In the Philippines, the OCHA country office supports the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and sub-national coordination forums in rolling out the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness approach, developing common awareness of the humanitarian situation through core information products and facilitate the Humanitarian Programme Cycle to deliver humanitarian assistance to disaster affected communities during emergencies.
The Government of the Philippines institutionalized the cluster coordination architecture in 2007. In October 2014, the Government of the Philippines released the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP) for Hydro-Meteorological Hazards. OCHA supports the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of Civil Defense with inter-cluster coordination while HCT members act as co-lead agencies for respective Government response clusters.
OCHA in support of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is also working towards institutionalizing Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (CMCoord) within the established coordination system. A CMCoord Facilitator’s Training Guide and a series of capacity building activities have been implemented.