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29 Jan 2015 description

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 29(PIA)—Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno was here over the weekend to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor for a P21-M post-Yolanda assistance.

The assistance, according to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, is intended for livelihood of farmers and fishermen in hard-hit northern Iloilo towns.

Ambassador Roscigno said earlier after Yolanda hit the province they already identified the northern towns of Iloilo for continued assistance, as expansion of their efforts in Leyte and Easten Samar.

28 Jan 2015 description

By David Tereshchuk*

January 27, 2015—Severe weather continues to take a tough toll on life in the Philippines. Even Pope Francis’ January visit there had to be curtailed in the Tacloban area, as Tropical Storm Mekkhal, with torrential rains and winds of up to 80 miles an hour, approached. The pope was there to visit survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which decimated the area in 2013.

28 Jan 2015 description

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

The peace panels of the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will meet in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to sign the protocol on implementing the decommissioning of MILF arms and forces.

28 Jan 2015 description

MANILA, Jan. 28 -- Leaders from various sectors called on the public to remain committed to the peace process amidst recent challenges, especially the tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last January 25, which claimed nearly 50 lives.

“[It’s] difficult but we still have to believe in the peace process. My brother, a captain, was killed in Basilan in 1998. I dedicated my support to waging peace in memory of his sacrifice,” Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. said. The solon intimated that among those killed in Mamasapano was his cousin.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Plan

Posted by Alex Jacobs, Plan International Director of Programme Quality

How can aid agencies be more accountable to people? Alex Jacobs, Director of Programme Quality at Plan International, shares lessons from Typhoon Haiyan.

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

27 Jan 2015 description
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The report covers results achieved in 36 countries and territories in the Asia and Pacific region. It illustrates UNDP’s support to poverty reduction and conservation of natural resources, strengthening democratic governance, building resilience and responding to crisis.

 UNDP assisted people in strengthening livelihoods and empowering themselves.

26 Jan 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, REACH assessments of damage to water and sanitation infrastructure informed emergency response and early recovery planning, including the rehabilitation of water systems and latrines in the most affected areas. More than one year on, the focus has shifted from emergency interventions to sustainable development, and there is a critical opportunity to address long-term sanitation challenges such as open defecation, which remains a major problem in the Philippines.

26 Jan 2015 description


Between mid-Dec and mid-Jan, heavy seasonal rains and strong winds affected large parts of Malaysia causing severe and extensive flooding in Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan. In addition to the three most affected states, four other states in Peninsular Malaysia (Perak, Johor,
Selangor and Perlis States) and one state in East Malaysia (Sabah) also experienced floods due to the heavy rainfalls.

26 Jan 2015 description



Storm Mekkhala affected Region V, VII and VIII. The government has evacuated 114,591 people as pre-emptive measures. As of now, only 420 people are still served inside evacuation centre.
The incident also claimed for 2 deaths.



Nong Ruea District in Khon Kaen Province experienced drought. The government supplied clean water to help 500 families in the area.



26 Jan 2015 description

Statement of Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: On the armed encounter in Maguindanao

[Released on January 26, 2015]

We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the tragic encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao yesterday, January 25, involving the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police and various armed groups.

26 Jan 2015 description

Red Cross team from Zamboanga Chapter quickly responded to the scene of a bomb blast in Guiwan, Zamboanga City after an explosive device went off and killed one person and injured 52 more on January 23, 2015, according to report gathered by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Operations Center (as of 8am, January 24, 2015).

26 Jan 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday 1/26/2015 - 05:36 GMT

Thirty police commandoes were feared dead after Philippine security forces clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, in rare violence that tested a nearly one-year-old peace accord, officials said Monday.

The eleven-hour gun battle took place when police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), around 3:00 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) without coordinating with the rebels as required under a ceasefire agreement.

26 Jan 2015 description


LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 26 (PIA) —The government is poised to move about 200 families from their shanties on hazardous areas in Camarines Sur for their own safety, a government spokesperson said Friday.

The plan is to save the informal settlers in Tinambac town from being sweeped away by floods and twisters, said Evelyn Jerusalem, the Department of Social Welfate and Development’s information officer for Bicol.

25 Jan 2015 description

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 1/25/2015 - 10:50 GMT

Philippine security forces and a Muslim rebel group said Sunday they had clashed in the country's south with an unspecified number of casualties, in violence rarely seen since the signing of a peace treaty.

Police commandos and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members fought near the remote town of Mamasapano on the main southern island of Mindanao before dawn, regional military spokesman Captain Joan Petinglay said.

23 Jan 2015 description

Zamboanga, Philippines | AFP | Friday 1/23/2015 - 13:26 GMT

One person was killed and 48 others injured Friday as a parked car exploded in the southern Philippines, with the local authorities blaming the blast on al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants.

Witnesses told police a parked car went up in flames and was torn to pieces in a powerful mid-afternoon blast that shattered glass panels in a commercial section on Zamboanga city's outskirts.