21st September 2018 A one-day workshop on TC Gita Emergency Preparedness and Response after Action Review was opened this morning at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel seeking to capture stakeholders’ perspectives on Disaster Risk Management arrangements regarding preparedness, warning, response and early recovery efforts from the cyclone.
The training is facilitated by the UNDP and organized by MEIDECC’s National Emergency Management Office.
A Deliberate Planning Conference on Disaster Planning and Preparedness was opened by the CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Ma’u this morning at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel. The four-day conference is jointly hosted by the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) and the Nevada National Guard.
12th September, 2018 The Government of Japan and the Government Primary School of Hofoa celebrated the completion of their new classroom building, funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, GGP on Friday 7 September, 2018.
Nauru, 04 September 2018- The European Union (EU) has today endorsed the mobilization of EUR 2 million (TOPS 5.3 million) to the Kingdom of Tonga to support recovery efforts following the significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in February of this year.
22nd August, 2018 The Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s assistance to three new Grassroots Human Security Projects were signed between H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and respective recipients on Tuesday, 21 August 2018.
Today, Tonga launches its revised Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Also referred to as ‘JNAP2’, the plan plays a central role in guiding the government’s continuous efforts to build resilience to climate change and minimize disaster risks.
16th August, 2018 A seven-day exercise aimed to support and strengthen Tonga’s emergency response capacity was opened this morning by the Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.
Dubbed as Exercise Longreach the drill includes a two-day workshop, a table-top exercise at the National Emergency Management Office operation’s room and His Majesty’s Armed Forces headquarters.
10th August,2018 **The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika and the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr. Wang Baodong signed a handover certificate of 110 waters tanks worth over $100,000 US (800, 000 RMB), yesterday afternoon at St. George Building.**
The donation is part of the cyclone recovery package from the Dongguan Municipal Government, Guangdong Province China assistance to Tonga in the wake of TC Gita.
01st August, 2018 The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Ma’u signed twelve (12) contracts last Friday 27th July, 2018 with suppliers and communities to mark the beginning of another implementation stage of the Climate Change Trust Funds (CCTF) program.
The agreements with the suppliers include four contracts with the Pacific Timber & Hardware Tonga (PTH), two contracts with Jones Industries Ltd.
The contracts are to supply building materials only, and the communities will supply in-kind and labourers to complete the work.
24th July 2018 The Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) Evacuation Road in ‘Eua will be completed in three months.
National Road Engineer from the CRSP PIU Mr. Nikolasi Palu, who is currently in ‘Eua supervising the work said the work is a one year contract.
“This work was supposed to be completed in July 21st but due to damages caused by Cyclone Gita and the recent heavy rain we’ve asked for another three months to complete the work and also construction of a drainage system.”
17th July 2018 The Safety and Protection Cluster was allocated $300,000.00TOP from the National Emergency Recovery Committee (NERC) to address psychosocial support and to enact social provisions that would assist individuals who have been dealing with the stress of losing their homes and other issues stemming from the worst cyclone to hit Tonga - Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) that occurred on that 12th February 2018.
29th June 2018: In June 21 2018, the signing of the Grant Agreement (GA) of $56 million pa’anga between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga by the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Resident Representative of JICA Tonga Office Mr. Shinji Yoshiura.
The Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project to Malia Tupu ‘i Makulata Primary School, was signed between H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and Father Newcastle Niukapu, Principal of Malia Tupu ‘i Makulata Primary School on Wednesday 27 June, 2018.
1. The Due Diligence / Social Compliance Report (DDR) is for the proposed candidate subproject of the Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) - Upgrading the evacuation and post disaster access road for Popua in Tongatapu; upgrading additional Government Primary Schools (GPS) in Tongatapu, which are the GPS Ngele’ia and the GPS Hala-‘o-Vave; and relocating of Lifuka, Ha’apai hospital from vulnerable area to higher ground. ADB has classified the proposed subproject as Category C for Involuntary Resettlement – meaning, “Additional candidate sector …
22nd June 2018 The Government of Tonga and JICA signed a Grant Agreement of 2.8 billion Japanese Yen (equivalent to around $56 million pa’anga) for the implementation of Nationwide Early Warning System and Strengthening Disaster Communication (NEWS) Project this morning at the Cabinet chamber, St. George Office Building.
Prime Minister of Tonga and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva signed on behalf of the Government of Tonga and Resident Representative, JICA Tonga Office Mr. Shinji Yoshiura signed on behalf of the Government of Japan.
15th June, 2018 Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, the Hon Semisi Sika and other senior government representatives, have surveyed areas of Tongatapu and ‘Eua damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita earlier this year with the Australian Defence Force. Two helicopters from HMAS Adelaide transported Deputy Prime Semisi Sika, Lord Speaker Fakafanua, Disaster Management Minister Poasi Tei and MP for ‘Eua Tevita Lavemaauover the islands to inspect recovery progress from the air.
30th May 2018 More than 20 participants from line ministries and private sectors are attending a one and a half-day workshop on Country Gender Assessment of Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Validation at the Basilica conference room.
The workshop is hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Women’s Affairs Division aiming to improve the comprehension of gender perspectives of rural livelihoods in order to develop effective strategies to support food security, nutrition and resilience.