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Conflict, flooding pose health risks in the Philippines - Podcast

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. In this episode, we

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Conflict, flooding causing suffering in the Philippines

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.

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Philippines: Germany contributes to emergency relief operations in Caraga

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

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Philippines + 1 other
Interview - Global crunch no excuse to ignore climate change

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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 AlertNet.

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Philippines: Disaster needs assessment to mitigate extensive damage - PDCC

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).

Engr. Dexter Patrocinio of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) express dismayed that during the calamity there has no coordination among agencies concerned but was 'to each his

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Australia increases support to disaster risk reduction in the Philippines

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 key

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Philippines: NDCC update flashflood in the Municipalities of Kapalong and Asuncion and Tagum City, Davao Del Norte

DATE: 26 March 2009, 06:00 PM

Reference: OCD Regional Center XI, PDCC Davao Del Norte

I. Situation Overview

- At about 5:00 PM today, 26 February 2009, flashfload caused by heavy rains since this morning occurred at the Municipalities of Kapalong, Asuncion, and Tagum City, all of Davav Del Norte

- The 5aug and Madgao Rivers overflowed at 2:30 PM today, which rendered the roads and bridges from Asuncion going to the municipalities of San Isidrv and Laak, Cvmpvstela Valley Province not passable to vehicles

- As of this report, water has started to subside in the affected areas

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Philippines: Japan inaugurates Center for Excellence in Humanitarian Service in Cotabato City

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 . For this project, the grant of US$81, 628 or equivalent to 3.6 Million Pesos was provided from the Government of Japan for the construction of a two-storey training center that has facilities for trainings , meetings, and research in humanitarian assistance .

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Philippines: NDCC update sitrep 4 on the effects of shallow low pressure area (SLPA), low pressure area (LPA) and diffused tail end of cold front which occurred from 4-10 Feb 2009

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.

2. Effects

As a result of these weather disturbances,

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Philippines: Flashfloods in VISMIN keep Red Cross busy

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 coordination

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Philippines: NDCC update sitrep 3 on the effects of shallow low pressure area (SLPA), low pressure area (LPA) and diffused tail end of cold front which occurred from 4-9 Feb 2009

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.

2. Effects

As a result of these weather disturbances, heavy rains were experienced in Regions V, Vll and VIII which triggered

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Philippines: NDCC update sitrep 2 on the Effects of Shallow Low Pressure Area (SLPA), Low Pressure Area (LPA) and diffused tail end of cold front which occurred from Feb 4-9, 2009

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.

2. Effects

- As a result of these weather disturbances, heavy rains were experienced in Regions V, VII and VIII which triggered

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Floods and landslides leave five dead in central Philippines

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. Although provincial disaster officials said they were not able to assess damages because flooded areas were still inundated and unreachable on Monday, they
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Phillipines: Flood aggravates hunger and poor health of the villagers in Davao

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you that the villagers in Kamuhkaan village suffer from hunger and illness aggravated by flood. The local government temporarily provided food and a medical check-up for the villagers, which is not sufficient. In fact, floods come to Kamuhkaan village every year causing serious problems for the villagers from pesticides flowing into the ground water from the banana plantation adjacent to the village.

CASE DETAILS:

The villagers in Kamuhkaan village, Aplaya, Hagonoy municipality, Davao Del Sur province, Mindanao suffer from hunger

Asian Human Rights Commission:

About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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Philippines: Could flood-resistant rice be the way forward?

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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. At the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), scientists are developing a rice variety with high tolerance to submersion under water for extended periods.

IRRI has produce three widely grown varieties

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Philippines: RDCC remains focused on PGMA's instructions to mitigate floods in Region 10

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. Lupo during the radio program "Ang Rehiyon Karon" (The Region Today) aired live Friday (January 30) at DXIM Radyo ng Bayan, Cagayan de Oro City.

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Philippines: Region 10 flood victims get P111.9M in shelter assistance

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. Lupo, who is also the Executive Officer of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in the Region, said this is in compliance to the instructions of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when she visited Northern Mindanao last January 7.

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Philippines: NorMin LGUs identify relocation sites for flood victims

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. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, said.

The tail-end of the cold front in Northern

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Philippines: Region 10 flood damages reach P600M

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. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Region 10, who said their updated reports show that the highest amount of damage was on infrastructure, particularly, roads and bridges, P346.12 million.

Damage on agriculture is also estimated at Php176.799 million, crops at Php 117.318 million, livestock at P3.239

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Philippines: NDCC update sitrep No. 9 re effects of tail-end of cold front that triggered continuous heavy rains from 2 to 27 Jan 2009 affecting Regions I, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, ARMM & CARAGA

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.

- Likewise, the concentration of large volumes of water in the uplands of Pigkutin River in Talakag, Bukidnon