The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that typhoon Phanfone (local name: Ursula) 600,142 families or 2,431,821 persons were affected in 2,702 barangays (villages) in MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and CARAGA regions. About 19,553 families or 77,989 individuals are still staying in government designated evacuation centers. Twelve municipalities in nine provinces have declared a State of Calamity. About 428,781 houses were damaged.
In the afternoon of Tuesday the 24 December 2019, the province of Salcedo, Eastern Samar in the Philippines, Phanfone made its first landfall with sustained wind speeds of 120 kph and gusts of up to 150 kph. The storm brought heavy rain and violent winds as it traversed the Visayas region of Central Philippines, taking a similar path as typhoon Haiyan in 2013. It exited the landmass through Mindoro and Palawan provinces on December 28, making seven landfalls overall.
ACT Philippines Forum, through National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) plans to raise an appeal.