Christian Aid’s work in the Philippines focuses on resilience and justice to address the persistent poverty and inequality aggravated by disasters and the risks of climate change.
More than half of the population of the Philippines live in disaster prone areas, and the country is now considered the third most vulnerable in the world to natural disasters and climate change, according to the World Disaster Report 2012.
The Philippines experiences around 20 typhoons a year and, being in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, is at high risk of earthquakes. Twenty of the largest cities are situated on the coast and are most at risk of rising sea levels and extreme climate conditions.
Alongside a changing climate, environmental damage inflicted by mining activities and the loss of huge tax revenues are other problems impacting the lives of many in the Philippines.
Against this backdrop, Christian Aid’s work addressing poverty and inequality in the Philippines remains a constant challenge.
The Philippine economy has experienced growth but only the richest families enjoy the benefits, while most of the 94 million Filipinos struggle to make ends meet.
This growth is driven by consumption rather than production and the economy is not able to absorb an increasing workforce.
Justice and resilience
Poverty is severe in regions that are rural, disaster prone, and conflict affected – regions that also receive less financial support from government.
The poorest are found among indigenous people, fisherfolk, and farmers whose main sources of livelihood – land and water – are threatened by activities such as mining, commercial fishing and agribusiness.
Large numbers of poor people also live in informal settlements in dangerous, flood-prone areas of cities. Despite legislation, the economic status of women continues to lag behind that of men.
Christian Aid partners in the Philippines are committed to helping women and men in vulnerable communities to become more resilient, to anticipate, manage the risks of, and respond to disasters and adapt to the effects of climate change.
They help poor people, in both rural and urban areas, to fully participate in governance and claim their rights with dignity to homes, land, services and resources.
Our partners are also among the very few in the country who continue to advocate for more equitable national and international policies - particularly around tax justice, climate change and mining reform.
Find out more about our work in the Philippines.