The humanitarian situation in the Philippines is driven by a long-standing conflict in the south and various natural disasters, including the latest crisis caused by typhoon Rai in southern and central Philippines. The main impacts of these crises are displacement and the disruption of services and livelihoods. People living in poverty are particularly vulnerable to these impacts.

The protracted armed conflict on Mindanao island (southern Philippines) since the 1960s has resulted in a crisis that requires political, humanitarian, and long-term response. There were over 111,000 people displaced in Mindanao because of the conflict as at the end of November 2021.

Typhoon Rai (locally named Odette) passed over Caraga (Eastern and Central Visayas) and MIMAROPA regions on 16–17 December 2021, making nine landfalls in seven provinces. The impact resulted in large-scale displacement, damages, and destruction. The needs of the affected population include food, WASH, shelter, health, relief NFIs, restoration of power and communications, early recovery, livelihoods, and education.

The Philippines is among the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions often result in high rates of displacement. National authorities supported by international partners are largely leading preparedness and response to reoccurring natural disasters and conflict-related displacement. Social cohesion is a significant factor in local resiliency as the displaced often stay with relatives and friends. ?


Latest Developments

Tropical Storm Nalgae/Paeng made landfall in the Philippines on 29 October and exited the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 31 October, leaving around 3.7 million people affected, 899,000 displaced, 112 killed, 103 injured, and 34 missing countrywide. 613,000 displaced people are staying with relatives or friends, while 286,000 took refuge in evacuation centres. The storm caused power interruptions for 4 million people and damaged at least 400 road sections and 100 bridges. 10,100 houses were either partially or completely damaged. 60,400 hectares of farmland were partially or completely damaged, affecting the livelihoods of 57,000 farmers. Compounded with the residual impact of September’s Typhoon Noru, the agricultural damage is likely to worsen existing food supply constraints and heighten food shortages in the country. The people affected need food, drinking water, sleeping kits, temporary shelters, hygiene kits and other non-food items, health assistance, psychosocial support, school supplies and temporary learning spaces for children to resume classes.?

Key Figures

Total population
People affected
People displaced
People in Need
Key figures are for the entire response and are not CCCM-specific.

INFORM Global Crisis Severity Index

Crisis Severity: 2.9

Impact: 3.1

Humanitarian Conditions: 3

Complexity: 2.7

Access Constraints: 1

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

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