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12 Dec 2018 description

JAKARTA – Lawmakers from across Southeast Asia today warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to extend martial law in Mindanao would put human rights at risk, and urged members of the Philippine Congress to reject the proposal during a joint vote on Wednesday.

11 Dec 2018 description

Courtesy of Philippine Star

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines — Benefactors launched Friday water supply projects in ten school campuses in the conflict-stricken Marawi City.

About half of the more that 300,000 people displaced by the May 23 to Oct. 16, 2017 conflict in Marawi City that combined Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists instigated are children.

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 103 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in seven countries in the Pacific region between January 2017 and June 2018. 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). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

29 Nov 2018 description

Over 12,000 people in Central Mindanao and Lanao del Sur have been deprived of stable income due to continued displacement caused by protracted armed conflict. These affected families received cash grants from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in order to regain their livelihood and become less dependent on aid.

20 Nov 2018 description

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – “Many women and girls here were suffering from violence. And the armed conflict made the situation of gender-based violence even worse,” said Umme Limbona, a 26-year-old social worker from the battle-scarred city of Marawi, Philippines.

“There are a lot of unreported abuses, especially after the Marawi conflict,” she told UNFPA.

17 months ago, a local non-state armed group inspired by ISIS seized Marawi city.

“I was on duty at Amai Pakpak Medical Center when the conflict erupted,” Ms. Limbona recollected.

15 Nov 2018 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 November 2018) — As the Asian Development Bank (ADB) considers a $400 million emergency relief package to assist in the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Marawi City in southern Philippines, ADB Vice-President Mr. Stephen Groff visited the city and discussed with provincial and city leaders and displaced residents how ADB can help improve the lives of people affected by the armed conflict that ended in October 2017.

09 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Nearly 12,000 households require transitional shelter support in Marawi City
• More than 320,000 IDPs return to areas of origin in Marawi
• UN increases humanitarian funding appeal by $44.2 million

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Nov 2018 description
report New Mandala

NICOLE CURATO & YVONNE SU

Exactly five years ago, Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) ravaged some of the poorest provinces of Central Philippines. The strongest storm that made landfall in recent history claimed over 6,000 lives and displaced 4 million people. Many remain missing today.

The story of Haiyan that made the global headlines is a story of resilience—people thriving against all odds.

25 Oct 2018 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

The Emergency Appeal is being extended from 12 months timeframe to 15 months (closing 31 March 2019).

The extension in time frame is requested to accommodate the following:

• The operational area in Bukidnon is particularly challenging in terms of the logistics needed to support volunteers, staff and deliver materials needed for the recovery activities. Some of the areas are far off main roads and need access by foot. Volunteers need to cross shallow rivers to get to the community.

23 Oct 2018 description

One year since fighting officially ended in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, the return home and certainty about the future continue to elude over 65,000 displaced people. They demand urgent action and support to overcome the burden left in the wake of the conflict.

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 86 security incidents affecting aid delivery in seven countries in the Pacific region between January 2017 and March 2018. 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).

19 Oct 2018 description

By Jelly Musico

MANILA -- Malacañang on Thursday said the decision whether to extend martial law in Mindanao would depend on the recommendations of the security cluster.

“That will depend on the recommendation of the military. The President always heeds the advice or recommendation of the military and other police forces there, because they are the ones who are knowledgeable on the conditions existing there,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.

10 Oct 2018 description

A baseline study was conducted in three sub-camps of Mampang I, II and III of Mampang Transitory Site in May 2016 to explore how women, men, and marginalized groups participate in the camp life and camp governance structures and how women’s participation may contribute to women and girls’ perceptions of safety. At the time of this study, there were about 358 households within the three sub-camps of Mampang Transitory Site.

09 Oct 2018 description

Five years have passed since the damaging 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake had hit the Province of Bohol in October 15, 2013. It is thus imperative to know what have been learned from this event, and what has been done in those years to rebuild all that is considered as the province’s legacy.

28 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

September 28, 2018 5:41 AM
Ralph Jennings

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Deadly violence has resurfaced in parts of the long-restive southern Philippines despite an autonomy-sharing deal with local Muslim groups, and authorities are eyeing terrorism by political factions excluded from the deal.

25 Sep 2018 description

25 SEPTEMBER 2018, MARAWI CITY —The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), in partnership with the Project Handclasp Foundation (PHF) and the US-Philippines Society (USPS), turned over this week the initial batch of Smart School-in-a-Bag kits to Calocan Elementary School, Abdulazis Elementary School, and Tuca Boganga Elementary School in Marawi City. Another kit was given as an alternative learning system that will be going around evacuation centers in the city.

25 Sep 2018 description

By David Lipson

A Philippines military commander says ongoing delays in rebuilding the city of Marawi, which was destroyed during five months of combat against Islamic State-inspired militants, could see the recruitment of more "enemies of the state".

It is almost a year since the relatively small band of combatants was forced to retreat, after a fierce campaign of air strikes, artillery shelling and house-to-house combat.

23 Sep 2018 description

By Mary Joy Evalarosa

James Dean Dait, 22, was on duty as a Philippine Red Cross volunteer when Typhoon Mangkhut hit very early on 15 September. Just hours before it made landfall, he had attended a pre-disaster meeting at the Ilocos Norte chapter on the northwestern tip of Luzon where the Red Cross team discussed how they would respond do the category 4 typhoon, the world’s strongest so far in 2018.

22 Sep 2018 description
infographic Harvard University

Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has had a major impact on the north of the Philippines displacing more than 50,000 people in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and resulting in over PhP 14 billion in agriculatural damages (equivalent to approx. USD 270 million). The Philippines government and many national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be involved in the response. To help tailor the response it is useful to know what the level of preparedness for disaster was in Cordillera Administrative Region before the storm hit.

22 Sep 2018 description
infographic Harvard University

Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has had a major impact on the north of the Philippines damaging in excess of 76,000 homes in Cagayan Province (Region II Cagayan Valley) and completing destroying more than 10,000 homes there. The Philippines government and many national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be involved in the response. To help tailor the response it is useful to know what the level of preparedness for disaster was in Cagayan Valley Province before the storm hit.