According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration 3 Nock-Ten (Nina) (PAGASA), the Philippines is prone to tropical cyclones due to its geographical location which generally produce heavy rains, flooding of large areas and also strong winds which result in heavy casualties to human life and destruction to crops and properties. On average, the country is frequented by 20 tropical cyclones annually, almost half of which made landfall.
Despite impressive progress to address poverty and food insecurity, climate-related hazards could threaten these hard-won development gains.
Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central part of the country in November 2013, and more recently Typhoon Hagupit are testament to the potentially devastating effects of climate on food security and vulnerable livelihoods.
Better understanding of climate risks and their impact on household food security is a critical first step for managing and reducing risks.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 19(PIA) -- As the province of Benguet commemorated the fifth anniversary of typhoon Pepeng on October 9, Governor Nestor Fongwan said that the people of Benguet are more prepared for calamity.
Fongwan said that after the Little Kibungan tragedy in barangay Puguis this town, that left at least 70 dead and several families homeless, and the other major disasters that occurred in the province, people in Benguet are now more conscious of their environment during calamities.
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By Susan Aro
Saturday 13th of October 2012
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct 13 (PIA) -- The Disaster Preparedness and Response Project Phase II under the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) is all set to expand to two towns in the province.
The good results of the Phase I UNWFP- funded project on disaster preparedness and response propelled the second wave of the project to include the municipalities of Kibungan and Kapangan.
MANILA, 14 September 2012 (IRIN) - The Philippines government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-flood infrastructure in the Manila area in a bid to protect against the storms, typhoons and floods which displace thousands and kill hundreds every year, officials say.
On 13th May 2011, Télécoms Sans Frontières, in partnership with the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO), ended its program of capacity reinforcement in emergency telecommunications by conducting the second and third training sessions in the Philippines, first in Tuguegarao, in the north of the islands, and then in Manila.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) La Union Chapter constructed a hanging bridge which connects barangay Aguioas in the municipality of Naguilian to the town where market, church and other establishments were located.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon and PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang will personally visit the community of barangay Aguioas on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
By Joseph B. Zambrano
BAGUIO CITY, April 16 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated funds for the construction of core shelter units for the victims of typhoons Emong, Juan, and Peping.
DSWD has set P46.4 million under the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) for the construction of 801 core shelter units.
According the DSWD regional director Leonardo C. Reynoso, 232 units have been completed and handed over to beneficiaries while 266 units are being constructed and 303 units are up for construction.
Period covered by this final report: 1 October 2009 to 30 November 2011 Appeal target (final): CHF 12,724,570 Appeal coverage (final): 87 per cent
Period covered by this consolidated operations update: 1 October 2009 to 31 October 2011
Appeal target (current): CHF 12,724,570
Appeal coverage: 84%
A revised emergency appeal issued 3 June 2011 for CHF 12,724,570 extended the operation timeframe until 30 November 2011.
Operations update 17 extended the appeal timeframe until 30 June 2011.
An emergency appeal was issued 23 October 2009 for CHF 16,286,096 for 18 months to assist approximately 110,000 families (550,000 people).
By Necephor Mghendi and Afrhill Rances in Manila
As tropical storm 20 (locally known as ‘Pedring’) approaches the Philippine island of Luzon, memories are still fresh for residents of Isabella and Aurora provinces of the back-to-back typhoons, Ketsana and Parma, which devastated the same area exactly two years ago. The twin typhoons brought a record amount of rainfall and the ensuing flooding killed almost 1,000 people, and rendered thousands more homeless.
Tropical storm Ondoy (international name Ketsana) hit the Philippines on September 26, 2009, causing widespread flooding Tropical storm Ondoy was quickly followed by typhoon Pepeng (international name Parma). It initially brought powerful winds with gusts of up to 230 km/hr then an extended period of heavy rains, with cumulative rainfall amounts exceeding 1,000 mm in some areas. The resulting river floods have been estimated to have a return period of around 50 years, meaning that statistically speaking, such a rainfall event occurs on average once in every 50 years.
Press Release No:2012/067/EAP
WASHINGTON DC, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011—The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a contingent line of credit for the Philippines to support the country’s efforts to improve preparedness against natural disasters and reduce the vulnerability of Filipinos to the impact of these calamities.
USAID provides more than $30 Million in Humanitarian Assistance
DEC launches new website and publishes annual report
The DEC has today launched a new website that will help donors see how their money is being spent and encourage more giving.
The site has been built by SiftGroups and incorporates more rich media content such as video, slideshows and interactive maps. It also includes greater social media integration and the opportunity for visitors to discuss and comment on the DEC’s work.
New dimensions of DARA
This emergency appeal revision adjusts the budget from CHF 16,286,096 to CHF 12,724,050 and extends the operation’s timeframe by five months until 30 November 2011.
By Li Hongyan, Ong Suan Ee and Bill Durodié
Southeast Asia is certainly no stranger to natural hazards, having experienced some of the world's worst. This paper argues that the occurrence of a natural hazard does not inevitably lead to a natural disaster. Whether a disaster results largely depends on pre-existing conditions, such as a country's level of development and infrastructure, its social stability, and the availability and accessibility of healthcare facilities, as these are critical to the effectiveness of health responses.