- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 9 | 1 – 30 September 2015
- ICRC: Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Response - Shelter Report 2015
- IFRC: Philippines: Typhoon Maysak DREF Final Report (MDRPH018)
Appeals & Funding
Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.
DAVAO ORIENTAL – Some 127 families in the village of Marayag in Lupon town have recently received a total of P 1.27 million Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), after their homes suffered damages due to a destructive flood brought about by LPA Agaton in 2014.
Turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI and the Provincial Government, each family beneficiary receives P10, 000.00.
Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who led the turn over, said she hopes that the cash assistance would help residents repair and improve their homes.
With dense coastal populations, environmental degradation and prevalent poverty, the Philippines is one of the most exposed countries to climate change, and is second on the World Risk Index of countries vulnerable to natural disasters.
As early as April 2014, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has started preparing for the impacts of El Niño on the country’s agriculture sector.
“We will seed all [of the] seedable clouds; we will waste no opportunity,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said.
Oliver T. Baccay
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 11 (PIA) - - The prevalence of dengue cases in Region 2 this year had gone up by four times when compared to last year, said Dr. Romeo Turingan, Department of Health (DOH) focal person on dengue.
Turingan said from January to October 3 this year, Region 2 has 8,084 dengue cases while there were only 2,391 cases of the same period last year.
He said most cases were recorded in Isabela with 3, 650, followed by Cagayan with 2, 087, Nueva Vizcaya with 1, 382, Quirino with 753 and Batanes with 212 cases.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Main season rice output in 2015 to decrease from last year’s record due to dry conditions
Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to increase from last year’s high level
Prices of rice stable over past few months
MARIKINA CITY, 12 October (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will launch today (Monday)a disaster-free messaging app Saturday in Marikina City.
Dubbed Project “Agimat”, it is a collaboration among DOST, city government of Marikina, through the Office of the Vice Mayor, and private company Open Garden.
Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman thanked DOST and Open Garden for choosing Marikina to be the pilot test area for this project.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman clarified that the construction of temporary transitional shelters for Lumads affected by the on-going armed conflict in Surigao del Sur was still a proposal that needed the concurrence of the affected families themselves and the local government.
“When I met with them, I told the community leaders to present this proposal to their constituents and get their opinion,” Sec. Soliman said.
MANILA, Oct. 12—The government always addresses the needs of indigenous people in Mindanao, Palace reiterated on Sunday in response to reports citing the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees saying that there were more than the reported 6,000 indigenous people who were displaced and deprived of protection from the state against militias and armed groups.
DATE: 10 October 2015, 6:00 AM
A. INCIDENTS MONITORED (TAB A)
A total of 42 incidents were monitored - two (2) landslides, six (6) flooding, two (2) vehicular accidents, and 32 maritime incidents.
To continue the food relief for regions stricken with poverty in the Philippines, as well as areas affected by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (Tzu Chi) provided 6,000 tons of high-quality rice in September 2015 to typhoon-struck areas, including Tacloban city, Ormoc city, Tunga town, Tanauan town, in Leyte Province, Bohol Island and other poor area in Philippines. The rice were imported from Taiwan, and the rice distribution program has already benefitted almost 300,000 families and 1,500,000 survivors in 2015.
ERNA S. GORNE
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, October 10 (PIA) – In its effort to reduce casualties in times of emergencies particularly during calamities, the provincial government hastened to equip barangay folks with emergency response skills being the first responders in their barangays.
SOUTH COTABATO, Oct. 10 -- For ages, the T’boli tribe people and settlers in the town of T’boli in the province of South Cotabato had to walk for hours under the sun or through rains in the rocky and muddy mountain trails while carrying heavy loads down to the town market.
Farmers in the communities of Lam Buling, Lam Salome, and Maan had to sacrifice sweat and blood to earn their living.
Pilar S. Mabaquiao
SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - - The anticipated occurrence of El Niño phenomenon is expected to bring impact among farmers which will also affect food production.
Engr.Juliito A. Pamiroyan Sr. Irrigators Development Officer of the National Irrigation Administration Antique encouraged Irrigators Associations (IAs) to disseminate the anticipated rainfall deficiency among its members and plan out for water distribution schedule and other mitigating measures.
In recent years, new technologies have facilitated electronic cash transfers (e-transfers) to disaster- and conflict-affected populations.
MANILA, 9 October 2015 – International Day for Disaster Reduction arrived early today in the Philippines. Globally, the Day is marked next Tuesday on October 13 but the Philippines Senate today took time out to celebrate the Day’s theme of community and local knowledge for disaster risk management.
Objectives and activities
In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.
But these achievements tell only part of the story.
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 03:15 GMT
Australia said Friday it is in talks with the Philippines to send refugees there, but refused to confirm reports of a Aus$150 million (US$109 million) deal to expand its controversial resettlement policy.
Under Australia's hardline policy to stop asylum-seeker boats reaching its shores, those arriving by sea are denied resettlement in Australia, even if found to be genuine refugees.
PASAY CITY, Oct. 8 -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is offering an enhanced emergency loan to active members and old-age pensioners affected by calamities in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Isabela; municipalities of Baganga, Tarragona, and Manay in Davao Oriental; and Datu Piang in Maguindanao.