Tag Archives: Philippines

Flash Update No. 1 – Philippines: Taal Volcano eruption

On 12 January, alert level-4 (hazardous eruption imminent) was raised over Taal Volcano located in the Calabarzon region 70 km south of the capital Manila. Seismic activity was also recorded in Tagaytay City, Cabuyao, Laguna, Talisay, Alitagtag, Lemery and Bauan, Batangas, with over 75 volcanic earthquakes felt at an intensity ranging from II to V as of 5 a,m. These developments signify likely continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the volcano, which may lead to further eruptive activity. More than 300 domestic and 230 international flights were cancelled as the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport was closed overnight. National authorities are leading the response, assisted by the Philippine Red Cross, and have deployed rescue teams for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has conveyed readiness of the Humanitarian Country Team to provide support if needed. More

IOM Welcomes Decision to Save Lives of Migrants at Sea in Southeast Asia

IOM has welcomed the commitment by Indonesia and Malaysia to allow thousands of migrants – currently abandoned at sea by smugglers –  to come ashore and receive life-saving assistance. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said today in Geneva: “We commend the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, for committing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the some 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.” Continue reading

International Day of Happiness

The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness in 2012, recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.

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Philippines: Bohol earthquake survivors need support

Nearly four months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Bohol Island in the Philippines, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Luiza Carvalho, is calling on donors to provide an additional US$19 million for urgent shelter needs, as well as health, education and early recovery efforts in the affected areas. Continue reading

2014 Humanitarian Challenges

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is currently engaged in mobilizing large-scale emergency humanitarian efforts for four major crises around the world, including Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Philippines. Continue reading