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27 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • In February 2017, WFP reached 73,732 people in Central Mindanao with a view to improving their food security.

  • WFP signed an agreement with the Office of the Vice President to fund a review that will look into creating an inter-agency commission for food security and nutrition.

Operational Updates

27 Mar 2017 description

DPR KOREA

An estimated 18 million people (about 72 per cent of the total population) across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. To meet the urgent needs of the 13 million most vulnerable people, the Humanitarian Country Team developed the 2017 Needs and Priorities plan calling for US$114 million to provide critical life-saving assistance.

27 Mar 2017 description

In February 2017, an estimated 18,700 persons were displaced in Mindanao. Of these, 7,695 persons were displaced due to armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in the following municipalities: Laak (Compostela Valley province); Asuncion (Davao del Norte); Manay (Davao Oriental); Bansalan (Davao del Sur); Arakan (North Cotabato); and Alabel (Sarangani).

In addition, some 2,000 persons fled their homes due to a firefight between two local armed groups in Sultan sa Barongis municipality, Maguindanao province.

27 Mar 2017 description

QUEZON CITY, March 27 -- As the lead agency in the national government's disaster response, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to strengthen its preparations for the ‘Big One’, referring to the predicted 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila to be generated by the West Valley Fault.

25 Mar 2017 description

Appeal history

14 December 2015: Typhoon Melor makes landfall in Batag Island, Northern Samar, and moves westward.

16 December 2015: Typhoon Melor exits to the west of the Philippines. Information bulletin no. 1 issued.

17 December 2015: The President of the Philippines declares a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by Typhoon Melor.

18 December 2015: Tropical Depression Twenty-Three makes landfall in Davao Oriental province, eastern Mindanao. Information bulletin no. 2 issued.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on Eastern Samar and Bantayan Island and triggered a huge humanitarian response. Now the challenge is to support sustainable development. Having a toilet is a ‘damgo’ (a dream), not a necessity for poor families in the Philippines. If you didn’t think having a clean toilet at home was important before the disaster, why would it be important afterwards?

24 Mar 2017 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), under instructions from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, continues to provide support and technical assistance to local government units to hasten the implementation of the Presidential Financial Assistance (5KPFA) for the Typhoon “Yolanda”-affected households with damaged houses in Regions VI, NIR, VII and VIII.

24 Mar 2017 description

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 21 -- Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), in partnership with the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), tapped Xavier University Psychology Department to take the lead in organizing a team of volunteer experts from Cagayan de Oro City who would be sent to Surigao del Norte to provide psychosocial support to the survivors who are in the “state of shock” after the disaster.

22 Mar 2017 description

22.03.2017 – Satellites supply data about the condition of approximately 15 million hectares of land under rice cultivation. Insured farmers can access compensation quickly in the event of crop losses.

22 Mar 2017 description

Recurring conflict in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao have displaced hundreds of families over the years. UNHCR and its partners are helping displaced families in Barangay Kabengi by providing a water system in their community.

22 Mar 2017 description

The barangays of Elian, Dapiawan, Madia, Kitango, and Salbo, all in Datu Saudi Ampatuan municipality in Maguindanao Province, are now better equipped to host displaced families whenever armed clashes erupt in the interior villages. Since 2003, civilians fearing for their lives have sought temporary shelter in these areas due to their strategic location and proximity to their homes.

21 Mar 2017 description

Following the continuing skirmishes between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vows to continue to monitor the situation of the 93 families displaced by the armed conflict. The families have now returned to their homes, but their security is still under threat.

17 Mar 2017 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 12-18 March 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles and Legionnaires disease.

17 Mar 2017 description

FEATURE

Iraq

AFFECTED AREAS Mosul district, Salahuddin governorate

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT Conflict

FIGURES About 43,000 new displacements between January and 5 March

CONTEXT

17 Mar 2017 description

Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (16 March) on the situation in the Philippines:

17 Mar 2017 description

The situation

Since 15 February 2017, there has been a rapid increase in the number of Filipino returnees – from the state of Sabah in Malaysia – arriving in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. While repatriations are common, the sinking of a vessel that was previously used for the same prompted suspension of repatriations in September 2016.

The suspension led to a backlog of approximately 7,000 undocumented Filipino migrants in Sabah.

16 Mar 2017 description

Washington, DC, March 15, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) —Experts on dengue and health professionals from 21 countries are exchanging experiences and best practices in diagnosis of dengue, clinical management of patients and surveillance this week, in a workshop organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Singapore Cooperation Program in Brasilia.

15 Mar 2017 description

R2P Monitor is a bimonthly bulletin applying the Responsibility to Protect lens to populations at risk of mass atrocities around the world. Issue 32 looks at developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Philippines and Central African Republic.

Issue 32 also includes an insert regarding states that have endorsed the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians. For more information on the Kigali Principles, see: Peacekeeping and the Kigali Principles.