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LAS PINAS CITY, 10 July (PIA)--Las Pi?as recently launched its earthquake resiliency tests in strategic areas of the city as part of priority action measures to cushion the impact in the event of calamity or disaster.
Conducted in collaboration with Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), the City Engineering Office aims to determine the capability and resiliency of certain areas with medium to high rise structures.
Mayor Vergel Aguilar pointed out that the ground tremor analysis will make part of the city’s disaster preparedness plan to mitigate possible damage and casualties in case of earthquake or storm surge, particularly in some low-lying and coastal barangays.
“We have enjoined the communities and mobilized our barangays in putting into action our measures to make our city resilient to disaster so that no life or property would be compromised,” Aguilar said.
While there is no extremely high rise building in the city, considering its proximity to NAIA runway, a comprehensive data is necessary to update Las Pinas’ disaster resiliency template. This, he added, is compounded by Phivolcs’ warning of possible massive destructions in case a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occur that could destroy roads and collapse structures.
The city’s disaster risk reduction management team headed by the mayor has laid down the groundwork for calamity mitigation and emergency response in 20 barangays in coordination with over 250 private subdivisions and villages.
Meanwhile, City engineer Rose Bantog reported that dredging and diselting works have been completed last May to clear drainage, waterways and creeks of solid waste and other obstructions being part of preparations with the onset of the rainy season.
Strict implementation of city ordinance on ban of plastic carry-bag use is also in place in line with the city’s zero-plastic and environment protection and preservation program. (PIO Las Pi?as/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera
TACLOBAN, Philippines, July 09, 2014 —
Medical specialists from Pacific Partnership 2014 fixed ventilators for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVMC) in Tacloban, July 9.
“We are working on getting their ventilators setup so they can use them on the pediatric patients,” said Lt. Cmdr. Luke Zabrocki.
Family members were ventilating a two-and-a-half month old patient in the NICU suffering from meningitis with a hand pump. Once a family member needed to take a break, they switched over to another family member who took over pumping, this cycle continued 24 hours a day.
“We are trying to get the ventilators working and hooked up to the patients so it will save the family from having to hand pump them and it more effectively ventilates the babies,” said Zabrocki.
After an hour of troubleshooting, Zabrocki and his counterpart Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Nicholas Beck were able to fix a ventilator and hooked it up to the patient in the NICU, beginning constant ventilation and allowing the family rest from hand pumping.
“It is amazing to see the hosts nations ability to be able to adapt to what they have,” said Zabrocki. “Watching the family members take over and work with what little they have is pretty amazing. This is definitely a great experience to see what an impact we have made here.”
Pacific Partnership is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.
UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Eight months after the Typhoon, more is being done to restore lives back to normal and to build resilience against future disasters.
In June, the first three villages were verified free of open defecation. These communities have collectively changed their sanitation practices, using toilets and managing solid waste appropriately to prevent the spread of disease.
Thank you to our donors UNICEF’s humanitarian response and early recovery needs for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan are now fully funded to November 2014. $11 million in additional funding is required for UNICEF’s humanitarian responses for victims of conflict in Mindanao, including Zamboanga.
Children affected out of 14.1 million people affected (OCHA, 28 January 2014)
Children displaced out of 4.1 million displaced people (OCHA, 28 January 2014)
UNICEF Haiyan Appeal
Papua New Guinea: MDG 3 and 6: What do they say? Perspectives of women and girls living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific
Five years prior to the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), country level reports from the Asia-Pacific region seem to provide a mixed assessment of the progress towards the objectives, especially those enshrined in MDG 3 (Promote gender equality and empower women) and MDG 6 (Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases). In early 2010 it was reported that “The region as a whole is an early achiever for a number of indicators: reducing gender disparities in primary and tertiary education; [and] stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS” (UNESCAP, ADB, UNDP 2010: 1). Despite this encouragement, however, ground assessments from country progress reports are mixed. HIV infections among women in the region are on the increase. Of all positive people in the region, the proportion of women living with HIV rose from 19 percent in 2000 to 35 percent in 2008 (UNAIDS 2009). Prenatal transmission also continues to be on the rise, the latter accounting for 5.1 percent of new infections in 2005 (SPC 2009). Joint research by WHO, UNAIDS, and UNICEF conducted in 2009 estimates that only 12 percent of pregnant women in East, South, and South-East Asia receive an HIV test. The extent of antiretroviral (ARV) coverage likewise appears to be in the need of urgent attention. The same research suggests that only a quarter of HIV-infected pregnant women were receiving ARVs, while ARV coverage across the whole population was marginally more than a third.
