- Protection Cluster - Mindanao Displacement Dashboard, December 2016 - January 2017
- IFRC Surigao earthquake - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF operation n° MDRPH024, 16 February 2017
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 1 | January-February 2017
Appeals & Funding
- National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC)
- PAGASA (Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration)
- Philippine National Disaster Response Pillar
- Food Security Cluster: the Philippines
- Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
- Human Rights Watch: Philippines - Events of 2016
On 12 February 2017, an armed encounter between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and New People’s Army (NPA) occurred in the remote areas of Barangay Langtud, Laak municipality, Compostela Valley province. The firefight lasted for almost three hours. Around 1,532 families were affected in Barangays Bollucan, Langtud, Macopa and Poblacion. According to interviews with some IDPs, one house was destroyed during the incident and an undetermined number of other houses were partly damaged by explosions.
The Mindanao Displacement Dashboard is a monthly publication of the Protection Cluster in Mindanao, Philippines, which is co-led by UNHCR with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This publication aims to provide an overview of the protection environment of displacement incidents in Mindanao for each month. Displacement incidents were collected with the support of Protection Cluster members in Mindanao.
Marcelo B. Lihgawon
ASIPULO, Ifugao, Feb. 20 (PIA) - - Residents affected by the armed conflict at barangay Namal, this municipality are back in their homes after spending some nights in government facilities that served as evacuation centers.
A total of 98 families consisting of 398 individuals returned to their respective homes on February 17 after government troops ensured their safety. The families also received assorted goods from government and non-government organizations and kind-hearted individuals.
As of 19 February, over 30,700 people remain displaced in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) by flooding triggered by a series of weather systems since 8 January. At least 2,100 people are in 18 shelters, while most are staying with relatives and friends. Local authorities and NGOs, with support from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are providing food and other relief items.
Fulfilling one of its declared missions to assist Filipinos affected by incidents of armed conflict, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) has provided assistance to civilians whose safety were endangered when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) overran a suspected New People’s Army (NPA) camp in Sitio Pinugao, Barangay Namal, Asipulo, Ifugao, during an encounter on February 12.
By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC
Residents in the city of Surigao were shaken awake from their sleep on Friday, 10 February, after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the northernmost province in Mindanao.
The shallow earthquake created strong tremors that caused damage to buildings, infrastructure and disrupted communications lines, affecting some 30,800 people. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that the earthquake killed at least eight people and injured over 200.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
At 22:00h local time Friday 10 February 2017, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of north-eastern Mindanao, Philippines. According to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the earthquake was relatively shallow, with a depth of 10 kilometres, and its epicentre was about 14 kilometres from Surigao City, the capital of Surigao del Norte Province with over 154,000 inhabitants, located about 700 kilometres south of Manila.
At 10:03 p.m. on 10 February 2017, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake with a depth of ten kilometres and an epicenter located near Surigao City caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region, particularly in Surigao del Norte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported no tsunami threat but they predict aftershocks will continue for several weeks. A Red Alert status has been raised by Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center. Surigao City declared state of calamity.
The high rainfall intensity over the last seven days has caused flooding in many provinces in Indonesia. In the City of Bitung, North Sulawesi Province, about 1,100 houses were submerged by water and 4,500 people were evacuated because of severe flooding.
Subsequently, flood also submerged nearly 9,000 houses in Lebak and Pandeglang Districts, Banten Province. About 34,000 people are affected.
Severe flooding also affecting 40,291 people in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) drafted an action plan, dubbed as, ‘Oplan Linog,’ to strengthen resource augmentation and technical assistance to its field office (FO) in the CARAGA region to aid survivors of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao City.
At 10:03 p.m. on 10 February 2017, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake with depth of four kilometres and epicenter located near Surigao City caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region particularly in Surigao del Norte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported no tsunami threat but more aftershocks. A Red Alert status has been raised by Caraga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center. Surigao City declared State of Calamity.
At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.
Cause of displacement
Between 90 and 230 IDPs killed
In central and southern Mindanao in 2016, fighting between government forces and non-state armed groups forced about 78,000 people to flee their homes in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Sulu provinces. Prolonged displacement, on the other hand, affected communities in Surigao del Sur, devastating their shelters and livelihoods. In Zamboanga City, around 11,000 people still live in transitional sites for more than three years after the clashes.
• Typhoon Nock-Ten-affected regions sustain heavy damage to agriculture and infrastructure as humanitarian actors find ways to further assist government recovery efforts.
• A Catanduanes community finds that preparedness and evacuation measures can achieve zero casualties.
• FAO augments government assistance to Typhoon Sarika and Haima-affected farmers.
• Flash flooding displaces thousands in Mindanao and Visayas.
• An inclusive dialogue with stakeholders ensures a safe and dignified return for Lumads in Mindanao.
Natural hazards and disaster events affected more than 10 million people in the Philippines in 2016. El Niño and tropical cyclones topped list of events with significant impact. For the first seven months of the year, El Niño contributed to several hundred million dollars in crop losses across the country, impacting the production of rice, vegetables and high-value crops. Thousands of farmers and their farmlands were affected. As the country entered typhoon season, drought gave way to tropical cyclones.
AMPATUAN, Maguindanao, Jan. 27 (PNA) -- Medical workers in Maguindanao on Friday reached out to and served families displaced by armed hostilities in Maguindanao, including those who fled homes during the government anti-drug operations in a hinterland village.
Dr. Tahir Sulaik, Maguindanao health chief, said a medical team and health providers visited the Ampatuan municipal gymnasium where the IDPs, mostly Teduray tribes people, distributed medicine to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among the evacuees.