The Philippines


Highlights 2011

  • OCHA helped coordinate a rapidly mobilized response to Tropical Storm Washi after the Government quickly accepted the RC/HC’s offer of international assistance. The response in the first week included a Government-HCT rapid needs assessment; a Flash Appeal; a CERF rapid response grant; timely establishment of coordination tools in flood-affected areas; and reporting, analysis and information services.
  • The Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) for the Conflict-Affected Provinces of Mindanao was implemented for the first time in 2011. The HAP 2012 was released in December. OCHA broadened its partnerships with NGOs, donors and the humanitarian community to ensure their views were integrated in the HAP.
  • OCHA supported the Government and humanitarian partners in building crisis-response capacity through training and a policy dialogue on humanitarian response. OCHA helped expand the Government’s understanding of the international humanitarian response system, which led to quicker acceptance of the international community’s offer of assistance and closer collaboration on rapid needs assessments. 

OCHA staff speaks to a man who had lost his home during Tropical Storm Washi. © Kirsten/OCHA