In early 2010, as input to the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goals Summit, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) lead a process by which national-level networks or organizations of women living with HIV across the globe could analyse their region’s progress in achieving MDGs 3 and 6 from the perspective of women and girls’ HIV-related vulnerabilities and resilience. This is in line with UNAIDS’ 2010 “Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality, and HIV,” which emphasises that while the political commitment to empowering women and addressing the drivers (and the impact) of HIV among/on women and girls continues to be unequivocally articulated, achievements on the ground remain, at best, limited.
Under this initiative the UNDP HIV Practice Team, Regional Centre, Bangkok, engaged women living with HIV in three countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Philippines, and India. Focus group discussions involving a total of 135 women (35 in three centres in PNG, 30 in one centre in the Philippines, and 70 in four cities India) were conducted over a staggered period of 30 days. The findings of these consultations form the crux of this Regional Report. It is envisaged that the women’s narratives will draw attention to both best practices and bottlenecks in the design and delivery of HIV prevention and treatment technologies and social support systems for women and girls living with HIV. Ultimately, by contributing to the discussions at the 2010 UN MDG Summit, this report hopes to contribute to the formulation of effective HIV and gender empowerment policies that are sensitive to the particular perspectives, vulnerabilities, and social contexts of these women in Asia and the Pacific.
Based on the consultations that took place, this report identifies the following achievements of, and gaps in, strategies employed to fast-track the three countries towards meeting MDGs 3 and 6:
• While sexuality and HIV-related awareness has increased, there is a lack of institutionalized delivery of standardized content to adolescents. Awareness of sexual and reproductive rights among girls is negligible.
• Although condoms are easily accessible, women rely on male partners/spouses to procure and use condoms. Women lack the power to insist on condom use, and women hardly use female condoms.
• Confidentiality of test results is not always maintained; on the other hand, sometimes confidentiality is used to hide HIV-positive status from partners/spouses.
• Post-testing and prevention of parent-to-child transmission/prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PPTCT/PMTCT) counselling is often inadequate and of poor quality on account of human resource bottlenecks.
• While antiretroviral drugs are made available to those in need free of charge, the cost of accessing treatment is pushed up by the costs of commuting to antiretroviral treatment (ART) centres, of diagnostic tests, and of medication for opportunistic infections.
• HIV-related stigma and HIV-based discrimination is common and pervasive across institutional (including health care), work, and social settings.
• Social prejudice against most-at-risk populations (MARPs) is high; for example, female sex workers are routinely discriminated against by health care workers and law enforcement officers.
• Gender-based violence is endemic and remains a key obstacle to ensuring the empowerment of women; enforcement of laws against violence against women is lax.
• All three countries provide some form of social protection for HIV-positive people; however, such protection still remains largely inadequate.
• The HIV-positive status of a family member has a substantially adverse impact on the economic circumstances of the household; to manage the diminution of income as well as the HIV-induced increase in cost of living, women often resort to economic activity in the informal sector (selling home-grown farm produce, sewing, hawking, selling firewood, etc.).
• Positive status of oneself or a family member has a negligible impact on education; however, girls who are themselves HIV-positive or come from an HIV-affected family must endure stigmatization, to varying degrees, in school settings.
