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06 Apr 2017 description


This publication is an initiative of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific. The RCG seeks to not only link the region with the Global Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination, but also to provide a learning platform for good practice. This publication focuses on Asia and the five priority countries in this region that are highly vulnerable to large-scale natural disasters: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, and the Philippines.

02 Mar 2017 description

A map visual/infographic highlighting the tracks of destructive tropical cyclones, historical strong earthquakes, location of active volcanoes, active faultlines and trenches.

15 Jan 2016 description

OCHA delivers its mandate through…


OCHA brings together people, tools and experience to save lives
OCHA helps Governments access tools and services that provide life-saving relief. We deploy rapid-response teams, and we work with partners to assess needs, take action, secure funds, produce reports and facilitate civil-military coordination.


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.