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27 May 2016 description

Nearly two years since typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, advocacy teams from ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision take a step back to evaluate their respective advocacy engagements. This report puts together what different agencies saw as strengths and successes in their respective advocacy work. It looks at gains in achieving both formal policy changes and behavior changes of relevant sectors or communities.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Government of the Philippines and WFP inaugurated the Visayas Disaster Response Center, which aims to enhance the emergency response capacity in the Philippines.

  • WFP released the initial results of its Emergency Food Security Assessment to determine the impact of El Niño on households in Mindanao and their livelihoods.

  • It is anticipated that with the upcoming elections in May, this period could be potentially turbulent and affect WFP operations.

22 May 2016 description
report Medair

Lausanne/London, 23 May 2016 - In November 2013, the most powerful typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, Haiyan, struck the Philippines killing 6,000 people, and leaving four million people in need of shelter.

Within 48 hours, Medair had sent its emergency team to assess the damage and start a reconstruction project in communities which were completely destroyed around Dulag, on the island of Leyte, eastern Visayas.

18 May 2016 description

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, on his mission to the Philippines from 21 to 31 July 2015.

17 May 2016 description

Due to the growing world population, it is estimated that global food production will need to increase by 60 percent to feed over 9.5 billion people by 2050. Worldwide, the livelihood of 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture. These small-scale farmers, herders, fishers and forest-dependent communities generate more than half of the global agricultural production and are particularly at risk from disasters that destroy or damage harvests, equipment, supplies, livestock, seeds, crops and stored food.

17 May 2016 description
report GFDRR

Since 1990, the Philippines has been affected by 565 natural disaster events, which have claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 Filipinos and caused an estimated $23 billion in damages, making it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Typhoons account for 74% of these fatalities and 70% of agricultural damage.

17 May 2016 description

By Christie R. House

May 12, 2016, PORTLAND, Ore. — Even in the bleakest of times, God can forge a path to bring people out of their deep despair into a resilient future of hope and promise. In the aftermath of a disaster, the path is most often cut by many hands together, and in some communities, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) becomes a valuable partner for sorting out immediate relief needs, planning long-term recovery goals, and assessing better ways to predict and prepare for the next disaster before it strikes.

17 May 2016 description

Humanitarian aid must overcome its blind spot on ageing, says HelpAge International

HelpAge International is calling for a more targeted humanitarian response for older people in conflicts and emergencies, after finding that less than one percent of recent humanitarian financing goes towards older people.

15 May 2016 description
report Christian Aid

NEW REPORT: CITIES IN POLLUTING COUNTRIES MOST AT RISK FROM CLIMATE INDUCED COASTAL FLOODING

  • Miami and Kolkata ranked as most vulnerable coastal cities exposed to flooding
  • Cities in carbon polluters USA, China and India most at risk
  • UK ranks in the top 25 for most exposed future coastline
  • Next week’s World Humanitarian Summit offers hope to tackle problem

To mark the start of Christian Aid Week, a new report by the charity highlights the world cities most at risk from future coastal flooding.

05 May 2016 description

This analysis of the economic recovery of households in the Philippines badly affected by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) explores how microfinance can improve its role before and after such disasters hit.

Microfinance is now an embedded feature of almost all low and middle income countries inextricably linked to the development of local markets and economies. These countries are often the most exposed to extreme climate events.

04 May 2016 description

By MJ Evalarosa, IFRC

As it nears the end of its three-year operation to help communities to recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Visayas region of central Philippines, the Red Cross has helped build or repair more than 72,000 homes.

03 May 2016 description
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DFID Management Response to ITAD Evaluation of the UK’s Humanitarian Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Section 1 – Context - English version

The evaluation focuses on both the initial response in the first 3 to 4 months, which constituted largely relief, and the transition to recovery during 2014. It addresses 3 evaluation objectives, with a particular focus on cross-cutting issues such as:

  • value for money (VfM)
  • accountability
  • violence against women and girls (VAWG) and protection
02 May 2016 description

More than 1,900 completed shelters made for typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected families in Bantayan Island in Cebu were formally turned over to the beneficiaries by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on May 1, 2016.

The shelter project in Bantayan Island, particularly in the municipalities of Madridejos and Bantayan, were done by the PRC in partnership with German Red Cross and was done under PRC’s Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program. More than 500 houses are still to be built in Bantayan Island for those who lost their homes to typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • 32 of 81 provinces in the Philippines are suffering drought.

  • Small-scale farmers hit by the drought in parts of Mindanao are exhausting coping strategies while local authorities work to deliver assistance.

  • 23,000 people remain displaced in Zamboanga City two and half years after the September 2013 conflict.

  • The Philippines seeks international classification for its search and rescue teams.

  • Philippine private sector gears up disaster preparedness ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

28 Apr 2016 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development –Field Office VI (DSWD-FO VI) will release the shelter assistance, amounting to P8.2 million, for the municipality of San Dionisio in Iloilo by the first week of May, assured DSWD- FO VI Regional Director Rebecca Geamala.

The Municipality of San Dionisio is one of those where the DSWD implements directly the payout of the shelter assistance in as much as the local government unit does not have exemption from the election ban.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • 105,000 people in Luzon and Mindanao were provided with food and cash assistance in March to improve their food security.

  • WFP has been providing technical support to the Government in conducting the Emergency Food Security Assessment to assess the impact of El Niño in Mindanao.

  • Ongoing military operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mindanao triggers sporadic armed encounters which impact WFP operations in the area.

WFP Assistance

25 Apr 2016 description

New tech allows for rapid and detailed assessments of vulnerable farmland

25 April 2016 - In a bid to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change, floods and typhoons on food security, the Government of the Philippines and FAO have started using unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands are most at risk from natural disasters and quickly assess damages after they strike.

23 Apr 2016 description

The ADB program in the Philippines has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

ADB has been a strong development partner of the Philippines, its host country, with average annual lending of $745 million in the last 10 years.

19 Apr 2016 description
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April 19th, 2015 ― Doha: A delegation of Qatar Red Crescent Society has visited the Philippines to inaugurate a housing project, as part of a development program of the Qatar Alliance for the Relief of the Peoples of Somalia and the Philippines, at a total value of $2,256,209 (QR 8,211,020).

QRCS was represented by Mr. Rashid bin Saad Al-Mohannadi, Director, Social Development Department.

The one-year project involved building 650 housing units, seven classrooms, and a depot in northern Tacloban.