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31 Jan 2012 description
Policy brief: Re-shaping policy and institutions for integrating climate and disaster resilience

Changing climate, changing disasters: pathways to integration (and accompanying policy brief) is an essential step-by-step guide for more joined-up thinking and action in disaster risk management, especially for sudden and slow-onset disasters exacerbated by climate change. It supports disaster risk practitioners to:

  • connect with colleagues in development and climate change adaptation by creating a shared ‘language’ of resilience

  • assess existing (or develop new) organisations, policies or programmes and build partner networks to fill capacity gaps

31 Jan 2012 description

BANGKOK, 31 January 2012 - Mayors from the Mindanao region in the Philippines recently ravaged by Typhoon Sendong have been tasked to invest more in prevention and mitigation measures, by one of last year’s recipients of the prestigious Sasakawa Award.

The call was issued by disaster risk reduction (DRR) champion vice-Mayor Al Arquillano from San Francisco, in the Camotes Islands, who won the award for making his municipality safer against disasters.

31 Jan 2012 description


· Shelter assessment reports damage to 70% of houses in areas surveyed, with 30% of these dwellings having been destroyed or washed away

· To date, nearly 7,000 adults and 15,000 children have been provided with psycho-social support

· Up to 50% of logs and debris has been retrieved and cleared in coastline areas of Iligan; further clean-up works are urgently required outside city centers of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro

31 Jan 2012 description

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- A total of P1.04 billion in damages to 28 public school buildings have been recorded in region 10 due to tropical storm Sendong last year.

Eight of these school buildings with damages amounting to P261.10M were in the First Congressional District of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) while six others amounting to P556.85M were in the 2nd District of the city.

Likewise, 14 of these school buildings with damages amounting to P222.33M were in the 2nd Congresional District of Lanao del Norte.

31 Jan 2012 description
report REACH Initiative
  1. Executive Summary

1.1.Context of Topcial Storm Sendong

31 Jan 2012 description
report IRIN

MANILA, 31 January 2012 (IRIN) - The Philippine government has made geo-hazard maps, which outline areas prone to natural disasters, publicly available [ http://www.mgb.gov.ph/lhmp.aspx ] in a bid to reduce vulnerability at community level.

31 Jan 2012 description
report Mercy Relief


Ketsana survivors kept safe from Washi through early warning system and structural defence

31 Jan 2012 description

by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- More than a month after deadly Tropical Storm Sendong hit Iligan City, huge quantity of relief goods finally arrived in the remotest barangays of Iligan.

In the multi-sectoral relief operation led by the provincial LGU of Lanao del Norte, twelve army trucks arrived in the interior barangay of Rogongon to deliver essential goods, food items, school supplies and rice packs to victims of the deadliest storm to hit the country for 2011.

31 Jan 2012 description

In response to a rapid-onset emergency, Action Against Hunger / ACF International, with funding from AECID, implemented a cash transfer program in Cotobato City, situated in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines. The project established a cash voucher program through local supermarkets to provide flood-affected people with essential food and non-food items. The program also piloted the use of debit cards for the first time in the Philippines.

31 Jan 2012 description

Informe sobre conflictos, derechos humanos y construcción de paz es un anuario que analiza el estado del mundo en términos de conflictividad y construcción de paz a partir de cuatro ejes: conflictos armados, tensiones, procesos de paz, y dimensión de género en la construcción de paz. A partir de estas temáticas, Alerta 2013!

31 Jan 2012 description

On the margins of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden held a meeting on 26 January 2012 with representatives of the AllianzRe insurance company for an exchange on a joint project to provide millions of rice farmers in Asia with enhanced security against crop losses.

30 Jan 2012 description

In response to rapid onset flooding in Laguna and Rizal provinces in the Philippines, Oxfam International implemented a Cash Transfer Programme (CTP) in three phases: 1) Unconditional cash transfers for individuals to provide for basic needs; 2) Conditional cash transfers for individuals resuming income generating activities (IGAs); and 3) Cash transfers for groups to pursue joint activities that contribute to community livelihoods.

This case study documents the intervention, with a focus on recommending best practices and highlighting lessons learned.

30 Jan 2012 description


• The full-year inflation rate was well within the government’s target for 2011.

• Local fuel prices continue to fluctuate with large increases and small decline over the past month.

• Normal price fluctuation was observed for the prices of the main staple food commodities.

• Production of rice and corn decreased in the last quarter of the year.

30 Jan 2012 description

GENEVA, 30 January 2012 - UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, was standing at “ground zero” of typhoon-battered northern Mindanao as she surveyed the remains of the once vibrant community of Kala-Kala, Barangay Macasandig, in Cagayan de Oro City.

Rampaging waters from the Cagayan de Oro River combined with a tide of mud and debris from the mountains destroyed this peaceful settlement of 400 households leaving very few survivors.

30 Jan 2012 description

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 29 (PIA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III recently said he will ask the National Housing Authority (NHA) to fast track the construction of some 1,700 houses in Bayanihan Village in Iligan City This was the relocation site purchased by the local government for typhoon “Sendong” victims in the city.

29 Jan 2012 description

Introduction to ADPC Strategy 2020

As the most hazard prone region in the World, the Asia-Pacific Region cannot afford to ignore nor delay addressing the challenges that confront it in disaster risk reduction (DRR). More and more, holistic and innovative approaches to address disaster risk are becoming mandatory, given the close inter-relationships and inextricable links that exist between disaster risk and the other key challenges of poverty reduction, sustainable development, environmental sustainability, as well as the emerging realities of global climate change.

27 Jan 2012 description

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Nawalage Bennet Cooray handed over a donation of US $50,000 to that country’s Foreign Minister, Albert F. Del Rosario recently for relief operations in the wake of the enormous natural disaster suffered by the Philippines in recent weeks.