The Philippines

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World Renew Davao del Sur
17 Feb 2021
On October 16, 2019, a very strong earthquake struck the Davao del Sur province in the south of the Mindanao island in the Philippines, displacing thousands of people. After months [...]
19 Nov 2020
She knows that “help is not coming” and the only way to keep body and soul together after three devastating typhoons is “to beg for aid.” For two weeks now, [...]
31 Aug 2016
Since responding to the devastating earthquake in Kashmir in 2005, Community World Service Asia has assumed a leadership role among aid organizations in Asia and has initiated and supported the [...]
18 Jan 2016
Aldrin Lauding remembers the day he lost his home to Typhoon Haiyan like it was yesterday. The storm devastated his entire barangay (village) of Lao. Though he and his partner [...]

ACT News

06 Nov 2020

Super Typhoon Goni, referred to locally as Typhoon Rolly, made landfall in the municipality of Bato, Catanduanes province in the Philippines on 1 November 2020. Over 1.4 million people in five regions across Luzon were affected. The typhoon made landfall as a category five storm and has been labelled the world’s strongest typhoon of 2020. […]

Winning piece by Kjerrimyr R. Andrés from the digital poster-making section.
02 Oct 2020

  ACT member, The National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP) launched a youth climate art contest as part of an initiative to engage more young people in climate advocacy. The competition titled, “Churches Unite for Stewardship and Rise for Life: Climate Justice Now!” was hosted in partnership with Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa […]

22 Sep 2020

ACT Alliance has signed on to the Unity Statement for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in the Philippines. Keep Watch and Bear Witness with the Filipino People #DefendCivilLiberties #StopTheKillings “When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, when […]

09 Apr 2020

ACT Alliance member the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) has launched a response to support 300 households of the Navotas community who had been affected by lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19.  NCCP distributed food and hygiene kits to the vulnerable families to help them weather this pandemic. In response to […]

07 Nov 2019

Statement of Support and Solidarity with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines We have learned with great concern of the emerging development in the Philippines where the ACT Alliance member, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) has been included on the list of ‘front organisations of local communist terrorist groups’ […]

NCCP- ACT Alliance volunteers from local churches give food relief packs to affected families. 135 families received emergency assistance. Photo: Noe Cenal/ACT Philippines Forum
03 Apr 2019

  Typhoon Ompong, internationally named Mangkhut, made landfall on September 15, 2018. The 900-km wide typhoon carried winds of up to 205 kph across four regions in Northern Luzon. According to the UN Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Action (UN OCHA), more than 1.6 million people were affected by the typhoon, most of whom were […]

Photo of Melbina Mangasing, Barangay captain of Centro 1,
05 Mar 2019

Super Typhoon Mangkhut known locally as ‘Ompong’ made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan in the Philippines on September 15, 2018, at 1:40 AM, carrying winds of up to 200 km per hour and heavy rainfall. “It was the longest and strongest typhoon that we have ever experienced in our area,” said Gil Oamil, a rescue responder […]

29 Mar 2018

The ACT Alliance is deeply concerned about the recent actions of the Philippine government to list a number of activist and Human rights defenders. On 21 February 2018, the government through its Department of Justice filed a petition seeking to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army […]

16 Mar 2018

Related to building trust and ACT governance, including strategic collaboration as part of the wider ecumenical movement and learning with other forums The interested WCC members in the country are being assisted in its application to become a member of ACT whenever possible. Active engagement in regional and global initiatives, with a clear division of […]

14 Mar 2018

Related to humanitarian, development and advocacy work of ACT Alliance Typhoon Haiyan, which was a Level 3 emergency which brought ACT members to respond in the country in November 2013. The ACT Secretariat, Lutheran World Federation, and other ACT members outside the country came in to assist during the relief and recovery phase. An ACT […]

Structure and leadership The ACT Philippines Forum is a platform for ACT Alliance member organisations that support development, advocacy and humanitarian activities in the Philippines.  The Forum was formally established on July 31, 2013 (although regular coordination meetings had been taking place amongst members since 2009).  It brings together organisations that are committed to the […]

Membership responsibilities In the context of the Philippines, there are two types of membership in the Forum, FULL and ASSOCIATE, those ACT members based in the country and those who have regular programs through local partners but do not have an office in-country, respectively. This is clearly stipulated in the latest version of the Memorandum […]

07 Nov 2017

Growing up, we had happy memories of rain. You dance and sing under it, play games with your friends, and register happy memories in your brain when rainfall hits grass and soil, releasing nature’s scents. It is a bit disturbing when one sees children shiver at the sound heavy rainfall, run for cover at the […]

11 Oct 2017

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, it was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the Pacific.  It was also the acid test for the ACT Philippines Forum, which had only been created 3 months earlier. The forum has just released an evaluation of the Haiyan response which highlights […]

Ustad Alimondas Laut (right) addressing peace advocates and the media in the Philippines describing his experience as an IDP, forced to flee the violence in Marawi City. Photo: Patricia Mungcal/NCCP
06 Jul 2017

  “We are being hurt,” says Ustad Alimondas Laut, holding back tears. Sad stories aren’t the usual markers for the end of Ramadan in the Philippines. For Filipino Muslims, festivities generally denote the end of Ramadan. The government declares this day, which falls on June 26 this year, a nonworking holiday across the country. But, […]

19 May 2017

Churches pay witness to disasters whether human-induced or natural.   The shared mission of bringing the Good News of solidarity, service, compassion and love to those affected, regardless of their faith, is central to very existence of ACT Alliance and its members.  Devastation is not part of the calling of Churches. Ours is a calling to […]

19 Jul 2016

Recent Yakkum activities on national CBO meeting and rally with focus on No one Left Behind, and National Exhibition during International DRR day with focus on SDGs. Photo: Yakkum   Although the 2030 development agenda, based on 17 goals, were agreed by United Nations in September last year, you can still feel the enthusiasm of […]

18 May 2016

The Philippines is the fourth most disaster-prone country in the world having 274 disasters in ten years, from 1995 to 2015 . It is a country where extreme events – protracted, recurrent and sudden – can wipe out gains built over years, even decades. “A typhoon can be especially devastating to farmers. Without their harvests, […]

08 Sep 2014

In the aftermath of the November 2013 typhoon that displaced 4 million people, destroyed 1 million homes, and damaged livelihoods across nine provinces in the central Philippines, ACT members overcame many challenges to reach an estimated 1 million survivors in recovery efforts this year. As the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, Haiyan left behind […]

08 Dec 2013

Typhoon Haiyan, considered the world’s deadliest typhoon and one of the most powerful to ever make landfall, tore through the Philippines on the morning of 8 November 2013 with winds of up to 275km an hour. ACT established a coordination centre in Manila, and initiated a massive combined response that has topped US$10m. Haiyan cut […]

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