On 19 October 2016, the typhoon made landfall in Cagayan in the evening as a category 4 storm.(Gov't of the Philippines, 20 Oct 2016)
Eight deaths, all males, including two minors and an infant, have so far been attributed to this storm. These deaths all occurred from landslides in CAR. Additionally, there are two people reported missing. A total of 53,433 people were displaced in CAR and Regions I, II, III, IV-A and V, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (OCHA, 21 Oct 2016)
About 68 per cent of the 148,000 still displaced by Typhoon Haima, as of 23 October, are in Region II. There are still 36,000 people in evacuation centres and another 112,000 people who are home-based. The number of damaged or destroyed houses has risen in excess of 46,000. Damages to agriculture and fishing have exceeded PhP646 million (US$14 million) in Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) and Region I. The Government is leading the humanitarian response and has formally declined the Humanitarian Coordinator’s offer of assistance. (OCHA, 23 Oct 2016)
As of 25 October, the total number of people displaced dropped to 37,678, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The Government’s Response pillar downgraded to “blue” alert on 23 October, indicating limited activation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s Operations Center, with national agencies directly coordinating continuing relief activities. (OCHA, 25 Oct 2016)
As of 28 October, nearly 31,000 people remained displaced in Region III and Cordillera Administrative Region as a result of Typhoon Haima (4,000 people are in 20 evacuation centres and 27,000 are hosted by relatives and friends). The Government, local and international NGOs are providing assistance to the affected communities. (OCHA, 31 Oct 2016)
As of 31 October, assessments reports from far-flung areas affected by Typhoon Haima continue to come in, with some municipalities incurring damage to 100 per cent of homes. In its latest report, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recorded more than 168,000 damaged and 29,000 destroyed houses. Over 65 per cent of the damaged homes were concentrated in Cagayan and Isabela provinces. Also hard-hit was CAR, where 18 per cent of the overall damaged and destroyed homes were located. (OCHA, 31 Oct 2016)
As of 10 November, about 31,000 people are displaced in Region III (Central Luzon) by Typhoon Haima, which hit the Philippines on 19 October. Of the total number of displaced people, 3,600 people remain inside evacuation centres in the provinces of Tarlac, Bulacan and Pampanga. Nearly 270,000 houses were destroyed, mostly in Cagayan and Isabela provinces. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to lead the government’s transition to recovery, providing emergency shelter funds and cash-for-work programming to affected families. (OCHA, 14 Nov 2016)
Preliminary official estimates indicated that, as of 4 November, about 400,000 hectares of paddy, maize and high value crops (such as mango, banana, papaya, cassava and vegetables) were adversely affected by both typhoons Haima and Sarika, which hit in quick succession. The overall damage to the agriculture sector was estimated to be close to USD 234 million. However, the overall impact on 2016 cereal crops is expected to be limited. (FAO, 16 Nov 2016)
By mid-December, almost two months after Typhoon Haima struck, affected regions have shifted from emergency response to recovery. Housing, infrastructure and agricultural damage are some of the major concerns. At least 23 deaths were attributed to Typhoon Haima and more than 260,000 people were moved to evacuation centres. (OCHA, 13 Dec 2016)
On 20 December, the IFRC revised its appeal. It is now seeking 2,007,914 Swiss francs (reduced from just under 3 million Swiss francs) to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering assistance and support to 29,210 people (increased from 20,000 people) affected by Typhoon Haima over 10 months. The operation will focus on health; water, sanitation and hygiene; shelter; food, nutrition, and livelihoods; disaster risk reduction and National Society capacity building. Major changes include the use of cash transfer programming in the recovery phase in support of shelter and livelihoods interventions. Relief operations have continued since the onset of the disaster, focusing on food and non-food items. However, the priority has now moved to support shelter and livelihoods recovery as two of the most significantly impacted sectors. (IFRC, 20 Dec 2016)
Three powerful typhoons ploughed across the northern Philippines in October and December 2016, striking at the heart of the most important agricultural region of the country. Typhoon Sarika struck prime rice growing areas in mid-October 2016, causing widespread flooding and wind-related crop damage. It was followed several days later by Super Typhoon Haima, which stuck further north. Finally, Super Typhoon Nock-Ten ravaged the minor producing region of Bicol southeast of the capital, Manila, on Christmas day.
At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.
• Typhoon Nock-Ten-affected regions sustain heavy damage to agriculture and infrastructure as humanitarian actors find ways to further assist government recovery efforts.
• A Catanduanes community finds that preparedness and evacuation measures can achieve zero casualties.
• FAO augments government assistance to Typhoon Sarika and Haima-affected farmers.
• Flash flooding displaces thousands in Mindanao and Visayas.
• An inclusive dialogue with stakeholders ensures a safe and dignified return for Lumads in Mindanao.
Natural hazards and disaster events affected more than 10 million people in the Philippines in 2016. El Niño and tropical cyclones topped list of events with significant impact. For the first seven months of the year, El Niño contributed to several hundred million dollars in crop losses across the country, impacting the production of rice, vegetables and high-value crops. Thousands of farmers and their farmlands were affected. As the country entered typhoon season, drought gave way to tropical cyclones.
