Ranked as the second most disaster-prone country in the world, the Philippines is exposed to a variety of natural hazards including floods, landslides and typhoons. While there was no government request for international assistance for typhoons in the Philippines in 2016, IOM continued to support the government’s efforts for typhoon response through technical support and emergency small scale distributions. On December 25, 2016, Category-4 Typhoon Nock-ten made landfall in Southern Luzon, causing flooding, agricultural devastation (over 36 million USD in damage), over 125,000 damaged houses and the evacuation of over 485,000 people. IOM supported the government-led rapid needs assessment and dispatched 800 shelter-grade tarpaulins and 800 hygiene kits for affected people. Previously, Category-4 Typhoon Meranti hit Batanes and Northern Luzon in September 2016, damaging more than 3,000 houses. In the following October 2016, Typhoon Haima struck Region 1 and caused severe damage especially on agriculture (estimated 143 million USD). In both occasions, IOM conducted joint rapid needs assessments in coordination with the local and national government agencies for disaster response.
IOM continues to support the recovery of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan (November 2013), the most destructive typhoon recorded in history, and the Bohol Earthquake (October 2013). IOM’s ongoing interventions in the Philippines, including the construction of permanent shelters in Bohol and evacuation preparedness trainings for Department of Social Welfare and Development officials (and later for communities and families). Furthermore, in April 2015 IOM completed a multi-purpose community evacuation centre in Guiuan with support from UNICEF. Another evacuation centre is currently being built in Borongan to enhance evacuation systems and networks in Eastern Samar.
With the new government administration established through the national elections in May 2016, IOM has been working hard to continue the close partnership and cooperation with the government, as well as communities and humanitarian partners.
Note: IOM's activities are coordinated at an inter-agency level in support of the government.
Contact Information: Marco Boasso, Chief of Mission, firstname.lastname@example.org
IOM Offices: Country Office: Manila. Sub-Offices: Tacloban, Cebu, Cotabato and Zamboanga.
International Staff: 4
National Staff: 76
- Capacity Development: IOM implemented a project on developing the capacity of the Philippines’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the purpose to Train Families and Communities in Evacuation Preparedness. 262 social workers (210 women and 52 men) were trained across the country. IOM also organised training on IASC GBV guidelines, which was attended by 18 participants from the CCCM and Shelter clusters.
- IOM and CCCM Global “Women’s Participation in Camp and Governance Structures” : IOM and the CCCM cluster conducted a baseline study w in Mampang Recovery Sites, Zamboanga PH on May 2016 to look into actual women’s participation in camp life and governance structures.To improve women’s participation, 30 vulnerable women from Mampang received livelihoods training who are now selling their own products and are represented in camp structures
Emergency Response: In coordination with the relevant authorities, IOM conducted Rapid Needs Assessments in the affected regions following typhoon Meranti/Ferdie (date of typhoon), typhoon Haima/Lawin (date typhoon), and typhoon Nock-ten/Nina to identify humanitarian needs to inform the emergency response.
- Shelter Assistance: Following the Bohol Earthquake, IOM in coordination with the DSWD constructed 798 shelter units for earthquake affected families in the 17 hardest hit municipalities in Bohol. 68 shelter units are still under construction.
Shelter and Non-food items
Migration Crisis Operational Framework: Providing life-saving relief items to vulnerable populations in Luzon, Visayas and MindanaoAmount Requested: USD 3,500,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Provide life-saving assistance to typhoon-prone communities by distributing emergency shelter kits and non-food items to the most vulnerable displaced communities.Beneficiaries:20,000 most vulnerable families (100,000 persons)
Camp Management and Displacement Tracking
Migration Crisis Operational Framework: DRR support for Metro Manila’s Most Vulnerable CitiesAmount Requested: USD 747,065 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Assist the Government in building the resilience of Urban Poor Communities in Novatos, Pateros, Quezon and Malabon against natural disasters.Beneficiaries:90,000 informal settlers or slum dwellers and local DRR authorities, partner organizations
Migration Crisis Operational Framework: Mass Evacuation and CCCM Preparedness in Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)Amount Requested: USD 2,000,000 Amount Received: USD 0Objective:Assist the Government in building the resilience of Urban Poor Communities in Metro Manila and other vulnerable urban centers against natural disasters.Beneficiaries:250,000 informal settlers or slum dwellers and local DRR authorities, partner organizations