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09 Feb 2016 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.

07 Feb 2016 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 05:05 GMT

A Philippine town mayor was shot and wounded in an ambush in the conflict-wracked south on Sunday, two days before the official campaign for general elections in May kick off, police said.

A gunman riding a motorcycle opened fire on Mayor Jasper Que as he drove with his two bodyguards in the port city of Zamboanga at around 9 am, city police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Helen Galvez told AFP.

05 Feb 2016 description


  • An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice of the Committee, the Director-General announced the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

04 Feb 2016 description

Summary of WFP assistance

Since re-establishing its presence in the Philippines in 2006, WFP has supported school feeding, supplementary feeding for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under two years of age, provision of micronutrient powders, general food distribution (GFD), cash for assets (CFA) and cash for training (CFT) in Mindanao. WFP pays particular attention to the empowerment of women across all activities, for example, CFT projects that chart income-generating paths for women.

04 Feb 2016 description

A regional tsunami warning exercise involving sixteen* countries of the Pacific is currently taking place from 1 to 5 February to provide participants with the opportunity to test and give feedback on the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Center (NWPTAC) enhanced forecasting products.

04 Feb 2016 description

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has approved two resolutions placing this city under a state of calamity due to the El Nino phenomenon.

Approved during a special session on Tuesday morning were Resolution No. 16-029 and Resolution No. 12-030.

04 Feb 2016 description

Patricia Ruth Cailao

QUEZON CTY, Feb. 4 -- Government of the Philippines Chief Negotiator Mirriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the Bangsamoro peace process will continue even though the 16th Congress closed sessions Wednesday (3 Feb) without passing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“The collective inaction of our legislators to complete the deliberation on the BBL did not, and will not, stop the momentum of the Bangsamoro peace process,” Ferrer said in a statement on Wednesday. “At this low point, we call for sobriety and perseverance.”

03 Feb 2016 description


The International Federation of Journalists today published its 25th report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990. The report lists 2297 media fatalities due to violence in journalism, including 112 killed in 2015 alone. From double digits at the start of these publications, the figures reached three digits in eleven years, peaking to 155 killings of journalists and media staff in 2006, the deadliest year on record, according to the IFJ reports.

03 Feb 2016 description

Catholic Relief Services conducted an in-depth study to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the modalities for delivering shelter and Wash assistance in its Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program. This study, Pintakasi hopes to contribute valuable lessons learned and share best practices from the program with the shelter/WASH recovery communities of practice in the humanitarian sector as a whole.

03 Feb 2016 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Wednesday 2/3/2016 - 08:45 GMT

Philippine lawmakers failed Wednesday to pass a crucial bill aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, igniting fears of fresh violence.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino, whose six-year term ends in June, had lobbied hard for the passage of the bill, which would have granted the nation's Muslim minority an autonomous southern homeland.

02 Feb 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable households are at risk of increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climatic pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. No two El Niño events are ever the same and it is thought that this particular occurrence could be the most powerful on record. The strongest El Niño in 1997/1998 killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

02 Feb 2016 description

On this Edition

  • AHA Centre Emergency Response Organisation Exercise
  • Annual Disaster Report
  • Steps for Continuous Improvement in
  • Emergency Operations at AHA Centre
01 Feb 2016 description

When Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) swept through the central **Philippines** on 8 November 2013, the storm affected some 14.1 million people and caused more than USD 700 million in damage to the agriculture sector, severely threatening the country’s food security.

01 Feb 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.

01 Feb 2016 description

In an effort to strengthen assistance for women victims of violence and families affected by disasters, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the local government unit of Amlan in Negros Oriental for the construction of a women’s crisis center cum evacuation center in the town.

01 Feb 2016 description
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Between 28 and 31 Jan, flooding was reported in both Sumatra and Java. Approximately 2,600 houses were inundated for days and at least six bridges connecting villages in Aceh were damaged. This is in addition to the 4,900 houses that were inundated the previous week and where water has now receded.
Local authorities reported no casualties and provided basic relief assistance.

2,600 houses inundadated

01 Feb 2016 description

In November of last year, Typhoon Koppu hit the Philippines hard, especially in the province of Nueva Ecija. Then Typhoon Melor in December brought yet another wave of disaster and some of the onion seeds Tzu Chi gave were damaged. So, Tzu Chi volunteers mobilized once again to distribute more onion seeds, ahead of the planting season.