntoy said that after so many years of suffering in their homes – always fearful of fires, storms, and floods – they would now get to live in a place they can call their own.

“Ngayon, mayroon na kaming minimithing tirahan. May maipapamana na po kami sa aming mga anak (We now own our dream house. Finally, we have something to pass down to our children),” Cajuntoy stated

Philippines: NFA-Kalinga assures rice supply for lean & typhoon months

28 July 2014 - 5:55am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Larry Lopez

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, July 28 (PIA) - -The National Food Authority (NFA) provincial office has stocked sufficient rice in time for the lean and typhoon months this year.

Provincial Manager Antonio Macato reported that NFA-Kalinga has more than 19,000 bags buffer supply for its mandate to provide ready and cheap rice that includes other social commitments for disaster relief. According to Macato, NFA-Kalinga maintains about 80 “bigasan ng bayan” outlets in the different municipalities.

“Bigasan ng bayan” outlets are operated by accredited small private rice retailers established in strategic barangays throughout the province to assure access of quality cheap rice to low-income families.

Macato explained under the provincial office’s rice allocation program, not more than 6,000 bags of rice are distributed monthly to all the outlets at a weekly allocation of eight bags per outlet. To regulate its distribution, NFA releases only what has been sold during the week to sustain the eight-bag standard rice allocation per outlet.

NFA retailers sell rice at P28-32/kg but retailers in far barangays are allowed to charge add-on cost at a rate approved by the barangay or municipality, to defray transportation expense.

For its disaster allocation, Macato reported there is ready supply that could be withdrawn through the local social welfare and development institution any time during typhoons. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR,Kalinga)

Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 1 Effects of Earthquake in Hinundayan, Southern Leyte

28 July 2014 - 2:56am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines preview

1. Situation Overview

  • An earthquake of tectonic origin with 5.4 magnitude (Ms) occurred in region VIII at about 7.57am

Philippines: Philippine militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid: military

28 July 2014 - 2:50am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

07/28/2014 12:44 GMT

MANILA, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Islamic militants on Monday massacred 21 people, including one child, who were travelling to a village feast in the southern Philippines to mark the end of Ramadan, the military said.

About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vehicles in the remote town of Talipao on Jolo island, killing 21 people and wounding 11 others, regional military spokeswoman Marine Captain Rowena Muyuela told AFP.

"These were villagers who were travelling to a designated area to celebrate Hari Raya," she said, referring to the Muslim feast, also known as Eid al-Fitr, that ends Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan.

A three-year-old boy and six policemen were among those killed in the attack, she said, while four other children were among the 11 wounded.

Muyuela said the militants appeared to have targeted the policemen, also local Muslims, who were aboard the convoy and travelling to the festivities in their personal capacities.

The shooting was the deadliest this year by the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, which was founded in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.

The group is blamed for the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines' recent history.

These include the 2004 bombing of a ferry that left more than 100 dead, abductions of foreign missionaries and tourists, and beheadings mostly of local people.

Muyuela said a "military pursuit operation" was under way to catch the suspects, but soldiers had not caught up with them.

Jolo is one of the Abu Sayyaf's main strongholds, where militants are able to hide with relatives in the remote jungles of the mainly Muslim populated island.

The Abu Sayyaf is believed to be holding several hostages, including foreigners, on Jolo. Foreigners are warned not to travel to Jolo and nearby islands because of the threat of Abu Sayyaf kidnapping.

The Abu Sayyaf is just one of a number of guerrilla groups and warlords operating in the southern Philippines.

Fifty-eight people in the southern province of Maguindanao were killed in 2009 allegedly on the orders of a powerful political clan in what has been considered to be the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines.

The attack was allegedly ordered by Andal Ampatuan Snr, a Muslim local political leader, and his sons to stop a rival from running against one of the family members for the governorship of the poor farming province.

More than a hundred suspects, including leaders of the Ampatuan clan, are already detained and many are on trial for the mass murder.

But dozens of suspects still remain at large while the slow pace of the trial has raised fears that witnesses could be intimidated or targeted by those who carried out the killings.

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Philippines: Sixteen dead in Philippine militant ambush: military

28 July 2014 - 2:50am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

07/28/2014 06:41 GMT

MANILA, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Sixteen people, including children, were killed when Islamic militants opened fire on two vehicles in a remote southern Philippine town on Monday, the military said.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on the vehicles in Talipao town before dawn in what appeared to be an ambush related to a clan feud, said local marine commander Brigadier-General Martin Pinto.

