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Responding fast and effectively


The Philippines is one of the world's worst disaster-affected countries. On average, we respond there nearly twice a year to disasters like cyclones and earthquakes.

That's why we have set up ShelterBox Operations Philippines, a locally registered NGO that is supported and guided by ShelterBox Operations HQ in the UK.

Having an office allows us to respond and distribute emergency shelter aid quickly and efficiently, whenever disaster strikes. 

This is a first for ShelterBox - setting up ShelterBox Operations Philippines and having aid stored in Cebu is an achievement we are proud of.

It's a great example of our flexible and agile model at work - ensuring we're well placed to reach families as quickly as possible in the aftermath of disaster. 

Meet the staff


ShelterBox Operations Philippines currently employs two members of staff, based in Cebu.

Marilou Pia – Country Manager, focuses on all aspects of managing our operations office, ensuring the organisation is as prepared as possible to respond when events happen. Marilou joins us with over 25 years NGO and humanitarian experience, working with both local and international agencies. 

Rose Placencia – Community Engagement Manager, works around all aspects of community engagement, including delivering community-based training and undertaking post-distribution monitoring following the end of our responses. Rose has over seven years of experience in Community Development from the government and International NGOs across different regions in the Philippines.

The importance of ShelterBox Operations Philippines


ShelterBox has responded in the Philippines more frequently than any other country - an average of nearly twice a year between 2004 and 2019. Have a look at more key stats here.

In the past we have used our usual model, sending teams of international volunteers to import aid. 

This worked well until Typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013. After this disaster, importing aid into the Philippines has become much more difficult for international charities. 

The Philippine Government has also become less likely to declare an official state of emergency, making it considerably more challenging for ShelterBox to import the vital aid families need. The government strongly favours agencies that are registered and present in the Philippines, as well as preferring agencies who procure aid items from within the country. 

We have set up ShelterBox Operations Philippines in response to this, so we can help the families who need us as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

Have a look at a timeline with our main responses in the country.

Our aid in the country


We have aid locally stored in the province of Cebu, in the Central Visayas region.

We plan to hold stock to support around 3,000 households. We typically hold aid items such as ShelterKits, tents, and other aid items such as water carriers, mosquito nets and solar lights.

We also hold stock of other more durable items such as corrugated iron and typhoon strapping. These can be used to support our more typical emergency shelter items and help support self-recovery.

As with every ShelterBox response, we carefully select and distribute aid. This is based on our experience from previous responses within the country, the suitability of the items for the area, and – most importantly – what local communities tell us they need.

Discover our aid

ShelterKit consisting of ropes, tarpaulins, hammer and nails

ShelterKits

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

Water carriers

These help make life after a disaster a little bit easier, enabling families to store drinking water.

LuminAID Solar lights

Solar lights

These enable families to cook meals and children to finish their homework when it gets dark.

Grey blanket

Blankets

These not only provide vital warmth, but comfort, too, when families are recovering from disaster.

mosquito net

Mosquito nets

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

Storage boxes

Sturdy boxes ideal for storage.

Working together with Rotary


As with all of our responses around the world, Rotarians are instrumental in helping us deliver aid to families in need.

Rotary is a key partner to ShelterBox Operations Philippines and we’re working closely with local Rotarians to help us establish strong relationships with communities and the government, to promote our work in the country.

Rotary have also been greatly helpful in helping us set up the warehouse in Cebu. 

Our partnership with Rotary

Governance


ShelterBox Operations Philippines* is governed by a board of five, with three members from the Philippines and two members from ShelterBox UK’s executive team:

Guiller Tumangan – Chairman

Jose Mari Tirol – Corporate Secretary

Francis Initorio – Treasurer

Michael Johns – Trustee (and ShelterBox Finance Director)

Darren Moss – Trustee (and ShelterBox Operations Director)

 

*SEC registration number CN201720528 in the name ShelterBox Operations Philippines Inc.

*Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Tax Identification Number (TIN) 009-713-317-00000 in the name ShelterBox Operations Philippines

Most recent responses


Philippines tropical storm Usman

Tropical Storm Usman left a trail of destruction when it made landfall last December. We are supporting families whose homes and livelihoods have been swept away.

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.

Tropical storms in the Philippines

In December, Tropical storms brought devastation to the Philippines. We are providing vital aid those families most in need.