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06 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programme summary: The 2008-2009 appeal to support the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) focused mainly on organizational development where emphasis was placed on the continuous expansion of volunteers based throughout the country and increasing the national society's capacity in disaster management and health care.

Financial situation: While the total budget for 2008 was placed at CHF 2,158,654 (USD 1.93 million or EUR 1.31 million), there were no funding contributions made to the 2008-2009 annual …

28 Feb 2009 description

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith has announced Australia will provide Php 32 million additional contribution to help reduce the risks of natural disasters in the Philippines.

With the grant provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Geosciences Australia will work with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and other technical agencies to implement a range of projects and activities over the next three years to strengthen natural hazard risk assessment capacity in the Philippines.

"As a regional neighbour and …

31 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2008

In brief

Programme(s) summary: The 2008-2009 appeal to support the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) focuses on organizational development, with an emphasis on expanding its volunteer base throughout the country, as well as increasing its capacity in disaster management and health and care.

Financial situation: The total budget for 2008 is CHF 2,158,654 (USD 1.93 million or EUR 1.31 million). Unfortunately, there have been no contributions to this appeal to date, and therefore, no expenditure under this appeal.

29 Dec 2008 description
report Oxfam

A year of wars, weather and financial woes hit the poor

For thousands of people around the world 2008 was a tough year, with a number of violent conflicts causing widespread suffering, and the triple crunch of climate change, the food crisis and the economic downturn hitting the poorest hardest, said Oxfam today.

In countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Sri Lanka, ongoing conflicts continue to blight the lives of millions of poor men, women and children, and impede progress in reducing poverty. In the DRC, renewed fighting has displaced hundred of thousands, and the Israeli blockade …

18 Dec 2008 description

CENTRAL MINDANAO, 18 December 2008 (IRIN) - The government is erecting bunkhouses in conflict-affected Mindanao in a bid to decongest schools being used as evacuation centres.

Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) are being housed in schools on the southern island following an upsurge in fighting between government forces and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in August.

According to the National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC), of the more than 300,000 displaced, some 75,000 are staying in evacuation centres, mainly schools.

"Usually, …

16 Dec 2008 description

Tacloban City (December 16) -- About 10 persons died due to the December 8 flooding in Region 8, the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 8 reported late afternoon of December 12, 2008.

The fatalities were identified as Jeoffrey Cobreros of Barangay General Lucban, Bobon, Northern Samar; Paterno Abendaño of Sitio Tarugan, Catarman, Northern Samar; Alfredo Mijares, Sr., 67, Barangay Bayha, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar; Danilo Mahinay, Barangay Roxas, Mondragon, Northern Samar; and Joy Zaidy of Barangay Roxas, Mondragon, Northern Samar.

The other fatalities were identified as Enrico …

10 Dec 2008 description

Tacloban City (December 10) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 8 has sent 500 family food packs and 150 packs used clothing for the flash flood affected families in the municipality of Jipapad, Eastern Samar.

Director Letecia Corillo said that the SWAD Team is still conducting validation and damage assessment in coordination with the concerned Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers at the affected municipalities to determine other support services needed by the family-victims.

10 Dec 2008 description

Reference: OCD Region VIII, Engr. Saises, CDDC of Las Navas, Northern Samar, Mayor Neil Alvarez, Jipapad ES, DPWH 8 and PIA 8

1. Background

The continuous rains as induced by the presence of Low Pressure Area (LPA) north of Northern Samar and south of Palawan on 8 December 2008 has caused flooding in Las Navas and Catubig of Northern Samar; and in Jipapad, Can-avid and Oras of Eastern Samar.

The weather is now fair and the water level has started to subside. People living in higher areas are now starting to go back to their respective houses.

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10 Dec 2008 description

Tacloban City (December 10) -- A total of 38,884 persons have been affected, six people died, while two others were injured in the recent flooding that hit Eastern and Northern Samar provinces.

The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council of Eastern Visayas under the Chairmanship of PRO 8 Director Abner Cabalquinto, reported that two persons died while another two persons are missing in Jipapad, Eastern Samar where 13 barangays have been submerged in flood waters up to 6 meters high.

10 Dec 2008 description

Quezon City (10 December) -- The state weather bureau warned of landslides and flashfloods in disaster-prone areas due to downpour in the coming days and possible development of a weak La Nina in the latter part of the year until first quarter of next year.

