Category Emergency Response

Reaching out to Displaced Families from Marawi through Non-Food Items

On May 23, 2017, violent conflict erupted between government military troops and the Maute group, a militant faction sympathizing with ISIS, forcing over 70 thousand families[1] to flee their homes and seek refuge in adjacent towns. Evacuation centers were opened in Iligan City and other towns in the provinces of Lanao Del Norte and Lanao […]

Picking up the Pieces after the Storm

by Analyn Lucas/CRS. On Christmas day in 2016, Typhoon Nock-Ten (known locally as Nina) struck the Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 235 km/h and gusts of around 285 km/h. In the aftermath, CRS and other humanitarian organizations’ rapid needs assessment activities found Catanduanes as one of the provinces most devastated by Nock-Ten and in-need […]

Not Forsaken

story by Analyn Lucas, MEAL Officer/CRS. As if Typhoon Haiyan, considered one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded in the world, has not created enough damage in the province, Eastern Samar was hit again by another strong typhoon Hagupit the year after. According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Management Council, Typhoon Hagupit killed […]

Looking on the Brighter Side of Typhoons

by Mark Jeralden Lacdao The family of Marlito Rosauro has survived an ordeal in life that tested their strength as well as their faith. A native from Santa Josefa, Agusan Del Sur, Marlito was living a simple and happy life in the said place with his wife and three children. On December 2012, Typhoon Pablo (I.N […]

From Solitude to Solidarity: Paz’s Story

by Naja Fragante, MEAL Officer, Manila Paz, a 66-year-old woman who lives by herself, is one of the thousands affected by Typhoon Melor (locally named “Nona”) in Northern Samar, Philippines. While all her children are in Metro Manila taking care of their own families, she gets by on her own by selling vegetables or by […]

Moving Forward after Typhoon Koppu

Agustin Bernardo is one of the thousands affected of Typhoon Koppu, local name Lando. His shelter was located near the coastal area so together with his wife, daughter and grandchild, they evacuated for safety. Sadly, when they returned in their place the next morning, he was saddened to see that only half of his shelter […]