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World: Rapport Annuel 2014 de Caritas Internationalis

13 April 2015 - 5:54am
Source: Caritas Country: Central African Republic, Guinea, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World

Par Son Éminence le cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, Président et Michel Roy, Secrétaire Général

« Nous avons mis en route la culture du “déchet” […] Les exclus ne sont pas des “exploités”, mais des déchets, “des restes”… personne ne devrait être “privé” de l’amour de Dieu ni de nos soins. »

Dans sa première Exhortation apostolique, Evangelii Gaudium, le pape François se penchait sur les divisions de notre monde. Malheureusement, ces divisions n’ont cessé d’augmenter au cours de l’année 2014. Caritas veut relever le défi, et rester ferme dans son combat contre l’injustice sociale, grâce à son travail humanitaire et de développement humain intégral, et grâce à ses campagnes.

La culture du « déchet » dont a parlé le pape François est un problème aussi bien au niveau local que mondial. L’extrémisme qui se propage au Moyen-Orient est une crise locale pour ceux qui la vivent de l’intérieur. Mais c’est aussi une crise mondiale : nous avons été tous été profondément touchés dans nos propres pays et dans nos cœurs. De même, nous avons été touchés par la détresse des migrants dans le monde, par l’épidémie d’Ébola en Afrique de l’Ouest et par la faim qui frappe les familles aussi bien dans les pays riches que dans les pays pauvres.

Ce sombre tableau pourrait nous décourager. Mais nous ne pouvons nous permettre ce luxe. Les organisations Caritas ont donc redoublé d’efforts au nom de l’Église.

Et dans ces ténèbres, nous avons perçu des lueurs d’espoir. Nous avons vu l’amour de Dieu pour toute l’humanité dans l’accueil qui a été fait aux millions de réfugiés syriens. Nous avons trouvé le courage dans les actions de ceux qui sont allés aider des communautés touchées par Ébola. Et nous avons trouvé la solidarité chez ceux qui ont soutenu Caritas aussi bien dans les pays riches que dans les pays pauvres avec notre campagne « Une seule famille humaine, de la nourriture pour tous », qui vise à mettre un terme à la faim d’ici 2025.

World: Caritas Internationalis Annual Report 2014

13 April 2015 - 5:49am
Source: Caritas Country: Central African Republic, Guinea, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World

By His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis and Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis

“We have created a ‘throw away’ culture…the excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’…no one is to be ‘excluded’ from God’s love and from our care.”

Pope Francis wrote in his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, about the divisions in our world. Sadly, those divisions have only grown in 2014. Caritas will rise to the challenge, remaining steadfast in combating social injustice through its humanitarian, integral human development and campaigning work.

The ‘throw away’ culture about which Pope Francis wrote is an issue both at local and global levels. The extremism engulfing the Middle East is a local crisis for those living in its vortex. But it is a global crisis: it has had a profound impact on all of us in our own countries and in our hearts. So too has the plight of migrants around the world, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and global hunger afflicting families in countries, rich and poor.

This bleak picture could make us despair. But we can’t afford that luxury. So Caritas organisations pressed on with their work, carried out in the name of the Church.

And out of the darkness, we saw signs of hope. We saw God’s love for all humanity in the welcome given to the millions of refugees from Syria. We found courage in the actions of those who went to help communities affected by Ebola. And we found solidarity in those who supported Caritas in both richer and poorer countries in our One Human Family, Food for All campaign to end hunger by 2025.

Philippines: GPH-MILF peace process seeks to address root causes of Mindanao conflict

12 April 2015 - 5:44pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, April 13 –--The ongoing peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is among the measures being pursued to substantially reduce threat to security and peace and order in Mindanao from armed groups that foment lawlessness and instability in the South, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said on Saturday.

“Peace between government and MILF means peace with the largest, most organized armed group which has been fighting government for decades. Ending this armed conflict means that this organized armed body ceases to fight the government and instead becomes a partner in addressing the problems facing the country, including problems of lawlessness in the South,” she said.

“It enables the effective exercise of the rule of law over areas previously outside its reach and ungovernable. Certainly, that must have some value in achieving our national aspiration for shared security and shared prosperity,” she added.

Her statement came after a published news report quoted a study funded by the World Bank which noted that political violence related to rebellion and insurgency inflicts the “largest human cost” that affect Philippine development.

