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24 Apr 2015 description
report People in Need

New case study: Community World Service Asia - Capacity building strengthens quality and accountability in the Philippines

This case study highlights the capacity building that Community World Service (CWS) Asia undertook in the Philippines following typhoon Yolanda in 2013. It details how to maintain focus on HR during a disaster, particularly regarding the skills, knowledge, and attitude required and expected of an aid worker to deliver high quality services to communities.

24 Apr 2015 description

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Apr. 23 (PIA)— Some P16 million worth of infra projects were turned over recently to nine villages in North Cotabato.

23 Apr 2015 description
report ShelterBox

‘After surviving Typhoon Haiyan, we had to cope with three more typhoons. But now that we have moved into our new shelter, I know my family is finally safe.’ These are the words of Anna Lisa Calvadores, a young mother who lives in small, tight knit community on an exposed hillside in Eastern Samar in the Philippines.

23 Apr 2015 description
report European Union

SAMAR – On 22 April, the European Union and the Philippines Red Cross will officially hand over 2,000 temporary core shelters to families affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Samar. Another 1,000 families were given shelter repair assistance.

23 Apr 2015 description

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

The head of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed confidence that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fully support the ongoing Bangsamoro peace process despite delays in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

23 Apr 2015 description

MANILA, April 22 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the release of P2.259 billion in financial assistance to national government employees who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Wednesday.

23 Apr 2015 description

MANILA, 23 April (PIA) – Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman Richard J. Gordon led yesterday the symbolic turnover of 3,000 more houses to victims of the super typhoon Yolanda in Basey and Maribut, Western Samar.

Gordon was joined by PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwendolyn T. Pang and officials of Red Cross’ partner national societies.

The symbolic turn-over of scale model houses and the handover of Certificates of Ownership to five beneficiaries were witnessed by Basey Mayor Igmedio Junji E. Ponferrada and Maribut Mayor Percival A. Ortillo, Jr.

22 Apr 2015 description

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.

22 Apr 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere


As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).


22 Apr 2015 description

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 22 (PIA) -- Farm animals may also suffer from heat stroke, an official of the Provincial Veterinary Office here warned.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Flora Bigot emphasized that like humans, farm animals may also may also be endangered if left unprotected against the searing heat brought about by the weak El Niño.

Heat stroke could kill, she added.

22 Apr 2015 description

The Australian Government through its Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) Program is distributing at least P117 million worth of brand new books to select schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in an effort to upgrade the region’s school libraries.

22 Apr 2015 description

From the National Economic and Development Authority

The Philippine government, as embodied in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), has adopted the ecologically and economically efficient (“eco-efficient”) concept in the development of water infrastructure as an overarching strategy towards the pursuit of water security, and, through innovative interventions and technologies, as an important approach to dealing with the challenges of climate change.

22 Apr 2015 description

April 21, 2015 Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, April 21 (PIA) – Seventy completed core shelters were turned over by the UN Habitat and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman to residents of Roxas City.

According to Leah Joy Alba of UN Habitat Roxas City Office Knowledge Management Junior Officer, Soliman together with UN Habitat Project Manager Warren Ubongen handed over the certificates to household partners in the three Home Owners Associations.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – UNICEF and ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, today announced the renewal of a decade-long partnership that to date has provided access to better quality education for more than 1 million of the world’s hardest-to-reach children.

During the past 10 years, ING has inspired its employees and customers worldwide to raise funds for UNICEF, helping to improve children’s access to education in remote communities in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Zambia.

21 Apr 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Disaster preparedness is an important part of ACT Alliance members’ response in the Philippines after supertyphoon Haiyan.

It is only a matter of time when the next powerful typhoon or some other natural catastrophe hits this extremely disaster-prone country. However, next time does not have to be deadly, as a lot can be done to mitigate the impact of a disaster.

That is the message of ACT Alliance members when they conduct Disaster Risk Reduction Trainings in the communities they are working with.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description

In an effort to provide communications support to communities affected by disasters and emergencies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Smart Communications, Inc. will forge a partnership today, April 21, that will extend free calls, internet use, and charging of mobile phones in DSWD operations centers, as well as in designated evacuation centers.

21 Apr 2015 description

Ben Pickering joined OCHA Philippines in May 2014 to manage the humanitarian hub in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. His role was to help local authorities and the wider humanitarian community in the coordination of humanitarian assistance to all affected people.

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