In the light of these findings, this report makes the following recommendations:
• More resources need to be allocated to improve the extent and quality of post-testing and PMTCT counselling, especially to train healthcare workers and by forging partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV).
• Time-bound plans are needed to address discrimination in service delivery settings, particularly in view of the barriers it poses to accessing life-saving treatments, through legal and behavioural steps.
• Avenues for lowering costs of accessing ARV treatment need to be explored, for example, home delivery of treatment and of portable CD4 diagnostic machines for home-based use (CD4 is the type of cell attacked by HIV).
• There is a clear need to push for institutionalised delivery of age-appropriate sex education for children and adolescent.
• Specific efforts should be made to ensure that girls affected by HIV are not pulled out of school.
• Because male condoms remain the most effective-HIV prevention intervention, there is an urgent need to educate and involve all stakeholders in condom use. Also, further efforts are needed to enhance women’s capacity to insist on condom use by making condoms available through women and by designing community level interventions to debunk myths associated with their use
• It is important to establish special cells and fast-track courts to improve the enforcement of laws against gender-based violence and to enhance women’s access to alternative dispute mechanisms.
• HIV needs to be integrated into social protection schemes at the national and local level; and socio-economic support for women living with/affected by HIV needs to be strengthen by allocating more public funds for HIV-related welfare schemes.
• Income earning opportunities for women living with HIV need to be expanded through micro-credit and cash-for-work schemes; instituting positive discrimination practices for employment in the government sector; and by providing incentives to the private sector for recruiting and retaining PLHIV.
• Leadership is needed to embrace more fully new roles in relationships for men and women. Within this context, strong partnerships are needed at the community level.
07/09/2014 06:16 GMT
MANILA, July 9, 2014 (AFP) - Philippine police and troops have clashed with dozens of communist guerrillas in a remote southern mountain village, leaving six troopers wounded, the military said Wednesday.
Police Special Action Force commandos and army troops were patrolling on Talomo mountain outside Davao city on Mindanao island when they encountered at least 30 New People's Army (NPA) rebels, triggering the gunbattle Tuesday.
"There had been reports of NPA harassment in the area, including extortion activities, and that was why they went on a routine security patrol," regional military spokesman Captain Alberto Caber told AFP.
"The troops caught up with the NPA unit, touching off a 30-minute firefight," he said.
He said five police commandos and one army soldier were wounded in the clash.
The NPA is the armed unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been waging a Maoist insurgency since 1969.
The NPA rebels are known to extort money from politicians, businessmen, mining firms and community members to fund their operations.
Failing to pay up could result in retaliation, including targeted killings.
NPA guerrillas over the past two months killed two Mindanao mayors in roadside ambushes.
President Benigno Aquino had hoped to reach a peace deal with the communist rebels before his six-year term ends in 2016, but planned peace talks have been hampered by rebel demands that detained comrades be freed.
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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman announced that the disaster humanitarian response phase in Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas will now transition to recovery and rehabilitation, with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), headed by Secretary Panfilo Lacson, taking the lead.
Sec. Soliman made this announcement during the 6th Inter-Cluster Coordination Meeting of the Philippine Government and the Humanitarian Country Team, which is chaired by DSWD and co-chaired by the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Director Luiza Carvalho. It was the last meeting of the Disaster Humanitarian Response Clusters before OPARR takes the helm.
Also present in the meeting were Sec. Lacson, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) OIC-Director Romeo F. Fajardo, together with representatives from national government agencies, UN agencies, and international non-government organizations.
Sec. Soliman stressed that relief and humanitarian phase will now give way to medium and long-term interventions in pursuit of the recovery and rehabilitation phase of the internally displaced population in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
As part of the transition, regular coordination meetings will now be under the leadership of the OPARR.
As his initial interaction with the team, Sec. Lacson emphasized that all initiatives geared towards the rehabilitation of the six regions affected by ‘Yolanda,’ must focus on pre-‘Yolanda’ data to serve as guide in building back better communities.