Deles said the government had early in the Administration concluded that negotiating with the MILF, which has concluded with a peace agreement and its legal iteration, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), would make efforts to address the root causes of the conflict in Mindanao more effective.

Deles said despite efforts by critics to paint the Mamasapano incident as proof that the BBL won’t address the threat from armed groups in Mindanao, the peace agreement with the MILF and the establishment of the proposed Bangsamoro in the BBL would be an indispensable big step towards disarming not just the MILF but other threat groups in Mindanao.

“The decommissioning process will cover not only the MILF but also other armed groups. Hence, the BBL will have a multiplier effect,” she said.

Under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro which the government and MILF signed on March last year, the MILF agreed to decommission its firearms and weaponry and its 11,000-strong Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) in exchange for the establishment of a political entity with genuine autonomy to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its fighters would undergo a normalization process so they could resume lives as ordinary citizens, and not as combatants anymore.

The CAB -- a product of more than 17 years of peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the MILF -- has also made the MILF, the biggest armed group in Mindanao, to undergo a transformation from a secessionist movement to a political group with intentions to participate and field candidates in the coming elections.

“The challenge is tough but unavoidable and doable through a combination of MILF cooperation and government law enforcement,” Deles said. “Rule of law begets trust and vice versa. Together both will encourage people to choose lawful ways to resolve conflict or to sustain life,” she added. (OPAPP) - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1781428846124/gph-milf-peace-process-seeks-to-address-root-causes-of-mindanao-conflict-deles#sthash.fw4RiD8p.dpuf

Philippines: Assessment report on Mindanao may be helpful in ensuring peace in the region

11 April 2015 - 6:26pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

MANILA, April 12 -- A report by a reputable organization could aid Philippine policymakers in forging an enduring peace in Mindanao, a Palace official said on Saturday.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said a report by International Alert UK Philippines, a partner in Mindanao peace advocacy, could provide important inputs as lawmakers tackle proposals related to Mindanao.

International Alert is a member of the International Contact Group and its works on conflict monitoring are partly funded by the World Bank.

Valte said that although the group's report was submitted in August 2014, prior to the submission of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress, it has important highlights worthy of consideration.

"One notable part of the report is that it has very interesting data on the conflict in areas of Mindanao, in such that it identifies new causes of violence, at hindi lang ‘yung sinasabing mga dating ugat ng conflict sa Mindanao," Valte said.

International Alert's data can be very useful to policymakers in discussing the peace process in Mindanao and help them craft laws and other policies important in peace initiatives, Valte said.

The report also recognized the importance of the ongoing peace process in Mindanao. "Without a doubt, ending the GPH-MILF conflict as a major source of rebellion-related violence retires a significant source of political violence with huge costs in terms of death, injury and displacement, and will impact positively on the prospects of peace and stability across the Bangsamoro," Valte said quoting the report.

Discussions on the BBL by the lawmakers were disrupted by the issue on the bloody Mamasapano encounter last January that killed 44 police commandos and 17 MILF combatants.

There were doubts that the deadly incident may derail the deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is already behind its original timetable.(PCOO/ PND (as)

Philippines: Final Report re Preparedness Measures and Effects of TY CHEDENG (MAYSAK)

11 April 2015 - 8:12am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Philippines: ICRC activities in the Philippines in 2014 - April 2015

10 April 2015 - 7:05am
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Philippines

In 2014, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continued working to protect and assist people affected by decades of non-international armed conflict and other situations of violence. It also coordinated with authorities to prioritize the welfare of detainees and promote awareness of and respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) among various stakeholders.

Many communities already beleaguered by cycles of armed conflict further suffered the effects of successive natural disasters in 2013. Despite the immediate outpouring of aid, these communities needed continued support to be able to rebuild their lives. The ICRC, which had provided life-saving assistance in these situations, also sustained its response to cover the remaining needs of the people affected. Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the ICRC implemented programs to help survivors recover their livelihoods, rebuild their houses and regain stable access to clean water and health care.

Armed conflict and volence

Conflict and armed violence continued to affect certain parts of the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, where improvised explosive devices and armed clashes caused deaths, injuries or displacement. Often these areas, also afflicted by poverty, were difficult to reach and had minimal or irregular access to basic services.

In 2014, the ICRC completed several projects to support livelihoods and improve access to clean water in these communities. Key hospitals and community health facilities enhanced their capacity to provide timely and adequate care to the weapon-wounded, thanks to continued support from the ICRC and local health authorities.

