Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong, swept across the Mindanao region from 16 to 18 Dec 2011, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that caused massive flooding, flash floods and landslides.
As of 16 Jan, more than 1,250 people had been killed, over 6,000 had been injured and almost 432,000 were served inside and outside 56 evacuation centers (NDRRMC, 16 Jan 2012).
Two months on, around 4,800 families (approximately 21,400 persons) remained sheltered in 22 evacuation centres that were still operational – 11 in Cagayan de Oro and 11 in Iligan – while some 46,100 others (approximately 262,800 persons) had opted to stay with host families. Meanwhile, in the second week of February 2012, a low-pressure area brought moderate to heavy rains over parts of Mindanao and Visayas islands; in some cases, triggering flooding and landslides. Although no flooding was reported in Cagayan de Oro or Iligan, sustained rains worsened the condition of families in temporary shelters. (IFRC, 6 Mar 2012)
Six months on, the humanitarian assistance delivered has contributed to improving conditions of affected populations. Nevertheless, thousands of people remain displaced, with hundreds of families sheltered in some evacuation centres that are still operational in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, and many more living with host families or in makeshift shelters. (IFRC, 17 Jul 2012)
This publication is an initiative of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific. The RCG seeks to not only link the region with the Global Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination, but also to provide a learning platform for good practice. This publication focuses on Asia and the five priority countries in this region that are highly vulnerable to large-scale natural disasters: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, and the Philippines.
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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman in a press briefing last Friday shed light on the issues cited in the 2013 Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA) stating that 30,438 shelters intended for victims of Typhoon Sendong were not built despite the P2.57 billion funding.
Sec. Soliman explained that the P2.57 billion is for eight regions affected by different disasters, and does not actually cover funds for the survivors of ‘Sendong’ in Northern Mindanao.
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Kagayan Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN), a non-government organization (NGO) in Cagayan de Oro City, built lofts for free as an added feature to the core shelter units constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for survivors of Typhoon Sendong.
“We want to help transform the lives of ‘Sendong’ survivors by providing for their needs. In our own little way, we realized that we too can be catalysts for development,” Pastor Alex Eduave, Executive Director of KEDRN said.
By: Mildred E. Dablio
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sept. 4 - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region X carries on restoring lives of displaced workers due to Typhoon Sendong which hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities on December 17, 2011.
Some 103 beneficiaries were granted with DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits amounting to some P645,000.00, through its Accredited Co-Partner, Food Processors Association Mindanao, Inc. (FOPANORMIN) on August 27 at the DOLE-X Regional Office, Cagayan de Oro City.
The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.
Minister Akio Isomata, Embassy of Japan's Minister for Economic Affairs turned over fishing nets and dredging machines to the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a ceremony last March 14 for the Japan-funded Non-Project Grant Aid for the Restoration and Disaster Prevention in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. The ceremony was also attended by Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and Congressman Rufus Rodriquez.
Key lessons learnt from evaluations after typhoons in the Philippines
A number of key lessons emerged from the Real-time Evaluation of the response to the disasters that affected Northern Mindanao in 2011. Further lessons were drawn from a review of the impact of the floods that hit Manila in 2009 and the aid mobilization that followed. This made it possible to combine two levels of analysis, covering the following situations which could potentially affect the Filipino Archipelago:
Period covered by this update: 21 December 2011 to 28 February 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 5,705,280
Appeal coverage: 78 per cent
Operations update 7, issued on 16 November 2012 extended the operational timeframe until 28 February 2013.
A revised emergency appeal was launched on 23 January 2012 for CHF 5.69 million to assist 20,000 families (100,000 persons) in 12 months
By Lucy Westcott
This story is the final installment of a three-part series on the challenges faced by people living with disabilities in a world where intense storms and other natural disasters are expected to become the "new normal".
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We are pleased to share with you the third edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.
This edition provides updates from our field operations and partners and also tracks the progress on our 18 month European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Directorate General (ECHO) funded capacity building project to strengthen CCCM's field response and coordination.
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This document is the outcome of a technical review by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cluster (WASH Cluster) to draw out lessons learned from Tropical Storm Sendong (international name Washi) emergency response in the Philippines from December 2011 to June 2012. More than 200,000 individuals were displaced and approximately PhP1.34 billion (about US$32.6 million)1 in damages were estimated in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Iligan cities alone, as a result of the devastation brought about by Sendong which touched ground on midnight of 16 December 2012.