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Davao Oriental already in rehabilitation stage after Typhoon Pablo, says Governor

MANILA, Aug. 21 -- Davao Oriental is making headway in rebuilding communities devastated by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012, Governor Corazon Malanyaon said on Wednesday.

“We are now in the reconstruction and rehabilitation stage. So much is going on there in Davao Oriental now, so parang alive na alive talaga ang tatlong towns. Everybody seems to have work. Everybody seems to be involved in all the activities,” Malanyaon said during a press briefing after paying a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III.

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UNICEF Philippines Humanitarian Situation Report #24, Issued on 10 August 2014


• UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

• July was Nutrition month focusing on ‘Nutrition in Emergencies’. A high-level Nutrition Summit brought together more than 300 members of congress, policy makers and key nutrition players.

• On 15 July, Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) struck the Philippines with limited impact in Haiyan affected areas. UNICEF supported Government preparedness and response, including evacuation of 1,000 families.

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12


  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Red Cross tackles threat of disaster in urban areas

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), together with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is hosting a three-day workshopfrom August 19 to August 21 to address issues of growing disaster threats to urban populations.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said that the ever rising incidence and severity of natural disasters exerts pressure on the global community to address the threats to urban populations everywhere, most especially in Southeast Asia.

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Philippines: New UMCOR Homes for Typhoon Survivors

By Melissa Hinnen*

August 19, 2014—Purposeful work is everywhere in Barangay (neighborhood) Calogcog, in the municipality of Tanauan, Philippines. After Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, tore through the region, more than 200 homes were destroyed in this community alone. Nine months later, people are hard at work maintaining temporary shelters and cleaning up debris until new homes can be completed.

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Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians


This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Response - Appeal PHL131 Revision 2

ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$18,836,152 Balance Requested: US$5,585,798

In the early morning of 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), made landfall in the eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. With winds up to 250 kph sweeping through the region, accompanied by a storm surge of up to 5m, the typhoon caused wide spread damage and losses. Its impact was felt from provinces of Batangas and Cavite in the north as far as Surigao del Sur Province,
Mindanao in the south.

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8 ARB organizations receive tools from FAO

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, August 19 – Eight agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) from five Samar and Leyte towns received farm tools from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on separate occasions since July 31 to August 4 as part of the rehabilitation process in typhoon “Yolanda” affected areas.

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Preparing for disasters? Imagine the worst

By: Miriam P. Aquino

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug 19 (PIA) - To Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato Solidum, it takes imagination and anticipation to prepare a community against disasters.

Disaster imagination is identifying the problem, accepting that there is a problem, and doing something about it, he said.

“You must know how to identify the hazards that will affect your place and beyond. Try to imagine the consequences to better identify the solution,” Solidum said.

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Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Cash Activities as of 4 August 2014

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Aussie gov't grants P33M for 26 WV projects

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA6) - - The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government has provided a P33.1 million grant to support the government’s efforts on education in Western Visayas.

The grant will be used for the construction of 26 sub-projects consisting of day care centers and school buildings in identified municipalities in the region.

Maricar Calubiran, DSWD 6 Kalahi CIDDS Social Marketing Officer, said DFAT is now on its second year implementation in the region.

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Thailand Contributes Over US$600,000 to Yolanda Rehabilitation

18 August 2014 – Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Prasas Prasasvinitchai presented a check in the amount of US$622,243.39 to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as additional donation from the Government and people of Thailand to aid the rehabilitation process in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

The simple handover ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and attended by Ms. Thelsa Biolena, Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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Managing Risk and Reducing Vulnerability in Humanitarian Action, issue no. 116, August 2014 issue no. 116, August 2014:

Hardly anything new can be said in the HFA2 process about managing risk and reducing vulnerability. However, when scoped in detail, both these concepts offer gaps as wide as a gateway to march in. Newer and rarer voices of leaders from Asia and beyond point to these gaps and ways to bridge them through the HFA2 process.

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Haiyan Typhoon Humanitarian Aid Operation, November 2013 - April 2014

1. General Situation

Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda)- the strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines-struck Central Philippines on Friday, 8 November 2013, with maximum winds of 235 kph and gusts of up to 275 kph.

The humanitarian impact of the typhoon has been massive, due to the deadly combination of powerful winds, heavy rains, and tsunami-like storm surges which wiped out a number of coastal towns and cities – most notably Tacloban.

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Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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IPC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 4, July 2014

Editorial Note

10 Years of IPC

This year, the IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally developed by FAO in Somalia in 2004, the IPC has been extensively applied in different countries and contexts.

In 2007, the IPC became a Multi- Agency Partnership, now led by 11 Partners under the results-based IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014- 2016) launched in February 2014.

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Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan - Eastern Samar Facts & Figures (as of Aug 7, 2014)

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Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises

Huffington Post

When the world's humanitarian leaders gathered at the World Health Organization's headquarters in December 2010 the mood was somber. The previous year had witnessed large-scale natural disasters in Haiti and Pakistan, and the collective response of the major United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations had been chaotic and ineffective. The response to the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince had been especially problematic, and the Haitian people were angry and frustrated by the vast gap between resources committed and actual improvements in their lives.