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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Rapid Assessment Report

Subject/Objective: 
Define significant indicators, Assess major needs and risks, and Make top-line recommendations regarding Child Protection in Dulag Municipality.
Methodology: 
Visited Dulag Municipality and the following Barangays: Sungi, Buntay, Rizal, Luan, Sabang. Observation reports; briefs conversations interviews with Barangay Captains, children, parents and caregivers. Together with FSL and WASH advisors
Key findings: 
 All key informant interviewees noted that there was psychosocial distress among children, primarily in the form of fear of another typhoon/inclement weather as well as witnessing/seeing the significant amount of destruction in their communities and around them and still processing what this means. We note that overt signs of psychosocial distress among children were not present although many children told us that they still felt quite scared and fearful in the aftermath. Many parents and caregivers also noted some changes in their children’s behaviours in the form of sadness, some crying and being quite emotional.  Children begging on the street; at risk/vulnerable to exploitation: It is noted that we witnessed hundreds of people begging on the main roads running south of Tacloban city in Palo, Tanuan, Tolosa and Dulag—almost all were children between the ages of approximately 6-15 and in some cases older adolescents. Although there are no confirmed reports of trafficking, SGBV, child labour and other forms of exploitation, children are incredibly vulnerable right now as most adults are busy with rebuilding their own lives/structures, etc. and there is very little oversight from adults. There were no visible activities or safe spaces for children in any Barangay/community in Dulag and other Municipalities.  Physical safety: The risk to children’s physical safety is great; in the coastal regions south of Tacloban, the devastation of houses is almost 100% complete; there are still downed trees and electrical wires (a huge telecommunications tower has come down in Dulag Municipality) and a tremendous amount of debris. Many children were witnessed mimicking the behaviour of adults by salvaging scrap pieces of wood, corrugated tin and other materials and constructing their own “play” area. Safe spaces are needed in the community to ensure children’s reduced risk to physical safety harms in addition to beginning to conduct psychosocial support and other educational activities.  Migration out of the area: It was noted that some parents have migrated to other parts of the country; however, all children have been left in the care of extended family/kinship. Most parents who have evacuated the community did so before the Typhoon and in many cases normally work outside of the region on a regular basis. There were no verified cases of unaccompanied and separated children  SGBV: Ensure messaging on risks/vulnerabilities of SGBV in evacuation centres as well as in CFS’ and with parents and caregivers in target communities; coordinate with UNFPA on Women Friendly Spaces if relevant.
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Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
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Assessment Date(s): 
21 Nov 2013
Frequency: 
Status: 
Draft / Preliminary Results
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Collection Method(s): 
Population Type(s): 
Children
Cluster(s)/Sector(s): 
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Save The Children
Location(s): 
Leyte
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Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Typhoon Haiyan - Nov 2013