Philippines - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 13 Sep 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conflict displaces approximately 360,000 people from Marawi and surrounding areas

  • USG announces $14.3 million for the Philippines, including $3 million in humanitarian assistance

  • USAID partners launch interventions to meet IDPs’ urgent humanitarian needs

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Escalated fighting since May 23 between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and armed groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Marawi—the capital city of Lanao del Sur Province in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao— has resulted in at least 45 civilian casualties and generated significant population displacement and humanitarian needs.

  • As of early September, nearly 360,000 people remained displaced from Marawi and surrounding areas, according to the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Nearly 90 percent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are sheltering in Lanao del Sur and neighboring Lanao del Norte Province in the Northern Mindanao Region. Priority humanitarian needs of displaced populations include food, health, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance, according to the GPH and relief agencies.

  • On September 5, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim announced a U.S.
    Government (USG) contribution of $14.3 million to assist conflict-affected communities in Marawi and surrounding areas. The total includes $3 million in humanitarian assistance from USAID/OFDA and $11.3 million in recovery assistance from USAID/Philippines.

  • USAID/OFDA is supporting UN and non-governmental-organization (NGO) partners to respond to displaced populations’ immediate humanitarian needs, improve the logistics capacity of the GPH, and enhance emergency response coordination.