The Philippines


Highlights 2011

  • OCHA supported the joint Government-Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) initial rapid needs assessment of Typhoon Bopha affected areas within 24 hours of the emergency and quickly established coordination mechanisms at the regional, provincial, and municipal levels in the worst-affected areas. Within the first week of the emergency, a flash appeal was launched and a Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocation was provided to humanitarian partners to respond to the immediate life-saving needs.
  • Drawing on lessons learned during the Tropical Storm Washi response in 2011, OCHA supported the Philippine Government and partners to enhance response preparedness. Multi-hazard inter-agency contingency plans were revised for areas where humanitarian needs have been the greatest, and the first-ever Government-HCT Joint Action Plan on Response Preparedness was developed.
  • OCHA provided information management and mapping services to Government and humanitarian partners’ emergency preparedness and response efforts. Information products such as 3Ws, situation reports, bulletins, and maps were regularly disseminated to partners.

The Philippines is highly disaster-prone with an average of 20 typhoons a year, and is exposed to other natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and drought. © IRIN/Jason Gutierrez