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Islamic rebels attack hospital in Mindanao, two dead

Despite peace accords with the main rebel group of Mindanao, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and a process toward autonomy for the Muslim regions in the southern Philippines, the objective of peace remains far in the south. After openly supporting the Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq and the abduction of two German nationals, part of a long string of ransom kidnappings, Abu Sayyaf remains fully active, as also the smaller though particularly aggressive Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

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Fire Trucks Contribute to Disaster Preparedness in Philippines Typhoon Belt

Philippines - Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the first area in the Philippines to be struck by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013, today received a donation of two fire trucks and a variety of fire and rescue equipment from France.

The donation, organized by the French NGO International Emergency Fire Fighters (Pompiers de l’Urgence Internationale or PUI), in partnership with IOM, is designed to support the municipality in its recovery from the devastation wrought by Haiyan.

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MY PEACE project launched in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY, 24 OCTOBER - - Madrasah Youth Promoting English Advancement for Community Empowerment or MY PEACE project was launched in Sarang Bangun Learning Center, Zamboanga City, Tuesday, October21, 2014 with Mr. Macon Philips, visiting U.S Department of State Official and Coordinator of the U.S Dept. of State Bureau of International Information Program along with other U.S officials gracing the event.

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Hundreds of Children to ‘Race for Survival’ to end malnutrition

(Quezon City, Philippines) Hundreds of school children from Metro Manila run today in Save the Children’s ‘Race for Survival’ global relay race. Held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the event is calling for equal access to health services and nutrition for children under five years no matter where they are born.

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ASEAN Monthly Disaster Outlook Vol. 10 October 2014

General Overview

Natural disaster reports were regularly recorded in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet) www.adinet.ahacentre.org

Only significant disasters that satisfy the following criteria will be recorded in ADInet: 1. More than 100 people affected, and 2. Involving more than 1 subdistrict,

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Building skills to rebuild communities in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed nearly 1.1 million houses in the Philippines and displaced approximately 4.1 million people. Northern Leyte, is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. Its capital is Tacloban City. ACTED is training carpenters in Northern Leyte to support communities to rebuild. Nilo is one such carpenter who now has a formal carpentry certificate and his own tool box.

Nilo’s Story

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Missed Again: making space for partnership in the Typhoon Haiyan response

A new study highlights that despite efforts to include local and national actors in the Haiyan response, it remained largely internationally led, coordinated and implemented.

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NDRRMC Update Effects of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) in Visayas and Mindanao (as of 18 October 2014, 08:00 AM)

A. SITUATION OVERVIEW:

Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affected Visayas and Mindanao. Intermittent rains was reported in Region VI and VII, while moderate to heavy rains were experienced in Zamboanga City and in the Provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur which started on 07 October 2014.

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NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 35 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

I. ALERT STATUS OF MAYON VOLCANO

A. Alert Level 3 is still in effect as of 8:00 AM, 21 October 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volcano's seismic network recorded four (4) volcanic earthquakes and three (3) rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

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EU Aid Volunteer uses digital mapping to help prepare for disasters in the Phlippines

Typhoons, earthquakes and floods often occur in the Philippines, one of countries most directly affected by the changing climate and natural disasters, such as the 2013 typhoon Haiyan. VSO EU Aid volunteer Arnoud Keizer from the Netherlands spent nine months with the Filipino government and communities affected by disasters, supporting national efforts to use science and technology to prepare for and prevent future devastation.

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Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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US Backs IOM Anti-Trafficking Activities in Typhoon-affected Areas of Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Central Philippines almost one year ago, has led to a rising concern about human trafficking in the affected area. IOM and its partners have been tackling this problem since the week of the disaster, registering people leaving the area through Migration Outflow Desks and informing them of the dangers posed by human traffickers.

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Ilocos Norte youth raise funds for storm victims' education

By: Cherry Joy D. Garma

LAOAG CITY, October 17 (PIA) - The Ilocos Norte provincial government through its youth organization will put up a two-day bazaar beginning Saturday, October 18 to raise funds for the education of students who were victims of Typhoon Mario.

The Artisan bazaar, to be supervised by the youth arm ‘Sirib Express,’ calls netizens to take part by donating their used clothing, shoes, and accessories, among others, which will then be sold to patrons.

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Beneficiaries perceive brighter future in Habitat for Humanity villages

BY: VENUS L. GARCIA

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA) – The beneficiaries of the Butuan Habitat for Humanity housing projects in Barangays Loyola and Talisay in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur bared in particular that their access to decent shelter gave them the hope to coexist through an improved way of living and by worrying no more the obstacle of dealing housing crisis.

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50 responders finish collapsed structure search and rescue training course

FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY, Oct 18. (PIA) – Some 50 city responders and uniformed men are now more capable and knowledgeable in search and rescue skills after completing the 8-day Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Training Course held in this mountain resort.

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Guv says Benguet people more ready for disaster

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 19(PIA) -- As the province of Benguet commemorated the fifth anniversary of typhoon Pepeng on October 9, Governor Nestor Fongwan said that the people of Benguet are more prepared for calamity.

Fongwan said that after the Little Kibungan tragedy in barangay Puguis this town, that left at least 70 dead and several families homeless, and the other major disasters that occurred in the province, people in Benguet are now more conscious of their environment during calamities.

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LGU-Tacurong pledges to push WaSH strategies

By: Danilo E. Doguiles

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat, Oct 20 (PIA) -- The city government here has vowed to instutionalize the WaSH strategies of the United Nations Children’s Fund and promote the advocacy of the Single Drop for Safe Water (SDSW).

WaSH, which stands for water, sanitation and hygiene, is a strategy of UNICEF which aims to mobilize community leaders and members to ensure that problems on water sanitation and hygiene are not left on sidelines.