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Guv says Benguet people more ready for disaster

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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Filipinos, how are you adapting to climate change? You ask, we answer

World Bank

Submitted by Lucille L. Sering On Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:55

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UNWFP launches Disaster Preparedness and Response Project Phase II in Benguet

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.

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Anti-flood measures announced for Manila


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.


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TSF reinforces the emergency response system

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.

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Red Cross La Union Chapter constructs bridge for Barangay Aguioas

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.

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DSWD sets P46.4M for Cordillera shelter project

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.

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Typhoon-Affected Communities Cope, Seek Involvement in Disaster Preparedness

World Bank

Series #:12/28

In Manila: David Llorito (632) 917-3047
Kitchie Hermoso (632) 917-3013
In Washington: Mohamad al-Arief 1 (202) 458-5964

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Typhoons Emergency appeal n° MDRPH005 Final report

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

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Typhoons Operation update n°18 – two-year progress report

Period covered by this consolidated operations update: 1 October 2009 to 31 October 2011

Appeal target (current): CHF 12,724,570

Appeal coverage: 84%

Appeal history:

  • 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).

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Two year typhoon response supports homes and livelihoods to Philippines

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.

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Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng: Post-disaster needs assessment

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.

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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Philippines Improves Rapid Response Capability to Assist Filipinos Hit by Natural Disaster through New World Bank Catastrophe Financing

World Bank

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.

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Philippines + 1 other
Humanitarian assistance

USAID provides more than $30 Million in Humanitarian Assistance

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World + 5 others
DEC Annual Report and Accounts 2010–11

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.

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Pakistan + 11 others
2010 Annual Report


The President

Diego Hidalgo

New dimensions of DARA

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Typhoons Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRPH005

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.

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Indonesia + 2 others
(Un)natural Disasters: Health Responses after Natural Hazards in Southeast Asia

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.

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Indonesia + 2 others
DEC shares lessons from Indonesia, Philippines & Vietnam

An independent report for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) into the response by its member agencies to a series of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region in 2009 has found that timely and appropriate help was given 27,000 families within three months.

The summary of existing evaluations found that DEC member responses to typhoons in the Philippines and Vietnam, and an earthquake in Indonesia, had successfully involved survivors themselves. This approach has been shown to increase the effectiveness of disaster responses, and to help people rebuild their own lives rather than fostering

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Philippines: PRC observes World Water Day on 22 March

In celebration of the World Water Day 2011 on 22 March, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) highlights the completion of its several water and sanitation projects in identified communities in the country in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

To reduce the impact of the rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water cities, the Red Cross has installed various water projects benefiting a total of 32,790