"Some models suggest the development of a weak La Niña during December to March 2009," Prisco D.

09 Dec 2008 description

by Rizalie Calibo

Siquijor (9 December) -- Heavy rains have triggered landslides, flooding and destruction of roads, bridges, agricultural farmlands as well as equipments in some homes and offices in Siquijor province. The province has experienced heavy rain downpour on December 5 and on December 8 and December 9, 2008.

In an initial report from the municipality of Larena, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Engr.

08 Dec 2008 description

Reference: OCD Region VII, Engr.Saises, cddc of Las Navas, Northern Samar, Mayor Neil Alvarez, Jipapad ES, DPWH 8 and PIA 8

1. Background

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) north of Northern Samar and south of Palawan has caused flooding in Las Navas and Catubig of Northern Samar; and in Jipapad and Oras of Eastern Samar

Weather Condition in Region 8 as of 10:30 PM today

- Leyte and Samar (cloudy skies)

- Southern Leyte, Biliran, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar (fair weather)

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08 Dec 2008 description

Philippines, Dec 08, 2008 - Incessant rains caused heavy flooding on Sunday (December 7), hitting three towns on Samar Island in the eastern Philippines that have displaced thousands of families and damaged crops and properties worth millions of pesos, authorities told the Inquirer. In Eastern Samar, a 16-year-old boy drowned as he tried to help a neighbor evacuate in Barangay village. The mayors of the three affected towns, Jipapad and Oras in Eastern Samar and Las Navas in Northern Samar, have all asked for assistance from their national governments.

06 Dec 2008 description

References: OCD Regional Centers II, III, IV-A, V, XI and CAR

I. Background

- The Inter tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas and Mindanao; the tail¬end of a cold front affecting Northern and Central Luzon; and the strong winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon affecting the seaboards of Luzon triggered continuous heavy rains which caused floodings in the low-lying areas in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela (Region II); Aurora (Region III); Quezon (Region IV¬A); Camarines Norte (Region V); Davao del Norte (Region XI); and Kalinga (CAR)

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05 Dec 2008 description

References: OCD Regional Centers II, III, IV-A, V, XI and CAR

I. Background

The Inter tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas and Mindanao; the tail-end of a cold front affecting Northern and Central Luzon; and the strong winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon affecting the seaboards of Luzon triggered continuous heavy rains which caused floodings in the low-lying areas in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela (Region II); Aurora (Region III); Quezon (Region IV-A); Camarines Norte (Region V); Davao del Norte (Region XI); and Kalinga (CAR)

05 Dec 2008 description

by EE Jerusalem and RB Manlangit

Legazpi City (5 December) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol field office is closely working with the provincial government of Camarines Norte to provide assistance to the flood victims in 114 barangays.

Continuous heavy rainfall caused by the tail-end of the cold front last Saturday resulted to heavy floodings in the low-lying areas and coastal barangays in Camarines Norte.

DSWD Bicol regional director Remia T. Tapispisan said that DSWD field office 5 has provided relief goods worth P366,361 as initial augmentation …

04 Dec 2008 description

Flooding in the east of Luzon Island left at least 16 dead and nine missing, based on estimates of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) that also indicate that over 412,000 people have been affected by the monsoon rains. The worst hit area is the Cayan province, where the NDCC refers over 28,000 people (5,800 families) were forced from their homes into makeshift shelters. Also the Visayas islands and the southern sector of the Mindanao Island are being struck by tropical storms.

03 Dec 2008 description

References: OCD Regional Centers II, III, V, XI and CAR

I. Background

- The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas and Mindanao; the tail-end of a cold front affecting Northern and Central Luzon; and the strong winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon affecting the seaboards of Luzon triggered continuous heavy rains which caused floodings in the low-lying areas in the provinces of Cagayan andIsabela (Region II); Aurora (Region III); Camarines Norte (Region V); Davao del Norte (Region XI); and Kalinga (CAR).

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03 Dec 2008 description

Kuala Lumpur, 2-4 December 2008

The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) is cognisant of its significant initiative in 2004 to endorse its ASEAN Regional Programme on Disaster Management (ARPDM) which it launched as a six-year programme until 2010. ASEAN is proud of its pioneering ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), which is a regional legal framework for multilateral cooperation and collaboration in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response in ASEAN.