  • 360 weapon-wounded patients were treated in ICRC-supported hospitals
  • 154 additional patients received individual support for their treatment across Mindanao
  • 534 disabled people obtained physical rehabilitation services – enabling some to walk again – at the ICRC-supported Davao Jubilee Foundation
  • 4,000 people in rural communities of Negros Occidental and Surigao del Sur gained regular access to clean water via two new water-supply systems built with their involvement
  • Over 38,000 people in Mindanao and the Visayas restored or reinforced their livelihoods, aided by veterinary support, seed, tools and equipment
  • Over 14,000 people used cash grants to improve or launch their own income-generating activities, such as vegetable gardening
  • Almost 5,000 people augmented their household income through cash-for-work projects in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, and Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Zamboanga conflict response

The humanitarian needs in Zamboanga City lingered long after the hostilities ended in September 2013, as hundreds of families struggled with prolonged displacement in evacuation centres and transition sites. In response, the ICRC continued to assist them by improving their access to water, sanitation and hygiene, addressing the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable groups, and providing opportunities to earn short-term income through cash-for-work activities.

  • Over 12,000 people in 5 evacuation centers had a steady supply of potable water trucked in by the PRC/ICRC
  • Displaced people in 2 transition sites, and the host community, benefited from increased water supply, through projects coordinated with the Zamboanga City Water District
  • The construction of 102 latrines, enhancements to drainage systems, and hygiene-promotion sessions improved sanitation conditions and curbed the spread of diseases in evacuation centres and transition sites
  • 19,000 consultations done at the Philippine Red Cross-operated basic health-care unit inside the Joaquin Enriquez stadium, with support from the ICRC and the City Health Office (CHO)
  • Almost 11,000 patients benefited from the repair of the Rio Hondo barangay health station and 2 new multipurpose halls (hosting health activities at the Tulungatung and Taluksangay sites), all of which received medical supplies and equipment
  • The CHO also received similar support with 7 barangay health stations and the Zamboanga City Medical Center was provided with material support and medicines
  • PRC/ICRC health staff supported CHO mobile teams in conducting weekly primary health-care activities in Mampang site (Masepla)
  • Over 3,000 displaced families (almost 16,000 people) eased their living conditions with received essential household and hygiene items
  • Around 2,800 vulnerable families (almost 14,000 people) received food packages as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of malnourishment
  • 571 moderately malnourished children under five years old and pregnant or lactating women improved their nutrition through a supplemental feeding programme; out of them, 289 received additional food packages
  • Almost 40,000 displaced persons improved their food consumption, started small businesses or rebuilt their homes using unconditional cash grants
  • Over 6,400 heads of households (nearly 35,000 people) earned short-term income through cash-for-work activities, such as garbage disposal, which also benefited the displaced population

Detention

2014 was an intensive year for the ICRC's vast work with Philippine authorities to improve detainees' living conditions, through mechanisms aimed at reducing prison overcrowding, improving health information systems and the management of tuberculosis (TB), and enhancing essential services and infrastructure in places of detention.

Repeated visits were also conducted by the ICRC to people detained in relation to armed conflict and other situations of violence in order to assess their treatment and living conditions and to ensure that internationally recognized detention standards were respected. Detainees were able to maintain links with loved ones through family visits facilitated by the PRC and the ICRC.

  • 321 visits to 70,701 detainees, of whom 928 were visited and monitored individually
  • 1,273 pending cases were submitted to different courts by the ICRC-supported Task Force Katarungan at Kalayaan (Justice and Freedom), comprising several government agencies led by the Supreme Court, leading to the release or sentencing of more than 350 detainees
  • 400 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) paralegals participated in workshops to ensure that inmates receive ample support concerning the status of their cases
  • 10,000 inmates in 7 Metro Manila jails were given health cards to strengthen the health information systems, through cooperation with the BJMP and Department of Health
  • Support offered to the New Bilibid Prison and Quezon City Jail with mobile digital X-ray machines for TB screening, and rehabilitated their TB treatment working stations, laboratories and isolation facilities
  • Almost 15,500 inmates were screened for TB in these two detention facilities
  • Over 690 inmates with TB, including 99 with drug-resistant TB, were diagnosed with the disease and provided proper care
  • Around 30,000 inmates in the two detention facilities benefited from TB advocacy, communication and social mobilization
  • 50,000 inmates improved their access to health care through mobilization of detaining and health authorities, while 30 detention places received health-monitoring visits
  • 136 increased bed capacity for the infirmary of the Davao Penal Colony
  • 3,000 inmates in 11 jails saw improvements in their living conditions following the renovation of water/sanitation systems, outdoor areas and other facilities
  • Over 12,000 inmates in 16 facilities were given hygiene and/or recreational items

