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The Consortium for People’s Development-Disaster Response (CPD-DR) urges the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to reinforce the commitment of global leaders to humanitarian principles as well as compel them to uphold human rights. The current state of humanitarian action necessitates us to demand that the WHS be true to its core commitment to go beyond providing aid and instead work towards reducing vulnerability and increasing resiliency. The summit’s commitment to reducing gaps, preventing disaster and ending conflict demands vigilance and action. CPD-DR, having been working closely with disaster-stricken communities in the Philippines since the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, also urges for the weaknesses and inefficiencies of disaster response to be acknowledged in the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit. 14.1 million Filipinos suffered heavy damages during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013. And yet, this degree of impact is only a manifestation of the long-standing vulnerability of the Philippines to typhoons heightened by the state’s incompetence in disaster response. In April of this year, around 6000 peasants and indigenous peoples united to demand food and aid from the local government. Protesting against state neglect of the 6 communities suffering from starvation and other dire effects of El Nino (drought) […]

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A total of 925 IP and IP advocates participated in the TUMANDUK General Assembly from April 8-10, 2016.  A total of 739 delegates came from 33 Tumanduk communities, and 186 delegates and IP rights advocates came from different organizations and communities. The TUMANDUK General Assembly is the biennial assembly of the Tumanduk indigenous cultural communities in Panay Island, forming the organization: Tumanduk nga Mangunguma nga Nagapangapin sa Duta kag Kabuhi (Indigenous Farmers in Defense of Land and Life). The organization was established 20 years ago in 1996, in Sitio Pola, Brgy. Jaena Sur, Jamindan, Capiz. It was founded by 300 delegates from 15 different Tumanduk communities. Twenty years later, the TUMANDUK now has a membership of 27 IP communities in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz. And every two years, the TUMANDUK assembly is attended by 700 to 1000 IP delegates. This year, the 10th TUMANDUK Assembly aimed to bring the Tumandok people’s concerns and struggles into the forefront in order to raise awareness on the question of ancestral domain and ethnocide among the non-IP communities and to raise the TUMANDUK’s capability to face such challenges. The Assembly was also launched with the intent to further strengthen the unity among […]

The 10th Tumanduk General Assembly

Since 2013 consecutive typhoons left massive damages in the Philippines; starting from Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit, followed closely by Typhoon Glenda (Ramassun) in 2014. Both forces led to massive losses in agriculture, housing, and other infrastructures leaving many communities distraught, including Quezon Province. In response to this, the Southern Tagalog People’s Response Center—a community-based disaster management NGO that has been extending service and support to people and communities most vulnerable to disasters—conducted relief delivery operations (RDOs) with the help of various people’s organizations (POs) to 30 barangays from 12 municipalities in Quezon including Catanauan. In December 6, 2014, another typhoon—Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), ravaged through Southern Tagalog affecting many farming and fishing communities. Many people anticipated Typhoon Ruby with dread, terrified that it may be another huge disaster. Hence, preemptive and forced evacuations were conducted especially in communities where it was expected to pass. A total of 12,970 families were affected by Typhoon Ruby. In Catanauan, Quezon electric power was interrupted by strong winds and rain affecting 647 families. Agricultural crops, which have not yet recovered from Typhoon Glenda (Ramassun) the previous year, were, again, damaged. Due to the relatively slow movement of Typhoon Ruby, tremendous […]

STPRC cites gains from NAFCON-assisted project

In recent years, the Philippines has experienced some of the strongest and most destructive typhoons in its history – Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, Typhoon Sendong in 2011, Typhoon Pablo in 2012, Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, and Typhoon Ruby in 2014. Typhoon Yolanda was unprecedented in Philippine history. It was the deadliest typhoon on record with more than 6,000 people killed, and the strongest storm recorded at landfall in terms of wind speed. Typhoon Yolanda caused catastrophic destruction, especially in Samar and Leyte, with about 11 million people affected and many left homeless. The Philippines was also not spared from other forms of disasters (both natural and human-induced). Quite recently, it was struck by the Bohol Earthquake in October 2013, the Zamboanga Conflict in September 2013, and the numerous fires and demolitions in urban poor communities. Metro Manila is also bracing itself for the Big One, or the much-feared West Valley Fault earthquake, which scientists say is due anytime soon. Disasters have continued to escalate unabated, posing a greater challenge for both government and non-government organizations alike. In 2014, the World Risk Index ranked the Philippines as the second country most at risk for its exposure to natural disasters. […]

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