The Philippines is among the most disaster-prone countries of the world. In 2019, it was ranked as one of ten countries with the highest disaster risk worldwide in the World Risk Index.? It frequently experiences different types of disasters including typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruption. Disasters are the main cause of displacement in the country. In the first half of 2019 about 572,000 displacements were reported in the Philippines of which 484,000 were caused by disasters.?

In October 2019, a series of earthquakes hit Mindanao island, particularly affecting Tulunan, North Cotabato province (Region XII) in central Mindanao. The earthquakes affected over 350,000 people, caused 23 fatalities, severe infrastructure damage. As of 13 December, almost 170,000 people remain displaced (some 51,000 in evacuation centres and 117,000 outside of evacuation centres).?

Between 2 and 3 December typhoon Tisoy (internationally referred to as Kammuri) struck the Philippines. Over 450,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions V, VIII, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA. Most evacuated people have returned home as of 15 December, but around 58,800 people remain displaced, the large majority (around 50,100 people) in evacuation centres.?

Protracted armed conflict in southern Mindanao has led to a complex humanitarian situation on Mindanao island. The Mindanao conflict relates to the decade-long armed “Moro conflict” between the Philippine government and Moro Muslim armed groups that originated in the 1960s. As of September 2019, more than 65,000 people remain displaced from the 2017 Marawi conflict. In addition, violent clashes between government forces and non-state armed groups as well as clan feuds continue to trigger displacement across Mindanao.?

INFORM measures the Philippines's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.3/10.?


Latest Developments

Typhoon Vongfong made landfall as a Category 3 storm with winds around 120 km/h. One person has died and approximately 220,000 people have been affected in Eastern Samar, Calabarazon, and Bicol regions. Approximately 320,000 people were evacuated in advance of the storm, and as of 20 May, all temporary evacuation centres have been closed. Humanitarian needs and displacement is unknown and assessments are ongoing.?

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Key Figures

Key figures are for the entire response and are not CCCM-specific.

INFORM Global Crisis Severity Index

Crisis Severity: 1.8

Impact: 2.5

Humanitarian Conditions: 1

Complexity: 2.8

Access Constraints: 2

The above scale is from 0 (Very low) to 5 (Very high)
Information courtesy of ACAPS.
HDX datasets

12 Common Operating Datasets or CCCM-tagged datsets are on the Humanitarian Data Exchange: