Around 1,250 flood-affected residents receive hygiene kits through REACH

Almost four months after Typhoon Odette, the central and southern parts of the Philippines are faced with another mishap when Tropical Storm Agaton (internationally named Megi) had left almost 307,500 people displaced.

Heavy rainfall had left Maguindanao flooded for two weeks since April 7, 2022. This has caused a tremendous impact on the health and livelihood of families living in all 14 barangays in Mamasapano—especially in accessing and maintaining hygiene and health protection.

In photo: Barangay Lusay, Mamasapano (Photo courtesy of Mamasapano Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office)

With funding support from the European Union Humanitarian Aid, the REACH project launched an emergency kit distribution last April 21 to support almost 1,250 flood-affected families in Maguindanao. The distribution was facilitated by Action Against Hunger and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

Many of the participating families rely on agriculture as their main source of income. Now that crops have been damaged by the flooding, they worry that the lack of sustainable income will deprive them of access to their health and hygiene needs.

Working closely with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRMO) and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Mamasapano, we identified persons with disabilities to be prioritized in the said distribution. A total of 250 families were able to receive hygiene kits.

The selection of PWDs was advised by the MDRRMO and MSWDO due to the group’s increased vulnerability to health risks brought about by the flooding. In Mamasapano alone, more than 4,000 families are reportedly affected by the storm.

The ‘Response to the Unmet Humanitarian Needs of the Most Vulnerable Populations in Mindanao and the Visayas Affected by Conflict, Disasters, and the COVID-19 Pandemic’ (REACH) Project is funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and is implemented by ACCORD IncorporatedAction Against Hunger PhilippinesCARE PhilippinesCommunity Organizers MultiversityInitiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS) Inc.Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)United Youth of the Philippines-Women and Oxfam Pilipinas.

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CALL FOR DONATIONS: Help families affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai)

Thousands of families will be greeting the new year without a roof above their heads or food on their tables. Families affected by Typhoon Odette have barely any access to food, potable water, health services, and other basic needs.

People’s living conditions in severely-affected areas worsen as electricity, water supply, and telecommunication lines have yet to be restored. Food supplies are depleting by the day and the weather has been unforgiving, making it more difficult for the many people who lost their livelihoods and homes. Both government and humanitarian agencies have been steadfast in responding to people’s needs, but with the catastrophic impact of the typhoon more support is needed.

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The online premiere is supported by Action Against Hunger ambassadors, Chefs Rolando and Jacqueline Laudico, and in collaboration with The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in The Philippines – La CámaraOur Awesome PlanetNyxsys Philippines, Inc.Pitchworks Inc.Summit Outdoor Media, and Guevarra’s.

Multi-Sectoral Assistance to Conflict-Affected Populations in Marawi City

The economic downturn predicted for this year will have a direct impact on the food security of millions of people. According to the National Nutrition Council (Official), ensuring healthy diets is challenging during emergencies because of mobility restrictions to gain access to food supply.

One of our priorities is to cover the immediate needs of vulnerable populations that have limited access to food by providing food packs, cash distribution, and livelihood support or implementing cash-for-work programs.

Last September 2 to 4, more than 200 families in Marawi City received cash for food assistance as part of our 𝗠𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶-𝗦𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘁-𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗠𝗠, with the help of Task Force Bangon Marawi and City Government of Marawi. Funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the food aid assistance aims to support a total of 1,900 beneficiaries overall.

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Discussing our Advocacy on Precautionary Measures Related to COVID-19 on Bandera News

Last August 15, the Department of Education Region XII invited our Cotabato team to mainstream our advocacy on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as part of preventive and precautionary measures related to COVID-19 during a live broadcast at DepEd Ngayon Program via Bandera News TV-Cotabato/ Radyo Bandera Cotabato.

Representing Action Against Hunger were Cotabato Field Office Head, Ms. Delilah Chua, and Head of Project for Earthquake Emergency Response, Ms. Esther Magdayo. This live radio broadcast is in line with DepEd’s commitment to ensure educational continuity amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

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