A family in the Philippines.


Ongoing violence and natural disasters have a devastating impact on vulnerable communities.

Since the late 1960s, conflict on the Philippines’ Mindanao island has led to an increase in humanitarian needs in the Southeast Asian country.

In 2018, the government granted the Muslim majority region autonomy, and formed a transitional local government before elections in 2022.

Although the peace process represents an important step towards peace in Mindanao, terrorist attacks and confrontations between armed groups and the army have continued.

The conflict has caused widespread displacement and an increase in mental health problems caused by the breakdown of social and family ties and the consequences of living in temporary shelters for a long time.

Country facts

  • 106.7m

    The Philippines has a population of more than 100 million people.

  • 106

    The Philippines ranks 106th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 33.4%

    More than a third of Filipino children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in the Philippines

Our teams in the Philippines support communities affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.

In particular, our programmes focused on improving livelihoods and increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene, reach more than 100,000 people.

We also carry out health and nutrition project and disaster risk and reduction activities in the country.

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Our reach

  • 195,515

    We reached almost 200,000 people through our programmes in the Philippines in 2019.

  • 123

    We have 123 staff based in Manila, Tandag, Masbate, Zamboanga, Iligan and Cotabato.

  • 2000

    We started working in the Philippines in 2019.

A girl on a rubbish dump in the Philippines.

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