This reports covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011
Through programmes under this country plan, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is supporting Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to realize the strategic aims and enabling actions relating to Strategy 2020. In implementing programme activities, the National Society is not only bolstering its capacity to deliver services, but also strengthening local communities and their coping mechanisms. The ultimate purpose is to contribute towards the three outcomes of Strategy 2020: save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises; enable healthy and safe living, and; promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
Under the disaster management programme, PRC conducted water and land search and rescue training for staff and volunteers to enhance community disaster preparedness. In addition, PRC held workshops and meetings with the aim of enhancing its capacity in responding to disasters. These include meetings for vulnerability capacity assessment, the International Disaster Response Laws, Rules and Principles programme (IDRL) forum, and contingency planning. As a result, a draft contingency plan was developed and will be finalized by PRC in the coming months.
Under health and care, PRC continued to recruit and train community health volunteers (CHVs) who conducted hygiene promotion sessions as well as vaccinating children for a measles campaign. Meanwhile, on reducing HIV and AIDS vulnerability and its impact, PRC scaled up its HIV awareness and prevention education (HAPE) sessions.
Under organizational development, IFRC supported PRC in enhancing its overall logistics capacity. Activities such as but not limited to warehouse renovation, provision of office equipment and training on the orientation of standardized use of logistics forms were conducted at the national headquarters and will be rolled out to the chapters in the coming months. In addition, office equipment has also been provided to ten chapters of PRC to support their activities. Under humanitarian diplomacy, PRC continued to promote the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values in all its programmes, especially those conducted by Red Cross Youth (RCY).
The total 2011 budget is CHF 786,385, of which CHF 507,060 (64 per cent) was covered during the reporting period (including the opening balance). Overall expenditure during the reporting period was CHF 342,853 (44 per cent) of the budget.
No. of people we have reached
On disaster management, 48 staff and volunteers participated in land and water search and rescue training. In addition, a draft contingency plan was developed which PRC will consolidate, finalize and pre-test in the coming months. The contingency plan incorporates action of the PRC chapters and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners, and is in line with government and inter-agency plans. On health and care, nearly 500 CHVs were recruited who undertook health and hygiene promotion reaching 1,300 households, as well as reaching and vaccinating up to 117,427 children nationwide in its measles campaign. Meanwhile, on reducing HIV and AIDS vulnerability and its impact, PRC scaled up its HIV awareness and prevention education (HAPE) sessions reaching up to 17,300 persons in 2011. Moreover, apart from HAPE and substance abuse prevention education (SAPE), PRC also conducts youth peer education (YPE) among the youth for HIV and AIDS awareness. For 2011, PRC has reached a total of 5,698 youth from 13 chapters. PRC organized the ‘Million Volunteer Run’ that was held on 4 December 2011 which also marks International Volunteer Day. There were approximately 400,000 people in the whole country who participated in the event including government agencies, private companies, celebrities and politicians.
Support to the country plan has been made possible through funds carried over from previous emergency appeals. Funding came from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
As regards disaster response, the following Movement stakeholders have supported IFRC efforts: American Red Cross; Australian Red Cross; Austrian Red Cross; British Red Cross; Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government; Danish Red Cross; Finnish Red Cross/Finnish government, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China; Icelandic Red Cross; Iranian Red Crescent Society; Irish Red Cross; Japanese Red Cross Society; Republic of Korea National Red Cross; Red Cross of Monaco; Netherlands Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross; Norwegian Red Cross; Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government; and Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates. Other contributors include the European Commission Directorate General of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), the Italian government, OPEC, Voluntary Emergency Relief Fund/World Health Organization (VERF/WHO), private foundations and corporations.
On behalf of Philippine Red Cross, IFRC would like to thank all partners and contributors for their response to programmes and operations in the Philippines. Donors and partners are encouraged to provide further funding support to enable the national society to meet the outcomes of the revised plan.