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.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of US Foreign Development Assistance and the Government of Australia pledged contributions to help WFP continuously support the ongoing food assistance operations of the Government in Marawi City.
WFP is launching an immediate response emergency operation to respond to the immediate needs of the families displaced by Tropical Storm Tembin (local name Vinta) in Lanao Del Sur.
The Government of the Philippines prioritizes housing as a rehabilitation measure in Marawi.
At least 500 temporary shelters are expected to be turned over to the first batch of displaced families on the second week of December 2017.
WFP’s Emergency Food Security Assessment’s preliminary findings reveal that there has been an increase in the number of families that have poor food consumption scores compared to preMarawi crisis period.
In addition to the USD 2 million funding allotted by the USAID in November, the Government of Australia, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, also confirmed an additional AUD 1 million (USD 786,000) to support the school feeding activities of WFP in Marawi.
For the month of December, WFP has distributed 36.9 mt of rice to 738 returning families in three barangays in Marawi City.
WFP completed the emergency school feeding operation in October 2017, through the support of the Government of Australia. More than 57,000 students received school meals over a period of four months.
WFP has reached 25,700 families through its general food distribution.
For the month of December, it plans to reach an additional 4,450 families in eight barangays.
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.
MANILA, Philippines, 26 January 2017— Mayon Volcano, located in Albay province, 300 km southeast of Manila, is showing high levels of unrest, with lava fountains and frequent ash explosions as high as 600 metres. Local authorities are warning of an imminent hazardous eruption within the next few days.
Provincial and municipal authorities are leading the disaster response with the support of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development field office and the Philippine Red Cross.
The alert level for the Mayon Volcano has been raised to Level-4 due to increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and explosions. The volcano spewed a 10-kilometer high ash column on 22 January, with authorities warning of an imminent hazardous eruption, possibly within days. The eruption resulted in moderate to heavy ash fall, with low-visibility reported in the towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, and Ligao located to the southwest of the volcano.
Date(s) of Assessment: 28-31 December 2017
Name and Location of Site(s) Assessed:
Lanao del Sur, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
Lanao del Norte, Region X
Close coordination meeting with the PDRRMO of Lanao del Norte , Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, Col. Jon Goyena and Engr. Joseph Apat of the Provincial Engineering Office-LDN.
Joint assessment and medical mission with DOH Region X conducted in one of the hardly heat barangay of Old Poblacion by the TS Vinta.
- Close coordination meeting with the PDRRMO of Lanao del Norte , Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, Col. Jon Goyena and Engr. Joseph Apat of the Provincial Engineering Office-LDN.
- Joint assessment with OCHA conducted in one of the hardly hit barangay of Salvador by the TS Vinta.
- A joint assessment with OCHA, visited Brgy. Mindalano- one of the severely damaged barangay of Salvador.
MANILA/COTABATO CITY, Philippines, 24 December 2017—UNICEF is closely monitoring the situation of children and families affected by tropical storm Vinta as it leaves the Philippines Area of Responsibility with reports indicating rising casualties in different areas affected.
Water, sanitation, care and management of injuries and access to food are the most immediately and life-saving needs.
UNICEF team out of the Mindanao Field Office is working around the clock with partners on the ground to assess the extent of damage and loss.
As tropical storm Kai-tak (locally known Urduja) leaves the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR), another tropical storm has entered PAR named Tembin (locally known as Vinta). TS Kai-tak dumped an estimated 300-500 mm of rain in eastern and central Visayas which caused flooding and landslides along its path. TS Tembin intensified as it made landfall in Davao Oriental in the morning of 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides.
As tropical storm Kai-tak (locally known Urduja) leaves the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR), another tropical storm has entered PAR named Tembin (locally known as Vinta). TS Kai-tak dumped an estimated 300-500 mm of rain in eastern and central Visayas which caused flooding and landslides along its path. TS Tembin intensified as it made landfall in Davao Oriental in the morning of 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides, which rendered several roads impassable.
This report presents primary data collected during the month of October 2017 and is further enriched by available secondary data on the humanitarian situation in affected areas of Mindanao in southern Philippines following the conflict in Marawi City.
Thousands of IDPs are gradually returning to some areas of Marawi City and surrounding municipalities. Humanitarian needs of the affected population remain and will continue well into the new year.
Non-governmental organizations who were displaced by the Marawi conflict reopen their field offices and continue operations.
Marawi humanitarian actors participate in a Gender in Humanitarian Action training in Iligan City.
Incident Date: 23 May 2017
Almost six months after the start of the conflict, a portion of the displaced population has begun to return to their home barangays and the reconstruction work on Marawi City has commenced.
On 13 December, the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao was further extended for one year, until December 2018.