Typhoon Bopha passed to the south of the larger islands in the Palau archipelago in the early morning of 3 Dec 2012 with winds of up to 250 km per hour, damaging and destroying buildings and infrastructure. The President declared a state of emergency. (OCHA, 5 Dec 2012)
In the Philippines, the typhoon, locally known as Pablo, made landfall three times as it passed through northern Mindanao, central Visayas, and Palawan on 4 Dec, affecting over 6.2 million people. Over 210,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. On 12 Feb 2013, the death toll stands at 1,146 with a further 834 people reported missing. There are still 8,925 people staying in evacuation centers, while 925,412 displaced people are seeking shelter elsewhere. Over 230,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. (OCHA, 12 Feb 2013)
On 10 Dec, the Government and the Humanitarian Country Team launched the Bopha Action Plan for Response and Recovery, which was revised on 23 Jan 2013 seeking $76 million, a 17 per cent increase from the $65 million originally requested. (OCHA, 25 Jan 2013)
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By Sam Smith, IFRC
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Situated on the Pacific ‘ring of fire’, the Filipino archipelago is hit by floods, landslides, typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes on a regular basis.
In this piece we revisit three communities that were caught in the path of three huge typhoons – Bopha, Haiyan and Ketsana – to see the long-term impact of Red Cross work.
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“That’s where they found a lot of bodies.”
Support for the Philippines Department of Science and Technology, and its National Meteorological Service; the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration
Heifer International has received a $1.5 million grant to help fund phase two of the RISE-UP: Resilience Initiatives through Sustainable Enterprises and Upgrade of Community Preparedness project. The money will extend work in the Philippines while expanding the work to Guatemala, two of the most disaster-prone countries in which we work.
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.
Around 17,420 permanent housing units have already been turned over to families from Boston, Cateel, and Banganga in Davao Oriental, who were rendered homeless by Typhoon Pablo in 2012. This number includes the 1,010 units which were turned over on Monday, July 27.
The houses were constructed under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which provided the needed funds and the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental, which handled the site development of the resettlement sites and the management of the program.
DAVAO ORIENTAL, July 27, 2015 - Some 1,010 housing beneficiaries in the typhoon Pablo-hit towns of Boston, Cateel, Baganga, and Caraga recently received certificate of occupancy to their new homes during the latest round of housing turn over here.
Implemented under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Provincial Government, this massive housing project holds the promise of returning people quickly to their normal lives after the unprecedented disaster which laid waste their townsin 2012.
Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.
The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.
Communications with Communities (CwC) was established as an inter-cluster communication support service and coordination mechanism. The information needs and preferred communication channels assessment was also conducted in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and other humanitarian media groups.
Zamboanga Siege (September)
In 2014, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its operations to support the recovery of people affected by previous disasters, specifically Typhoon Bopha which struck eastern Mindanao on December 2012; the 2013 typhoons and floods season which devastated parts of eastern Luzon; the Central Visayas earthquake on October 2013 which destroyed a large part of the province of Bohol; and most notably, Typhoon Haiyan which struck in November 2013 and killed more than 6,800 people and affected more than six million people across several provinces.
Period covered by this Final Report: 5 December 2012 to 31 October 2014
Appeal target (current): CHF 16,267,217
Appeal coverage: 50 percent
21 December 2012: An emergency appeal launched for CHF 16,267,217 to assist 40,000 families (some 200,000 people) for 18 months
5 December 2012: A preliminary emergency appeal issued for CHF 4,523,369 to cover 10,000 families (some 50,000 people) over 11 months
COMPOSTELA, The Philippines – The mismatched collection of canvas tents and makeshift houses tucked away in a remote village are still home to a hundred typhoon Bopha survivors, who continue to endure difficult living conditions in what is called the ‘tent city’. It is a place Plutarco Sahulan refuses to call home.
It has now been two years since typhoon Bopha (locally known as Pablo) struck this town, but all Plutarco has been able to build since his family moved is a makeshift house made from scraps and tattered plastic sheets.
MANILA, March 19 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released an initial P400 million to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) under the National Greening Program.
The amount, representing 40 percent of the total P1.0-billion funding requirement of the project as recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC), will be charged against the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (RRP) under the FY 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.
Some 3,086 families in Compostela Valley left homeless by Typhoon Pablo recently received their permanent shelters from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the provincial government through the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).
Under the MSAP, the construction of the shelter units was funded by DSWD, while the provincial government took charge of the site development, land preparation, and engineering requirements.
About 1,840 families in the three Typhoon Pablo-hit areas in Davao Oriental received permanent housing units during the turnover ceremony on February 3.
Implemented under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the housing project is a joint venture between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which bankrolls the funds, and the provincial government which shoulders the acquisition of resettlement sites.
The town of Baganga received 920 shelter units; Cateel, 770; and Boston, 150.
DAVAO ORIENTAL, February 9, 2015 – Some 1,840 families in the three typhoon Pablo-hit areas in the province became recipients to this year’s first distribution of permanent shelters held on February 3, 2015.
Implemented under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), this massive housing project is a joint venture between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who bankrolls the funds and the Provincial Government who shoulders the acquisition of resettlement sites.
Reference Guide - Communication and Complex Emergencies is a reference guide developed by the University of Adelaide’s Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) and the Australian Civil–Military Centre (ACMC).
This guide examines the broad topic of communication and its role in a range of different humanitarian and complex emergency situations. Such situations demand communication initiatives that support and promote humanitarian relief efforts, conflict reduction processes, and post-conflict transition and recovery.