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30 Apr 2010 description
report DARA
  1. Executive Summary

    Key findings, conclusions and main recommendations

    General Findings

    The Philippines is one of the most hazard prone countries in the world (paragraphs 15-17). For this reason, the country has dedicated significant resources to strengthen response capacity and disaster management mechanisms. Under normal circumstances the Filipino Government has the capacity and ability to manage response to natural disasters. However, the magnitude, sequence and impact of the recent typhoons and storms overstretched the Philippines' response capacity.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate and support IFRC (i.e. secretariat and partner national societies) efforts to assist host national societies in Southeast Asia to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda.

30 Apr 2010 description

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

30 Apr 2010 description

Though several months have already passed since Typhoon Ondoy had hit the country, numerous Filipinos still suffer from the repercussions of the said disaster.

30 Apr 2010 description

DISASTER RESPONSE

Emergency Relief in the Philippines: Save the Children's Program Accomplishments

Between September and October 2009, a series of tropical storms struck Philippine's Luzon island, causing widespread flooding and landslides throughout all regions of the island, including the Cordillera Administrative Region, the National Capital Region, and Cagayan Province.

The unprecedented flooding affected more than 10 million people, killed 990 others, prevented nearly one million school-age children from attending classes, and damaged or destroyed more than 307,000 …

27 Apr 2010 description

Sudan, Russia and the Philippines are this year's top three major risers in the internationally-acclaimed global ranking 'Peoples under Threat', Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says.

The international human rights organization says that the list of states that have risen most prominently in the table this year are those which have all been the scene of past mass violence, and whose fall down the risk register in recent years has now suddenly been reversed - putting the lives of tens of thousands under threat.

'Those governments who are most likely to kill …

27 Apr 2010 description

by Cpt Emmanuel R Garcia

Davao City (27 April) -- While the GRP-MILF peace panels negotiated for an interim agreement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the last two days, the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) was also brewing a document called the Mindanao People's Peace Agenda (MPPA) that they plan to offer to the two negotiating panels as Mindanao civil society's blueprint towards a common peace platform.

"After almost four years of community, grassroots, multi-sectoral and multi-network consultations and a long, grueling process of validation, we finally have this historic …

27 Apr 2010 description
report Small Arms Survey

As this book was in its final stages of preparation, contributing author Professor Octavio Dinampo of Mindanao State University was taken hostage while he guided journalists to meet a leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu province in June 2008. Instead of considering him to be among the civilian hostages, security force officials cast suspicions over the possible culpability of Dinampo, a former member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and now respected academic and peace advocate. He was released ten days later.

26 Apr 2010 description
report Government of Japan

Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo signed and exchanged notes on April 26, 2010 at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City for an ODA loan that will finance the rehabilitation of infrastructure damaged by Tropical Storm Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng.

The signing and exchanging of notes officially marked the appropriation of approximately 9.9 billion yen (approximately 5 billion pesos) from the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for the Post Ondoy and Pepeng Short-Term …

26 Apr 2010 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan is going to turn over 7,184 metric tons of fertilizers to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines under Japan's 8 th Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) extended in February 2009.

26 Apr 2010 description

Elsina Wainwright

Executive Summary

The Asia Pacific has experienced thirty years without interstate conflict, but a number of long-running, low-level internal conflicts continue in Southeast Asia, and several South Pacific states have recent experience of instability. Tensions also remain at the inter-state level, and shifting power dynamics between the US, China, and other Asian states have the potential to foster regional instability.

24 Apr 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

24 Apr 2010 10:22:19 GMT

MANILA, April 24 (Reuters) - Leading candidates in next month's Philippines presidential elections lack clear policies on how to deal with private armies, a U.S.-based rights group said on Saturday, warning that political killings would continue.

Last November, 57 people were killed in a massacre considered the worst case of political violence in the Philippines. Violence has often accompanied balloting in a country where many of the rich and powerful employ private armies.

"We would like to see from whoever will be the next president a clear …

24 Apr 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

24 Apr 2010 11:02:05 GMT

MANILA, April 24 (Reuters) - The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has agreed to help avoid violence on a troubled southern island during voting in next month's national and local elections, officials said on Saturday.

Major-General Anthony Alcantara, army commander on southern Mindanao island, said an agreement had been reached with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that would help voting succeed.

"We have secured a commitment from the rebels not to disrupt the elections on May 10," Alcantara told Reuters.

Alcantara said …

23 Apr 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

MANILA, April 23 (Reuters) - The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group will work parallel to the government to clear landmines and unexploded bombs left by decades of conflict on troubled Mindanao island, a guerrilla leader said on Friday.

This would help convince 100,000 displaced people to return home on the southern island, Mohaqher Iqbal, a senior leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said after two days of peace talks with the government in Kuala Lumpur.

The talks are unlikely to conclude before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's term ends on June 30, so …

23 Apr 2010 description
report IRIN

MANILA, 23 April 2010 (IRIN) - The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have agreed to facilitate the return of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs); aid workers hope this could be the harbinger of a lasting peace deal.

The agreement, concluded after talks in Kuala Lumpur on 22 April, comes amid independent reports that fighting all but stopped in parts of southern Mindanao island after a Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) returned in February to help implement a …

23 Apr 2010 description

Six-month consolidated report

Period covered by this operations update: 23 October to 31 March 2010

Appeal target (current): CHF 16,286,096 (USD 16.1 million or EUR 10.8 million)

Appeal coverage: With contributions received to date, the appeal is 49 per cent covered in cash and kind, and including those in the pipeline, it is approximately 55 per cent covered.

Appeal history:

- This emergency appeal was issued 23 October 2009 for CHF 16,286,096 (USD 16.1 million or EUR 10.8 million) for 18 months to assist approximately 110,000 families (550,000 people).

- A revised …

22 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31December 2009.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, IFRC - with its global network - works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme purpose:

The programmes for 2009 [as outlined in Philippines Country Plan 2009-2010] were in support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) plan which focuses on …

21 Apr 2010 description
report IRIN

MANILA, 21 April 2010 (IRIN) - Nervous young boys carrying their surgical slips squat on the floor of Cainta municipal hospital, east of the capital, waiting for their turn on the operating bed during a mass circumcision programme.

With its clean, well-lit surroundings and orderly patient administration, it is difficult to imagine that the four-storey building was completely overwhelmed when tropical storm Ketsana hit Manila on 26 September 2009.

Over 80 percent of the capital was flooded. A week later Typhoon Parma struck the northern part of Luzon island, and a third typhoon, …