UNICEF supports government in responding to the needs of children affected by floods
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Ten days of torrential rains brought about by the southwest monsoon caused widespread flooding in Metropolitan Manila and 16 provinces.
A week after torrential rains flooded many parts of Luzon island including Metropolitan Manila and killed 85 people, UNICEF continues to help the government in responding to the needs of children affected by the extreme monsoon. The UN children’s agency is supporting government partners, to enable them to prevent and respond to a variety of natural and man-made disasters. UNICEF is helping the government in the following ways:
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
• Coordinating assessments covering all affected areas with the Department of Health (DOH)
• Sharing appropriate Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for hygiene promotion campaigns
• Assisting the DOH to compile data on Who’s Doing What and Where (3Ws) to identify gaps and reduce duplication of relief efforts.
• Making emergency stocks available to government
• Ensuring quality standards are provided, through sharing a standard list of water and sanitation emergency items to the Department of Health and top 200 companies for procurement and equitable distribution of hygiene kits and water kits.
• Deploying a local Water and Sanitation Cluster Coordinator and Information Manager to assist DOH and humanitarian partners in the coordination of emergency activities
• Providing breastfeeding guidance materials to Evacuation Centers to promote breastfeeding and ensure that donations of infant formula and other milk are avoided
• Mobilizing available nutrition supplies and IEC materials
• Mobilizing Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Counselors and partners to the evacuation centers
• Making pre-positioned Education supplies such as bags, notebooks, pens, toys and teachers’ basic kits available for government and NGO partners’ mobilization
• Sharing guidelines to Department of Education (DepEd) in promoting breastfeeding in Evacuation Centers and the standard list of Education in Emergencies supplies
• Supporting the DepEd in efforts to advocate among LGUs the need to identify alternative evacuation areas aside from schools and review of the protocol for child-centered Evacuation Center Management
• Tracking of cross-cutting issues which need to be flagged to relevant clusters.
• As a member of the child protection sub-cluster, supporting the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in preparing a Who’s Doing What and Where (3Ws) matrix
Child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction
One of the components of the new UNICEF-Government of the Philippines Country Programme for Children for 2012-2016, is child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It seeks to integrate a DRR programme, through the cooperation of key member agencies of the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council and Local Government Units, that addresses the needs and rights of children. It promotes their meaningful participation in the development of plans and programmes of national government and local government units.