Philippines

Philippines: Landslides and Floods Appeal No. MDRPH001 Operations Update No. 8

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Period covered by this Operations Update: 1 July 2007 - 31 January 2008
Appeal target (current): CHF 2.83 million (USD 2.30 million or EUR 1.70 million)
Appeal coverage: 99%;

Appeal history:

- A preliminary appeal was launched on 17 February 2006 for CHF 2.13 million (USD 1.73 million or EUR 1.29 million) for six months.

- On 8 March 2006, the appeal was revised to CHF 2.59 million to assist 8,000 beneficiaries for 18 months, to 31 August 2007, focusing on recovery and rehabilitation.

- On 22 June 2006, the appeal budget was increased to CHF 2.66 million (USD 2.17 million or EUR 1.62 million) as recorded in Operations Update no. 5.

- In June 2007, the budget was revised to CHF 2.83 million, taking into consideration support from the Geneva secretariat in programming and fundraising, and documented in Operations Update no. 6.

-Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 200,000 (USD 162,602 or EUR 121,212).

Summary:

During the reporting period, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), with support from the International Federation, focused its efforts on completing the construction of the 96 duplex units (192 single housing units) in Catmon. The duplex units are constructed for the families who were affected by the landslide in St Bernard, Southern Leyte. These families are from the barangays (villages) of Hinabin, Kauswagan and Magatas.

While the emergency relief and psychosocial support components of the operation are now completed, the main focus of the operation is now on finalizing the public works of the 96 duplex units and building the capacity of the Southern Leyte chapter. To date, all 96 duplex units have been built. Currently, electricity and water supply have to be connected to all the units before full occupancy can be made.

It is hoped that the capacity building of the Leyte and Southern Leyte PNRC chapters will be finalized by 30 April and that the operation will come to a close by 31 May.

The situation

It has been almost two years since a landslide buried the barangay (village) of Guinsaugon in the province of Southern Leyte, eastern Philippines. The 17 February 2006 incident which buried 281 houses and a school filled with elementary students and teachers, resulted in 1,126 people being killed and affected some 8,000 people directly and indirectly.

While no further landslides have occurred since the incident, the barangay and its surrounding region have been proclaimed by the Philippine Mine and Geosciences Bureau to be vulnerable as it is prone to landslides and earthquakes. Extra precaution has been taken with the construction of the duplex units, taking into consideration the geological events in the area.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Philippines: Philippine National Red Cross: Corazon Alma De Leon (secretary-general); email: hsl@skyinet.net; Phone: +63.2.527.0854; or Benjamin Delfin II (officer-in-charge of the disaster management services); email: benjiedelfin@yahoo.com.ph; Phone: +63.2.527.0864

In Philippines: Federation country office: Roger Bracke (head of country office); email: roger.bracke@ifrc.org; Mobile: +63.917.880.6844; Phone: +63.2.524.3151

In Thailand: Federation Southeast Asia regional office: Alan Bradbury (acting head of regional office), phone: + 66 2 661 8201, email: alan.bradbury@ifrc.org or Michael Annear (head of regional disaster management unit), phone: + 66 2 661 8201, email: michael.annear@ifrc.org

In Malaysia: Asia-Pacific Zone office: Amy Gaver (disaster management delegate), email: amy.gaver@ifrc.org, phone: +603 9207 5724, fax: +60 3 2161 0670, mobile: +60 12 220 1174; or Jeremy Francis (regional logistics coordinator), email: jeremy.francis@ifrc.org, phone: +60 12 298 9752, fax: +60 3 2168 8573

In Geneva: Federation secretariat: Ms. Christine South (Asia Pacific operations coordinator), email: christine.south@ifrc.org, mobile: +41 79 308 9824, phone: +41 22 730 4529