- OCHA Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 1, 1 Dec 2015 – 15 Jan 2016
- Oxfam: Livelihoods in the Philippines: Impact evaluation of the project 'scaling up sustainable livelihoods in Mindanao'
- Cyphoons and Floods - Emergency Appeal n° MDRPH020
Appeals & Funding
Summary of WFP assistance
Since re-establishing its presence in the Philippines in 2006, WFP has supported school feeding, supplementary feeding for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under two years of age, provision of micronutrient powders, general food distribution (GFD), cash for assets (CFA) and cash for training (CFT) in Mindanao. WFP pays particular attention to the empowerment of women across all activities, for example, CFT projects that chart income-generating paths for women.
60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS
2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS
10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA
14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA
El Niño status
2016 Requirements: US$4,209,600
Total affected population: 3,284,640
Total affected children (under 18): 1,970,784
Total people to be reached in 2016: 66,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 53,700
2016 programme targets
• 45,000 mothers/caregivers accessed infant and young child counselling for appropriate feeding
• 1,450 children aged 6 to 59 months admitted to SAM programmes
• More than 75 per cent recovery rate for children treated for SAM
Between 19 and 23 Jan, local authorities reported floods in Sumatra (Jambi and South Sumatra provinces), Java (Central Java and East Java provinces), and Sulawesi (South Sulawesi and North Sulawesi provinces). Following torrential rains, landslides killed three people in Kerinci District, Jambi Province on 20 Jan and one person in Manado Regency, North Sulawesi Province on 21 Jan. This flooding inundated at least 4,900 houses. Local authorities have provided emergency assistance.
Four people killed
El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says
Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.
Landless farmers bear the brunt of drying effects of El Niño in southern Mindanao.
85 per cent of the country is projected to experience drought due to El Niño by the end of April.
Government declares a state of national calamity as three weather disturbances affect the Philippines.
24,600 people remain displaced in Zamboanga as it faces serious water shortage.
Small-scale farmers bear the brunt of El Niño in southern Mindanao
In 2015, 14 typhoons and tropical storms entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, 9 of which made landfall. Typhoon Koppu (known locally as Lando) in October and Typhoon Melor (Nona) in December displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Luzon. Government-led military operations in central Mindanao led to displacement of over 120,000 people, while 24,600 displaced people in Zamboanga City are still waiting for permanent housing. Minor eruptions and abnormal activities of Mayon, Bulusan and Kanlaon volcanoes prompted the authorities to raise alerts.
The number of displaced families in North Cotabato province temporarily increased from 186 families to about 600 families (2,800 people) following armed conflict over land between two clans associated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on 7 Jan. About 60 per cent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned home by 12 Jan. Remaining IDPs are staying with friends or relatives. Initial assistance was provided by municipal authorities.
2,800 people displaced
HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS AND RESPONSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
The year 2015 was challenging for the Philippines due to several internal armed conflicts and other situations of violence that led to the displacement of around 100,000 civilians, mainly in Mindanao. Typhoons have also brought significant humanitarian consequences in some parts of the country.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ula will start to weaken as it moves south from Vanuatu after spending the past 13 days impacting countries across the Pacific. The cyclone passed close to the southern islands of Vanuatu as a Category 4 system on 10 Jan bringing heavy rain, some localised flooding, crop damage and heavy seas. Assessments are underway but there are no reports of major damage and there have been no requests for international assistance.
On 18 Dec the President declared a State of National Calamity to hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation in response to Typhoon Melor (Nona). As of 21 Dec, the NDRRMC reported 41 deaths, 24 injured and 5 missing. International aid agencies are providing targeted humanitarian assistance and mobilising in-country resources to support the Government's relief operations. 41people dead
This week, on 17 December, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will mark its 10 year anniversary. Created in 2005, CERF marked an innovative breakthrough in humanitarian funding by Member States of the UN General Assembly as a “fund for all, by all”. It raises and pools funds before the need arises, and provides fast, predictable funding to partners on the frontlines at the onset of a crisis, as well as financing critically underfunded emergencies.
All evacuation centers, which are managed by the local government units (LGUs), in areas affected by Tropical Depression Onyok are now closed, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which leads the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster under the humanitarian cluster system of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Even as relief operations for victims of typhoon Nona continue in all the affected regions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) are now focusing on early recovery and rehabilitation.
As relief operations for the victims of typhoon Nona continue, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also assists the victim of northeast monsoon (amihan) rains in Region II, Caraga and Mindanao.
As of December 20, a total of 46,797 families or 199,557 persons are affected of which 950 families or 2,151 persons are inside 13 evacuation centers, while 32,205 families or 138,392 persons in Regions II and CARAGA opted to stay with relatives or friends.
Posted on 18 December 2015.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is disheartened by the incident involving the ambush of two military trucks on their way back from delivering relief goods for survivors of Typhoon Nona in Northern Samar.
These are also the vehicles that would transport some 270,240 GI sheets to Northern Samar. In a meeting at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) this morning, DSWD Undersecretary Vilma Cabrera