Philippines: Typhoon Fengshen Emergency appeal No. MDRPH004 Operations update No. 5

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Period covered by this operations update: 16 December 2008 to 28 February 2009

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,996,287 (USD 1.88 million or EUR 1.34 million)

Appeal coverage: To date, the revised appeal is 99% covered.

Appeal history:

- 24 June 2008: A preliminary emergency appeal was launched for CHF 8,310,213 (USD 8 million or EUR 5.1 million) for 12 months to assist 6,000 families.

- 31 December 2008: This emergency appeal was revised down to CHF 1,996,287 (USD 1.88 million or EUR 1.34 million) for 12 months to assist 1,000 families.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the International Federation's DREF.

Summary: The emergency shelter and relief, water and sanitation, and health components of the operation are now closed, having achieved their respective objectives. Following this phase, emphasis is now focused on the Philippine National Red Cross's capacity building components, especially in disaster management and logistics.

Despite the numerous financial constraints and logistics challenges, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) through support from International Federation has managed to provide 1,000 families in two provinces with transitional shelter with latrines expected to last from five to eight years. However, while the national society and Federation have accomplished what they set out to do in terms of providing shelter for those in need according to the available funding, a decision was made to move forward and construct an additional 300 houses with latrines more than the existing 1,000. The remaining portion of funds from the 2006 Typhoons operations equalling CHF 524,258 (USD 466,696 or EUR 343,825) should provide the International Federation the possibility of addressing the shelter needs of 300 more households affected by Typhoon Fengshen, thus setting a new goal of 1,300 houses in total.

Activities are expected to be implemented by the end of June 2009 which is within the timeframe of the current appeal. A final report for the core relief and recovery activities will be available by the end of September 2009.