'YOLANDA' DEATH TOLL NOW AT 6,033 -NDRRMC

DECEMBER 14 -As of 6 a.m. Saturday, 27,468 were recorded as injured while 1,779 are still missing. Of the 6,033 dead, more than half came from Eastern Visayas region, where Leyte and Samar bore the brunt of the destructive typhoon. In Leyte province, of the 5,184 dead. In Samar province, 224 were killed, 82 of whom were unidentified from Basey town while in Eastern Samar, 265 were killed, 88 of whom were unidentified. Since Yolanda pummeled the country last November 8, 3,423,501 families or 16,074,392 have been affected, leaving 3,921,577 persons displaced.

ALSO:  ILO commends Filipino resiliency

DECEMBER 14 -“The ILO believes that employment should be part of disaster relief operations from day one and jobs restored should be an indicator of the success of an operation,” ILO Asst Director General said. “From what I have seen in Basey and Tacloban, it is clear that restoring livelihoods is crucial to real recovery, getting them and their communities back on their feet. We must make sure that those who were victims of the typhoon do not become victims a second time, by having to take work that exploits their desperation for income or exposes them to injury,” he added. The ILO is giving technical expertise and financial support to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Emergency Employment Programs. This support is expected to benefit about 20, 000 workers and their families by the end of 2013.

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(UPDATE) MISUARI TERROR DAMAGE LAST SEPTEMBER- Muslims help rebuild Catholic church in Zamboanga

DECEMBER 14 -Christian residents of this city’s Santa Catalina district found nothing unusual about Muslims bearing carpenters’ tools — until they realized the Muslims had volunteered to help rebuild a Catholic chapel. “We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) head. But to the surprise of the mostly Christian residents, the Muslims, a number of them residents Zamboanga City who returned home from abroad recently, announced they had come to Santa Catalina to rebuild the Christ the King chapel. Built in the early 1980′s, the chapel on Martha Drive was razed by one of many fires t6hat broke out during a three-week battle between government forces and a band of Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas loyal to MNLF founder Nur Misuari last September. Barely a month since the work began our chapel is about 90 percent completed already


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‘Yolanda’ death toll at 6,033—NDRRMC

MANILA, DECEMBER 16, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Julliane Love De Jesus - At least 24 bodies more were recovered as the death toll from Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) breached 6,000 on Friday.

In the latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report, 6,033 were recorded dead as one of the most powerful typhoons battered provinces in Visayas.

As of 6 a.m. Saturday, 27,468 were recorded as injured while 1,779 are still missing.

Of the 6,033 dead, more than half came from Eastern Visayas region, where Leyte and Samar bore the brunt of the destructive typhoon.

In Leyte province, of the 5,184 dead. In Samar province, 224 were killed, 82 of whom were unidentified from Basey town while in Eastern Samar, 265 were killed, 88 of whom were unidentified.

Since Yolanda pummeled the country last November 8, 3,423,501 families or 16,074,392 have been affected, leaving 3,921,577 persons displaced.

Meanwhile, the total cost of damages remained at P35 billion with P18 billion worth of damages in infrastructures and P17 billion in agriculture.

FROM MANILA DAILY BULLETIN

ILO commends Filipino resiliency by Madel Sabater - Namit December 14, 2013

The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Saturday commended the resiliency of the Filipinos affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas.

ILO assistant director-general and regional director for Asia and the Pacific Yoshiteru Uramoto visited Tacloban City in Leyte and Basey, Samar this week to personally look at the progress of the typhoon-hit areas and identify other needs on the ground.

“I am amazed by the resilience of the typhoon victims that I have spoken to. The community spirit is extraordinary. The people are so clearly focused on looking forward and rebuilding a better future through decent work,” Uramoto said.

Uramoto cited the importance of emergency employment programs in the rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-affected areas.

“The ILO believes that employment should be part of disaster relief operations from day one and jobs restored should be an indicator of the success of an operation,” he said

“From what I have seen in Basey and Tacloban, it is clear that restoring livelihoods is crucial to real recovery, getting them and their communities back on their feet. We must make sure that those who were victims of the typhoon do not become victims a second time, by having to take work that exploits their desperation for income or exposes them to injury,” he added

The ILO is giving technical expertise and financial support to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Emergency Employment Programs. This support is expected to benefit about 20, 000 workers and their families by the end of 2013.

