About OCHA Philippines

The Philippines is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Annually, an average of 22 tropical cyclones enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility of which around 6 to 7 cause significant damage. Conflicts in Mindanao also cause intermittent cycles of forced displacement.

In 2007, OCHA established a presence in Manila to complement the Government’s response to natural disasters and to strengthen humanitarian coordination. In September 2009, Tropical Storm Ketsana devastated Metro Manila, prompting the Emergency Relief Coordinator to appoint the Resident Coordinator as also the Humanitarian Coordinator.

OCHA’s presence in the Philippines was upgraded to a country office in 2010, with a dual focus: emergency response preparedness and response to sudden onset emergencies and the protracted conflict situation in Mindanao.

Since then, the office has quickly scaled up capacity to respond to new emergencies including the humanitarian system wide response to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

OCHA's mandate

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

OCHA's mission is to:

  • Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
  • Advocate the rights of people in need.
  • Promote preparedness and prevention.
  • Facilitate sustainable solutions.

Globally, OCHA works in over 30 offices with some 2,271 staff to ensure effective assistance reaches millions of humanitarian beneficiaries.



Contact us

Country Office 
Room 739, 7th floor, Ascott Makati
Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City, 1224
Tel no: +63 (0) 2-651-6622
Email: ochaphilippines@un.org

No. 80 Rufo Marana Street,
Rosary Heights 10
Cotabato City 9600
Tel no: +63 (0) 64-421-7935
Fax no: +63 (0) 64-421-7934