November 11, 2014
A report that would analyse the effectiveness and determine the challenges faced by various humanitarian groups in the Typhoon Yolanda response was launched in time for the first year anniversary of the Super typhoon on November 8.
The report entitled “Missed Again: Making Space for partnership in the Typhoon Haiyan Response” shows the findings from participatory interviews and discussion with United Nations agencies, international and national non-government organizations (NGOs), government representatives and communities affected by the super typhoon.
Among these are the creation of an enabling environment for partnership for strengthening national disaster response, the need to localise surge responses, and the importance of prioritizing preparedness.
It also provides an important venue to hear testimonies from the locals themselves, who serve not only as beneficiaries but at the same time as partners of the NGOs and INGOs in its humanitarian response.
They are the representatives from Pambansang Kongreso ng kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Likhaan and Alyansa Tigil Mina, who organized themselves in the aftermath of the super typhoon and actively participated especially in the selection of the beneficiaries and the implementation of the various rehabilitation/developmental programs.
Meanwhile, the report also raised the need to revise the current international standard or criteria for the selection of beneficiaries, which they said was quite stringent.
There were also several suggestions to further improve the humanitarian response such as the active participation of children in disaster preparedness trainings, and a universal coverage of the beneficiaries in the relief phase to prevent social tension in the community.
It also highlighted the need to outline and differentiate the functions of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) from those of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The said report was commissioned by a consortium of UK-based international NGOs namely: ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Tearfund in March 2014.
CAFOD is one of the international partners of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ social action arm, NASSA/Caritas Philippines, in its rehabilitation efforts in the areas severely affected by the super typhoon.