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07 Sep 2009 description

Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines have been displaced and face multiple health risks. In this episode we look at how WHO is working to respond to the enormous health challenges they face.

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Veronica Riemer: You're listening to the WHO podcast, and my name is Veronica Riemer.

04 Sep 2009 description

4 SEPTEMBER, 2009 ¦ MANILA/GENEVA- Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced from their homes and face multiple health risks, including malnutrition, diarrhoea, respiratory illness and psychosocial trauma.

"Urgent financial and material support is needed to strengthen the health response to this humanitarian crisis and reduce the suffering so many people are facing," said Dr Soe Nyunt-U, the World Health Organization's representative to the Philippines.

WHO is

02 Apr 2009 description

Davao City (3 April) -- In a handover ceremony on April 2 in the Municipal Hall of Jabonga City, Agusan del Norte Province, German Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch will make available the amount of PhP 1,312,200 (about EUR 22,121) as a grant of the Federal Government of Germany to the project "Emergency Relief Operation in Caraga".

The contribution will be allocated for humanitarian assistance to about 1,200 families worst affected by the natural disaster that struck the islands of Mindanao at the onset of the year from January 10 to January 18 which left …

10 Mar 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Thin Lei Win

Concerns over the global economy should not derail governments from solving a longer-term crisis in the form of climate change and the disasters it brings with it, says the United Nations' first "champion" for disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific.

Climate change has already wreaked havoc in the Asia Pacific, and without urgent attention could worsen the plight of many people in the region, Loren Legarda, an environmentalist and regional advocate for the United Nation's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) told …

06 Mar 2009 description

by Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City (6 March) -- The lack of functional disaster operation center created confusion among members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) when a considerable worst flashfloods hit Negros Oriental on February 7, this year.

This was raised during the Provincial Disaster Risk Management Planning-Workshop held last week by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

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28 Feb 2009 description

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith has announced Australia will provide Php 32 million additional contribution to help reduce the risks of natural disasters in the Philippines.

With the grant provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Geosciences Australia will work with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and other technical agencies to implement a range of projects and activities over the next three years to strengthen natural hazard risk assessment capacity in the Philippines.

"As a regional neighbour and …

20 Feb 2009 description
report Government of Japan

Japan continues to support the stability and development of Mindanao .

Minister Hidenobu Sobashima, Deputy Chief of Mission , Embassy of Japan will lead the ceremony to inaugurate the "Project for Center for Excellence in Humanitarian Service" in Cotabato City on February 21, 2009 .

19 Feb 2009 description

Reference: OCDRCs V, Vll, Vlll, PDCC Cebu, MDCC Santander & PDCC Negros Oriental

1. Situation Overview

The weather disturbances monitored from February 2-9, 2009 were the following: diffused tail end of cold front affecting Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; northeast monsoon; shallow low pressure area (SLPA) located at 510 kms east of northern Mindanao, 200 km s east of Puerto Princesa City1200 krns southwest of Iloilo City and low pressure area (LPA) at 210 kms south southwest of Puerto Princesa City.

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17 Feb 2009 description

Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Chairman Senator Richard Gordon called on PNRC chapters to keep an eye on the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Negros Oriental, Davao Oriental, Cebu City and Surigao del Sur affected by continuous rainshowers, flashfloods and landslides caused by increment weather.

Gordon likewise ordered disaster relief operations in the areas hit by flashfloods.

In Surigao del Norte, PNRC Surigao chapter administrator Marilou Talingling reported that they are continuously monitoring and conducting survey operations in designated evacuation centers in …

12 Feb 2009 description

Reference: OCD Regions V, VII and VIII

1. Situation Overview

The weather disturbances monitored from February 2-9, 2009 were the following: diffused tail end of cold front affecting Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; northeast monsoon; shallow low pressure area (SLPA) located at 510 kms east of northern Mindanao, 200 km s east of Puerto Princesa City1200 krns southwest of Iloilo City and low pressure area (LPA) at 210 kms south southwest of Puerto Princesa City.

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10 Feb 2009 description

1. Situation Overview

- The weather disturbances monitored from February 2-9, 2009 were the following: diffused tail end of cold front affecting Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; northeast monsoon; shallow low pressure area (SLPA) located at 510 kms east of northern Mindanao, 200 kms east of Puerto Princesa City/ 200 kms southwest of IIoilo City and low pressure area (LPA) at 210 kms south southwest of Puerto Princesa City.

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09 Feb 2009 description

Philippines, Feb 09, 2009 - At least five people were reported dead Monday (February 9) amid the worst flooding the central Philippines island of Negros has seen in an estimated 50 years. Heavy rain triggered by a low-pressure area began Saturday (February 7) and caused creeks and rivers in Negros Oriental province to rise by up to 13.1 feet (four meters), the Philippine Inquirer reported.

06 Feb 2009 description

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you that the villagers in Kamuhkaan village suffer from hunger and illness aggravated by flood.

05 Feb 2009 description
report IRIN

LOS BANOS, 5 February 2009 (IRIN) - Year after year, tropical storms bring economic disaster to rice farmers across Asia whose fields are submerged in pools of brown stagnant water. A season's rice harvest can rot, and along with it, the family's prospective income.

However, a solution may be at hand.

02 Feb 2009 description

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 February) -- Region 10 suffered an estimated damage cost of P577.869 million due to the recent flashfloods and storm surges that occurred last January 3, 11 and 14, this year.

This was disclosed by Regional Director Carmelito A.

02 Feb 2009 description

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 February) -- The Local Chief Executives (LCE) of the flood damaged areas in Region 10 have now identified the relocation sites for their flood victims.

"This move of the LCE's is in compliance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's directive to designate the relocation sites for the flood victims when she visited the region after the first flooding incident on January 2," Regional Director Carmelito A.

02 Feb 2009 description

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 February) -- At least P111.9 million have been allocated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as shelter assistance to victims whose houses were destroyed by the recent floods in Region 10.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 10 Director Carmelito A.

02 Feb 2009 description

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 February) -- The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) of Region 10 will stay focused in complying with the instructions of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in managing the effects of the floods and storm surges that recently hit the region.

Thus stressed RDCC Executive Officer and Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Region 10 Director Carmelito A.

30 Jan 2009 description

Reference: Reports from OCD Regions I, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIlI, IX, X, XI, ARMM and CARAGA, DSWD, DOH

1. Situation Overview

- The tail-end of cold front affecting Bicol region and eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao which prevailed from January 2 to 27, 2009 triggered the occurrence of continuous heavy rains with strong surge of northeast monsoon affecting the sea boards of northern and eastern Mindanao triggering big waves.