Carvalho, for her part, expressed UN’s continued support to the Philippine government’s rehabilitation efforts under OPARR.
She vowed that the UN system and other partner-organizations will explore ways on how to support and collaborate with the government under the OPARR structure.
Sec. Soliman thanked the members of the cluster for their extensive and tireless work in disaster response.
“We hope that we shall continue to be partners now that we are focusing on the rehabilitation of ‘Yolanda’ affected areas,” Sec. Soliman said.
During the meeting, Sec. Soliman highlighted the efforts of the various clusters under the Disaster Response Pillar. These include the presentation of the Philippine Approach to Total Sanitation (PhATS) working towards Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) and the ongoing implementation of the Cash for Assets Rebuilding program in Region VIII, which already benefited 181,000 beneficiaries.
The Food Security Cluster distributed seed/seedlings for planting and hand tools.
The Shelter Cluster reported that it will continue to provide shelter support to 81,994 households and will ensure that the 3,000 families still in tents will soon be transferred to safer homes.
The Education and the Health Clusters are focusing on the repair and rehabilitation of education and health facilities.
Sec. Soliman emphasized that although the relief phase is finished, the provision of the needed food support will not cease for those in evacuation centers and those who still need it.
By: Juliet B. Saley
BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8(PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has installed additional automated rain gauges (ARGs) and automated weather station(AWS) in the province in time for the rainy season.
Provincial Science and Technology Director Norberto Cobaldez said that just June, ARGs were installed at the Eagle View Deck in Lias Silangan, Barlig; Masablang Bridge in Paracelis, and in Aluling Bridge in the boundary of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur and Tadian, Mountain Province.
Cobaldez said aside from the ARGs, the DOST has also installed automated weather station (AWS) in barangay Samoki here. It has also installed water sensor monitoring device (WSMD) at the Chico bridge in this municipality, the Masablang bridge, and the Aluling bridge.
The ARG is an instrument to gather and record the amount of rainfall over a set period of time while the AWS is a monitoring station equipped with different sensors capable of measuring the wind speed and direction, air temperature, air humidity, air pressure, rain amount, rain duration, and rain intensity within the province.
The water level sensor is used to monitor water level of the river especially during heavy rains which is essential in alerting people in the river area about impending floods should rains become heavy and the current becomes strong. (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mountain Province)
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Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe will turn over mobile drainage pumps to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a ceremony on July 9, 2014 in Pasig City, Metro Manila for the Japan-funded Project for Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management. The ceremony will be also attended by the Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio L. Singson.
The assistance, signed two (2) years ago, provided 1 billion yen (approximately 518 million pesos) for the procurement of eight (8) mobile drainage pumps as well as the installation of Real-time Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring Systems and a Tsunami Simulation Database to assist the Philippines' disaster risk reduction efforts.
Japan, as the top ODA donor to the Philippines as well as a disaster-prone country itself, has supported the Philippines' disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from the past natural disasters. This project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disasters. This project is expected to further foster the strategic partnership between the two countries and serve as a model for other disaster-prone areas of the Philippines.
*PHP-JPY Exchange Rate = 0.5181 (2012 March average)
The latest issue of our magazine deals with issues of violence, focusing on psychosocial support for those affected by the on-going conflict in Central African Republic, by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and gender-based violence. The magazine also highlights the mental health gap and what is being done to improve it, as well as psychosocial support for those affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
This issue (1-2014) is now available for download in English here and will be available in hard copy from the PS Centre at the end of the summer. French, Spanish and Arabic translations will also be produced after the summer holidays.
DAGUPAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) kicks off a series of activities in Pangasinan in line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July.
Rafael Howard Baraan, provincial administrator and concurrent vice-chairman of the PDRRMC, said that simple yet meaningful activities are set to improve the community’s understanding and awareness of the natural and social components of floods and strengthen people’s capability to deal with floods.
Baraan said that awareness will strengthen people’s ability to face the inevitable natural disasters long before government help arrives.
“It is good to be always prepared as disasters may come anytime,” he said.
Activities for the NDCM celebration include a kick-off ceremony on July 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza in Lingayen town; hanging of streamers on strategic areas within the Capitol Complex in Lingayen and in the offices of PDRRMC member agencies and LGUs; public information drive on disaster preparedness through tri-media, leaflets and brochures; mangrove tree planting on July 23; tree planting activity at San Roque dam watershed area in San Manuel town on July 25; and flood evacuation drill at barangay Talibaew in Calasiao town on the third week of July.
With the aim of safeguarding communities from the adverse effects of disasters, the annual NDCM celebration seeks to promote public awareness on natural hazards, and disseminate critical information on measures which can be undertaken to mitigate the adverse effects of such hazards (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1941404805932#sthash.4NFCTbgT.dpuf
MANILA, 8 July 2014 (IRIN) - Progress made during recovery stages after the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines could be undermined without job creation strategies to secure stability beyond short-term livelihood projects, warn aid agencies and government officials.
“We have moved on from life-saving food assistance - critical at the onset of any emergency. We need to focus on livelihood creation that will ensure food security in the long term,” said Dipayan Bhattacharyya, in charge of food security for the UN World Food Programme in the Philippines.
“People are clamouring for two things: jobs and shelter,” said Fe Kagahistian, cash coordinator for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Manila.
“Typhoon survivors now need jobs that will go beyond short-term cash for work programmes. They need jobs that will allow them to provide for their basic needs with a little extra to save for the future,” she said.
Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) whipped through central Philippines on 8 November 2013 with average wind speeds of 300km per hour causing storm surges over four metres high. The super typhoon, said to be one of the strongest on record, caused an estimated US$12.9 billion in damage and affected more than 12 million people.
The economic and social sector bore 93 percent of the infrastructure damage and suffered approximately US$3.3 billion in production and income losses.
Getting business back on its feet
“The scale of devastation wrought by Haiyan will require all sectors to think of alternative job creation strategies like reviving major employment sectors such as manufacturing,” said Kagahistian.
But officials say the build-back will take time.
“Building back the trade and industry sector is not that simple,” Alfred Romualdez, mayor of Tacloban City, the urban area hardest hit by Haiyan, told IRIN.
Tacloban is a trade and economic artery of the central Philippines, serving as a gateway for the archipelago and linking Manila to major cities like Cebu and Davao.
Around 7.4 million people employed in various service, agricultural and manufacturing industries in the region were affected by the typhoon. For some, this means they have still not returned to work.
“Manufacturing companies are only getting their insurance claims now. At the same time, we need to rebuild energy and water systems to keep these companies operational,” said Romualdez.
Corporations such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola have bottling facilities in Tacloban, which have been shuttered since the typhoon.
“These companies each employ about 2,000 people. They are major job providers,” said Romualdez, adding that factory operations are scheduled to start in the third or fourth quarter of this year.
Creating “new” jobs
Other organizations are looking at out-of-the box ways to provide employment for typhoon survivors.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), a special unit created to oversee disaster recovery in the 171 municipalities and four major regions known as “Yolanda Avenue”, has partnered with private companies in an “Enrolment To Employment” programme, which provides skills training and then matches graduates with relevant prospective employers.
“We have a partnership with Reyes Haircutters, [a brand] which has 138 branches nationwide to train and provide them with stylists. We are also looking at partnering with a construction company to do the same,” said Hazel Alfon, OPARR livelihood and civil society organization lead.
Two stylist programme training sites have in recent weeks been established and plan to train 1,200 graduates per year in total; the first batch will begin in August.
Alongside rebuilding existing businesses, plans are under way to attract renewed investments into the region, creating jobs and bolstering resilience among residents.
