REACH teams have been deployed to the Philippines following four separate disasters since 2012: Tropical Storm Sendong, Typhoon Bopha, the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan. Each deployment has been in partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster and, in the case of Typhoon Haiyan, the Shelter, CCCM and WASH Clusters. 

  • Tropical Storm Sendong, December 2011: In the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong (also called Washi), which affected an estimated 384,857 people across seven regions, REACH was deployed to the Philippines as part of its long-standing partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster. REACH assessed the needs of over 19,000 affected persons to identify gaps in response and provide detailed information to shelter actors, which informed the design and implementation of emergency shelter and longer term recovery projects.
  • Typhoon Bopha, December 2012: The heavy rain and 200km/h gusts brought by Typhoon Bopha on 4 December 2012 affected an estimated 840,000 individuals across Mindanao. REACH was deployed on three separate occasions in support of the shelter response to Typhoon Bopha, conducting an initial needs assessment, a follow-up progress assessment, and a shelter response evaluation. The evaluation identified remaining gaps and lessons learned, with a view to inform current and future shelter sector responses.
  • Bohol Earthquake, October 2013: Government figures state that a total of 3,158,009 individuals were affected and more than 1.2 million people evacuated as a result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines’ Central Visayas region on 15 October 2013. REACH was deployed to facilitate a rapid shelter sector assessment in the most affected province, Bohol, where preliminary assessments had indicated high levels of shelter and infrastructure damage. Through key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and total of 4,533 household assessments, infromation collected and consolidated by REACH was used by the humanitarian community to inform consolidated appeals and response planning. Bohol Shelter Needs Assessment Final Report is available here.
  • Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013: Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines six times in early November 2013. By 5 December, the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Centre reported that a total of 13,067,342 person across 10,701 barangays in the Central Philippines had been affected, including a total of 4,000,965 displaced persons.  The government reported that 1,127,041 houses were damaged, of which 548,793 were totally destroyed. Through standing partnerships within the Global Shelter and WASH clusters, REACH and the WASH Rapid Assessment Team jointly supported the inter agency rapid assessment process by collecting and mapping data across Haiyan affected areas, with a total of 6,483 households were assessed. The results from the joint shelter and WASH assessment complement the Multi-sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) and informed strategic response planning. REACH carried out further monitoring assessments for Shelter Cluster in January and July 2014. In parallel to and in coordination with cluster assessments, REACH partnered with the American Red Cross (ARC) to conduct a study comparing enumerated field damage assessments with the remote damage assessments conducted by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) community, in order to gauge the accuracy of the crowd-sourced damage assessments.






PhATS Baseline Assessment – Percentage of Households Practising Open DefecationDecember 2014



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