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.
The Philippine city of Marawi, on Mindanao island, remains in ruins more than a year after a five-month jihadist takeover. To avoid fuelling militancy, Manila must involve locals in reconstruction, implement a 2014 deal with Mindanao separatists and go beyond efforts to counter jihadist ideology
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.
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.
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.
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).
Last year, residents of Marawi in the Philippines faced two major disasters: In May, they were uprooted by a violent siege and seven months later, they faced a deadly typhoon. Oxfam is supporting a consortium of local organizations who are helping families stay healthy and safe in the wake of these crises, rebuild their lives and prepare for future disasters.
Mothers caught in conflict keeping their families safe
MARAWI CITY - Child-focused humanitarian organization World Vision provides temporary learning spaces for children participating in the Kindergarten Catch-up Education Program (KCEP) led by the Department of Education (DEPED) in Sagonsongan Transitory Site.
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End of December 2017, tropical Storm Kai-Tak (Urduja) made landfall over Eastern Samar province, causing major flooding and several casualties.
On December 22, 2017, tropical storm Vinta made landfall in Mindanao region causing great damages to agriculture, infrastructures and basic services and affecting more than 550,000 people. ACTED, in collaboration with Action Against Hunger and the Start Fund, provided prompt emergency assistance in Madalum municipality, one of the most affected of Mindanao region.
Families’ livelihoods jeopardized
World Vision supports the clean-up and rehabilitation of war-torn communities in Marawi City through its cash for work program launched in the third week of January.
In consultation with the community people and in partnership with local partners and the local government, activities like community clean-up, road clearing and community gardening are on-going in the five cleared barangays. In the village of Matampay, 49-year old Mohammad shares that they decided to clean a communal water facility where most families fetch water.
It has been more than 6 months since Marawi conflict erupted and Chay and her family are still living in an evacuation centre. They are from the city centre, known as “ground zero”, where the fighting was most intense and the destructions most severe. The city centre is still a restricted area due to the destructions and the presence of land-mines, and the family doesn’t know when they will be able to return home. They fled the day after hostilities began and eventually arrived in this evacuation centre, a private school located in Baloi, north of Marawi City.
Following the return of families to Marawi City, aid agency World Vision underscores the importance of continuous psychosocial support for children affected by the crisis.
“Healing does not come in a snap especially for the children who have witnessed the fighting in Marawi. A number of them have had psychosocial support while they were still in the evacuation centers but the need is still huge especially as they reintegrate themselves in the city,” said Rommel Fuerte, World Vision’s national director in the Philippines.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, continue to respond with emergency assistance, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin in the Philippines.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It devastated communities in the southern Philippines, causing flash floods and landslides.
New Philippines base in the path of Typhoon Alley has ‘already improved our ability to respond to this season’s storms
Disaster relief agency ShelterBox set up its new operations base in the Philippines in time for tropical storms Kai Tak and Tembin.
Water scarcity is a critical problem on the Philippine island of Kinatarcan. In partnership with the local community Cordaid helps to find durable, low cost solutions for the island’s water problem.
RESILIENCE-BUILDING AFTER SUPER-TYPHOON HAIYAN
Kinatarcan, in the northernmost tip of Cebu province, was one of the most devastated areas after super-typhoon Haiyan swept across the country in 2013. The population has managed to re-establish their lives, but found little support to increase their resilience and reduce risks on the longer term.
President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s. His “war on drugs,” launched after he took office in June 2016, has claimed an estimated 12,000 lives of primarily poor urban dwellers, including children.
Duterte has vowed to continue the abusive anti-drug campaign until his term ends in 2022. Throughout 2017 and the latter part of 2016, he engaged in harassment and intimidation of individuals and agencies tasked with accountability—including United Nations officials.