Pooled funds enable humanitarian organizations to provide the most urgently needed assistance following a disaster; fill critical gaps in the response in countries with large, ongoing humanitarian operations; and provide basic life necessities for people struggling to survive in many of the world's forgotten crises.
Since 2006, CERF has contributed a total of US$82 million for humanitarian partners to provide emergency relief to people affected by tropical cyclones, floods, earthquake and armed conflict in the Philippines. In 2013, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $25 million for the Typhoon Haiyan response.
The Government of the Philippines is also a donor to CERF contributing a total of $40,000 since 2006. A representative from the Philippines is also a current member of the CERF Advisory Group which provides the UN Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of CERF.
OCHA has also supported the Humanitarian Country Team to develop humanitarian action/response plans (or consolidated appeals) for sudden onset disasters and for the protracted conflict situation in Mindanao.