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Philippines: Japanese Medical Team Begins Mission in Typhoon-Hit Philippines


Tacloban:  Japan’s emergency medical team has started full-fledged activities in Tacloban in the central area of the typhoon-hit Philippines. “The degree of damage is worse than we expected,” said Dr. Joji Tomioka, deputy head of Japan’s disaster relief team. “For a disaster of this scale, the whole of Japan has to provide assistance.” Treatment for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the city, located on the island of Leyte, has been disrupted by damage to medical institutions by the powerful typhoon. Overseas emergency medical teams have been slow to arrive at the remote location and concerns linger over
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Philippines: Preparing for Disasters


The Philippines’ geographical location makes it vulnerable to all sorts of disasters—typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Visayas last month was just the latest in a series of disasters that the country had to grapple with in recent years. Memories on the devastation of typhoon Pablo in December last year, or of the massive flooding on the wake of Typhoon Ondoy and Habagat are still fresh in the minds of most Filipinos, particularly those who were living in areas that were badly affected by these calamities. Yolanda, a super typhoon, has left thousands of people dead in the V
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Philippines: Lawmaker Wants Emergency Management Department Created


Manila: Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on November 18 Monday proposed the creation of an Emergency Management Authority, a government agency, which will handle all calamity-related operations. In a privilege speech at the House of Representatives, Romualdez said the present set-up has "proven to be inadequate in preparing our country from major calamities which we will inevitably have to face." "This department will drastically reduce, if not totally eliminate, the bureaucratic red tape which caused the delay of the delivery of relief goods to the victims and clearing operations to the affected areas," Romualdez, cousin of
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Philippines: Medical Teams Brave Devastated Areas in Palompon


Cebu City: Three teams from Gift of the Givers, a South African foundation, and the 161st Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) Squadron have brought badly needed medical services to three barangays in Palompon, Leyte, and last week. The three barangays reached were Tabunok, Taberna and San Miguel.  The teams, composed of doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, arrived in Palompon on November 19 after a nearly six-hour sea voyage using a local ferry. The group was welcomed into Palompon by Mayor Ramon Oñate.
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Philippines: Senate Bill Proposes Creation of Emergency Response Department


Two weeks after the government drew flak for its supposedly slow response in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a bill was filed at the Senate seeking to create a department that will focus on overseeing humanitarian aid during calamities. In Senate Bill 1940 filed Thursday, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano proposed an Emergency Response Department, which will assume functions currently being carried out by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Office of Civil Defense.
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