Tingog sa Komunidad, Community Voices Bulletin: Typhoon Rai (Odette), Philippines, Issue #2 – March 2022 [EN/TL] -Philippines

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the second edition of Tingog sa Komunidad (translated by community ovices)! It is an inter-agency community feedback platform that shares views gathered from communities affected by Typhoon Rai, locally known as Odette.

In February, the Philippines Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Community Engagement Community of Practice deployed Tingog sa Komunidad, supported by its many members as well as private sector partners currently responding to Ty Rai. Tingog sa Komunidad facilitates dialogues between disaster-affected people and government as well as humanitarian partners aimed at supporting the effective delivery of assistance. Tingog sa Komunidad captures key data and information gathered during community consultations, including focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KIIs), and other assessments that are conducted collectively by government and humanitarian responders .

This edition of Tingog sa Komunidad presents the priority needs of affected communities three months after the disaster. It reflects the views of the community on the assistance they have received as well as the collective efforts of the CoP to improve the response based on community voices.

Overview of Typhoon Rai (Odette)

It has been more than 100 days since Typhoon Rai (Odette) damaged 2.1 million homes and severely affected 11.9 million people. 21,000 people remain displaced in Region IV (MIMAROPA), Region VI (Western Visayas), Region VII (Central Visayas), Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), Region X (Northern Mindanao) and Region XIII (Caraga ), with 14,200 people still in 290 evacuation centers (CE) and 6,800 people outside evacuation centers staying with relatives or friends.

Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines just before Christmas as the country began to ease COVID-19 restrictions and families prepared to reunite after nearly two years of lockdown. It made landfall nine times from December 16 to 17 in seven provinces and five regions.

The humanitarian community launched the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities, a strategic response plan, was launched on December 24, 2021, a week immediately after the typhoon. It was updated in early 2022 and relaunched on February 2, 2022, prioritizing Regions VII[i], VIII and Caraga. Since then, the government and civil society have been working together to meet the immediate needs of those affected, through lifesaving and protection interventions.

On February 21, 2022, the government signaled its transition to early recovery when the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) issued Memorandum 28s. 2022 for deactivation of Typhoon Rai response clusters. The memorandum was issued in light of the decreasing number of displaced people, the closure of most evacuation centers and the reduced requests for assistance from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (RDRRMC). ). On the other hand, humanitarian agencies have positioned themselves to continue to respond to the changing needs of those affected during this transition. Agencies have also focused on responding to pockets of humanitarian needs in priority areas of the PNH and beyond.


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