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Statement of Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer‎, GPH peace panel chair in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the observance of the 11th National Peace Consciousness Month

The Government of the Philippines (GPH) panel joins all peace advocates this September in the observance of the 11th National Peace Consciousness Month.

We celebrate the fact that, this year, we reached a major milestone in our nation’s history with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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Abra River threatens Ilocos Sur with flooding

By: Ben P. Pacris

VIGAN CITY, Sept 2 (PIA) – A heavy downpour will cause the Abra River to swell and cause flooding in low-lying areas of Ilocos Sur because denuded forest covers are unable to store excess floodwaters, a study said.

This was the scenario that acting provincial local government officer Federico Bitonio, Jr. presented during the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) last August 28.

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Philippines: Zamboanga Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 Aug 2014)

On 9 September 2013 in Zamboanga city in Western Mindanao, fighting broke out between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The fighting lasted three weeks leaving at least 140 people dead, over 10,000 houses completely destroyed and more than 120,000 people forcibly displaced during the height of the conflict.

One year later, over 24,000 people are still in evacuation centres and transitional sites, mainly from the minority Moro ethnic group.

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Philippines Nationwide Child Immunization Activity Begins

This week health workers across the Philippines began the month-long mass immunization activity against measles, rubella and polio. The World Health Organization and the British Government are working with the Philippine Department of Health, UNICEF and a host of other partners to help deliver this campaign. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Serum Institute have contributed over five million doses of the MR vaccine with the support of International Health Partners.

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 27 | 01 – 31 August 2014

With more than 10,000 homes destroyed or damaged in the fighting, the Government does not expect to complete the return or permanent relocation of IDPs until mid-2015.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 August - 1 September 2014)

More than one million people are affected by floods in Bangladesh, while in Sri Lanka, low rainfall in August has aggravated the drought, which has hit 1.8 million people.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan: Gender Snapshot (as of 18 Aug 2014)

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Chikungunya confirmed in 6 Iloilo towns

By: Lilibeth A. French

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA6) - - The results of the laboratory tests have confirmed cases of chikungunya in six municipalities of the province of Iloilo.

Iloilo Provincial Health Office Assistant Chief Dr. Maria Socorro Quinon said on Wednesday that some of the results of the serum samples taken from suspected chikungunya patients in the six municipalities which were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health in Muntinlupa City turned out positive.

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New home brings new hope for earthquake survivors

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary Evangeline Avilla, 43, and her family have moved into their temporary shelter in barangay Ubojan along with other 82 families whose houses were damaged when the 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol.

“Mas komportableng tirahan ang mga bahay na ito. Mas ligtas na kami dito kaysa doon sa mga tents [This temporary shelter is a more comfortable place to stay. We are now safer here than in the tents],” Evelyn said.

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ICRC President lauds partnership with Philippine Red Cross in Yolanda recovery

Basey, Samar -- After viewing the progress of communities in the areas hit by typhoon Yolanda, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that the partnership with the Philippine Red Cross in implementing the recovery efforts can be modeled and used in other places in the world.

ICRC President Peter Maurer told a gathering of volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross during a visit to Samar that “ our partnership is highly inspiring, and for which, I am extremely grateful."

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NDRRMC Update: Progress Report on Bomb Explosion in Cotabato City, 20 Aug 2014

Overview:

• On or about 8:35 PM 19 August 2014, a bomb exploded in front of the establishment Hair Studio in Makakuha St., Cotabato City at the back of City Plaza Stage. The said bomb was allegedly placed under a Wrangler type jeep parked in the area. Victims were rushed in Cotabato Regional Medical Center for medical attention. Victims sustained minor injuries and are all in stable condition.

Casualties:

Injured — 5

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Philippine Muslim rebels oppose Islamic State 'virus'

08/28/2014 04:54 GMT

MANILA, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has condemned extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and vowed to stop the spread of their "virus" into the Southeast Asian nation.

After decades of armed rebellion that claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace agreement in March that commits it and the national government to share power in the area.

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ADRA in the Philippines sustains humanitarian efforts in typhoon-hit areas

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Philippines has spent almost 8 million USD in combined emergency response and recovery efforts since Typhoon Haiyan struck the country in November last year, addressing the basic but crucial post-disaster needs of more than 160,000 individuals or 32,000 households in the Visayas region.

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ICRC president stresses need to resolve plight of Zamboanga displaced

Geneva/Manila (ICRC) – Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), concluded his first official visit to the Philippines today. During his three-day stay, Mr Maurer met with the Philippine president, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, and other high-level officials to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country, notably the challenges faced by the thousands of people who remain displaced in Zamboanga City.

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DSWD, IOM to build more shelters for 'Yolanda' survivors

QUEZON CITy, Aug. 27 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will sign a partnership agreement to construct additional transitional shelters for Typhoon Yolanda survivors in Eastern Visayas who are still living in tents and evacuation centers.

DSWD in a statement said, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, and Chief of Mission and Director of Manila Administrative Center of IOM Philippines Marco Boasso will sign the agreement.

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Philippines: Zamboanga Crisis - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 19 August 2014)

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Saguday strengthens disaster rescue teams

By: Thelma C. Bicarme

SAGUDAY, Quirino, August 26 (PIA)-- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) here has intensified its program on disaster preparedness by organizing and training its quick response teams from the municipal down to the barangay level.

Joey Gamboa, the newly designated municipal disaster risk reduction officer said as mandated by their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Code, the emergency quick response team called Ligtas Rescue Units has been organized.

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Ilocos Norte's evacuation centers get star-rating for looks, facilities

By: Freddie G. Lazaro

LAOAG CITY, August 27 (PIA) - Like hotels, Ilocos Norte's evacuation centers are now star-rated from one to a maximum of three stars depending on the presence of facilities and whether the physical appearance is pleasant.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer Pedro Agcaoili, secretary of the provincial resiliency task force, said evacuation centers are composed of primary and secondary schools, district hospitals, municipal auditoriums and churches.