Typhoon Haiyan response

Although the path to recovery was predictably long and arduous in communities in Central Philippines that suffered utter devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) in November 2013, many survivors successfully transitioned from reliance on relief to self-sufficiency.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement delivered aid to the most affected communities in Cebu, Leyte, Palawan, Panay and Samar. The ICRC, together with the National Society, focused its response on Samar island – also partly affected by armed violence – where it had been supporting communities for years.

  • Survivors restored contact with relatives via Red Cross messages, phone calls and the ICRC's family links website (familylinks.icrc.org)
  • 4,461 families in eight municipalities were given new storm-resilient houses built with the help of community members, including more than 1,000 carpenters who received training on good construction principles
  • Over 72,500 individuals benefited from consultations, surgeries and deliveries in field hospitals, basic health-care units and mobile clinics set up in Basey and Balangiga during the emergency response
  • 79 health facilities received medical supplies/equipment
  • 2 district hospitals, 6 rural health units, and 7 barangay health centers were rehabilitated and around - 2,600 children under five years old received various vaccines
  • 500 people were given mental-health/psychosocial support
  • 75,000 people – including 33,000 people in Guiuan – regained access to water through rehabilitated water-supply systems and the installation of hand pumps and slow sand filters
  • Almost 236,500 people sustained themselves through distributions of food rations or food-for-work projects
  • Over 227,000 of them started vegetable gardens using ICRC-donated seed
  • Almost 226,000 people received essential household and hygiene items
  • Around 147,500 people received unconditional cash grants to cover basic expenditures
  • Over 10,000 breadwinners supported their families (more than 54,000 people) with wages they earned in exchange for clearing debris or participating in shelter-construction projects
  • Over 71,000 people received cash grants with which they pursued fishing, agricultural, livestock and other business ventures

Humanitarian law

Activities to promote awareness of IHL, or the law of armed conflict, continued in 2014 for various stakeholders – from weapon bearers to members of the judiciary to members of the academic community.

In the field, the ICRC conducted IHL dissemination sessions and meetings with armed groups, influential circles and communities affected by armed conflict, to help enhance respect for the law and ensure that civilians were protected.

  • 1,455 members of the military and police increased their understanding of IHL and/or human rights laws applicable to their duties
  • 300 members of armed groups, influential religious leaders and scholars enhanced their awareness of IHL
  • 14 law schools participated in the annual moot court competition on IHL, organized with the PRC and the Court of Appeals
  • 28 political science professors in Mindanao were trained on IHL

Working with the National Society

The ICRC continued working closely with its main operational partner in the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), while supporting its capacity to respond to emergencies, including natural or man-made disasters.

In 2014, the ICRC helped build the capacity of 24 PRC chapters prone to man-made or natural calamities, by training their Red Cross Action Teams and providing them with equipment and supplies.

The ICRC also supported the deployment of volunteers in ICRC-PRC emergency operations.

Philippines: Philippines: EU provides some €600, 000 to displaced people in Mindanao

10 April 2015 - 2:35am
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Philippines

Manila, April 10th 2015 – After the recent escalation in violence in Mindanao, the European Union is providing €300, 000 to fund emergency humanitarian assistance to people who have been displaced in the Maguindanao area. This will enable the provision of life-saving relief items to the most vulnerable and support the management and provision of services at evacuation and displacement sites.

The two-month emergency project will more specifically focus on the most vulnerable families. It will help ensure that they have access to safe and dignified shelters, water and sanitation facilities as well as lifesaving non-food items such as blankets, sleeping mats and hygiene kits. Psychosocial support will also be provided, allowing the displaced persons to exchange with others about their traumatic experience and receive information on potential further specialized support.

Moreover, the European Union is continuing its assistance to the families displaced by the fighting which took place in Zamboanga in 2013 by providing a further €297, 600 on top of the assistance provided already in 2013 (€ 300,000) and 2014 (€ 250,000), bringing the total humanitarian aid for this particular crisis to almost €850 000. A year and a half after the displacement took place, some 20 000 people remain in evacuation and transitional sites, living under very difficult conditions. The EU-funded aid will also focus on the most vulnerable individuals, providing them with food, protection, livelihood support, and health services until the authorities can provide a more permanent solution for the displaced.

