OVERVIEW: Over 3,000 families continue to live in tents, school buildings, improvised temporary shelters, and congested shanties as a result of the widespread destruction spawned by successive typhoons in late 2006 which also triggered mudflows along the slopes of Mayon Volcano that buried villages in Albay province. Government plans for the establishment of more transitional and permanent relocation sites are expected to progress in the succeeding months. However, further delay in the acquisition of lands and construction of permanent houses could have serious implications on the vulnerability of the affected families in evacuation centers as summer sets in and the next typhoon season looms on the horizon come June. Appropriate interventions are therefore imperative to adequately prepare displaced families in evacuation centers for the hazards posed by the summer as well as the onset of the typhoon season, with the aim of preventing outbreaks, injuries, and prevent the recurrence of a new wave of life-threatening conditions.
SHELTER: Collective plans for transitional and permanent resettlements by the government, the Red Cross and other participating agencies covers only 6.9% (21,357 housing units) from the 309,518 totally damaged houses.
EDUCATION: From the total of 704 elementary and secondary schools in Albay, 99% (702) have sustained varying severity of damages. With the total estimated cost of damage amounting to Php527.2 million, 23% (Php119 million) have been allocated by the government for the repair and reconstruction of damaged schools - Php61.7 million by the Department of Education (DepEd) and Php57.3 million to be released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
FOOD: The relief distribution of 294 metric tons of rice (50 kilogram/family) has initially started to cover rice requirements of 5,880 target recipient families in evacuation and transit centers as well as those residing in affected communities in Albay for a period of 1-2 months.
CAMP MANAGEMENT: 3,067 families in evacuation and transit centers in addition to the large number of IDPs spread in host communities in the Bicol region continue to require assistance in improvement of living conditions and support to restore livelihoods.
AGRICULTURE: The provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon are identified to have incurred massive livelihood distresses with severe damage of major livelihood systems including lowland rice, corn, and vegetable farmers, coconut and abaca farmers, marine fisher folks, and inland fisher folks.
HEALTH: There are no outbreaks of communicable diseases reported. However, the province of Albay is on alert for dengue fever with 5 cases already identified.
WASH: Water filtration units will be installed for 18 hospitals in Albay and Camarines Sur to improve status of water system in these facilities while 5,000 family packs will be delivered by UNICEF to Albay and Camarines Sur.
PROTECTION: Communicating plans for relocation and generating participation on the relocation process are needed to ensure the protection of displaced families in evacuation and transit centers.
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