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 28 - The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) joined hands with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte in rehabilitating the livelihood of over 600 municipal fisherfolk affected by recent calamities.
Held at the Centennial Arena of Laoag City on Wednesday, January 25, the awarding of over 10.8 million pesos worth of fishery projects and equipment was a joint effort to mend the typhoon damage to the livelihood of affected fisherfolk.
MANILA, Jan 24 2017 (IPS) - The Philippines, a tiny developing country, has joined the colossal world of space technology, building its second microsatellite that it plans to launch late this year or in early 2018 — not to study other planets, but to monitor weather patterns and climate change to protect the country’s natural resources and improve disaster risk management.
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MAKATI CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- The Makati City Council has approved the release of P15-million as financial assistance to 27 local government units (LGUs) directly affected by Typhoon Nina in the provinces of Quezon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Marinduque.
Mayor Abby Binay had initiated the move as an expression of sympathy and support for the typhoon victims of the said LGUs, all of which are sister-localities of the city.
Typhoon Nock Ten (locally known as Nina) struck the Philippines, making eight landfalls between 25 and 26 December, with gusts of up to 285 km/h and winds of 235 km/h. Affected areas are the Bicol region (Region V), Mimaropa, Calabarzon and Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). Nearly 2 million people were affected and at least three people were killed. 1.4 million of the affected are in Cantanduanes, Albay, and Camerines Sur, in Bicol.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with several earthquakes and around 20 tropical cyclones per year among other natural calamities.
In 2015, the European Commission made available a total of € 2.1 million in response to the decades-long armed conflict in the southernmost island of Mindanao, which has displaced more than 495 000 individuals since 2012.
This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 2,007,914 Swiss francs (reduced from 2,994,770 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering assistance and support to 29,210 people (increased from 20,000 people) affected by Typhoon Haima over 10 months. The operation will focus on health; water, sanitation and hygiene; shelter; food, nutrition, and livelihoods; disaster risk reduction and National Society capacity building.
Bangkok, 20th December 2016 – The European Commission is providing € 328 000 in humanitarian aid funding to channel emergency relief to communities affected by two powerful typhoons which struck the country back to back recently, Typhoons Sarika and Haima (locally known as ‘Karen’ and ‘Lawin’, respectively). The aid will focus on providing assistance to meet the most pressing needs of 17 000 people in some of the worst hit provinces, namely Aurora, Cagayan, Catanduanes, Kalinga and Nueva Vizcaya.
ACTED facilitated the organisation of learning visits to Mindanao for 39 participants, including municipal councellors, agriculturists, farmer groups who won the Challenge Fund, local service providers (LSPs) and ACTED staff. The participants were split into three groups:
18 participants visited the Bansalan Municipality (Davao del Sur) to learn about goat raising, food production, and sloping agricultural land technology, through practical trainings.
- WFP provided food and cash assistance to 138,700 people in central Mindanao to improve their food security.
- WFP organized the second forum on Forecast-based Financing (FbF) in the Philippines and called on the national government and other stakeholders to strengthen the link between scientific information, early warning and disaster preparedness.
• The Indigenous community continue to undergo protracted displacement in Mindanao, where they lack access to basic social services.
• Skills training in Zamboanga City support peacebuilding efforts and help families displaced by the 2013 conflict.
• Typhoon Haima affected regions have shifted from emergency response to recovery, with housing, infrastructure and agricultural damage being one of the major concerns.
# of displaced persons* 2,376,723
Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan province, at 11 p.m. on 19 October as a Category 4 typhoon with sustained winds of 225 km/h and gusts of up to 315 km/h. Rice has sustained the most damage in the agricultural sector. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmland were affected, of which more than one third has no chance of recovery.
MANILA, Dec. 3 - Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III released P2,261,000 in total wages to Ilocos Norte’s 715 informal sector workers who were affected by Lawin and Ineng.
The payment took place during the celebration of the province’s Tan-ok Festival last week, about a month after typhoon Lawin wreaked havoc in the northernmost part of Region 1.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today released its Week 3 Accomplishment Report on the ESCAP or Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) which details Total Funded vs Distributed ESCAP. The covered period of the 3rd report is from November 23 to 29.
Under the ESCAP, residents affected by Typhoon Lawin will receive financial assistance. Those with partially damaged houses are being given P10,000, while those with totally destroyed houses will receive P30,000.
Solana, Cagayan; 27 November 2016 – A network of organizations comes to the aid of farmers affected by Typhoon Lawin by giving out seed and fertilizer response packages to jumpstart the province’s transition to ecological agriculture.
The People’s Food Movement -- together with local organizations, such as the Green Meadows Foundation and Solana Ecological Agriculture Group; the Local Government of Solana, Cagayan; and Greenpeace Philippines -- gave out organic seeds, fertilizers, and other farm inputs to 150 farmers in the municipality.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided the Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) worth P135,260,000 to 27,052 households affected by Typhoon Lawin from November 7 to 18, 2016.
ESCAP is the assistance immediately provided to victims of disasters with partially and totally damaged houses. A uniform amount of P5,000 was given to each families as an initial help in rebuilding their homes.