The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, its geographic location being the biggest contributing factor. The consequences of disasters and the resulting environmental degradation pose a serious threat to the economic development of the country. The country's population density and extreme poverty worsen the situation, making residents more vulnerable to natural hazards and public health emergencies. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue, H1N1 and HIV continue to pose significant challenges.
It is in this context that the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the country, provides assistance to the most vulnerable people, through its 96 chapters (covering all administrative districts and major metropolitan cities), as well as its large volunteer base, with approximately 300,000 members/volunteers. A planning meeting supported by the International Federation is in progress to outline PNRC strategic plans for the next five to ten years (i.e. 2010 onwards) in line with Strategy 2020.
New priorities have since been included, incorporating the need to deal with new types of disasters that are emerging as a result of global warming and climate change. The new strategic development plan will continue to focus on the four key strategic directions of the PNRC: disaster management, health and care, organizational development and humanitarian values, which are critical to strengthening the foundation of the national society and enhancing the overall capacity and performance of the organization. This is in line with the International Federation's Strategy 2010 and its four Global Agenda goals.
The International Federation's 2010-2011 country plan for Philippines is consistent with the PNRC strategic development plan. It will be implemented in close collaboration with key government ministries, UN agencies concerned, and partners within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The disaster management programme will focus on strengthening the PNRC capacity for disaster response and preparedness for response, as well as community-based disaster preparedness, disaster mitigation and disaster risk reduction. The health and care programme will address a range of issues such as HIV (as part of the Global Alliance on HIV), community-based health, emergency health, as well as issues such as malaria, and avian and human influenza.
The organizational development programme will support PNRC in working towards achieving the characteristics of a "well functioning national society". The principles and values programme will focus on promoting Red Cross Red Crescent principles and values which will be incorporated into the various programmes. In 2009, there has been an emphasis on integration of the various programmes. In line with this, there will further integration of the various programmes especially in the planning and implementation stages.
The total budget for this plan is CHF 789,721 (USD 0.76 million or EUR 0.51 million) for 2010 and CHF 789,721 (USD 0.76 million or EUR 0.51 million) for 2011 as well.