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29 May 2017 description

MANILA, May 29 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is constructing a new bridge to replace a typhoon-ravaged bridge in Isabela that has long been closed to traffic.

DPWH Region 2 Director Melanio C. Briosos said that works have started for the construction of 450-meter Pigalo Bridge located along Alicia-Angadanan-San Guillermo Road crossing Cagayan River in Barangay Pigalo, Angadanan, Isabela that was damaged by typhoons Pedring and Quiel in 2011.

29 May 2017 description

MANILA, May 30 -- The government has been providing assistance to communities affected by the military operations against the Maute group in Mindanao, Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said today.

Abella, who launched the Mindanao Hour during the press briefing on Monday, told reporters that to date, a total of P1,172,725 worth of assistance has been provided to affected families in ARMM. The assistance was extended by the government through DSWD-FO X and XII.

29 May 2017 description
report IRIN

MARAWI/PHILIPPINES, 29 May 2017, Two women in a white pick-up were sobbing as they inched forward in a crush of vehicles leaving the besieged southern Philippines city of Marawi. In the back lay the lifeless body of their father, caught in the crossfire between government soldiers and Islamist militants.

Read more on IRIN.

29 May 2017 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Offices (FOs) in Regions X and XII continue to work with concerned local government units (LGUs) in the regions and with DSWD Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the continuous provision of assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been affected by the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur between government troops and members of the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

29 May 2017 description

Philipines - This week, (22-23/5), the UN Migration Agency, IOM and ten Colombo Process (CP) member States met in Manila, the Philippines, to discuss practical approaches to protecting their nationals abroad during crises.

The CP, which is also known as the Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia is currently chaired by Nepal. Countries represented at the meeting included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

29 May 2017 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has stepped up its relief efforts for the people who have been displaced by the recent armed clashes in Marawi City. To date, PRC has provided hot meals and clean water, as well as other humanitarian aid such as psychosocial support, first aid, blood supply, and tracing services.

Eight evacuation centers in Lanao Del Norte and Iligan City are currently occupied by more than 2,000 families from Marawi City.

29 May 2017 description

Military says investigating reports of more "atrocities"

  • Bodies found shot in head, hands tied

  • "Traitor" sign left with bodies

  • Military says investigating reports of more "atrocities"

  • Rebels resist rockets, artillery assault

  • Duterte cancels Japan trip (Updates death toll, adds details throughout)

By Tom Allard

27 May 2017 description

To ensure the smooth flow of relief operations for the families affected by the current armed conflict in Marawi City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Office through the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) prepared requests for sub-allotment and transfer of funds for Field Offices VIII and XII.

DSWD CO will download P19,080,000.00 intended for the purchase of 40,000 family food packs (FFPs) and handling and hauling for the delivery of relief goods for the victims of armed conflict .

26 May 2017 description
report Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army in The Philippines is providing support to people forced from their homes by terrorist groups known as Maute and Abu Sayyaf, which has links to Daesh. A priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by fighters in Marawi City, on the Philippine island of Mindanao, and thousands of residents have fled.

26 May 2017 description


A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

26 May 2017 description


293 Virologic monitoring of poliovirus type 2 after OPV2 withdrawal in April 2016: an important advance in eradicating poliomyelitis and eliminating live oral poliovirus vaccines worldwide, 2016–2017


293 Surveillance virologique des poliovirus de type 2 après le retrait du VPO2 en avril 2016: une avancée importante vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite et l’élimination des vaccins antipoliomyélitiques oraux vivants à l’échelle mondiale, 2016-2017

25 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Duterte Places Mindanao Under Military Rule, Suspends Habeas Corpus

25 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 25, 2017 4:31 AM
VOA News

Philippine troops entered a besieged city on the southern island of Mindanao Thursday to begin clearing out Islamist militants who virtually took control earlier this week.

Two military helicopters flew above the city’s rooftops as armored tanks rolled through its neighborhoods amid sporadic gunfire and explosions. Many of Marawi’s 200,000 citizens are fleeing to safety.

25 May 2017 description

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, May 25 (PIA) -- Underscoring the importance of a more resilient community in times of disasters, and community well aware of their safety and security, the enhancement of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council Plan including the operational plan for Misamis Oriental is in the offing.

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 24, 2017 5:56 AM
VOA News

Muslim extremists in the Philippines have taken a local Catholic priest and others hostage after forcing their way into a cathedral in the southern city of Marawi.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the hostages included 10 worshippers and three church employees, and that the militants were demanding the government withdraw its forces from the area.

24 May 2017 description


New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

24 May 2017 description
  • On 23 May, President Duterte of the Philippines declared Martial Law across the Southern Province of Mindanao in response to action taken by an ISIS-inspired local armed group.
  • The Maute group occupied 5 barangays (administrative units) and some buildings in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. This was followed by a gun battle between the local armed group and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. President Duterte cut short his visit to Russia to return home and deal with the situation. He declared Martial Law for 60 days - or as long as it takes to return order in the city.
24 May 2017 description

Switzerland - 2015 was the year of hope for the global migration and humanitarian communities.

That year, we saw the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development call for effective measures and strengthened support to empower displaced people and migrants as part of a broader commitment “to leave no one behind”. This was important progress on the Millennium Development Goals which had nothing to say about migration, let alone the contribution it can make to resilience or sustainable development.

23 May 2017 description
report Plan

by Mai Zamora, Plan International

Children and young people in the Philippines are taking action to reduce the impact of climate change by becoming voices of change and leading various environmental activities in their towns.

“We have are doing coastal clean-ups and planting mangrove trees on the beach and will soon be starting work on helping our barangay with solid-waste segregation this summer,” says Louisa, 15, one of the climate change child activists from a town in Eastern Visayas that was badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda).