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22 Dec 2014 description

But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience

22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

22 Dec 2014 description

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 22 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will set up a total of six women peace and training centers, one in each of the region’s five component provinces and at its seat in Cotabato City.

The peace and training center is intended to cater to all the women in the region especially those affected by conflict and other related issues.

It will provide various materials on gender and development and can serve as safe house for victims of violence against women.

22 Dec 2014 description


Despite reasonable growth rates, the Asia Pacific region is home to 743 milliion people living on less than $1.25 per day, and 1.6 billion on less than $2 per day (40% of the population) (UNESCAP 2013). The core countries of the Asia Regional Programme are among those with the worst poverty rates in Asia (e.g. 76%, 60% 53% on less than $2 per day in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively). The development challenges are complex and multidimensional – with significant economic, political, social and environmental drivers.

22 Dec 2014 description

QUEZON CITY, 21 December (PIA) - The Korean Government will provide humanitarian assistance worth US$1 million to assist in the relief and initial recovery works and strengthening of disaster risk reduction (DRR) capacity of the Philippines after Typhoon ‘Ruby’ (Hagupit) lashed parts of the country early this month.

The humanitarian assistance will be provided by the Korean Embassy in the Philippines. The assistance is a testament to the strong ties between Korea and the Philippines, and sincere expression of friendship and camaraderie to the Philippines.

20 Dec 2014 description

Taft, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 12/20/2014 - 03:35 GMT

by Cecil MORELLA

Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the ground zero for many of East Asia's deadliest storms.

Homes, boats, crops, livestock and jobs are all on the line each time the monster winds roar in from the Pacific Ocean, leaving survivors to mourn their dead and pick up the broken pieces, year in and year out.

20 Dec 2014 description

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have inked a partnership that will enable the recovery and build the resilience of selected local government units and communities in Eastern Visayas.

19 Dec 2014 description

A Review from Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and the Philippines

A review conducted in November 2014 by ICVA in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives considered 20 thematic indicators based on coordination and response in humanitarian crisis, with particular emphasis on the elements expected to be affected by the L3 process (coordination, accountability and leadership). While the results vary by each humanitarian crisis and response, six key themes emerged.

19 Dec 2014 description

19 December 2014

APHEDA donors helped the health volunteers from our Philippines partner organisation reach over 7,000 patients during six medical and relief missions in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

19 Dec 2014 description

A. Alert level status of Mayon Volcano has been lowered from alert level 3 to alert level 2 as of 19 December 2014, 8:00 AM

B. Since the last recorded seismic swarm on 29 November 2014, a general decline in the overall activity of Mayon Volcano has been observed, as indicated by the following monitored parameters:

19 Dec 2014 description


"RUBY" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on the evening of 10 December 2014.


• A total of 944,249 families / 4,149,484 persons were affected in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, CARAGA and NCR

• A total of 18,938 families / 100,264 persons are currently being served inside and outside 327 evacuation centers


• Eighteen (18) deaths were reported in Regions IV-A, IV-B, VII, and VIII

19 Dec 2014 description
report Greenpeace

Dolores, Eastern Samar, Philippines, 19 December 2014 – A farmer-to-farmer delivery of ecological seeds took place today in Dolores, Eastern Samar in the Philippines to help farmers regenerate agricultural land badly damaged by Typhoon Hagupit. It was the first delivery of seeds to Dolores since the typhoon made a direct hit on the town two weeks ago.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Wednesday, December 10, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency relief goods worth approximately 22 million yen (blankets, sleeping pads, plastic sheets, etc.) to the Republic of the Philippines, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), based on the request from the Government of the Philippines.

  2. Typhoon Hagupit (Philippine name: Ruby) landed the Philippines on December 6 and brought about massive damages including casualties. Over 1.7 million people have evacuated so far due to the typhoon.

19 Dec 2014 description

Thailand - When Typhoon Hagupit roared across the east coast of the Philippines two weeks ago, the death toll was in the tens, rather than in the thousands, unlike Typhoon Haiyan the previous year.

This was in part due to Hagupit being weaker than Haiyan, but mainly due to a massive evacuation effort by the Philippine authorities, assisted by IOM and other humanitarian partners.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Executive summary

Just one year after ‘Super Typhoon’ Haiyan hit the Philippines, tremendous progress has been made. The speed and scale of the humanitarian and early recovery response were made possible by the generosity of donors, strong partnerships with the Government and the amazing resilience of the people of the Philippines. While UNICEF and our partners have made a strong start, there is a lot of work ahead to achieve the shared goal of restoring economic and social conditions to at least pre-typhoon levels, with a higher level of disaster resilience.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Tzu Chi Foundation


Result of the cash-for-work programs conducted in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

  1. School Relief Program: Installation of 453 pre-fabricated classrooms and rooftop repair for 203 classrooms.

  2. Teaching of Jing Si Aphorisms Program: Calming the mind and soul of school children.

  3. Building of 2,250 temporary houses.

  4. Memorial Ceremony for the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries


· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description


  • More than 41,200 houses were destroyed; families whose houses need reconstruction will face prolonged displacement and require extended humanitarian aid.

  • Authorities to ensure worst-affected communities in Region VIII receive uninterrupted aid during the approaching holiday season.

  • No indication of disease outbreaks to date.

  • International assistance limited to localized and targeted support using in-country resources to complement government relief efforts.