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The ICRC in the Philippines

The ICRC established a permanent presence in the Philippines in 1982, although the organization had been active in the country since 1959. The ICRC delegation in Manila currently focuses its humanitarian response on isolated areas of the country suffering from the often chronic consequences of long-running armed conflicts.

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25 August 2014 - ICRC President Peter Maurer visits Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas in Samar island

On his first day in the Philippines, ICRC President Peter Maurer went to Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas in Samar island where the rebuilding efforts of the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross are moving at a fast pace. Mr Maurer spoke with staff and patients of Basey District Hospital, which is being repaired with ICRC-PRC support, and went to Santa Cruz, Giporlos, where storm-resilient shelters have been built for 57 families.

ICRC president Peter Maurer and Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon walk by a row of storm-resilient shelters built by the two organizations in Santa Cruz, Giporlos municipality in eastern Samar. ©ICRC/H S Toeli

Facts and Figures

How the ICRC helped people affected by conflict and natural disasters in the Philippines in 2013:

Water and infrastructure support

  • 180,000 people received clean water by truck or through emergency water systems in the aftermath of armed conflict in Zamboanga and natural disasters in Eastern Mindanao and Samar.
  • 18,000 people benefited from the construction and repair of water supply systems in conflict-affected areas in Visayas and Mindanao regions.

Emergency relief

  • 700,000 people received hot meals and food parcels, while 530,000 people received household items and hygiene kits following fighting in Zamboanga, Maguindanao and North Cotabato, and natural disasters in Eastern Mindanao and Samar.

Livelihood support

  • 400,000 people received vegetable seeds to help replant crops following Typhoon Bopha in Eastern Mindanao.
  • More than 15,000 people in conflict-affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao regions received seed and fertilizers.

Health care

  • 35,000 people received medical attention in health-care structures in Zamboanga, Eastern Mindanao and Samar Island.

Promoting detainee welfare

  • The ICRC visited 194 detention facilities holding over 76,000 inmates.
  • Family visits were organized for some 300 inmates, in close cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross.
  • 8,000 detainees benefited from improved living conditions following the refurbishment of 14 jails.
  • 38,000 detainees benefited from improved access to health care in 28 jails across the country.

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