by Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, TAIWAN — After four years of talks and one deadly setback, the Philippines is finalizing a law that would offer some autonomy to a flagship Muslim separatist group on the historically troubled southern island of Mindanao.
Manila (ICRC) – Displaced for more than a year since the start of the five-month conflict in Marawi City, many families in south-eastern parts of Lanao del Sur province continue to struggle due to lack of food and other necessities. The absence of a stable income and capital for small businesses has forced many who were traders before the start of the conflict to rely on farming and fishing.
To bring the commemoration of World Refugee Day closer to our persons of concern, UNHCR distributed core relief items to some 300 families in Marawi City.
On 20 June, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, marked World Refugee Day by distributing core relief items and clothes to families displaced by the Marawi conflict. The commemoration comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the five-month conflict, which saw the displacement of nearly 360,000 individuals.
By Alice Sicat
MANILA, June 17 -- The man who oversees the national government's public information infrastructure said efforts are underway to digitize information of those forced to flee their homes after the conflict in Marawi.
Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
As of 31 May 2018, a total of 960 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Cambodia. In weeks 20 and 21, 2018, there were 131 and 135 new suspected dengue cases respectively. The number of reported dengue cases have increased compared to the previous weeks, above the alert threshold level (Figure 1).
China (no update)
WFP received a contribution of NZD 500,000 (US$ 350,000) from the Government of New Zealand to continuously provide life-saving food assistance to those still living in displacement.
In May, WFP simultaneously conducted rice distributions to displaced families in 11 barangays in Iligan City and 15 municipalities in Lanao del Sur supported by generous contributions of the Government of Australia and the United States Agency for International Development, and reached 7,412 families with rice.
This overview document presents incidents affecting aid delivery in eight countries in the Pacific region in 2017. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). In 2017, 77 security incidents affecting NGO staff members, programmes and assets were reported. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.
Marawi City, Mindanao, Philippines
Community and Family Services International (CFSI), through its Marawi Recovery Project (MRP), conducted the first Financial Management and Basic Bookkeeping Training for beneficiaries of the project in the Titanic Building, Provincial Capitol. The training included an Introduction to Islamic Finance and an Orientation on Individual and Family Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
By Maryann ‘Mai’ Zamora, Islamic Relief Philippines
Marawi City - Non-Muslim and Muslim volunteers from neighboring cities of war-torn Marawi City, came together to assist Islamic Relief Philippines, a faith inspired international humanitarian and development organization, in providing halal-certified Ramadan food packs to Marawi crisis-affected families.
As of 15 May 2018, a total of 694 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Cambodia. In weeks 18 and 19, there were 81 and 99 new suspected dengue cases, respectively. In weeks 18 and 19, the number of reported dengue cases has increased compared to the previous week, above the alert threshold level (Figure 1).
Sixty-four children, displaced by the Marawi Conflict and residing in the Titanic Bldg., were gathered today for the mood-setting session of the Psychosocial Support Sessions for Children. This initiative is carried out under the Marawi Recovery Project (MRP), which is implemented by CFSI and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia in response to the needs of the affected population from the 2017 Marawi Conflict.
Community Organisers and Field Assistants of the MRP led the session by facilitating play therapy and story telling activities.
The Philippines’ poor track record in reconstructing cities affected by disaster and conflict is manifest in Marawi’s case, a year since the siege.
Dakila Kim P. Yee - 23 May, 2018
Manila (ICRC) – Around 230,000 people remain displaced and in need of stronger support one year after armed conflict broke out in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, southern Philippines.
“Efforts to rehabilitate Marawi and assist its people must be stepped up to reduce the suffering of thousands of those who were displaced over the past year. The efforts are there, but these must match the growing needs of those who face prolonged displacement and are close to despair,” said Pascal Porchet, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in the Philippines.
23 DE MAYO: ANIVERSARIO DE LA BATALLA DE MARAWI
Además de las 237 000 personas desplazadas, ya 164 000 han regresado a la ciudad, prácticamente destruida tras cinco meses de asedio (23 de mayo – 23 de octubre de 2017), aunque la zona cero de la batalla permanece cerrada. Los desplazados, muchos bajo fuerte estrés psicológico, apenas están recibiendo apoyo de la comunidad internacional. Dentro de la ciudad, la red de agua quedó destruida al 95%. Una de las cinco estaciones de bombeo está totalmente destruida y las otras cuatro necesitan reparaciones urgentes para ser operativas.
Community and Family Services International (CFSI) led the handover of the Marawi Schools Support Project (MSSP) at the Rorogagus Elementary School, Sugod Elementary School, and Abdulazis Elementary School. The MSSP is funded by Manulife Data Services, Inc. and implemented by CFSI to restore a conducive learning environment and promote access to basic education for twelve (12) of the re-opened schools in Marawi City, which cover at least 2,840 school-aged children and 83 teachers displaced by the Marawi Crisis that began in May 2017.
As of 1 May 2018, a total of 514 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Cambodia. In weeks 16 and 17, there were 52 and 54 new suspected dengue cases, respectively. In weeks 16 and 17, the number of reported dengue cases has increased compared to the previous week, above the alert threshold level (Figure 1).
China (no update)
Displaced farming families are gradually returning to their homes after the five-month-long armed clashes in the Philippine’s Islamic city of Marawi. The fighting between government forces and the Maute group ‒ a radical Islamist armed group ‒ that started in May 2017 has forced at least 360 000 people from the city and neighbouring municipalities to abandon their homes and livelihoods.
Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
As of 17 April 2018, a total of 408 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Cambodia. In weeks 14 and 15, there were 45 and 48 new suspected dengue cases, respectively. In weeks 14 and 15, the total number of reported dengue cases was below the three year-threshold (2015-2017) for the same period (Figure 1).
At least 25 student leaders and school advisers from four schools in Marawi City gathered for the Empowering Children as Peacebuilders (ECAP) training of trainers, led by World Vision in coordination with the Department of Education, Education cluster and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP).
248 mt of food assistance distributed
US$6.64 m six months (April-September 2018) net funding requirements, representing 11% of total
WFP wrapped up its on-site school feeding activities in the province of Maguindanao for the school year 2017-2018. More than 46,000 students in 138 schools benefitted from over 900 mt of rice, oil, and beans.