"There were civilians as well as children among the 16 dead," he told reporters, without giving more details immediately about those who died.

A number of policemen were riding aboard the two vehicles, he added, although he did not say if they were among the dead.

The Abu Sayyaf was founded in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, and is blamed for the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines' recent history.

These include the 2004 bombing of a ferry that left more than 100 dead, abductions of foreign missionaries and tourists, and beheadings mostly of local people.

The Abu Sayyaf is believed to be holding several hostages, including foreigners, in the jungles of Jolo, one of its remote strongholds in the south of the Philippines with mostly Muslim populations.

Pinto said the attack in Talipao appeared to be an offshoot of a local feud between two Muslim clans, one of them related to Abu Sayyaf members.

The blood feuds, usually involving land disputes or previous unresolved murders, at times last decades.

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Philippines: MGB-7 urges LGUs to undertake preemptive evacuation efforts

28 July 2014 - 12:33am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

CEBU CITY, July 25 (PIA) --- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-7) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) called on local government officials to undertake the necessary preemptive evacuation efforts in low-lying, landslide and flood-prone areas that had been identified in the four provinces in Central Visayas. MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo said that these communities should be prepared always or even “overprepared” to ensure their safety since the province always experiences heavy rains due to the successive bad weather. Alburo made the appeal following a warning from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that heavy rains areexpected as the typhoon has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). “The high flooding susceptibility is due to proximity to perennial river creek system, poor drainage facility, inherently low lying area, proximity to coastal area, heavily silted river or creek, and encroachment along natural drainage channels,” he added. Flooding occurs when the level of a body of water rises until it overflows its natural or artificial confines and submerges land in the surrounding area due to intense and prolonged precipitation and other geologic factors. “It is very important that local chief executives should give more attention of areas that are found to be highly susceptible to flooding and landslides which have been known to them as indicated in the geohazards threat advisory issued to them,” Alburo stressed. He also urged local chief executives to get hold of the geohazard maps, and implement the necessary measures to reduce the impact of landslides and flooding within their areas of responsibility. He warned that the volume of water brought by Henry might aggravate soil conditions that have been either saturated by rains or loosened by trees uprooted by “Glenda”, thereby causing landslides. Meanwhile, in Cebu City, 19 barangays are highly susceptible landslides, namely, Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Busay, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay,Sudlon II, Sudlon I, Sinsin, Buhisan, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, and Adlaon. Barangays Tagjaguimit, Alpaco, Balirong, Mayana, Naalad, and Cogon in City of Naga.; 11 barangays in Balamban: Hingatmonan, Lamesa, Luca, Ginatilan, Cabasiangan, Matun-og, Cansomoroy, Gaas, Magsaysay, Cabagdalan, and Duangan. Five barangays in Toledo City: Tungkay, Pangamihan, Bagacay, Loay and Don Andres Soriano; Lamac in Pinamungahan; Five barangays in Asturias:Agbanga, Baye, Bairan, Kanluangan and Sak-sak. All mountain barangays in Talisay City; Brgy. Doldol, Purok 3 in Dumanjug; and Cansalonoy in Ronda. In Bohol, those portions of those areas which have been affected by the quake are advised to take the necessary precautions and to implement proactive evacuation are Tagbilaran City, Baclayon, Corella, Cortes, Alburquerque, Panglao, Dauis, Loon, Calape, Catigbian, Balilihan, Batuan, Sagbayan, and Carmen. Alburo said the assessment reveals that there are five barangays in Cebu City that are considered to be most hazardous to flooding and these are Kasambagan, Kinasang-an, Labangon, Mabolo, Bonbon, and Cebu City downtown areas and along the Guadalupe River; and seven barangays in Mandaue City to include Subangdaku, Mantuyong, Umapad, Opao, Alang-alang, Guizo, and Pakna-an. In Negros Oriental, five barangays in Guihulngan City, namely, Humayhumay, Imelda, Mabunga, Sandayao, and Tacpao have high susceptibility to landslides. There are 12 barangays with moderate to high susceptibility to landslide and these are Bakid, Banwaque, Calamba, Calupa-an, Linantuyan, Mabunga, Maniak, Plagatasanon, Planas, Trinidad, Binobohan, and Villegas. In La Libertad, nine barangays with high landslide susceptibility are Aniniaw, Aya, Biga-a, Guihob, Kansumandig, Mambutod, Managondong, Pangca, and Pitogo. Barangay Mandapaton has moderate to high susceptibility to landslide. Eleven barangays with moderate susceptibility to landslide are Manluminsag, Busilak, Cantopa, Elecia (Talostos), Eli, Manghulyawon, Martilo, Nasungon, San Jose, Solongon, and Tala-on. Around nine barangays in Bayawan City, namely Banga, Maninihon, Poblacion, Villareal, Nangka, Suba, Ubos, Pagatban and Kalumbuyan are flood-prone areas. Also in Siaton, barangays Poblacion II, Poblacion III, Poblacion IV, and San Jose were flood-prone areas; and barangays Calicugan, Maloh, Cabangahan, Giliga-on, Bonawan and Apoloy area landslides-prone areas. In Basay, the flood-prone areas are barangays near Tyabanan, Pagatban, and Basay rivers. A total of eight barangays in Dumaguete City are flood-prone areas, namely, Candau-ay, Cadawinonan, Tabuctubig, Batinguel, Poblacion, Junob, Poblacion 2, and Bagakay. In Siquijor, six barangays have been assessed to be highly susceptible to landslides and flooding and these are Libo in Enrique Villanueva; Bintangan, and Helen, in Larena; and Cang-isad, Luyang, and Sabang, in Siquijor. (mbcn/HFG/PIA7/ with reports from Eddie Llamedo/DENR-7)

