People Helped in 2017: 299,284
The Philippines has a troubled history of armed conflict between the government and various militant groups, uprooting millions of citizens from their homes over the last 40 years. While a climate of peace has prevailed over the past five years, huge inequities remain between the wealthy and extremely poor. Access to food and clean water remains a huge challenge to the most at risk, with more than 20% of Filipino children under age five experiencing malnutrition.
In addition, the nation is highly vulnerable to recurring natural disasters, such as typhoons and tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides, droughts and floods, and volcanic eruptions. Material and economic losses, in addition to large casualty counts, are catastrophic in the wake of such events.
Responding to Emergencies, Creating Lasting Solutions
Action Against Hunger has worked in the Philippines since 2000, in places like north and central Mindanao and Bicol, helping communities affected by natural disasters or displaced by conflict. We run programs in nutrition and health, food security and livelihoods, and water, sanitation, and hygiene, promote public health education, and use targeted cash transfers to help vulnerable Filipinos recover after humanitarian emergencies.
2017 saw a major displacement crisis in Mindanao, the result of armed clashes between groups linked to Islamic State and the Philippine Army in Marawi. More than 350,000 people were forced to abandon their homes in search of safety. One of the countries most exposed to natural disasters, Filipinos also suffered flooding in Mindanao, earthquakes in Surigao, Batangas and Leyte, in addition to tropical storm Vinta in 2017. These disasters exacerbated the situation of the poorest and most vulnerable households.
Action Against Hunger provided emergency assistance following the clashes in Marawi, a town that is now half destroyed and has significant humanitarian needs. Our teams opened a new base from which to implement additional water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, and disaster risk reduction projects.