This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31December 2009.
In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, IFRC - with its global network - works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
The programmes for 2009 [as outlined in Philippines Country Plan 2009-2010] were in support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) plan which focuses on …
Like the brilliant rays of the sun, Bicolanos devastated by the series of destructive typhoons which hit the Bicol Region since 2006 are starting to recover from their ordeal, with a lot of help from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-United Nations Development Programme (DSWD-UNDP) Bicol Recovery Project.
Like the brilliant rays of the sun, Bicolanos devastated by the series of destructive typhoons which hit the Bicol Region since 2006 are starting to recover from their ordeal, with a lot of help from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-United Nations …
Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).
An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.
Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously …
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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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.
The Australian Government will provide approximately Php123 million for three new projects that will further strengthen the Philippines' capacity to adapt to effects of climate change and reduce the risks of natural disasters, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith announced today.
"Australia supports the Philippine Government's efforts in disaster risk reduction.
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.
The 2009-2010 appeal is in support of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) plan. The national society's plan focuses on organizational development with the primary purpose of increasing the PNRC and local community ("barangay") capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability by maximizing the highly potential resources that PNRC has: its volunteers.
EU pledges US$144 million to FAO's Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP)
Responding to food security concerns in developing countries which have been compounded by the global economic meltdown, the European Union (EU) has committed €106 million (US$144 million) to FAO's efforts in support of farmers hardest hit by the food and economic crisis.
MANILA, 18 May 2009 (IRIN) - Climate change is taking its toll on farming in the Philippines, with more than US$27 million damage done to crops and livestock by typhoons Kujira and Chan-hom, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported.
The heavy rains unleashed by the two back-to back-typhoons earlier this month are generally not expected until June.
However, according to specialists, climate change will disrupt the planting calendar, affecting the quality of crops and ultimately the economy.
"Farmers have to learn to …
Source: DSWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, DA V, DPWH V
I. Situation Overview
MANILA, 12 May 2009 (IRIN) - Emergency relief efforts continue for people displaced by two back-to-back typhoons that wreaked havoc across large parts of the eastern and northern Philippines.
The storms displaced more than 400,000 people, the vast majority of whom have yet to return home, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported.
Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, also chairman of the NDCC, said medicine, food and aid workers had been airlifted to areas in northern Luzon, devastated by Storm Chan-hom, which made …
MANILA, May 9, 2009 (AFP) - Food, medicine and housing materials were being rushed Saturday to tens of thousands of people displaced by a typhoon that lashed the northern Philippines, rescuers said.
The death toll from Typhoon Chan-hom, the second typhoon to hit the country in a week, rose to 27 as more of the affected areas restored downed power and communication lines.
At least 47 tonnes of rice were sent to the region around the cape of Bolinao, where 12 people died as the typhoon wrecked homes and toppled power lines, the civil defence office said in a …
MANILA, May 6, 2009 (AFP) -
The death toll from a typhoon that lashed the Philippines rose to 27, with over 54,000 people left homeless, the government said Wednesday, as they warned of a new storm gathering in the South China Sea.
State weather forecasts said Typhoon Kujira has now blown out of the Philippines after dumping heavy rains and causing floods and landslides in the eastern Bicol region at the weekend.
Twenty-one of the casualties were recorded in the town of Magallanes in Sorsogon province, where a landslide buried a coastal village, the National Disaster …
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral flew to the Bicol Region and led the relief operations in the hardest hit municipalities of Sorsogon by typhoon "Dante."
Secretary Esperanza Cabral together with National Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Undersecretary Antonio Golez and DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera visited Barangay Hubo of Magallanes, Sorsogon to personally assess the damage caused by Typhoon Dante and provide immediate assistance to the victims.
Sources: PAGASA, DSWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, PCG
I. Weather Update
Intensified Typhoon "DANTE" continues to move farther away from the country. At 10:00PM, 5 May 2009, it was located at 1,340 kms east of Basco, Batanes (19.4ºN, 135.7ºE). Its maximum sustained winds is 140 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 170 kph, moving east northeast at 22 kph. Typhoon "DANTE" is expected to be at 1,720 kms east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan by tomorrow morning.
As of 8:00 a.m. today, a total of 10, 137 families were affected, 23 confirmed dead and 4 were injured as tropical storm "Dante" paved its way to the whole region of Bicol and left the Philippine area of responsibility.
The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Disaster Management Services (DMS), through Red Cross 143 volunteers already distributed disaster relief to all the families affected.
Source: PAGASA, DAWD-DROMIC, DOH-HEMS, OCDRC V, PCG
I. Weather Update
A. Weather Forecast as of 5:00AM 05 May 2009
At 2:00 AM today, 05 May 2009. TY "Dante" was located based on satellite and surface data at 840 kms east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora (17.1=B0N,131.0=B0E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.