- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 2 | 1 Feb – 2 Mar 2015
- IDMC: Long-term recovery challenges remain in the wake of massive displacement
- IOM: Response to displacement due to conflict and natural disaster in Mindanao, 2 Feb 2015
Appeals & Funding
The unequal distribution of aid following typhoon Haiyan has caused social divisions and feelings of resentment among some Filipinos
“Look at my house – it’s like a pigsty! My neighbours are lucky. They get to live as human beings, while this — this is for pigs.” In Cando’s community, where shanties display identical wooden walls and shiny white iron roofs, his house sticks out, looking askew and incomplete. His walls are sheets of corrugated iron tied together with a plastic tarpaulin as a makeshift roof, making the interiors stiflingly hot.
Database to help inform development policies and programs in conflict-affected areas
MANILA, MARCH 24, 2015 – Comprehensive data about conflicts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is now available to anyone with a computer or a mobile device with the launch of the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) website.
This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.
Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?
Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.
Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.
DAVAO CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) All systems go for the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill set by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Davao Region.
Retired Brig. General Loreto Rirao, director of the Office of Civil Defense 11 and chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the NSED is set at 9:00 am, March 27 aimed at determining the level of awareness among the residents in coping with the tremor.
MANILA, March 26 -- Malacañang said it hopes the investigation report submitted by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the Senate would help the country's quest for truth regarding the Mamasapano incident.
MAGUINDANAO , 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.
Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa will sign seven (7) grant contracts with respective recipient organizations for various social development projects in conflict - affected areas in Mindanao at 9:00 a.m. on March 24, 2015 at Astoria Plaza Hotel. These projects are funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) implemented by the Embassy of Japan as part of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD).
March 20, 2015, Manila -On March 9, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided an additional Php63 million and school equipment for post-disaster education needs in 19 municipalities in Iloilo, Capiz and Bohol.
On Wednesday 25th March, the UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, which will take place under the presidency of France. The theme of the Open Debate will focus on child victims of non-state armed actors (ANSAs). This will be the first Open Debate to focus on actions and tools Member States may constructively use to end and prevent grave violations against children by ANSAs.
MANILA, MARCH 24, 2015 – Comprehensive data about conflicts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is now available to anyone with a computer or a mobile device with the launch of the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) website.
The number and kinds of conflicts, where these took place, their causes and costs, and the implications these have on policy can now be accessed at http://bcms-philippines.info.
21 March 2015 - The ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) held a workshop to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes and conflict resolution in Cebu City from March 18 to 19.
The workshop aimed to highlight the level of women’s participation in peace processes and conflict resolution in the region and raise awareness of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and existing National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).
Snapshot 18-24 March 2015
Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.
Author: Jessica MacLean
Los Angeles nongovernmental organization Operation USA partners with Honeywell to rebuild school damaged by typhoon
Los Angeles, Calif., March 24, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, in partnership with Honeywell, today announces the grand opening of the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in the Philippines. The community school replaces a facility damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.
On response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in November 2013, the 13 member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) set up a multi-year recovery programme for the disaster-affected communities. This has involved activities from emergency life-saving aid in the aftermath of the storm to longer-term recovery work based largely on restoring housing and livelihoods for the affected communities.
DAVAO CITY, Mar 23 (PIA) A meteriologist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astrological Services Administration in Region 11 confirmed the occurrence of the El Nino Phenomenon in the country affecting Davao Region.
Engr. Gerry Pedrico, chief weather forecaster of the PAGASA 11 said based on their latest monitoring that hot weather condition is going on, characterized by unusually warm ocean temperature in the Central and Eastern Equitorial Pacific since the last quarter of 2014.
By Freddie G. Lazaro
LAOAG CITY, Mar. 23 (PIA) - Water and irrigation experts have advised farmers to use the alternate wet and dry (AWD) method on the province's farmlands to save on water usage during the dry period.
The method involves the intermittent drying of the rice fields instead of keeping them continuously flooded to save on water.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said the absence of rainwater beginning November last year had affected the province's growing plants for the second cropping season.
MANILA, March 22 -- Government is prepared and is taking the necessary steps to cushion the effects of weather phenomenon El Niño in the country, a Malacañang official assured on Saturday.
Deputy, Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in an interview on government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan said the Department of Agriculture is on top of the preparations.
“Pagdating po sa preparations, at least for the El Niño, siyempre, una po ang DA natin diyan—ang Department of Agriculture,” Valte said.
- Internally Displaced Persons in Matalam Municipality, Cotabato Province due to Armed Conflict between MILF and Barangay Peace-Keeping Action Team.