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IOM and the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) shed light on the extent to which Typhoon Haiyan uprooted communities when it hit the Philippines last year and the evolving needs of displaced populations during that timeframe.

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Six Months After Super-Typhoon: Philippines Risks Another Humanitarian Crisis

IOM and the wider humanitarian community highlight the hundreds of thousands of people left vulnerable as the next typhoon season approaches with shelter and livelihoods restoration the key priorities for ensuring long-term recovery.

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Shelter Survey Paints an Alarming Picture

A new IOM report shows the Philippines is critically short of evacuation shelters in some of the most typhoon-vulnerable parts of the country.

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Radio drama aims to educate, inspire Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Part of IOM’s Communications with Communities (CwC) project, the radio show engages typhoon-affected communities by providing critical information and gathering community feedback.

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Road to Recovery: Post-Typhoon aid in the Philippines

IOM is in the middle of a massive operation to deliver shelter materials to 70,000 families who lost their homes during typhoon Haiyan. This video takes a look at the pace of recovery and gives a voice to those made homeless by the super-typhoon.

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A commitment to help affected communities in the Philippines

The Department for International Development’s (DFID) United Kingdom Aid (UKAid) hands over US$200,000 worth of humanitarian aid including shelter and repair kits, non-food items, and generators.

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Massive shelter response in Central Philippines

“Our aim is to help get people into safe, secure accommodation where they can rebuild their lives,” said Conrado Navidad, National Emergency Coordinator for IOM in the Philippines.

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Trying to Move On

IOM, UNHCR and the Philippine government register evacuees desperately trying to leave the devastated city of Tacloban.

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Peace Accord Brings Potential for Development in Southern Philippines

Philippines - The International Organization for Migration has outlined its proposed inputs into the recovery effort in the conflict-wracked Mindanao region of the Southern Philippines. At a high-level conference in the capital Manila yesterday, IOM’s Chief of Mission Marco Boasso spoke of his gratitude for the trust that Government and other players have placed in the Organization on the “long walk to peace”.

Hostilities in central and western Mindanao region have been a major obstacle to development for more than 40 years. It has the lowest development indicators and highest poverty rates in the Philippines, comparable to Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Yemen.

The conflict has cost an estimated 120,000 lives with millions affected by multiple displacements, loss of family members and destruction of property.  However, in March 2014, the signing of an accord between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led to hopes of peace and prosperity for the troubled region.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (as the planned autonomous region is to be known) is viewed as the most positive step towards resolution of the conflict, though there are still many precarious steps before a lasting peace can be reached.

Yesterday’s forum was convened to discuss the Community Revitalization Initiative for Bangsamoro (CRIB) and was attended by representatives from over 30 countries and international agencies as well as members of the private sector and various national bodies.

The initiative, which outlines possible peace-building activities in Mindanao, supports five key sectors: socio-economic integration and reintegration, health and psychosocial support, transitional justice, and humanitarian assistance. IOM is a key actor in all these areas due to the Organization’s global experience in post-conflict countries, its four-decade presence in the Philippines, and its ability to respond to the identified priority needs of the Bangsamoro Community.

The CRIB is a reflection of the ongoing partnerships IOM has been developing with the Government of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Transmission Commission and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. With these agencies, the Government of the Philippines, and the UN Country Team, IOM hopes to support the local authorities to promote peace and stabilization, supporting IDPs, returnees, and ex-combatants integrate into their communities, and thus contribute to socio-economic progress.

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