In both cases, the assistance is being made available through the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) through its Small Scale Response mechanism. The first project, in Maguindanao, will be implemented by a consortium made up of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Plan International - two humanitarian actors who have a long established presence in the Philippines. The operation in Zamboanga will be implemented by another consortium comprising NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and Plan International – both already operational in the area from previous ECHO funding.

Background:

The armed conflict in Central Mindanao, southern Philippines, intensified in February 2015 when fighting erupted between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the towns of Pagalungan and Pikit. The clashes further escalated when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) launched an "all-out offensive" against the BIFF troops. The fighting resulted in the displacement of over 120 000 people in the provinces of Maguindanao.

In September 2013, a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) seized hostages in Zamboanga, leading to an intervention by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The ensuing clashes lasted for more than two weeks and left some 45 dead and over 100 000 people displaced in Zamboanga City.

ECHO’s Small Scale Response fund is a global mechanism which allows for rapid funding of up to €300 000 for humanitarian aid in countries affected by natural and man-made disasters.

For more information

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO):
http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm

Factsheet on the Philippines:
http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/philippines_en.pdf

Philippines: Disaster Council members undergo DRRM seminar-workshop

10 April 2015 - 2:33am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, April 10 (PIA) — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) recently underwent seminar-workshop on disaster preparedness and planning aiming to effectively and efficiently implement emergency response during disasters.

The said training was spearheaded by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council - Office of Civil Defense IV-A (RDRMMO-OCD).

During the two-day seminar-workshop, the RDRMMO-OCD equipped the CDRRMO with knowledge on the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010, communications and disaster reporting systems as well as contingency planning.

The CDRRMO also underwent workshop on the Incident Command System — an effective and efficient systematic management tool used for the command, control and coordination of emergency responses.

The RDRMMO-OCD also taught them the importance of organizational structure and framework composition not just in the municipal level but also in the barangay units.

The said agencyalso noted that barangays should also create a DRRM committee with organized council members and well-trained responders and service providers. (PIA-4A with report from CIO-SPC)

Malaysia: Dengue Situation Update 462, 8 April 2015

9 April 2015 - 6:54am
Source: World Health Organization Country: Australia, Cambodia, China, French Polynesia (France), Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)

Malaysia

As of 21 March, there were 30,890 cases of dengue reported in Malaysia for 2015. This is 41% higher compared with the same reporting period of 2014 (n=8,923) (Figure 2). From 15 to 21 march 2015, there were 2,006 cases of dengue reported, 12% less than the same period of the previous week (n=2,275).

Philippines

From 1 January to 14 March 2015, there were 16,328 cases of dengue, including 41 deaths, reported in the Philippines. This is 3% higher compared with the same reporting period in 2014 (n=15,796). Since week 6 of 2015, the number of dengue cases reported in the Philippines has declined (Figure 3).

Singapore As of 28 March, there were 2,155 cases of dengue reported in Singapore for 2015. From 1 to 28 March 2015, there were 391cases reported, compared with 868 for the same period in 2014 (Figure 4).

Philippines: LGU-Naval extends new assistance to farmers

9 April 2015 - 5:17am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

NAVAL, Biliran, April 9 (PIA) – With the ultimate goal of augmenting the income and uplifting the economic status of fish and agri farmers in the municipality of Naval, its local government unit (LGU) urged them to use new farm equipment and implements at a much lesser cost.

Naval Municipal Agriculture Officer Nascencia Abad, disclosed in a recent interview that the LGU now owns one unit four-wheel tractor which is capable of plowing and harrowing plantation areas and paddies in a shorter period of time and lesser cost as compared to manual farming. It is capable of plowing and harrowing two hectares of farmland in a day.

The equipment is rented out at P500 a day exclusive of gasoline and meals however for the tractor operator.

Aside from the four-wheel tractor, there is also one unit cultivator which is capable of making plots ready for planting in small planting areas and one unit corn sheller, which could be accessed by the farmer here, the report added.

The farmers' equipment were given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Secretary Proceso Alcala in his recent visit to Naval last October as an aid to farmers who were victims of typhoon Yolanda, Abad informed.

She added that another two units of portable corn mills were donated to the LGU by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for farmer-victim of typhoon Yolanda.

