Philippines - ReliefWeb News
MANILA, Oct. 29 (PIA) – The Climate Change Commission is now accepting climate adaptation project proposals for funding under the People’s Survival Fund (PSF).
“The PSF is a locally funded effort of the Philippines to meet this investment challenge, enabling communities under threat of climate change to adapt and live sustainably. We look forward to seeing every peso in the fund count towards more climate-resilient communities. This is an investment for the future that we hope will expand further,” Secretary of Finance Cesar V. Purisima said.
The PSF was created by virtue of Republic Act 10174 to enable the government to address the problem of climate change. It has mandated the allocation of a Php1B fund to be accessed by local government units and community organizations to finance their climate change adaptation projects.
Under the law, the Climate Change Office (CCO) of the Climate Change Commission will serve as secretariat of the Board and will receive and evaluate the proposals to be approved by the Board, with Secretary Purisima as chairman.
Citing data from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the World Economic Forum, Purisima described the dire need for both domestic and international funding to combat and adapt to climate change. Up to 2030, about $90 trillion in infrastructure investments and over $4 trillion in incremental investments for low carbon technologies are required to deliver on the 2 degree Celsius goal. Further, $5 trillion of infrastructure funding is required annually up to 2020 but $700 billion in incremental resources is needed to make it sustainable.
According to Joyceline Goco, Deputy Executive Director of the CCO, the implementation of the PSF augurs well for the government as it undertakes efforts to tackle the adverse effects of climate change.
“With the fund support coming from the PSF, local government units will now have the means to realize the plans they have set up to insulate their constituents against climate change-induced disasters and even exploit the benefits that climate change may bring,” Goco said.
Specifically, the fund is intended for adaptation activities that include water resources management, land management, agriculture and fisheries, health, among others, and serve as guarantee for risk insurance needs for farmers, agricultural workers and other stakeholders.
It will also be used for establishing regional centers and information networks and strengthening of existing ones to support climate change adaptation initiatives and projects, for setting up of forecasting and early warning systems against climate-related hazards, support to institutional development such as preventive measures, planning, preparedness and management of impacts relating to climate change, including contingency planning for droughts and floods. (CCC/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)
In response to Typhoon Koppu that hit the Philippines on 18 October 2015, the European Commission is providing €124 000 in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations.
This funding will support the Philippines Red Cross in delivering much needed relief assistance.
The humanitarian aid will directly benefit 2 500 families who will receive food, emergency shelter material such as tarpaulins, blankets and sleeping mats. The action will also provide safe drinking water, water containers, mosquito nets and hygiene items.
Typhoon Koppu (known locally as Lando) made landfall in the Aurora province, on Luzon island, in the northern Philippines on Sunday 18 October with sustained winds at 240 km/h. The typhoon brought intense continuous rainfall for several days, which caused destructive landslides and flash floods. Over 1.4 million people were affected and more than 110 000 people were evacuated to dedicated centres. The most pressing needs are food, safe water, medicines, and shelter.
Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year and many of these are highly destructive. The deadliest on record, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), left over 6 000 dead and 4 million displaced in November 2013. Following Haiyan, the European Commission immediately deployed humanitarian and civil protection experts to the worst hit areas. It also made available €40 million in relief assistance and early recovery and reconstruction to help the most affected communities.
The new funding is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
1. Situation overview
On October 18, Typhoon Lando made landfall over Casiguran, Aurora. Packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph, Lando moved very slowly, with speeds of only up to 3ph recorded. It crossed the areas of Nueva Ecija and the Cordilleras before exiting Luzon via Ilocos Norte. The provinces in Northern Luzon had been under varying degrees of storm warning signals for 4 days, all of which have now been lifted.
2. Effects and Damages
According to the NDRRMC (as of 6:00 AM earlier), a total of 630,602 families or 2,733,294 individuals were affected in regions I, II, III, IV-A, V, NCR and CAR. Only 19,799 families or 89,909 individuals are still staying in 311 evacuation centers. Across five regions, a total of 47 were reported dead, with 83 injured and 4 missing.
Of 103,447 houses damaged, only 15,289 were totally damaged. 249 schools (out of a total 803) were also totally damaged, majority of them in Region III. A total of 40 road sections and 5 bridges are also not passable due to flooding and landslides in Regions I, II, III, and CAR. Damages to agriculture and infrastructure are estimated at PhP 9.88 million.
Philippines: NDRRMC Update: SitRep No.21 re Preparedness Measures for Tropical Storm "Lando" (I.N. Koppu)
A. AFFECTED POPULATION (TAB A) and PRE-EMPTIVE EVACUATION (TAB B)
1 . A total of 666,562 families or 2,898,507 persons were affected in Regions I, II III, IV-A, V, NCR, and CAR.
a. Inside 124 ECs - 6,304 families / 27,673 persons
b. Outside ECs 199,097 families / 863,819 persons
2 . A total of 5,426 families or 23,993 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, and CAR.