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13 Feb 2013 description

‘When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life a thousand reasons to smile.’ That’s the motto 25-year-old Marietes Dayaguit lives by after she was forced from her home when Tropical Storm Washi swept through Mindanao in 2011 causing massive flooding and destruction.

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22 Jan 2013 description


After an intense year of natural disasters in 2011, countries in the Asia-Pacific region welcomed a reduction in the number of events in 2012. OCHA and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recorded 93 natural disaster events in 2012, in which over 3,200 people were killed and more than 75 million people were affected. China and the Philippines experienced the most disasters in 2012.

03 Dec 2012 description


  • Typhoon Bopha moving towards the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

  • Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao island provinces develop a multihazard contingency plan.

  • OCHA Geneva Director Rashid Khalikov visits the Philippines to take stock of national and sub-national emergency preparedness.

03 Dec 2012 description

No tropical cyclones entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) for the month of November, but due to Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITZC) there were flooding in Zamboanga del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental where 2,799 families (13,533 persons) were affected, of which 900 families (3,557 persons) were displaced.

27 Nov 2012 description

2013 is a time of immense opportunity and change in Mindanao. After four decades of conflict, a Framework Agreement has been reached between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) placing Mindanao on the path to sustainable peace.

14 Nov 2012 description

(Manila/Bangkok/Geneva, 12 November 2012): Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Rashid Khalikov concluded his visit to the Philippines today calling on continued efforts to advance emergency preparedness.

03 Nov 2012 description


  • Philippines ranked third among countries most at risk of natural hazards.

  • 16 million people undernourished in the Philippines.

  • Majority of IDPs from the August BIFF-AFP conflict have returned home; about 3,700 remain in evacuation centres.

08 Oct 2012 description


  • Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front agree on framework towards a new Bangsamoro political entity.

  • 367,000 people still displaced by monsoon floods in Luzon.

  • New United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines assumes post.

Link: Philippines Humanitarian Snapshot (September 2012)

08 Oct 2012 description

I. Background

The Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) has been the main tool for humanitarian strategic planning and programming in the Philippines since 2010. As a planning mechanism, the HAP has fostered closer cooperation between the government and humanitarian partners through the cluster system and improved the strategic approach to the provision of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable conflict and natural disaster affected communities in Mindanao.

07 Sep 2012 description


  • Southwest Monsoon floods displace over 1 million people in Luzon.

  • 33,000 people affected by BIFF-AFP armed conflict.

  • US$19 million needed by clusters to respond to the humanitarian needs in Mindanao.

Link: Philippines Humanitarian Snapshot (August 2012)

21 Aug 2012 description

The Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan for 2012 was launched just days before the most devastating natural disaster of Mindanao in 2011. In the six months that followed (December 2011 to May 2012), the Humanitarian Country Team has focused on supporting the Government in responding to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Washi (locally known as Sendong).

08 Aug 2012 description

Tropical Storm Soala(Gener) affected more than 111,000 families (around 520,000 persons) where 4,121 families (17,163 persons) are in 81 Evacuation Centers (NDRRMC Sitrep 16. 03Aug2012)

TS Saola(Gener) 519,665 persons affected 37 casualties 4 missing 776 totally damaged houses

The Low Pressure Areas (LPAs), brought heavy rains in the country that caused flashfloods, landslides and storm surges in several areas.

Six incidents of armed conflict between Government troops, MILF, ASG, NPA were reported in July 2012 that caused 16,408 persons displaced.