Emergency employment programs offer a minimum of 15-day work that includes the minimum wage, correct personal protective equipment, three months Philhealth and social security coverage, and one year of accident insurance.

The work begins with cleaning and basic repairs to schools and clinics, unclogging of canals, and clearing and sorting of debris to support construction and recycling.

ILO estimates that 5.9 million workers have been affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda,” wherein 2.6 million workers were already in vulnerable employment and living at or near the poverty line.

INQUIRER UPDATE on damage wrought by days of terror from followers of Moro leader Nur Misuari in September.


Christ the King Chapel in Zamboanga. Photo from http://asiafoundation.org

Muslims help rebuild Catholic church in Zamboanga By Julie S. Alipala Inquirer Mindanao 6:47 pm | Saturday, December 14th, 2013

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Christian residents of this city’s Santa Catalina district found nothing unusual about Muslims bearing carpenters’ tools — until they realized the Muslims had volunteered to help rebuild a Catholic chapel.

“We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) head.

But to the surprise of the mostly Christian residents, the Muslims, a number of them residents Zamboanga City who returned home from abroad recently, announced they had come to Santa Catalina to rebuild the Christ the King chapel.

Built in the early 1980′s, the chapel on Martha Drive was razed by one of many fires t6hat broke out during a three-week battle between government forces and a band of Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas loyal to MNLF founder Nur Misuari last September.

When the fighting ended, only the chapel’s back wall and altar were left. The 100-year-old wooden image of the Christ the King, which was regularly used in major religious processions here, did not survive the flames.

“We have not heard of any Muslim helping build a chapel before,” Villaflores said.

But before the Christians could say anything to the Muslims, they went to work, sawing lumber, driving in nails and doing other things to rebuild the chapel.

“We are very happy about it. Santa Catalina residents are deeply touched by their efforts. We really appreciate how our Muslim brothers and sisters are helping us,” Villaflores said.

He said that the help extended by Zamboanga’s Muslim residents, who suffered equally during the three-week siege, hastgened the rebuilding of the chapel.

“Barely a month since the work began our chapel is about 90 percent completed already,” he said.

Father Michael Ufana of the Saint Joseph parish said he was overwhelmed by what the Muslims had shown.

Ufana said these efforts did not only result in the speedy rebuilding of the chapel but also strengthened the harmonious relationship between Muslims and the Christians.

Ufana, along with his father, Isidro, sister Madelyn and other relatives were among those taken hostage when MNLF gunmen occupied Santa Catalina and other adjacent parts of Zamboanga City last September 9.

He admitted that like other Christians here, he felt some animosity toward Muslims in the past. But all of that has changed, he said.

“The way other Muslims painstakingly reached somehow eased this,” he said.

Retired police Chief Superintendent Sukarno Ikbala said he was listening to a live-streaming radio broadcast in the United States one day when he heard a fellow retiree, Senior Supt. Julmunier Jubail, rallying Muslims to help in the rebuilding and relief efforts in the city.

Ikbala said he immediately came home, met with Jubail, retired Senior Supt. Bensali Jabarani and several other Muslim professionals and formed a group they called “Esperanza” (Hope).

“Esperanza stands for Environmental, Socio-Psychological, Economic, and Religious Advancement of Neo-Zamboangaenos’ Aspirations,” he said.

Ikbala said from that meeting, they raised P120,000 from the Asia Foundation and from fellow Muslim Abdurahman Nuno. The money is now being used in rebuilding of the Christ the King chapel.

“We are also using our own resources. We give whatever we have in our pockets, and in due time we can complete the roofing of the chapel,” he proudly announced.

Jubail said what prompted him to call for action was the thought of how the Christian population viewed the Muslims after the siege.

“I did not want the general Christian community to look down on us as bad people because we were all victims,” he said. “We do hope that in our own small ways of reaching out, something beautiful will come out.”

It has.

“Not all Muslims are bad and not all Christians are good. The rebuilding of our chapel by the Muslims is indication enough that they were not bad and they want to lift our spirits and our hope [for peace],” said Rey Zaragosa, a 67-year-old resident of Santa Catalina.

Zaragosa said he was looking forward to the completion of the chapel so he could celebrate and attend Misa de Gallo there.


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