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).
• A year following the Marawi conflict, displaced families and those who have recently returned need continued humanitarian assistance.
• The Philippines updates its guidelines for international humanitarian assistance, which includes policies to facilitate international assistance to complement Government-led humanitarian response and recovery efforts.
• The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) introduces a new gender and age inclusive tool for humanitarian response.
• Nearly 159,200 people return to Marawi, while 305,600 people remain displaced
• Typhoon Tembin generates additional displacement, humanitarian need
• USAID provides $8.5 million to support conflict-affected IDPs and returnees
Froilan Gallardo and Jeoffrey Maitem
Marawi and Cotabato City, Philippines
Minority Christians uprooted by last year’s bloody siege of Marawi city by pro-Islamic State gunmen say they are reluctant to return there, while a spate of militant attacks has hit the southern Philippines as the anniversary of the takeover approaches.
The most recent attacks – all within the past three days – involved the abduction of four people, including two policewomen, and the killing of three soldiers by forces loyal to slain Filipino IS leader Isnilon Hapilon, the military said.
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
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
By Richel V. Umel and Froilan Gallardo
Almost 1,000 displaced Filipino families have been allowed back into battle-scarred Marawi city to check their homes under tight military security over the past few days, but unexploded bombs strewn amid the rubble have limited their movements.
On Wednesday, BenarNews reporters and journalists from other media outlets accompanied some of the families that have been trickling into the former war zone in batches since April 1.
The Government of the Philippines and international humanitarian organizations exercise their response plans for a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila.
Effective local leadership and inclusive partnerships are key to a successful response to the Mayon volcano eruption.
Food, protection and livelihoods are among the top unmet needs facing returnees and people still displaced by the Marawi conflict.
On March 15, Ambassador Koji Haneda attended the Ceremonial Handover of Japanese Construction Heavy Machineries and the Signing Ceremony of the Exchange of Notes with the UN-Habitat for Marawi Rehabilitation in Marawi City. From the Philippine side, Executive Secretary Medialdea, Secretary Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Secretary Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Assistant Secretary Castro from Bangon Marawi, Vice Governor Alont Adiong of Lanao del Sur, and Mayor Gandamra of Marawi City joined the ceremony.
GENEVA (8 March 2018) - UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about terrorism accusations levelled against the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national.
The legal petition listing her name is an unacceptable attack against the mandate holder by the Philippines Government, they added.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has earmarked a total of P132,534,291.25 for the continuous provision of livelihood assistance in the first half of 2018 to the displaced residents of Marawi City who are staying in evacuation centers and home-based communities.
The amount was obligated in 2017 by DSWD Field Offices (FOs) X and XII using the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) fund under the government’s 2017 General Appropriations Act. FOs X and XII are the Department’s field offices that have been responding to the Marawi crisis.
• Humanitarian needs continue for both returnees and those displaced by the Marawi conflict.
• Alert level-4 remains over Mayon Volcano. Albay communities within the volcano's danger zone face indefinite displacement, severely affecting their food security, agriculture crops, and livelihood.
• Philippine delegates from the Office of Civil Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the private sector attended the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week to share expertise on responding to natural disasters and preparedness.
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.
Tropical Cyclone Gita passed Samoa on 10 February and Niue on 11 February, with damage and localized flooding reported in Samoa. TC Gita is forecast to strike Tonga on the evening of 12 February. As of 12 February, 12:00 UTC, TC Gita continues to move west as a Category 4 cyclone with winds of up to 213 km/h, it is expected to maintain this intensity as it passes over Tonga and into Fijian territorial waters. More than 80,000 people in Tonga are currently expected to be impacted by cyclone strength winds.
On February 5, 2017 in the afternoon, an armed conflict between an alleged armed group and the military forces occurred in the hinterland areas of Brgy. Anticala, a remote barangay in Butuan City.
1. Status of Affected Families/ Persons
46 families or 206 persons were affected by the armed conflict (Table 1).
2. Status of Displaced Families/Individuals
46 families or 206 persons were displaced by the armed conflict in Butuan City and are presently staying at Dugyaman Elementary School.
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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.