Philippines

Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 7 | 1 to 31 July 2016

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Philippines is actively working towards fulfillment of WHS core commitments.

  • Farmers are just beginning to recover from the effects of El Niño as La Niña begins.

  • Typhoon Koppu in October 2015 displaced over one million people. The Central Emergency Response Fund was a key tool for the international humanitarian community to support the Government.

  • July is National Disaster Consciousness Month to raise awareness of the country’s disaster awareness programmes.

FIGURES

Basilan Displacement

# of IDPs in municipalities of AlBarka, Tipo-Tipo and Ungkaya Pukan 15,220

Source: Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office-Basilan (as of 29 July 2016)

Butig, Lanao del Sur Displacement

# of IDPs hosted by friends and relatives 10,990

Source: ARMM-HEART (as of 28 July 2016)

Zamboanga Crisis

  • IDPs in transitional sites 13,989

  • “Home-based” IDPs hosted by friends and relatives or renting temporary homes 7,700*

  • IDPs who transferred to permanent housing 7,640

Source: Zamboanga City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) (as of 25 July 2016

Protection Cluster (as of 4 December 2015)

Zamboanga CSWD )as of 1 August 2016)

World Humanitarian Summit: Update on Philippine core commitments

The upcoming World Humanitarian Day on 19 August is an opportunity to take the discussion of core commitments made during the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, and turn them into concrete action. At the Summit. the Philippines pledged to sustain political engagement to address the root causes of conflict by investing in inclusive and peaceful societies. The Philippine delegation also committed to uphold international laws and norms on human rights, armed conflicts and refugees and to work for the passage of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Bill. In terms of disaster risk reduction, they stated that the country would accelerate the reduction of disaster and climate-related risks by: open sharing of risk information and common and fundamental operational data sets among Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) actors across the emergency cycle; capacitating local actors, governments and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); and continuing to engage the private sector in disaster risk reduction initiatives. Lastly, the delegation pledged to enhance financing and social support to vulnerable communities by implementing disaster risk financing and increasing investment for risk resilience.

Mindanao peace process

The current administration’s efforts toward continuing the peace process in Mindanao is a positive step towards finding political solutions to end conflict. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated during his 25 July State of the Nation Address (SONA) his desire to end the decades-long struggle in the southern Philippines, and to strengthen the government’s counterterrorism programmes. Nonstate armed groups Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) recently signed a joint agreement aimed at coordinating their separate peace plans with the government.

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