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ShelterBox in the Philippines

A family who received a ShelterBox tent after Typhoon Haiyan

We have responded to disasters in the Philippines more than any other country.

Since 2004 we have responded 25 times in the country to various devastating disasters such as storms, typhoons, floods, cyclones, and earthquakes.

One of the largest disasters we responded to in the Philippines was Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda. Haiyan was the most powerful storm in 2013 and one of the most powerful tropical cyclones of all time. 

Why do so many disasters happen in the Philippines?

Warm ocean waters, low-lying coasts, poverty and geography help explain why the Philippines is so prone to natural disasters.

Located just above the equator, the Philippines faces the western Pacific without much else in the way to take the force of storms before they make landfall. Those warm, equatorial waters power about 20 typhoons a year.

In recent decades, a lot of people have flocked to risky, low-lying islands - havens for cheap and crammed housing. The rapidly constructed housing and inadequate evacuation plans mean that the local population is left vulnerable when disaster strikes, with existing shelter unable to withstand the extreme weather conditions. 

On top of everything else, the location of the Philippines on the Pacific Ring of Fire means the country is very prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms and typhoons.

The country also experiences monsoon rains across the country which can lead to flooding and landslides.

Source: National Geographic

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25 responses

spread over 15 years - the country we've responded to on the most occassions

over 21,500 families

supported with over 15,000 different shelter items

4 different types of disaster

18 cyclones, 2 floods, 2 conflicts and 1 earthquake

Philippines timeline

We've responded in the Philippines more than any other country we've responded to. Have a look at some key dates dating from 2000 up until today.

2000 - ShelterBox was founded in Helston, Cornwall. 

2004 - Typhoon Nanmadol, locally known as Yoyong, hits the Philippines and ShelterBox responds soon after.

2009 - Typhoon Parma, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Pepeng, was the second typhoon to affect the Philippines within the span of a week. We supported nearly 650 families.

2011 - We supported families in Luzon following Typhoon Pedring, known locally as Nesat.

2013 - Typhoon Bopha, known in the Philippines as Pablo, devastates the Philippines. We responded in the area of Mindanao, supporting over 1,200 families.

2013 - Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, wreaking havoc in the country. we responded with supporting nearly 3,500 families.

2014 - Typhoon Rammasun, also known as Typhoon Glenda, was one of the only two Category 5 super typhoons on record in the South China Sea. We supported more than 1,000 families in the area of Legazpi.

2017 - ShelterBox Operations Philippines is established as a non-government organisation.

2018 - Also known as Ompong in the Philippines, Super Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines' main island of Luzon. We responded by supporting over 1,000 families in the area.

2019 - Our latest response in the Philippines follows the devastating Tropical Storm Usman that made landfall in the country last December. We've supported over 2,000 families with ShelterKits, mosquito nets, solar lights, water carriers, blankets and storage boxes.

ShelterBox Operations Philippines

ShelterBox Operations Philippines is a new NGO, locally registered in the Philippines and run by ShelterBox Operations HQ in the UK.

ShelterBox Operations Philippines allows us to locally store aid items in the province of Cebu so that we can respond and distribute fast and efficiently within the country, whenever disaster strikes. 

This is a first for ShelterBox – setting up ShelterBox Operations Philippines is an achievement we celebrate and feel proud of.

It’s a great example of our flexible and agile model at work, which enables us to ensure we’re well-placed to reach families as quickly as possible when disaster strikes.

Learn more

Areas we have worked in

Map of where ShelterBox has responded to disasters in the Philippines

Essential Aid items

We have provided a range of different aid items, take a look below at the top types of shelter distributed

ShelterKit of tools and repair materials

2,500+ ShelterKits

A selection of hardwearing tools and materials that are customised to suit the needs of each community. 

ShelterBox white tent

8,800+ Tents

Large, sturdy tents that can withstand extreme weather conditions and temperatures.

mosquito net

15,000+ Mosquito nets

Coated with insecticide, they offer an extra layer of protection by killing insects on and around the net.

Philippines tropical storm urduja

Lily and Jeralin's story

When tropical storm Urduja hit the Philippines in December 2017, Lily and Jeralin lost their home. We supported them with a sturdy ShelterBox tent - a place to call home. 

Our recent responses

Typhoon Kammuri in the Philippines

In early December 2019 Typhoon Kammuri, locally known as Tisoy, devastated areas in the Philippines. See how we're helping.

Philippines tropical storm Usman

Tropical Storm Usman left a trail of destruction when it made landfall last December. We have supported families whose homes and livelihoods have been swept away with essential aid items.

Philippines Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines last September, forcing thousands from their homes. We responded by providing vital aid to families affected the most.