While we no longer have operations in the Philippines, we carefully evaluate every emergency and assess where we can add value.
We launched a large-scale response to devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 6,000 people, destroyed or damaged 1 million homes and displaced more than 4 million people in the Philippines. Following Haiyan, we provided emergency supplies to 18,000 people and repaired and improved water and sanitation services for 5,000 people living on remote islands. We also partnered with BanKO, a mobile savings bank, to make electronic cash transfers so that people could buy what they needed most to recover. For many Filipinos, this was their first banking experience, and we provided mobile cash transfers and financial education to more than 25,000 families.
We were present in the Philippines to implement a 18-month response and recovery programme following Typhoon Haiyan. Because we focused on helping people’s financial recovery, we worked closely with financial institutions established in the Philippines that could continue long-term recovery without Mercy Corps’ assistance and permanent presence in the country.
- Emergency response: Rushed lifesaving food, critical supplies and support to isolated islands in the immediate aftermath of the Typhoon Haiyan.
- Recovery and rehabilitation: Provided mobile cash transfers to help families buy food and materials to rebuild.
- Water: Repaired damaged water sources and improved sanitation resources in remote villages and at schools and daycares.
- Economic opportunity: Helped local microfinance institutions reach previously unserved populations through new mobile technologies.
Philippines: Typhoon survivors weather another blow: Stories after Hagupit
Our emergency team is visiting families after this weekend’s powerful storm swept through communities that lost everything to Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago.
Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit batters Philippines with heavy rain and wind
Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines this weekend, bringing new threats of major flooding and dangerous landslides to families still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Acting quickly to prepare for Typhoon Hagupit
Typhoon Hagupit is taking aim at the Philippines with significant force. Our team on the ground is acting quickly to help people get to safety.
Philippines: One year after Typhoon Haiyan: Progress report
From emergency relief to economic support, how families in the Philippines are recovering and building a stronger future.
Philippines: Clean water for Baby Yolee's first birthday
Yolee was born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her family's home. Today, they're celebrating progress with a new source of clean water.
Philippines: Sweet success: Rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan
Florida and Realino Go didn't think they would survive Typhoon Haiyan. When they emerged from the storm to find their business destroyed, Mercy Corps helped them — and 100,000 more survivors — recover their future.
Philippines: Casimira's story: Building a stronger future after Haiyan
How we're helping families like the Asidtos get the tools they need to rebuild their lives now and for years to come.
Indonesia, Philippines: Meet our field staff: Dewi
When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Dewi Hanifah, a seasoned first responder, was quickly deployed to the devastated region.
Philippines: Rebuilding homes with mobile money
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, our mobile banking programme is providing Filipinos, like Rodelyn and Zeny, with safe new roofs — and new opportunities.
Philippines: A child's safe haven helps families cope
Merlyn and her three children can't go home again. Child Centered Spaces give the young mother peace of mind as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.