Oxfam in the Philippines

Farmer Trinidad Domingo in her field. The majority of women in the Philippines remain severely marginalised, often because the work they do is either unpaid or unrecognised. Photo: Veejay Villafranca

What we're doing

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda as it's known locally) wreaked havoc across much of the central Philippines. More than 5,000 people were killed and 4 million were forced from their homes.

In the short term, it left more than 14.1 million people in need of immediate, life-saving assistance. But it also pushed millions of people further into poverty. Rice crops, coconut trees and fishing boats were wiped out, leaving people struggling to grow food and earn an income.

The emergency phase of our Haiyan response has finished. We're now focussing on long term recovery and rehabilitation. One way we're doing this is by planning how water and sanitation facilities will be managed on a permanent basis. We're also looking at how people will be able to earn a living.

Typhoon Koppu 

Typhoon Koppu struck the Philippines on 18 October 2015, making landfall in the north eastern province of Aurora, pummelling the coastal community of more than 200,000 people with wind gusts of 195km/h.

The Philippines Government has evacuated parts of the country at risk from the Typhoon, known locally as Lando, which as well as packing powerful winds is expected to sit semi-stationary above the country for up to three days, creating intense rainfall and potentially causing devastating flooding and tsunami like storm surges in coastal areas. 

Oxfam is ready to dispatch rapid assessment teams to survey the damage left in its path, and assess and respond to the greatest needs if the Philippines Government requests international assistance.

More details of what Oxfam is doing in the Philippines (PDF, 405KB)

In 2013-14 Oxfam helped:

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