The Philippines: Humanitarian assistance to flood-affected people activated

28 June, 2011
A local resident awaits for relief aid infront of her make-shift house in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. Credit: IRIN/Veejay Villafranca
A local resident awaits for relief aid infront of her make-shift house in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. Credit: IRIN/Veejay Villafranca

Due to tropical depression “Falcon”, a total of 845,449 people across regions X, XI, XII and ARMM in Mindanao have been affected by flooding by 25 June. According to the latest OCHA situation report, forecasts for central Mindanao show continued scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has also raised storm warnings in many parts of Luzon.

The ARMM Government, with the coordination of UN agencies, INGOs, and NGOs, conducted the Damage and Needs Assessment (DANA) from 15 to 20 June. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in ARMM will lead the consolidation of the final report with the assistance of OCHA.

On 24 June, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Soliman asked the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to support the government in providing assistance to 36,232 families (about 181,160 people) in Cotabato city in Mindanao. Requested assistance includes food, drinking water, non-food items (NFIs) such as tents, tarpaulins, and blankets, latrines and medical supplies, logistics assistance, and funding for early recovery initiatives.

Need for assistance to other areas in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and South Cotabato was also raised in the meeting between DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera and MHT members including UN agencies, INGOs, and NGOs.

Humanitarian agencies are looking forward to receiving the official results of DANA and planning for humanitarian aids.

WFP has begun its food distribution, which consist of 25 kg sacks of rice and cooking oil per family, in Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao on 25 June. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will distribute rice, sardines, jerry cans, mosquito nets and hygiene kits to 2,500 families through local partner Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The water, sanitation, and hygiene partners are working on the preparation and coordination of packaged assistance (hygiene kits, family support kits, etc.) delivery. Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Cotabato will co-lead the work with the Government in lieu of UNICEF. IOM will resume co-leadership in Camp Coordination and Camp Management.

Logistics assistance has also been activated. UNICEF informed that it will request OCD to assist in transporting nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies to Mindanao.

The City Local Government Unit (LGU) predicated that the flooding could persist for 4-6 weeks provided there was no new heavy rainfall. During the response, coordination meetings between the Government and MHT will be institutionalized and will take place every two weeks.

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