The Philippines is highly exposed to various natural hazards due to the high frequency of tropical cyclones, active volcanoes, and other climate-related risks.
In addition, the ongoing conflict between the government and armed groups in the southernmost island of Mindanao impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
The precarious situation in the country often results in significant loss of lives, family resources and homes, exacerbating the vulnerability of the local people.
What are the needs?
The Philippines has well-developed crisis management capacities. However, recurrent natural hazards – including typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions – often cause large-scale damage and put a heavy strain on local resources.
In December 2021, typhoon Rai (Odette) made landfall in the Philippines 9 times, causing widespread destruction and affecting over 12 million people. It was one of the worst global disasters in 2021.
The armed conflict in Mindanao remains a fragile and complex situation. Since 2012, fighting has caused the ongoing large-scale displacement of close to 1 million people, increasing humanitarian needs.
Violence intensified in 2021, resulting in the displacement of more than 322,000 people. The EU has classified it as a forgotten crisis.
How are we helping?
In 2022, the EU provided over €14 million in support of the most vulnerable people in the Philippines. This allocation included €10 million in humanitarian emergency funding to families affected by typhoon Rai in late December 2021.
Some €1.5 million focused on humanitarian assistance for those affected by the protracted conflict. The funding also helped strengthen the support to fight COVID-19 and other key humanitarian operations in the country.
EU humanitarian aid prioritises the most vulnerable, conflict-affected communities in Mindanao in need of assistance. We provide:
- food and nutritional assistance
- health care
- clean water and sanitation
- access to safe, equitable and quality education.
In addition, in 2022, the EU contributed €1.5 million to disaster risk reduction and resilience-building initiatives in the country.
In late November 2022, the severe tropical storm Nalgae (locally known as “Paeng”) made landfall 6 times across the Philippines and affected more than 4 million people. In response, the EU released €200,000 to support affected families.
The EU’s disaster preparedness programme in the Philippines is in force since 1996. It aims to reduce the impact of natural hazards and strengthen the capacities of communities to prepare for future events.
Current activities focus on enhancing disaster resilience of local government units and impoverished families living in high-risk urban areas in the capital, Manila. We fund activities covering local capacity building, early warning systems, education, public awareness campaigns, and resilience livelihood planning.
Last updated: 17/01/2023
Facts & figures
EU humanitarian aid:
Over €14 million in 2022
Over €154.6 million since 1996, including:
- €99 million in response to natural hazards
- €37 million in response to conflict
- €18.5 million on disaster preparedness