With more than 7,000 islands situated in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelago nations — and one of the most environmentally diverse.

The Philippines is among the world’s 17 most bio-diverse countries, with a large percentage of species found only on its islands. One of Asia’s “Tiger Cub” economies, the Philippines’ unique environment is key to its economic growth.  

But the country’s gift is also its vulnerability. Coastal, marine and forest resources are under enormous pressure from overuse, degradation and the growing threat of climate change. Its immense coastline and varied terrain also make the Philippines prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons and flooding.

Relief International has worked in the Philippines for more than three decades. We team with communities, local government and the private sector to build economic value around responsible resource management, and to encourage best practices in conservation. We provide emergency response after natural disasters, as we did after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and Typhoon Hagupit in 2014, and train communities in risk reduction. Assuring access to clean water and promoting hygiene are key components of our work in the Philippines.

RI’s work in the Philippines:

  • Responds to natural disasters, such as typhoons. After Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, RI provided safe drinking water, supplied hygiene and sanitation facilities, and conducted hygiene awareness education.
  • Builds community resilience to natural disasters through risk-reduction training, sustainable agriculture and forest conservation
  • Develops water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs tailored to community needs
  • Protects ecosystems — and the communities that depend on them for livelihoods — with programs that employ innovative land management techniques and partnerships
  • Pioneers innovative solutions, such as payments for ecosystem services, a mechanism that ensures funding for watershed conservation

Learn more about RI’s programs in the Philippines below.