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Philippines

Improving Disaster Risk Management systems for long-term resilience and growth

In the Philippines, ACTED takes an integrated approach to respond to onset emergencies while maintaining development efforts, always mainstreaming a Disaster Risk Management dimension across all its interventions.

In 2016, ACTED addressed water, hygiene and sanitation, shelter and livelihoods needs, to ensure that local communities and authorities are equipped with solid foundations for long-term resilience and growth. ACTED promotes a global and community-based approach, working closely with Local Government Units to lead an ambitious effort to identify gaps and needs, and leverage local resources. ACTED also uses its expertise to improve the operational capacities of local stakeholders to tackle the multiple issues they are facing and to strengthen Disaster Risk Management systems.

A continuum between mitigation, preparedness and response

Communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in 2013 still live in one of the most hazard-prone area of the Philippines, particularly those living in the Eastern Visayas region. ACTED is committed to addressing the remaining critical water, hygiene, sanitation, livelihoods or shelter needs while strengthening the communities’ preparedness to respond to and mitigate the impacts of natural hazards. ACTED notably built permanent shelters for vulnerable households in Eastern Samar where Haiyan made first landfall in 2013, and works with Local Government Units to support municipalities of Eastern Samar in tackling the issue of open defecation. Across Eastern Samar, ACTED and Alliance2015 partners are also supporting farmers, who face low levels of production, poor productivity and lack of linkages with markets.

Responding to onset emergencies

Already at high risk of extreme weather events, the Philippines faced the particularly strong effects of climate change in 2016. After a peak of El Niño affecting nearly 305,000 people across 16 provinces, a strong La Niña effect further endangered already vulnerable families. 14 typhoons entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, including six extremely violent category 4 or 5 typhoons. Disaster-affected families are at their most vulnerable and have often lost everything – loved ones, their home, their livelihoods, etc. ACTED deployed assessment and response teams after violent typhoons (Melor, Haima and Nock-ten), within hours of the disasters. ACTED’s response addressed the life-saving needs of affected populations in terms of shelter, water, hygiene, and living supplies, through the distribution of emergency kits, and ensured a resilience-oriented response by working in close coordination with local authorities.

Helping farmers thrive

ACTED helps typhoon-affected farmers and farmers’ groups in Eastern Samar to become more self-reliant by addressing the underlying constraints that prevent them from engaging in competitive markets. ACTED empowers farmers to restore and improve their livelihoods through increased production, productivity and marketability of agricultural products which, in turn, increased their resilience to future shocks and vulnerabilities, in line with the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach.. Local Service Providers support farmers to increase their knowledge and capacity in improved agricultural techniques and business skills, and facilitate access to quality inputs and services. This will enable farmers to re-start and improve their agricultural livelihoods to become more competitive, and thus earn higher and more sustainable incomes.

Partners in 2016 :

Agence de l’Eau Seine-Normandie, France Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Fondation Alstom, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, IMPACT Initiatives, LafargeHolcim, Samaritan's purse, Shelter Box United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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