Philippines: Trees for climate change mitigation

28 July 2014 - 12:28am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Leandria P. Pagunsan

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 25 (PIA) -- Trees are very important in sustainng ecological balance in order to mitigate the bad impacts of climate change. This was the statement of Professor Renee Paalan of the Biology Department, Silliman University during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on Renewable Energy vis-a-vis Climate Change held at Bethel Guest House recently. Paalan emphasized on the importance of trees in preventing floods and soil erosion as well as source of watershed in our forest areas. The professor explained that water stored in the barks and stems of trees are the source of watershed that supplies our water consumption. Citing the importance of trees, Paalan said that flood prone areas in Negros Oriental must be planted with trees that have well spreading roots such as the Acacia because it can absorb plenty of water. Paalan also said that fig trees like the Dalakit, Labnog, Mansinitas and the like are natural protectors that grow in river banks. “Let the trees live where they are grown because that is their natural habitat. They are there for a purpose, and that is to protect” said the biology professor.
Paalan said that portions of Negros Oriental's forest cover in Mt. Canlaon declared as critical area have been massively converted to vegetable production. Another protected area, the Cuernos de Negros with Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and geothermal reserved area have parts that are also converted to agriculture. Morever, Paalan said that Siaton, Sta. Catalina and Bayawan City have no more primary forest, what is left there now are only patches of the original forest. According to her the estimated forest cover left in the province now is only 1.2% from the original of 3 to 4%, and Cuernos de Negros area greatly contributes to the 1.2% forest cover left. The Biology professor also stressed that ecological importance of forest remnants should be sustained because these are habitat for natural vegetation of forest trees that can help prevent the occurence of extreme climatic conditions. Paalan in her closing statement urged everyone to contribute in caring for the environment by planting trees in our respective areas and most especially to put spirituality in the science of protecting the environment. (mbcn/lpp/PIA-7/Negros Oriental)

Philippines: 30 families in island town in Cebu evacuated due to sinkhole

28 July 2014 - 12:21am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Rachelle M. Nessia

CEBU, July 26 (PIA) --- The local government of Sta. Fe town evacuated 30 families in Sitio Dapdap, Brgy. Langub in Kinatarkan Island, Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island after a sinkhole appeared in the area.

According to Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana, the sinkhole measures 40x40 feet and was discovered this morning.

Kinatarkan Island is an hour away by boat from the mainland town of Sta. Fe.

The 30 affected families have been evacuated to a safe area 300 to 500 meters away from the sinkhole within Brgy. Langub.

In an official statement, the Cebu Capitol Public Information Office said the discovery of the sinkhole has been reported to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Office of Civil Defense-7 for proper action.

The Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office, headed by Baltz Tribunalo, has also sent a team to said town to help the affected families in coordination with the municipal officials.