“We are exploring [how to make] use of special economic zones in certain parts of Tacloban together with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA),” said Butch Meily, president of the Philippines Disaster Recovery Foundation, a group of private sector corporations that work with the government and international aid organizations on disaster recovery.
Businesses operating in special economic zones will enjoy fiscal incentives such as tax breaks and income tax holidays during the first few years of business.
“Special economic zones are usually for export-oriented companies, but we are looking into allowing small-medium enterprises to operate in the economic zones to rejuvenate businesses,” said Emmanuel Cortero, PEZA department manager.
Small to medium enterprises comprise about 99 percent of all businesses in the country, employing an estimated 69 percent of the labour force. The government categorizes businesses based on assets and employee numbers - for example, a small enterprise has between 10 and 99 employees, and a medium one between 100 and 199.
“We hope that this will serve as a trigger to revive the economic industries that will create sustainable employment in the region,” said Meily.
Pakistan: Water, sanitation, and health services are urgent needs among the 780,000 registered displaced from North Waziristan (government figures). The data is being cleaned to check for duplication.
Iraq: Access to areas within the governorates of Anbar, Babylon, Diyala, Salah al Din, Kirkuk, and Ninevah remains difficult due to ongoing violence clashes, disruption of communication and transportation routes, and a widespread shortage of fuel.
Syria: Islamic State has reportedly expelled 60,000 people from the homes in Deir-ez-Zor. In Dar’a and Rural Damascus, barrel bomb attacks were reported. Some 200,000 Syrians are estimated to have died from chronic illnesses since the start of the conflict due to lack of access to treatment and medicines. Water and sanitation systems are deteriorating significantly.
Updated: 08/07/2014 Next Update: 15/07/2014
788 million ($US) Required
58% of total requirement
461 million ($US) Received
Source: Financial Tracking Service (FTS)
Key achievements toward strategic objectives prior to 30 April 2014
Much has been achieved by the humanitarian community through the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) in the three months from February to April 2014. These efforts have been closely coordinated with government and as best as possible with significant other efforts funded outside the SRP. This report, while focussing on the three months from February to April, also captures much of the cumulative activity since Typhoon Haiyan struck on 8 November 2013.
While the emergency response to this enormous disaster, described as the strongest typhoon to have ever made landfall, has been fast, huge and very effective, as we now look forward into the recovery and rehabilitation phase the enormity of the remaining needs are becoming clear and present a formidable challenge. Focusing on the shelter needs, the current response needs are enormous as compared to other recent natural disasters (Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and Haiti earthquake in 2010) and will endure for multiple years. Corresponding WASH, protection, education and parallel livelihoods needs are also being fully realised. Recovery and rehabilitation efforts will take years to close the gaps, leaving a vulnerable population, estimated conservatively in the hundreds of thousands of families this year and reducing each year thereafter, to face multiple monsoon seasons.
While the overall SRP funding gap stands at 42 per cent overall (58 per cent and 73 per cent respectively for Shelter and Early Recovery and Livelihood clusters), some of the proposed SRP activities have since been taken up by non-SRP partners. In addition, with the government's recovery and rehabilitation plans to be rolled out in the July timeframe, some of the gaps will be covered through this mechanism, even if the timing of that is not yet entirely clear. A more in-depth analysis will thus be made of these ongoing and planned activities, so as to more accurately define the remaining SRP gaps. However, in order not to delay the response where obvious and urgent gaps exist, donors could consider non-earmarked funding to be programmed by the Philippines Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) under the overall coordination of the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), and in close consultation with government.
Philippines: NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 01 re Preparedness Measures and Monitoring Activities for Typhoon "Florita" (Neoguri)
l. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Typhoon "Florita" has gained strength as it moves in a North Northwest direction.
MANILA, The Philippines—Soon, text-crazy Filipinos will get alerts in their mobile inboxes that read something like this: A strong typhoon is approaching the eastern coast of the Philippines, please exercise caution and contact your local disaster office for more information.
