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31 Mar 2016 description

Posted on 31 March 2016.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist local government units (LGUs) in Region XII and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which are experiencing drought due to the El Niño phenomenon.

DSWD-Field Office XII has provided 14,622 family food packs amounting to ₱5,263,920 as augmentation assistance to the 21 affected municipalities in Maguindanao, ARMM.

30 Mar 2016 description

The recruitment of children and their use in hostilities by non-state armed groups has been a serious problem for decades. Despite the scale of the problem, few sustained national and international efforts have been concentrated on tackling this serious concern. In its report A law unto themselves?

30 Mar 2016 description
report Harvard University

Philip Dy
Tori Stephens

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines in November 2013, claiming more than 6,300 lives, displacing more than 4 million people, and disrupting the economy and livelihoods in some of the country’s poorest regions for years to come.

28 Mar 2016 description

Children in South East Asia face a ‘double burden’ of obesity and undernutrition, new report finds

Bangkok, 28 March 2016 – A joint report from UNICEF, WHO and ASEAN has shed new light on the nutrition situation of children across South East Asia. The report finds that several ASEAN countries are facing simultaneous crises of over and undernutrition, with some children overweight while their peers suffer from stunting and wasting. This ‘double burden of malnutrition’ is happening in middle income countries such Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

24 Mar 2016 description


 From 1 January 2007 to 23 March 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 61 countries and territories. Four of these countries and territories reported a Zika virus outbreak that is now over. Argentina and New Zealand are the latest countries to report sexual transmission of Zika virus. Thus, five countries have now reported locally acquired infection in the absence of any known mosquito vectors, probably through sexual transmission (Argentina, France, Italy, New Zealand and the United States of America).

24 Mar 2016 description

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Mar. 23 (PIA)- Thousands of fifth graders from different public elementary schools in the province will undergo the Summer Kids Peace Camp (SKPC) which kicked off on Monday, March 21, at Dualing Elementary School in Aleosan.

Norito Mazo, community affairs officer I and provincial coordinator of the SKPC, said that after the conduct of the three- day event in Aleosan, series of camps will be held to other municipalities and lone city of the province.

24 Mar 2016 description

BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 23(PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(CDRRMC), in line with its pro-active stance to promote a culture of preparedness approved and adopted a new four-year DRRM Plan last week.

CRDRRMC and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy led the signing of CRDRRMC Resolution no. 1 Series of 2016 for the adoption of DRRM Plan 2016 to 2020 during the CRDRRMC first quarter meeting on March 17.

24 Mar 2016 description

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato Mar. 23 (PIA) -- In preparation for coming episodes of longer dry spells, the provincial government of South Cotabato is thinking about building facilities that would extend available water supply especially during long droughts.

Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes has ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to create a task force that will conduct a study that would identify location where water impounding facilities may be constructed.

24 Mar 2016 description

March 23, 2016

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, MARCH 23, 2016 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has successfully tested 3-D printing and virtual reality technology to design hospitals that better meet the needs of patients.

23 Mar 2016 description
report Oxfam

As humanitarians we can never take over the role of the state, but we do have a complementary part to play, remaining accountable to the people we seek to support. That can involve coordinating, supporting, capacity building and advocating with the relevant authorities to uphold their protection responsibilities towards people at risk.

22 Mar 2016 description

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, March 22 (PIA6) – Construction of an evacuation building purposely to accommodate evacuees during emergency situations is underway at the Maayon town center.

Maayon mayor Wilfredo Borres said the two-story building can accommodate 60 to 70 families during disasters.

“Once completed, evacuees will be safe and secured at the new evacuation center,” he said, noting that various government structures including the Maayon Municipal Hall were utilized as temporary refuge of residents during the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.

22 Mar 2016 description

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 22 (PIA) -- South Cotabato is now under a state of calamity due to El Niño phenomenon.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, approved in its meeting Monday (March 21) the resolution from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recommending a declaration of a state of calamity.

The PDRRMC resolution passed on Friday (March 18) was prompted by extensive damage the province has sustained from the almost four months of drought.

22 Mar 2016 description

In the marshlands of Barangay Butilen, Datu Salibo municipality, Maguindanao, in southern Philippines, about 2,000 people are taking refuge due to renewed fighting between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Finding access to water and sanitation, among other basic necessities, is often difficult for displaced people. But the displaced families in Butilen better cope with their situation, thanks to a project that anticipated their needs.

22 Mar 2016 description

Carlson B. Alelis

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, March 21 (PIA6) – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) is countering the effects of El Niño which has already resulted in a total more than 220.1 million worth of damages to valued crops and production losses, as of March 15.

Provincial Senior Agriculturist Dina Genzola said OPA is regularly monitoring the fields in the province, along with the mobilization of the agricultural extension workers, crop management team and the activation of the Bantay Peste Brigades.

22 Mar 2016 description

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) joined other stakeholders in promoting awareness on the global water crisis and the importance of handwashing for children who usually fall prey to water-related diseases, during the Presidential Conference on WASH in Schools, organized by Rotary International last March 18-19, 2016 at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay City.

22 Mar 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)

There were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in China in 2015, with the majority of cases being reported during September and October. In December, there were 62 dengue cases (with no associated deaths) reported, which was a decrease from 470 cases reported in November, and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).


21 Mar 2016 description

Pampanga – Drones were launched to officially mark a joint undertaking by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to initiate the use of the technology for disaster risk reduction in the agriculture sector.

21 Mar 2016 description

A magnitude 7.2-earthquake hit the island of Bohol in October 15, 2013. The quake, which is considered the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in the last 23 years, reported fatalities of 222 individuals. Eight were never found, while 976 others were injured. Some 74,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Schools were also affected.

21 Mar 2016 description

Andrew Doga-ong

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Mar.19(PIA) - - Governor Leonard Mayaen enjoined the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMCs) of the ten towns of the province to facilitate and spearhead the conduct of this year’s first Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill scheduled on March 31 in their respective municipalities.

18 Mar 2016 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 13-19 March 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, haemolytic uraemic syndrome in Romania and seasonal influenza.