Paul Esgana, Sta. Fe Administrator, told Philippine Information Agency that they have erected a 200-meter perimeter fence around the sinkhole. (PIA-Cebu)

Philippines: Disaster response groups plant trees in San Roque watershed area

28 July 2014 - 12:15am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Elsha Marie B. Soriano

SAN MANUEL, Pangasinan July 27 (PIA) – Despite monsoon rains last Wednesday, disaster response groups in the province climbed the San Roque Watershed Area to plant seedlings in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

Some 1,000 molave seedlings provided by the San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) were planted by at least 120 personnel, employees and volunteers from member agencies and organizations of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The tree planting activity, now on its fourth year, is a project of the provincial government in partnership with SRPC that aims to mitigate flooding in the province and prevent soil erosion.

Tom Valdez, SRPC vice president for community affairs, said tree planting is very important that it will not only serve as an aid in absorbing emitted carbon dioxide but also helps in stabilizing the soil to prevent flooding in low lying areas.

PDRRMC member agencies that participated include the Philippine National Police (PNP), Task Force Kalikasan, Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (PANELCO), Provincial of Environment and National Resources Office (PENRO) and provincial government employees. (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

Philippines: Pagibig assures aid for Glenda victims in Bicol

28 July 2014 - 12:06am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, July 28 (PIA) – Processing of calamity loans is ongoing for eligible members of Pag-ibig Fund in the Bicol region residing in provinces declared under state of calamity due to typhoon Glenda.

Maria Luisa Rivero, Pagibig Legazpi Marketing and Sales Division chief, assured the availability of funds and services to accommodate the increasing number of Pagibig members coming in their office to file their loan applications.

“Pagibig is now accepting applications for calamity loans along with multi-purpose and housing loans although we’re still working on full recovery of our system since our internet connection is also affected by the typhoon," Rivero said.

Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon are the provinces in the region declared under state of emergency.

Rivero said under the Pag-ibig calamity loan program, members with at least 24 monthly contributions and with updated contribution five months before availment may borrow up to 80 percent of their total savings.

“This time, annual interest rate has been lowered from 10.75% to 5.95%. The loan is payable within 24 months after a three month grace period,” she said.

Rivero added that members with existing loans may still file for new calamity loan applications.

“Members with existing Pag-IBIG multi-purpose or calamity loans may still file for new calamity loan applications, provided that it has not incurred arrears and that the sum of all loans, including the new one being applied for, does not exceed 80 percent of his total accumulated savings,”she explained.

To further accommodate immediate loan applications Rivero said Pagibig will be having temporary assistance desks at various provinces until August 15.

She said the deadline of loan applications is on October 3 or 90 days from the date of declaration.

Rivero added that members with existing housing loans may also for file insurance claims against allied perils if the property covered by the loan was damaged by the typhoon.

The amount of which will depend on the extent of damage to the property.

Rivero also cited the Modified Pag-ibig II or MP2 program which is solely a savings scheme designed to provide Pag-IBIG I members with another savings option that would grant them with a yield higher than those given under the Pag-IBIG I membership program.

“We are also inviting our Pagibig I members or our regular members to avail of our MP2 program wherein they can save a minimum of P500.00 added to their monthly contribution. They can withdraw it after five years, tax free and with dividend rates higher than Pagibig I contributions,” she said.

“Moreover MP2 program is just for savings and not for loan purposes,” Rivero added.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

Philippines: DOLE provides emergency employment to ‘Glenda’ victims in Central Luzon

28 July 2014 - 12:04am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

By: Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 28 (PIA) -- Around 1,130 families in Central Luzon, who were displaced by typhoon ‘Glenda’ two weeks ago, currently benefit from the emergency employment given by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“Under our Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), the head or member of an affected family performs community works for 5 to 10 days in exchange for a minimum wage rate of P336 per day,” DOLE Regional Director Ana Dione explained.

Among those they work on include sandbagging, dredging, street cleaning, waterways cleaning and de-clogging, and repair of school buildings and other public infrastructures.

Bataan has the most number of beneficiaries with 525 followed by Bulacan- 323 and Zambales- 290.

All recipients were given personal protective equipment and were provided social protection benefits under Red Cross insurance.

“At times like this, we cannot simply sit in our comfort zones and wait for things to happen. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz made it clear in her instructions that we need to provide our timely emergency employment assistance for our calamity-stricken families, particularly the male households. TUPAD will benefit them and their communities,” Dione stressed. (CLJD-PIA 3)

Philippines: Typhoon Glenda updates, as of July 25, 2014 – 7:00PM

27 July 2014 - 11:56pm
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