14 December 2015: Typhoon Melor makes landfall in Batag Island, Northern Samar, and moves westward.
16 December 2015: Typhoon Melor exits to the west of the Philippines. Information bulletin no. 1 issued.
17 December 2015: The President of the Philippines declares a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by Typhoon Melor.
18 December 2015: Tropical Depression Twenty-Three makes landfall in Davao Oriental province, eastern Mindanao. Information bulletin no. 2 issued.
19 December: Almost the whole of Philippines experiences rain, floods and landslides.
22 December: Emergency Appeal launched for CHF 3.7 million.
4 March 2016: Revised Emergency Appeal issued, seeking CHF 2 million.
25 July 2016: The 6-month operation update is published.
28 November 2016: Operations Update No. 3 provides a projection of activities which will be incorporated and implemented as part of the Operational Plan 2017 for Philippines
Typhoon Melor struck Northern Samar, Philippines, on 14 December 2015, moved westward and made five landfalls before it exited the Philippine landmass through Occidental Mindoro on 19 December. Melor left 42 people dead, almost 300,000 houses damaged of which 98,000 houses were destroyed and some PHP 4.3 billion (CHF 89 million) worth of agriculture and infrastructure assets affected. Melor came a few months after some parts of Luzon were badly affected from the effects of Typhoon Koppu (October 2015). Melor was then followed by a tropical depression (Twenty-Three), which enhanced the northeast monsoon causing heavy rainfall throughout much of the country. More than 800,000 families were affected by Typhoon Melor, Tropical Depression Twenty-Three and the northeast monsoon.
The Emergency Appeal sought CHF 2,079,515, of which CHF 1,396,329 was raised (67 per cent coverage). The total expenditure recorded was CHF 1,396,303 (81 per cent of income), leaving a balance of CHF 265,711. Of the total expenditure, CHF 694,631 (61 per cent of total expenditure) was utilized for direct costs to affected people, with the rest covering National Society development and operational support costs, including distribution and monitoring. Total personnel costs were CHF 167,510 (15 per cent of total expenditure). Of the total expenses, CHF 229,656 (20 per cent) was utilized via cash transfer programming.