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28 Jul 2015 description

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.

28 Jul 2015 description

By Venus G. Villanueva

KALIBO, Aklan, July 28 (PIA6) -- The provincial government of Aklan, through its Aklan Rivers Development Council (ARDC), will be spearheading a clean-up drive of the Aklan River’s tributaries located in the municipalities of Libacao, Madalag, Malinao, Lezo, Banga, Numancia and Kalibo, Aklan on August 14, 2015.

28 Jul 2015 description

QUEZON CITY, July 27 -- Aside from its regular programs on boosting productivity, the Department of Agriculture said it preemptive and quick disaster response mechanisms have enabled the agriculture sector become resilient from the adverse effects of calamities.

Agriculture Secretary Alcala in a statement said that for instance, despite considerable damage caused by typhoons on the industry, the country was able to attain in 2013 the highest rice harvest in history at 18.4 million metric tons.

27 Jul 2015 description


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.

24 Jul 2015 description


Production loss in Pangasinan agri spawned by typhoons and monsoon rains reaches P26-M

DAGUPAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) – The total production losses in the province’s agriculture sector spawned by two typhoons and the monsoon rains reached P26- million, with more losses reported during the recent flooding.

23 Jul 2015 description

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jul 23 (PIA) - The Samar First District Engineering Office makes sure that soon to be constructed school buildings for Senior High Schools will be typhoon resilient.

In a statement by Nette Gomez of the DPWH Samar 1, she said that this was brought out during their regular meeting.

Project Engineers of school buildings recommended that the school sites need embankment, and soil exploration first for a better foundation to produce high quality school buildings which are typhoon resilient.

23 Jul 2015 description


All children deserve safe, accessible and culturally appropriate school buildings — regardless of class, creed, gender or ability. When children live in hazard-prone places where high winds, earthquakes, floods and other hazards threaten them, they need schools and grounds that protect them.

Yet recent disasters around the world attest to the fragility of many schools.

23 Jul 2015 description

Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.

Rainfall & El Niño

Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards


22 Jul 2015 description

1) PAKISTAN - Severe weather
• Heavy rain affected several areas of Pakistan over the last week, triggered river and lake overflow in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab provinces, affecting mostly the district of Chitral in northern KP.
• As of 19 July, the Provincial Disaster Management reports two people dead and widespread infrastructure damage. As a result, nearly 200,000 people are affected in Chitral, according to media, as of 21 July.

22 Jul 2015 description


Director‟s Note and About Us

Negotiators closer to a Paris Agreement

Small Island Developing States the focus of new Meteorology Programme

Addressing Climate Change Loss and Damage in the Pacific

U.S White House mentions SPREP and Peace Corps partnership

Unambiguous Warming in the Western Pacific Caused by Human Activity
Building Capacity on Oceans in Palau

The Village that Banned Seawalls

Lessons from Cyclone Pam help Vanuatu Media prepare for future events

21 Jul 2015 description
report World Bank

The Project is expected to benefit over 13 million people

NEW DELHI, July 16, 2015 - The Government of India, the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the World Bank today signed a $250 million credit agreement for the Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project to restore, improve and enhance the resilience of public services and livelihoods of communities affected by cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh. The Project will also increase the capacity of the state to respond promptly and effectively to an emergency.

21 Jul 2015 description

By Becky Webb, IFRC

Weeks of heavy rain have deluged the Solomon Islands over the last month, affecting an estimated 10,000 people across the country. The rains, which began at the end of June, intensified in early July with the arrival of cyclone Raquel and the prolonged downpours have blocked many roads and access routes and also affected power and communications lines.

21 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 July 2015

Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.

21 Jul 2015 description
report CIVICUS
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Executive Summary

From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.

“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.