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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 29 | 01 – 31 October 2014


  • 8 November marks the one-year commemoration of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated central Philippines in 2013.

  • Emergency threshold for severe malnutrition exceeded in Zamboanga.

  • Partners support authorities to meet the needs of over 53,000 Mayon Volcano-evacuees.


Typhoon Haiyan

No. of people in evacuation centres - 320

No. of people in tents - 4,760

No. of people in transitional sites - 19,700

Total - 24,780

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One year after devastating super typhoon, Philippines approves rebuilding plan

MANILA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Almost a year after a super typhoon devastated wide areas of the central Philippines killing thousands, President Benigno Aquino only this week approved a $3.74 billion master plan to rebuild housing, social services and public infrastructure.

Typhoon Haiyan wiped out or damaged practically everything in its path as it swept ashore on Nov. 8, 2013, with seven-metre storm surges destroying around 90 percent of the city of Tacloban in Leyte province.

Read the full report on AlertNet.

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Conflict-affected families in North Cotabato receive assistance anew

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Oct. 30 (PIA)-- About 499 families who were heavily affected by harassment of allegedly members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Sitio Balibet, Barangay Bulol, Pikit received another help from the provincial government.

The distribution of family packs was headed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

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World + 15 others
Climate change and food insecurity multiplying risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries


A combination of climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is amplifying the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to the seventh annual Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA) released by global risk analytics company Maplecroft.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 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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Baromètre de la Faim 2014

Cette année, le Baromètre de la Faim s'intéresse au rôle de l’agriculteur au Nord et au Sud. 15 organisations ont participé à sa réalisation, dont le PAM qui y présente son programme P4P qui privilégie les achats aux petits agriculteurs locaux afin de favoriser le développement durable des régions dans lesquelles il intervient.

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Groundtruthing Open Street Map Damage Assessment Review - Final Assessment Report, April 2014

At 10:00 on 6 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (named Yolanda locally) entered the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR), bringing with it severe damage across the Central Philippines. As of 17 December, the Philippines Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Centre (DROMIC) had reported 1,127,041 houses as having been damaged, of which 548,793 were totally destroyed by the typhoon. These figures were largely estimates, however, based on initial information provided by municipal officials.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..

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Aquino admin rolls out P8B more for Yolanda housing

From the Department of Budget and Management

Secretary Abad: Government rehab efforts part of “build back better” strategy

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will release an additional P8 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the construction of permanent housing units for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

This comes after the Budget department released P11 billion for the same purpose in October 20, as announced by Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson last week.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 25 - October 2014

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21 - 27 October 2014)

Alert Level 3 is in effect since 15 September, indicating that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that a hazardous eruption is possible. More than 58,000 people evacuated.

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Relief for Mayon evacuees aided by P61.5M release; Abad: Enough funds for Albay relief operations

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P61.5 million to the Albay provincial government to augment their relief operations in assisting evacuees affected by the impending eruption of Mayon Volcano.

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DENR-6 top performing in NGP implementation nationwide

By: Elsa S. Subong

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA6)—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas now ranks as top performer in the National Greening Program (NGP) all over the country.

The DENR Regional Public Affairs Office reported that through zealous implementation of the program, the agency was able to produce 7,900,137 seedlings including those produced by the clonal nurseries in the region.

The seedlings produced, according to the same report, are expected to raise high quality planting materials for NGP.

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DBM proposes P21.5 B for climate change mitigation and adaptation for 2015

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) -- The Department of Budget and Management is proposing P21.5 million fund in the proposed P2.606-trillion national budget for 2015 for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures particularly to support efforts to respond to calamities and rebuild communities affected by disasters.

In the 2015 proposed budget, a total of P15 billion will go to the calamity fund of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) while P6.5 B will be allotted for quick response fund of nine government agencies.

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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.

International Organization for Migration:

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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)

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