The portable corn mill can be transported to areas in that are in need of the mill such that corn farmers need not go to far-flung areas such as Kawayan, Cabucgayan, and the mainland of Leyte facing Biliran province where corn mills are available. Milling charge is also much lesser at P3/kilo than other commercial millers at P10/kilo.

Naval LGU imposes reasonable charges for the maintenance of the said farm implements and ensures that all farmer-victims can avail of its services.

Aside from the cost-efficient farm implements and equipment, LGU-Naval is also pushing for organic farming, by availing the carbonized rice hull, vermicast, and foliar fertilizer that are on sale at LGU-Naval, Abad said. (aen/fj/mlt/PIA8 Biliran)

Philippines: Philippines - Mindanao: 3W - Who does, What, Where (completed, ongoing, planned activities) as of 31 March 2015

9 April 2015 - 5:15am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines

World: ERC allocates AED 24.6 mn for overseas relief operations

9 April 2015 - 12:41am
Source: Emirates News Agency Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Serbia, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.

The ERC will undertake sheltering and education projects for Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees in Kurdistan to meet the needs of new refugees' influx as a result of the evolving events, which have created a new reality. To leverage its response to the humanitarian situation in Iraq, the ERC will scale up its operations there to ease the suffering and improve living conditions.

In its first meeting of the year, the committee also approved AED 6.13 million worth of cash assistance for underprivileged in Somali, Morocco, Philippines, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Serbia. Medical assistance worth AED 403,370 will be given to patients with chronic diseases in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

Relief and humanitarian programmes to the tune of AED 5.17 million will be carried out in Palestine, which receives special attention of the ERC due to the desperate need there for essential services.

WAM/tfaham

Philippines: NDRRMC Update Final Report re Preparedness Measures for TY Chedeng (Maysak)

8 April 2015 - 9:38pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

A. CHRONOLOGY AND TYPHOON TRACK

01 April 2015
- At 11:00 PM, the typhoon east of Visayas entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named "CHEDENG" with maximum sustained winds of 180 KPH near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph. It moved west northwest at 19 kph

02 April 2015
- Typhoon "CHEDENG" slightly weakened as it continued to move in a West Northwest direction at the same speed. Its maximum sustained winds and gustiness decreased to 175 kph and 210 kph, respectively. The typhoon further weakened as it traversed over the Philippine Sea

03 April 2015
- Typhoon (TY) "CHEDENG" weakened slightly as it moved towards the eastern coast of Central and Northern Luzon. Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) Number 1 was raised in Camarines Norte Camarines Sur, Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Isabela, and Mountain Province, while PSWS Number 2 was hoisted in Catanduanes

04 April 2015
- As of 10:00 AM, TY "CHEDENG" accelerated slightly as it continued to move closer to Isabela-Aurora area with maximum sustained winds of 130 KPH near the center and gustiness of 160 kph O At 4:00 PM, TY "CHEDENG" weakened into a Tropical Storm (TS) while over the Philippine Sea. AGASA raised PSWS Number 3 in the Provinces of Isabela and Aurora

05 April 2015
- TS "CHEDENG" further weakened into a Tropical Depression (TD) and remained quasi-stationary over the eastern seaboard of Aurora at 4:00 AM. At around 8:00 AM, it made landfall over Dinapigue, Isabela.
- At 4:00 PM, TD -CHEDENG" weakened into a Low Pressure Area (LPA) Track of Tropical Depression "CHEDENG {MAYSAK}

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 - 8 April 2015

8 April 2015 - 8:34am
Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Vanuatu, World, Yemen

Snapshot 1–8 April 2015

Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.

Syria: Islamic State has taken large parts of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp after days of intense fighting. 2,000 of the 18,000-strong population are thought to have escaped the camp. 15,000 people have fled Idleb since its takeover by Jabhut al Nusra and Ahrar al Sham.

Yemen: More than 100,000 are reported displaced since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes on 26 March. Access, already difficult, is worsening. It is very difficult to move within the country, and port and airport access is restricted.

Kenya: An Al Shabaab attack on Garissa University left 147 dead and 79 injured. The Kenyan Government ordered the recruitment of 10,000 more police, and sent fighter jets to bomb Al Shabaab bases in Somalia. In Dadaab refugee camp, Garissa, suspected Al Shabaab stormed the premises of an NGO, killed one person and injuring three.

Updated: 08/04/2015. Next update: 14/04/2015

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