The alerts are part of a new law signed by President Benigno Aquino III that requires telecommunications service providers to send warning messages at regular intervals in the event of impending storms, typhoons, tsunami or other calamities.
Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal
A. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Persistent rainshowers and thunderstorms that started since 13 June 2014 caused flooding incident in seventeen (17) municipalities of Maguindanao Province. The accumulation of water hyacinth in Tamontaka River and Rio Grande do Mindanao further contributed to the flooding.
￼￼On 02 July 2014, continous rains due to Intertropical Convergence Zone aggravated the flooding in the province which eventually caused Rio Grande de Mindanao in the Municipality of Datu Piang and Patot River in the Municipality of Buldon to overflow. The overflowing of the two river systems affected several barangays and caused the suspension of classes in the municipalities of Datu Piang, Datu Montawal , and Buldon. Around 11:45 AM, 03 July 2014, the same weather system caused a flashflood incident in Barangays Salimbao, Bulalo, and Katuli, all of Sultan Kudarat.
The Province of Maguindanao experienced favourable weather since 05 July 2014. The MDRRMOs reported that flood water levels in all affected areas are gradually subsiding. However flooding is still evident in the marshlands of Mamasapano, Datu Salibo, Northern Kabuntalan and Mother Kabuntalan.
The following are the affected municipalities:
2. Datu Abdullah Sangki
3. Datu Montawal
4. Datu Odin Sinsuat
5. Datu Piang
6. Datu Salibo
7. Mother Kabuntalan
10. Northern Kabuntalan
11. Rajah Buayan
12. Sharif Saydona
13. Sultan Sa Barongis
14. Sultan Kudarat
15. General Salipada K. Pendatum
Affected Population (TAB A): As of 07 July 2014, a total of 19,837 families/99,185 persons from 133 barangays have been affected by the flooding in the aforementioned municipalities, while validation and assessment are still being conducted in the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Pagalungan, Sharrif Saydona and Sultan Kudarat to determine the number of barangays and families affected. No evacuation was reported and no evacuation centres were established.
Category-4 Typhoon Neoguri is moving off the Philippines' east coast up the Pacific Ocean towards Okinawa. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued heavy rain and thunder storm warnings in the southern areas of Japan. Kyushu and Chugoku areas are mainly affected by continuous monsoon rain, whereas the islands of Okinawa are more directly related to the approaching Typhoon. No damage or casualty has been reported so far. The State Minister of Disaster Management advised local authorities to issue early evacuation advisories and special warnings for maximum precautions as of this evening (7 July) if needed. JMA continues to advise the residents of these areas to caution against strong winds, high waves, high tide and heavy rains.
Source: JMA, Media
Landslides in Bogobaida (sub-district of Paniai), Papua on Friday evening, 4 July 2014, claimed nine casualties and caused four people to go missing. Several houses were severely damaged. Search and rescue operations continue.
3 On Saturday afternoon, 5 July 2014, a 5.9-magnitute earthquake struck Nias Utara, North Sumatra province. The epicenter was located in the sea approximately 95 km northwest of Nias Utara, at a depth of 10 km. There have been no reports of casualties or damage.
Source: USGS, OCHA
4 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Flooding was reported in Baimuru and Kikori district in the Gulf province following continuous heavy rains during the month of June. On 4 July 2014, Baimuru district's river Purari burst and caused floods in its surrounding areas. There were no casualties reported, but 37 house and food gardens were washed away with partially-damaged houses inundated by water. According to the National Disaster Centre and Provincial Disaster Centre, 27,017 people have been affected in Kikori and Baimuru district mostly.
Source: National Disaster Center
5 Continuous rains in Hela and southern highland provinces have caused Olandslides. At least 10 landslips were reported in different areas along the highland highway, which caused heavy traffic and havoc. Around 300,000 people have been estimated to be affected due to highway cut offs, which are now being repaired.
