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02 May 2015 description

In February and March 2015, a-month-long law enforcement operation (LEO) lead by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left over 120,000 people displaced in 13 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao. As of 24 April, some 43,900 IDPs remain in 32 evacuation centres (ECs) in six municipalities of Maguindanao.

01 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • About 60 per cent of IDPs in Maguindanao province return home, while some 43,900 people remain displaced

  • Preparedness efforts champion Typhoon Maysak response

  • WASH Cluster steps up assistance to droughtaffected IDPs in Zamboanga

  • Community consultations in Mamasapano reveal unmet needs of IDP women

30 Apr 2015 description

ILOILO CITY, April 30(PIA)—A Policy Forum on Children’s Charter Progress Report, was organized April 29, to assess performance of stakeholders’ response to disasters and risk reduction management involving children.

This is being spearheaded by Save the Children Philippines, which operates in Estancia, Iloilo, one of the hardest-hit towns in northern Iloilo.

30 Apr 2015 description

MANILA, April 30 -- A Jesuit priest representing the country’s top Catholic Church leader and a Muslim youth-leader who also comes from a Moro royal house have joined forces in appealing to Congress to help achieve peace in Mindanao by passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) president Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J. told the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law that he believes the BBL “requires a search for compromise and consensus” and that “peace building is essentially trust building.”

29 Apr 2015 description

Global Highlights

  • In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.

  • Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.

29 Apr 2015 description

ILOILO CITY, April 29 (PIA) --- A total of 6,683 typhoon Yolanda-affected individuals from Western Visayas benefitted from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-6 Emergency Response Rehabilitation and Recovery (TERRR) program.

TESDA-6 public information officer Bernadette Puertas said that TERRR was implemented to help Yolanda-affected residents in the region undergo technical vocational training so that they could find employment opportunities.

29 Apr 2015 description

BACOLOD CITY, April 28 -- Officials and delegates from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will tackle disaster risk financing when they meet at the SMX Convention Center here on April 29 to 30.

The discussion, which carries the theme "Disaster Risk Finance-APEC Roadmap of Resilient Economies," is jointly organized by the Department of Finance, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

28 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 April 2015

Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.

28 Apr 2015 description

ARAKAN, Philippines -- Having a waterpoint about 30 meters from the front door of Julieta Locario is bliss.

28 Apr 2015 description

COTABATO, Philippines – ACF International | Action Against Hunger responded to the needs of thousands of people displaced, including women and children, taking refuge in evacuation centers in Maguindanao in southern Philippines.

The displaced families fled the threat of conflict since February involving government security forces and armed groups in the restive southern Philippines.

28 Apr 2015 description

Manila (ICRC) – Eight health facilities damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Eastern Samar and Samar provinces have been fully restored and handed over today to local health authorities. As many as 60,000 people from seven municipalities will have access to health services at these facilities.

28 Apr 2015 description
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Migrant smuggling in Asia increasingly complex and dynamic, says UNODC

Bangkok (Thailand), 28 April 2015 — Smuggling of migrants poses a significant threat to Asia, generating an annual value of USD $2 billion for criminal groups and leading to deaths and human rights abuses, warns the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a new report released today.

27 Apr 2015 description

From the Department of Budget and Management

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P592 million to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund the various rehabilitation projects supporting the victims of Typhoons Mario and Luis living in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

27 Apr 2015 description

Overview

In 2014, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its operations to support the recovery of people affected by previous disasters, specifically Typhoon Bopha which struck eastern Mindanao on December 2012; the 2013 typhoons and floods season which devastated parts of eastern Luzon; the Central Visayas earthquake on October 2013 which destroyed a large part of the province of Bohol; and most notably, Typhoon Haiyan which struck in November 2013 and killed more than 6,800 people and affected more than six million people across several provinces.

27 Apr 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 2 March 2015, a fire broke out in the densely-populated Parola Compound of Tondo district, Manila, totally destroying some 800 houses and severely damaging 200 more. The Social Welfare Department of Manila City estimated that almost 10,000 households (50,000 people) were affected, with some 5,000 households (25,000 people) seeking accommodation in evacuation centres in the aftermath of the fire.

27 Apr 2015 description

An exercise is underway that aims to advance United States Government (USG) coordination and response following a natural disaster impacting a foreign partner nation. The exercise, called “Nine Innings 2015,” is taking place in Quantico, Virginia, from April 20 to 23. Nine Innings brings together approximately 200 participants, and immerses them in a simulation involving a Magnitude 8.5 earthquake off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines, to which they will respond. U.S.

27 Apr 2015 description

By Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal | April 24, 2015

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines -- Health workers attending exercise Balikatan’s First Responder Training Course prepared to put their patient care skills to the test as an announcement echoed throughout the training Coliseum.

24 Apr 2015 description
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New case study: Community World Service Asia - Capacity building strengthens quality and accountability in the Philippines

This case study highlights the capacity building that Community World Service (CWS) Asia undertook in the Philippines following typhoon Yolanda in 2013. It details how to maintain focus on HR during a disaster, particularly regarding the skills, knowledge, and attitude required and expected of an aid worker to deliver high quality services to communities.

24 Apr 2015 description

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Apr. 23 (PIA)— Some P16 million worth of infra projects were turned over recently to nine villages in North Cotabato.