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Philippines: Landslides and Floods (Appeal MDRPH001) Operations Update No. 5

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In Brief

Period covered: 28 April 2006 to 3 June 2006

Appeal target: CHF 2,664,579 (USD 2 million or EUR 1.67 million)

Appeal coverage: 116% (including confirmed direct contributions to the Philippine National Red Cross)

Appeal history:

A Preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 17 February 2006 for CHF 2,126,000 (USD 1.6 million or EUR 1.3 million) for six months.

On 8 March, appeal revised to CHF 2,593,000 (USD 2 million or EUR 1.67 million) to assist 8,000 beneficiaries for 18 months till August 2007, focussing on recovery and rehabilitation.

This operations update increased the appeal budget to CHF2,664,579 (USD 2.2 million or EUR 1.7 million)

Final report is due on 30 November 2007.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 200,000.

Operational Summary: Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), with support of the Federation, continues to provide relief assistance to people affected by the Southern Leyte landslides and floods. Focus is now on the rehabilitation of the identified 191 affected families in Catmon and assistance to other affected families through the provision of food and non-food items.

Background

More than four months has passed since the 17 February 2006 massive landslides in barangay (village) Guinsaugon, St. Bernard Town, Southern Leyte. At present, most of the affected families are still living in four evacuation centres namely Catmon Elementary School, St. Bernard Central School, Cristo Rey High School and Iglesia ni Cristo.

The PNRC is implementing the specified appeal objectives in close coordination with the local government unit in St. Bernard Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council and Southern Leyte Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council. The focus is the rehabilitation of the identified 191 affected families in Catmon and assistance to other affected families through the provision of food and non-food items. Occasional rain showers have been experienced in the area due to the effects of the monsoon. The last tropical storm "Caloy" (Chanchu) last 11-18 May 2006 triggered minor landslides in the town of Sogod. The PNRC Southern Leyte chapter, based in the town of St. Bernard, immediately responded to the affected areas to conduct assessment and provide basic relief assistance to the affected families. Although evacuation of threatened populations was undertaken, families have returned to their homes since the typhoon passed.

Operational Developments

Coordination between the local government, NGOs and PNRC has improved considerably. A two-day coordination workshop organized by the St. Bernard Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council was funded by the Federation. It resulted in a coordinated rehabilitation plan including psychosocial support, relief, water and sanitation activities. The coordination workshop brought together representatives of the affected/ beneficiaries, local government and other organizations.

People still remain in four evacuation centres and are being provided basic assistance. Although some organizations have started to build houses in one of the two identified construction sites where the government provided land, beneficiaries have yet to move into completed houses as water supply problems have not been solved.

Consequently relief assistance is continuing to people living in the evacuation centres. At the same time, longer- term assistance and programmes are gaining momentum. A few, mainly local, organizations remain in the area whereas other NGOs, supporting activities, visit the area from time to time. After a period of mainly provision of relief by PNRC volunteers, the PNRC is now increasing its presence of staff in line with the start of longer-term recovery and rehabilitation programmes. The PNRC volunteers are still actively serving 191 families in the Catmon evacuation centre as well as the 30 families within the church compound with food supplies and sanitary items.

For further information:

Philippine National Red Cross: Corazon Alma De Leon (secretary-general); email: hsl@skyinet.net;Phone: +63.2.527.0854; or Raul Garganera (manager of disaster management services); email: iloilo@redcross.org.ph;Phone: +63.2.527.0864

Federation country delegation in Philippines: Erling Andersen (Federation representative);email: erling.andersen@ifrc.org; Phone: +63.917.880.6844; Mobile: +63.2.527.6227

Federation regional delegation in Bangkok: Michael Annear (head of regional disaster management unit); email: michael.annear@ifrc.org; Phone: +66.2.661.8201; or Alan Bradbury (regional programme coordinator); email: alan.bradbury@ifrc.org; Phone: +66.2.661.8201; or Bekele Geleta (head of regional delegation); email: bekele.geleta@ifrc.org; Phone: +66.2.661.8201 ext 100

In Geneva: Southeast Asia desk, Charles Evans/Sabine Feuglet; email: charles.evans@ifrc.org or sabine.feuglet@ifrc.org; Phone: +41.22.730.4320/4349; Fax: +41.22.733.0395

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For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

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