Period covered by this operations update: 1 to 30 April 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 53 per cent covered in cash and kind, and including those in the pipeline, it is approximately 67 per cent covered.
Summary: The relief phase of this operation effectively concluded in March 2010. In April, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) - with support of IFRC - intensified implementation of recovery activities; more families received shelter repair kits and material as well as guidance to construct transitional shelters. Construction of transitional shelters [with latrines and septic tanks] progressed in La Union, Laguna, Pangasinan and Rizal. Over the same period, PRC continued with hygiene promotion activities. Planning for the construction of water and sanitation facilities for schools and reallocation sites also advanced; some targeted schools were selected, inspections were conducted, the bidding process for four schools was done and a contractor was selected.
In the meantime, PRC collected and analysed household livelihood data, alongside the beneficiary revalidation and orientation processes, in order to make a preliminary assessment on the livelihood needs of the most vulnerable typhoon-affected families. The data will inform the planned detailed livelihood assessments, which will be conducted starting May to enable the design of appropriate livelihood interventions. Livelihood activities will start after beneficiary families have moved into their new homes.
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 department (DG ECHO), the OPEC Fund for International Development and the Italian government.
On behalf of Philippine Red Cross, IFRC would like to thank all partners and donors for their generous and invaluable contributions to this appeal. However, as highlighted in previous updates, a funding gap still remains - especially for shelter and livelihood needs. Further support from partners is therefore needed and encouraged.
Meanwhile, following the conclusion of the relief phase, this is the last monthly update being issued for this operation. Subsequent operations updates will be issued on a quarterly basis; with the next (operations update no. 15) to cover the period May to July 2010.