ICRC Vice President Gilles Carbonnier, joined by Asia-Pacific Regional Director Christine Cipolla, visited the Philippines for the first time from 11 to 19 November 2022, where they witnessed the long-lasting impact of urban warfare and engaged authorities in steps to reduce civilian harm.
Mr Carbonnier and Ms Cipolla visited the area most devastated by the 2017 armed conflict in Marawi City. In General Santos City, they witnessed the Philippine Red Cross' mobile COVID-19 vaccination efforts, which are supported by the ICRC. Mr Carbonnier and Ms Cipolla also had the opportunity to better understand the causes and consequences of massive overcrowding in Philippine detention facilities, seeing first-hand the situation in Quezon City Jail.
Throughout their visit, the ICRC leadership met with the national and regional authorities to discuss the organization's humanitarian priorities in the country.