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03 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

MANILIA, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - This week’s sinking of a ferry in the Philippines, at a cost of at least 40 lives, has given added urgency to calls for a probe of the maritime sector in an archipelago beset by similar disasters.

The Kim Nirvana had just left the port of Ormoc in the central Visayas region on Thursday when it turned on one side. Within hours, only the boat’s red hull was visible, with passengers trapped inside, the Coast Guard said.

Of the 173 passengers, 40 were confirmed dead and another 21 were unaccounted for.

03 Jul 2015 description

QUEZON CITY, July 3 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has required all elementary and secondary schools to promote family preparedness for earthquakes As part of the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

This is outlined in the DepEd Order 27, series of 2015 through school activities.

DepEd in a statement said that disaster preparedness should be anchored in family readiness, not just in individual preparedness.

02 Jul 2015 description

Barangay Pawa, Philippines 2 July 2015— Rising from the wreckage of Super Typhoon Haiyan, 660 families finally completed the building of their houses and 54 community infrastructure projects in 28 communities in Capiz and Iloilo as the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project implemented by UN-Habitat came to a close last month.

02 Jul 2015 description

From 2012 to 2014, over 370,000 people have been displaced by armed conflict involving non-state armed groups. In February and March 2015, a-month-long joint law and order operations led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left over 125,000 people displaced in 15 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao in Central Mindanao.

02 Jul 2015 description

HIV/AIDS programme managers and community groups join hands to strengthen and expand HIV testing

Joint news release of WHO and UNAIDS

01 Jul 2015 description

June 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Afghanistan, Chad, Kuwait, Myanmar, Tunisia

  • Improved situations
    Nepal

July 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Burundi

    Conflict resolution opportunities

01 Jul 2015 description

Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 1 (PIA) -- The Army 7th Infantry Division and 703rd Brigade, through the help of civil society organizations, were able to complete the construction of a single classroom building in barangay Ariendo in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.

The village was among the severely battered during the onslaught of twin typhoons “Winnie” and “Yoyong” in 2004 where it was isolated for days.

01 Jul 2015 description

CONSUELO B. ALARCON

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 1 (PIA) –As part of the government’s intervention to help ease up the burden of Yolanda survivors' lack of shelters, the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 8 and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Acquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) inaugurated Monday the “Do it Yourself” (DIY) Bamboo Shelter at DOST grounds, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

01 Jul 2015 description

Five months to go before the second year commemoration of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and its partners continue to provide recovery assistance to Yolanda affected communities and individuals. The Red Cross Movement’s overall response to Yolanda has been collective and massive in terms of the number of areas covered, the variety of services provided, and the amount of assistance given to families and individuals.

30 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 24–30 June 2015

Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.

South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

30 Jun 2015 description

Summary

Central Visayas region of the Philippines was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, whose epicentre was in Bohol Province, on the morning of 15 October 2013. The quake, which was described as the strongest to hit the region in more than 20 years, left more than 220 people dead and displaced some 75,000 families (370,000 people) in Bohol alone. Significant destruction to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, flood control facilities, school buildings, hospitals and other public buildings was reported to reach Philippine peso (PHP) 2.2 billion.

30 Jun 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.

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29 Jun 2015 description

Ces dernières années ont été marquées par des crises humanitaires majeures en République Centrafricaine, au Sud Soudan, en Syrie, en Irak, et dans les régions touchées par le virus Ebola. Plus près de chez nous, l’est de l’Ukraine est en proie au chaos, suspendu à un fragile cessez-le-feu. Ces crises mobilisent comme jamais jusqu’alors l’ensemble de la communauté humanitaire qui doit faire face à de multiples conflits inscrits dans la durée.

Les ressources humaines et financières de nos organisations sont durement éprouvées alors même que les besoins grandissent.

29 Jun 2015 description

Press Release #1506-03 Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services June 25, 2015

Palikir, Pohnpei (Department of Foreign Affairs): On June 23, 2015, Mr. Marciano De Borja, Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines in Guam and also accredited to the FSM on consular matters, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, T.H. Yosiwo P. George. The purpose of the call was to hand-over a check of $50,000 US Dollars as a monetary assistance from the Government of the Philippines towards the typhoon Maysak recovery efforts in Chuuk and Yap.

28 Jun 2015 description
  • 800 people remain displaced in South Cotobato and Sultan Kudarat, in the southern Philippines, due to floods caused by heavy rains over 24-25 June.

  • Over 1 900 hectares of agricultural farms have been damaged.

  • The Province of Sultan Kudarat declared a state of calamity.

  • The heavy rainfall is also seriously affecting the more than 30 000 people still displaced since the outbreak of fighting in February 2015 in Maguindanao. Most of them continue to live in makeshift shelters and tents.

27 Jun 2015 description
report Peace Direct

June 26 2015: A serious dispute over the use of indigenous schools by the military is threatening to delay the start of the new school year for students in the Philippines. Rey Ty reports.

In the Philippines, the school year starts in June. But this year, many students at schools for indigenous peoples will be unable to go to classes, with their schools accused of being recruiting centres for anti-government rebels. As such, they have been shut down or occupied by the military.

The disconcerting reality of the militarisation of schools

26 Jun 2015 description

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the international day in support of victims of torturen

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has over the past 15 years documented close to 3,000 cases of torture from Asia. Most of these cases are reported through AHRC's Urgent Appeals Programme by partner organisations working in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Thailand.