Philippines: Typhoons Emergency Appeal No. MDRPH005 Operations Update No. 11

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Operations Update: 1 to 31 January 2010.

Appeal target (current): CHF 16,286,096 (USD 16.1 million or EUR 10.8 million).

Appeal coverage: With contributions received to date, the appeal is 39 per cent covered in cash and kind, and including those in the pipeline, it is approximately 49 per cent covered. On behalf of Philippine Red Cross, the International Federation would like to thank all partners for their quick and generous response to this intervention.

Appeal history:

- This emergency appeal was issued 23 October 2009 for CHF 16,286,096 (USD 16.1 million or EUR 10.8 million) for eighteen months to assist approximately 110,000 families (550,000 people).

- A revised preliminary emergency appeal was issued 12 October 2009 for CHF 6,854,640 (USD 6.65 million or EUR 4.51 million) for nine months to assist 200,000 beneficiaries.

- A preliminary emergency appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 1 October 2009 for CHF 3,086,571 (USD 2.98 million or EUR 2.45 million) for nine months to assist 200,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the International Federation's DREF to support Philippine Red Cross in its initial response.

Summary: After a brief lull in the implementation rate for the second half of December 2009 due to the holiday period, relief and early recovery activities picked up in January 2010. As of 31 January 2010, most of the nonfood items dispatched to the respective Philippine Red Cross chapters in December have been distributed to beneficiary families as revalidation of beneficiary lists [for shelter interventions] hit top gear. Health and hygiene promotion also progressed concurrently while shelter activities took shape; construction of nine model houses in Laguna has been completed and planning for a large-scale rollout advanced.

To date, cash and in-kind contributions to this intervention have been received from American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross/Australian government, Austrian Red Cross, British Red Cross/British government, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, German Red Cross, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China, Icelandic Red Cross, Iranian Red Crescent, Irish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Republic of Korea Red Cross, Luxembourg Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross/New Zealand government, Norwegian Red Cross/Norwegian government, and Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government. Support has also been received from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), the OPEC Fund for International Development and the Italian government.

On behalf of Philippine Red Cross, the International Federation would like to thank all partners and donors for their generous and invaluable contributions to this appeal.

More funds are, however, urgently needed to enable the Red Cross to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to typhoon-affected people. As it is, due to the low coverage of this appeal, only a smaller number of targeted beneficiary families can be assisted in the immediate-term. For instance, with regard to transitional shelter, only 1,500 of the targeted 6,500 families can be covered with the available funding while just 4,000 of the targeted 10,000 families can be provided with shelter repair kits. Additional support from partners is, therefore, crucial to meet outstanding needs.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, Philippine National Red Cross has adopted a new name - Philippine Red Cross. This follows the approval of a Red Cross bill in the last quarter of 2009. The bill also recognizes the national society as an independent and autonomous humanitarian organization, auxiliary to the government.