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Humanitarian Response

CARE has been providing emergency relief and development assistance in the Philippines since 1949. Over the years, the organization has developed strong working relations with local communities and local non-government organizations throughout the country. CARE works closely with local organizations, cooperatives, logistics companies and relief item suppliers across the Philippines in implementing emergency relief programs.

CARE Philippines responds to major and minor emergencies within the country which includes typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and displacements. For our responses, CARE works closely with our partners on the ground to develop a comprehensive risk assessment to know the specific needs of the affected population.

CARE has also been part of several interagency Rapid Gender Analyses on different emergencies such as the Taal Volcano Eruption and COVID-19. These RGAs allow CARE to widen the scope of our responses as well recognize the gaps and needs of vulnerable sectors – particularly of women and girls.

CARE Philippines has responded to all major disasters in the Philippines, including:

  • Typhoons – Pablo (Bopha) in 2012, Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, Ruby (Hagupit) in 2014, (Koppu) and (Melor) in 2015, (Sarika), Lawin (Haima), Nina (Nock-ten) in 2016, Urduja (Kai-Tak) 2018, Tisoy (Kammuri) in 2019, and Rolly (Goni) and Ulysses (Vamco) in 2020.
  • Seismologic emergencies – Surigao City (2017) and Davao del Sur (2019), and the displacement caused by Taal Volcano in 2020.
  • Displacements caused by conflicts in Marawi/Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and numerous Lumad displacements in Mindanao, providing food, water, shelter, education and protection, and addressing health needs: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Addressing non-communicable diseases, and Addressing Gender Based violence.
  • Response to Covid-19. CARE Philippines was the first iNGO to mobilize a food distribution response for Covid-19 in March 2020. Since than CARE Philippines and partners reached over 750,000 people directly with Food, WASH, and Health programs, and over 1.7 million with communication on COVID-19 related issues.
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