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Typhoon Survivors Face Obstacles to Recovery

Although the emergency response was successful in providing life-saving assistance, humanitarian needs remain enormous, especially with respect to the restoration of people’s livelihoods.

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Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) consolidates and affirms the understanding and commitment between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro islamic Liberation Front (MILF), herein referred to as the Parties.

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A Better Life for Jansen after Typhoon Haiyan

Joverime Regis put her three young sons to bed on November 7, 2013, knowing that sometime early the next morning, a typhoon would hit the city the where she lived, Tacloban. For the last several days, meteorologists on the news had been warning that Typhoon Haiyan might be the biggest storm to ever strike the Philippines. However, like her neighbors around Tacloban, and Filipinos in other parts of the country, she was used to typhoons and knew that the high winds would bring some destruction.

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Philippines Health Cluster Bulletin Issue #17, 28 March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

TYPHOON YOLANDA

  • The new “Department of Health Strategic Plan to strengthen its capacity to respond to Mega Disasters (2014 to 2016)” was presented at a Health Partners Meeting on 26 March 2014.

  • A formal turn-over ceremony of immunization equipment from UNICEF and WHO to the Philippine Government was held at the Sagkahan District Health and Birthing Center in Tacloban City on 20 March 2014.

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Ageways: Practical issues in ageing and development - Issue 82 / March 2014

When Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines in November 2013, many older people were traumatised by the loss of family members, destruction of houses and treasured possessions, loss of livelihoods, hunger, cold and fear of death.

Recognising their pressing need for emotional support, the Emergency Response Team from HelpAge International, the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) and the Confederation of Older People's Associations of the Philippines (COPAP) met to discuss how they could provide this, focusing on the province of Leyte.

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Taken by Storm: responding to the impacts of climate change

Report
Christian Aid

Using personal stories from Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Malawi, El Salvador, Bolivia and the Philippines, the report reveals the stark reality of life as a result of extreme weather events such as drought and flooding.

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Philippines, Muslim rebels seal historic peace deal

03/27/2014 11:58 GMT

by Karl MALAKUNAS

MANILA, March 27, 2014 (AFP) - The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact Thursday to end one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.

Following four decades of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the peace deal with President Benigno Aquino's government at a high-profile ceremony in Manila.

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Thousands of Sta. Fe, Leyte students, barefoot no more

STA. FE, Leyte-- MORE than a thousand barefoot kids and children in tattered shoes and worn out slippers marched toward the expansive school grounds of the Sta. Fe Central School, the biggest school in this district, last Tuesday morning, they diligently fell in line behind designated scouts who carried their special “numbers.”

Unmindful of the searing pre-noon heat, the students came from the 17 schools of Sta. Fe who were chosen to receive premium slip-ons from Skechers donated through Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines.

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Japan provides a school building - evacuation center in Hermosa, Bataan

JAPAN INFORMATION AND CULTURE CENTER (JICC)
EMBASSY OF JAPAN
2627 Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City, Philippines
Phone: 551-5710 Ext. 2314/2316 Fax: 551-5784
E-mail: press@ma.mofa.go.jp

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Japan provides class rooms and a training room for special education center in Tagbilaran, Bohol

JAPAN INFORMATION AND CULTURE CENTER (JICC)
EMBASSY OF JAPAN
2627 Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City, Philippines
Phone: 551-5710 Ext. 2314/2316 Fax: 551-5784
E-mail: press@ma.mofa.go.jp

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LGU-GenSan hosts Kanduli for Peace in support of CAB signing

By: Catherine T. Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 27 (PIA)--- The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is a victory, said City Mayor Ronnel Rivera.

“The CAB is a victory--- it is everyone’s victory. It is a victory not only for the Bangsamoro, but for all of us who work for peace,” he said.

The signing of the CAB between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be done at around 4:00pm today, March 27 at the Malacanang Palace.

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Geo-hazard map now plots villages

DAGUPAN CITY, March 27 (PIA) - Geo-hazard maps can now plot boundaries down to the villages and sub-villages, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said.

The MGB said it has narrowed down the scale mapping to one is to 50,000 (1:50,000).

Engr. Carlos Tayag, regional director of MGB in the Ilocos, said 1:50,000 means that the map can show barangays with one centimeter for every five kilometer radius making it easier to identify various geological features and associated hazards like flooding, earthquakes and landslides.

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DSWD thanks Australia for add’l aid to ‘Yolanda’ areas

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman expressed her gratitude to Australian Amb. Bill Tweddell, whom she accompanied today to Eastern Visayas to be updated on the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

The Australian delegation headed by Amb. Tweddell announced their provision of additional assistance to the recovery and reconstruction activities in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda during their visit to the DSWD operation center in Tacloban City, Leyte.

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Key points on Philippine Muslim peace pact, rebels

03/27/2014 05:40 GMT

MANILA, March 27, 2014 (AFP) - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is set to end four decades of armed struggle in the Philippines on Thursday.

Here are key facts on the MILF and the peace pact it will sign with President Benigno Aquino's administration:

MILF: The MILF has about 10,000 armed followers, according to the military, which makes it easily the biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines.

It has long fought for an independent homeland for the nation's Muslim minority to be carved out of the southern Philippines.

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Japan and UNDP intensify support to Yolanda recovery efforts

Government of Japan gives additional USD 3.5 million to support UNDPs recovery work

Manila: The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) forged an agreement today for additional support to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) recovery and resilience in the Visayas. As the humanitarian response transitions from relief to recovery, the Japanese Government committed an additional USD 3.5 million (approx. Php 157 million) to support livelihood restoration and to strengthen local government systems and services.

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PHIVOLCS, KBP unveil Broadcaster’s Infochart on Emergency Preparedness

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), together with partner agencies, launched on March 26 at the institute’s auditorium an infochart that serves as a guide for broadcasters when informing the public about disaster awareness and preparedness.

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Irish Minister for Trade and Development visits FAO agriculture recovery projects in the Philippines

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello impressed by the resilience of farmers recovering from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Jaro, Leyte, Philippines, 21 Mar 2014 -- Irish Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello visited an FAO rice seed project funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and witnessed the positive impact of Ireland’s financial support on the livelihoods of typhoon-affected farmers in Barangay Olotan, municipality of Jaro, Leyte.

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Philippines, Muslim rebels set for historic peace deal

03/27/2014 04:52 GMT

by Karl MALAKUNAS

MANILA, March 27, 2014 (AFP) - The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines will sign a peace deal on Thursday aimed at ending four decades of deadly conflict that has condemned millions in the nation's far south to brutal poverty.

The agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and President Benigno Aquino's government envisages a new, southern autonomous region for the Philippines' Muslim minority with locally elected leaders by mid-2016.

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