By Luke Lischin
“The peace table is now wide open for everybody,” declared Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza to mark the National Peace Consciousness Month in the Philippines.
“This table is not only for the Muslims, for the New People’s Army, for the indigenous peoples, but for all Filipinos,” he added.
While Dureza reserves their seat, the New People’s Army (NPA) shows no signs of returning to the table. Rejecting President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for localised talks, the NPA remains a growing threat to national security, especially in Mindanao.
September 15th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has immediately responded to Cyclone Mangkhut, a category-5 tropical storm that hit the Philippines this weekend.
On Friday, QRCS's Disaster Information Management Center (DIMC) was activated to keep up-to-date with the disaster, analyze the field reports about the situation, and outline the intervention plans to help the victims.
In an initial report compiled by the Cash Working Group covering the period 2017 to 2018, 11 humanitarian organizations in partnership with 26 local and international organizations have implemented more than PHP 622 million (US$11 million) worth of cash-based interventions for more than 53,000 beneficiaries affected by eight different emergencies in the country.
By Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, August 10 (PIA)--Provincial Governor Herminia Ramiro of Misamis Occidental called local officials to activate Bantay Dengue Brigades or “dengue warriors” in their respective barangays.
This, after the Department of Health (DOH)-10 revealed the rising number of dengue cases in the province, during the Dengue Awareness Caravan dubbed, "Misamis Occidental Giyera Batok Dengue" on August 9.
By Maryann Zamora, Islamic Relief Philippines
Providing access to water for drinking, sanitation and personal hygiene to communities affected by disasters and other emergencies is now a reality after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) received a mobile water desalination vehicle from Pass It Forward Foundation and the Embassy of Israel.
By Ralph Jennings
MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES — A second year of martial law in parts of the Philippines is squelching any comeback by violent Muslim insurgents after a civil war, despite earlier fears that the order would also curb common people’s freedoms, witnesses say.
Wes Bruer Freelance journalist covering militancy and conflict
Until 23 May 2017, Samira Gutoc had been a human rights activist and a resident of Marawi, a lakeside city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. But when Islamist militants barricaded themselves in the city center last year, igniting a fierce five-month battle with the army, Gutoc found herself thrust into a new role: humanitarian worker.
One year after entering their new, resilient shelters, typhoon-affected populations of Eastern Samar restart a new life.
In 2015, two years after one of the most powerful and destructive typhoons having ever hit the Philippines, the catastrophic impact of Typhoon Haiyan was still evident in Eastern Samar.
Sophia Dianne Garcia from the Philippines is a youth activist who teaches young people to advocate for their rights and for peace. She spoke to UN Women about what sustainable peace means for her, as part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change.
Over 320,000 people who have returned to Marawi City are in need of durable solutions to allow them to rebuild their lives. Those who remain displaced in host communities, evacuation centres and transitional sites still face protection concerns, including unequal access to humanitarian assistance.
The Mindanao Displacement Dashboard is a monthly publication of the Protection Cluster in Mindanao, Philippines which is co-led by UNHCR with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This publication aims to provide an overview of the protection environment of displacement incidents in Mindanao for each month. Displacement incidents were collected with the support of Protection Cluster members in Mindanao.
POST-MARAWI SIEGE RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION
Commentary by Zachary Abuza
On July 31, a man drove up to a checkpoint outside of Lamitan town on Basilan Island in the southern Philippines and detonated a bomb, killing 10 people, including himself. The dead included a soldier, five paramilitaries and three civilians, among them a woman and a child.
We should note that the Armed Forces of the Philippines vigorously denies that the attack was a suicide bombing or that it had any ties to the Islamic State (IS), attributing it to a failed extortion attempt.
Located along the typhoon belt and the Ring of Fire in the Pacific, the Philippines is highly exposed to various natural disasters, including typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. These events often result in significant losses of lives and livelihoods whilst causing many people to lose their homes. Armed conflict between the government and armed groups in the southernmost island of Mindanao also contributes to the displacement of families and further increases humanitarian needs.
Despite a large body of research on disasters in the Philippines, there is limited data on household levels of preparedness for disaster. This report provides findings from a nationwide household survey in the Philippines addressing disaster resilience and preparedness. The results of the survey provide a comprehensive baseline of household measures on each.
Nine months since the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) retook the city of Marawi from a coalition of Islamic State (IS) affiliated groups, resulting in the deaths of at least 802 militants, 160 government forces, and 47 civilians, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
By Karl Romano, Jeoffrey Maitem and Richel V. Umel
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday signed an autonomy law promising wider self-rule for Muslims in the south, his spokesman said.
Under the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), four million Muslim Filipinos will be allowed to form an elected parliament and administration in Islamic-majority areas of southern Mindanao and nearby islands, where five decades of insurgency have left more than 100,000 people dead.
July 25, 2018 3:14 AM
MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES — Increasingly impatient people from a war-razed city in the Muslim region of the Philippines expect reconstruction to take at least five years, despite pledges for quick recovery, after a Chinese-backed building consortium failed to get a building contract.
Lady Jean Kabagani
MARAWI CITY, July 19 (PIA TFBM ICCC) -- About 45 pediatric patients were treated with conditions such as cleft lips and palates, closure and creation colostomy, inguinal hernia, congenital pediatric surgery and other afflictions.
Marawi kids aged one to 18 years undergone major and minor surgeries after passing surgical screening.