6 A 6.6-magnitute earthquake struck New Britain Region on 4 July 2014. "Fall According to the National Disaster Centre, there are no reports of damage or t= casualties. OCHA is monitoring the situation.
Source: USGS, OCHA
Heavy rains continued to affect much of the country with intermittent incidents of flooding. The number of affected municipalities in Maguindanao has increased to 18, but still no displacements or evacuations took place. Overall, the flooding affected 19,837 families (99,185 individuals) in 133 barangays.
Continued displacement in Zamboanga city, flooding in Maguindanao and major funding gaps for shelter and livelihoods activities along the Visayas continue to pose challenges to humanitarian response. It is estimated that 2.6 million people live without durable shelter in the typhoon-affected areas. Limited funding is also driving humanitarian partners to reprioritize livelihoods and resilience programmes.
As of 30 June, the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) members received 59 per cent funding out of the US$788 million requested. 43 per cent out of the requested US$12.8 million has been pledged for the the Zamboanga Action Plan (revised).
As of 4 July, 18 municipalities have been affected by flooding in Maguindanao province. While no evacuations have been reported, a state of calamity has been declared in the entire province.
100,000 people affected
45% of the planted area destroyed
5,000 farmers affected
Government announced the closure of the two largest evacuation centres in Zamboanga city by July and December of 2014, respectively. According to the Government's recovery plan, IDPs will be transferred to temporary transition sites while waiting for permanent housing.
While the current evacuation centres require scaled-up assistance (particularly with WASH), humanitarian partners emphasize the importance of ensuring durable solutions for all IDPs affected by the conflict.
(EN): In Asia, Terre des hommes (Tdh) uses both action and advocacy in order to protect children from all forms of abuse, trafficking and exploitation. Tdh develops community awareness and informs relevant stakeholders with the aim of better protecting children and respecting their fundamental rights. The Foundation also works towards improving access to basic services (sanitation, schools, etc.) .Finally, during humanitarian crises, Tdh provides emergency aid, as well as technical, material and human support to the local populations.
(FR) : En Asie, Terre des hommes (Tdh) lie actions et plaidoyer afin de protéger les enfants contre toutes formes d’abus, de trafic et d’exploitation. Elle sensibilise les communautés et les acteurs concernés en vue de mieux protéger les enfants et respecter leurs droits fondamentaux. La Fondation travaille aussi à l’amélioration de l’accès aux services de base (infrastructures sanitaires, écoles, etc.). Enfin, lors de crises humanitaires, Tdh apporte une aide d’urgence et son soutien technique, matériel et humain aux populations.
By: Venus H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) – The devastation wrought by Superstorm Yolanda in the Visayas last year has prompted the Department of Social Welfare to raise the number of prepositioned food packs for Region 1 provinces.
Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo, DSWD director for Ilocos, said the Yolanda scenario had since been the government's model for disaster preparations by expanding relief goods from only 6,000 food packs before Yolanda struck to 30,000 packs as the typhoon season officially began.
“The government wants to make sure that food packs are readily available at the onset of disasters and the number of stock pile was increased to cater to everyone,” Castillo said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency Office last Thursday.
Each food pack consists of three kilos of rice, six cans of sardines, six cans of corned beef, six noodles, six sachets of 3 in 1 coffee and bottles of water.
Pangasinan, the biggest of the four provinces in the region and the most prone to flooding, has the biggest allocation for food packs, said Castillo.
Castillo also reminded local governments that they are considered the frontliners in disaster response.
“LGUs must be the first responders during disasters in their areas, to be followed by the provincial level then the regional help,” he said.
Months before the onset of the rainy season, the government, through its various agencies, has been raising awareness in the communities about the hazards and vulnerabilities of the communities, and the measures are put in place to reduce the risks brought by the coming rainy season. (MCA/VHS/.PIA1-Pangasinan)