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30 May 2015 description

Jolo, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 5/30/2015 - 04:28 GMT

Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday.

Successive blasts targeted the mosque inside Camp Kasim on the island of Jolo early evening Friday -- an initial grenade attack followed by a bomb explosion less than 10 minutes later that was intended to target police who rushed to the scene, local authorities said.

29 May 2015 description

By Kate Marshall, IFRC

In the space of a year and a half, nearly 150,000 households across the area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan have received relief in the form of cash relief and conditional livelihood support. According to the Conditional Cash Working Group, this a record for any Red Cross Red Crescent operation.

Households have received livelihood cash grants of between 5,000 and 10,000 pesos ($110-220 US dollars). The largest number of beneficiaries received livelihood cash grants and more than 91,000 households receive emergency cash for their immediate needs.

29 May 2015 description

Budget Snapshot

Key Headlines:

  • The single biggest cut to Australia’s aid budget since the beginning of the aid program: Almost $1 billion was cut from 2015-16, representing a 20% cut for the year. The budget also confirms $2.7 billion of additional cuts in 2016-17 and 2017-18. By 2016-17, total Australian Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) as a share of Gross National Income (GNI) will fall to 0.22%. This is the lowest ever level since records began.

29 May 2015 description

Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, May 27 (PIA) – International humanitarian organizations are giving attention on water, health and hygiene (WASH) issues in the aftermath of supertyphoon Yola

The ACF International in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund is implementing programs giving priority on WASH towards disaster risk reduction.

Behavior Change and Communications Officer Leomer Lacorte of ACF-Panay disclosed that they are capacitating the people in selected supertyphoon-affected areas in Capiz and Iloilo.

28 May 2015 description

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), country`s lead agency in rice research and development, continues its efforts to roll-out information materials to help the farmers cope with the onslaught of El Niño.

Said resources are available for download from the institute’s website.

28 May 2015 description

From the Department of Interior and Local Government

To intensify the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s operations against insurgencies and natural calamities, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas will issue 23 brand new units of multi-role patrol jeeps to municipalities in Samar province on Thursday, May 28.

28 May 2015 description

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a global consortium of aid organizations designed to help communities become more resilient in the face of disaster and give them training and skills to respond to crises in their own countries, and ACF International (Action Against Hunger), a global organization working to save the lives of severely malnourished people worldwide, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and disaster, and implement long-term solutions to hunger, signed a memorandum of understanding on May 27, 2015.

27 May 2015 description

MANILA, May 28 -- The Department of Education is planning to put up temporary learning centers for students of schools situated along the West Valley Fault, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

“Education Secretary (Armin) Luistro was saying that they will not allow any student to use buildings that have not been cleared by the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways),” Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during a press briefing in Malacañang.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

27 May 2015 description

MANILA – A three-member delegation from the Philippine government is due to attend the annual gathering of foreign ministers of Muslim countries on Wednesday.

In a letter, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani invited Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario “to attend the proceedings of the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers to be held in the state of Kuwait on 27-28 May.”

26 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

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).

Malaysia

26 May 2015 description

MANILA, 26 May (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is continuously up scaling its preparations to ensure efficient response should this dreaded “Big One” occur.

This, after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (PHIVOLCS) recent warning about a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that could be generated by the West Valley Fault.

26 May 2015 description

TAGUIG CITY, 26 May (PIA) – The city government of Taguig welcomes the issuance of the Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to caution local government units (LGUs) of places dangerously sitting on top of the West Valley Fault.

Mayor Lani Cayetano vowed to revise the city’s safety plan and measures based on the new atlas of PHIVOLCS.

26 May 2015 description

MANILA – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) led the Philippine government in signing the grant agreement for community development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan and Noriaki Niwa, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippine Office, signed the grant agreement in May 25, 2015 on behalf of the Philippine and Japanese Governments, respectively.

25 May 2015 description

With families and students buckling up for the coming school year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P1.13 billion to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the repair and rehabilitation of 5,055 classrooms damaged by typhoons Glenda and Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege.

25 May 2015 description

In central Mindanao, thousands of people have been living precariously due to recurrent fighting. Pockets of skirmishes often erupt that result in civilian displacement.

The hostilities between armed groups in February resulted in around 4,000 families fleeing to safety in evacuation centers in Pagalungan, Maguindanao and in Pikit, North Cotabato.

At the height of the fighting, affected civilians managed to bring only few belongings with them and limited supplies of food.

25 May 2015 description

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is confident that the seven patrol jeeps turned over to Sarangani will not only address the province’s security concerns but will also help boost tourism and investment in the area.

After a simple turnover ceremony on Friday of the vehicles to each of the seven municipalities in Sarangani, Roxas placed his high hopes for faster growth and development brought about by a safe and secure environment.

“Kung maaayos natin ang seguridad dito, dadaloy din ang mabilis na kaunlaran,” Roxas explained.

25 May 2015 description

Executive Summary

This project is conducted in response to Global Disaster Preparedness Center’s (GDPC) initiative of developing flood hazard preparedness mobile apps in the four target countries (Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam). In particular, this project aims to accomplish the following objectives:

23 May 2015 description

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, May 23 (PIA) -- Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda led Friday the inauguration of Central Luzon’s first permanent evacuation center in barangay San Isidro Resettlement Center in Magalang town.

“DSWD allotted P10 million for its construction in a 3.9 hectare property of the provincial government. In turn, we provided P3.5 million as counterpart for the construction and P4.9M for fencing,” Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Angie Blanco said.

21 May 2015 description

Key findings

  • Over 2 million people died from natural disasters between 1970 and 2014 in Asia and the Pacific, or 56.6 per cent of the fatalities globally. Earthquakes and tsunamis were the main cause of deaths, despite their relatively infrequent occurrences.

  • 6 billion people from the region were affected by disasters over the same period, or 87.6 per cent of people affected globally. Floods and drought were not the deadliest disasters but affected the highest number of people at 5 billion.