Philippines: Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan (November 2013 - November 2014)

12 December 2013


Goal: Communities and local governments recover from the disaster, build back safer, and avoid relapses while strengthening resilience.

The Strategic Response Plan is designed to support the Government of the Philippines’ response to the immediate humanitarian needs of the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and complements the Government’s Yolanda Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan.


Strategic objectives 

  1. Typhoon-affected people meet their immediate food needs, avoid nutritional deterioration and build food security in ways that are sustained through stimulation of markets and production and access to life-saving community-based nutrition services.
  2. Families with destroyed or damaged homes, including the displaced population, attain protective and sustainable shelter solutions.
  3. Women and men whose livelihoods or employment have been lost or severely impaired regain self-sufficiency, primarily with the restoration of local economies, agriculture and fisheries.
  4. Prevent increases in mortality and morbidity and the outbreak of communicable diseases through immediate access to basic water, sanitation, hygiene, and health services.
  5. Affected people quickly regain access to community and local government services, including basic education and a strengthened protective environment.

Priority actions

  • Provide displaced population in all sites with multi-sectoral shelter assistance for the emergency and recovery phases, including shelter material, tools, cash for work, technical training and site management in evacuation centres
  • Provide food assistance, nutritional support and agricultural inputs
  • Remove debris from public spaces and recycle for use in reconstruction, minimising environmental impact
  • Restore water systems and access to sanitation facilities in communities, schools and health care facilities
  • Support restarting of Local Government Units
  • Ensure revitalization of livelihoods in the rural and urban areas
  • Re-establish and provide access to public health/clinical services with a focus on surveillance and early warning for diseases with epidemic potential
  • Restart education including in temporary learning spaces
  • Strengthen national protection capacity (including prevention of gender-based violence and child protection)

Parameters of the response

This Strategic Response Plan (SRP) covers 12 months from the date of the disaster, and is designed to complement the government’s Yolanda Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (YRRP), filling gaps as identified by Government and inter-agency assessments.

From a total of nine regions hit by the typhoon, the Government has identified a priority corridor covering 171 municipalities in 14 provinces and six regions. The estimated number of affected people is 14 million. The total number of people targeted through this SRP for direct assistance is three million, a measure drawn from the number who will receive direct inputs through programmes planned by the Food Security and Agriculture cluster interventions. The numbers targeted in other clusters include: WASH 3 million, CCCM 2.2 million, Education 550,000, Emergency Shelter 500,000, Nutrition 300,000, Early Recovery and Livelihoods 400,000. More than seven million people will benefit from support to health services and up to five million people will receive benefit from protection-related activities. 

Appealing organisations included in SRP:

14 UN organisations
40 Non-governmental and international organisations  


Document History

12 December 2013

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