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CRS in Philippines

With its location near the equator and on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is prone to earthquakes and typhoons. Catholic Relief Services answers the call for immediate help after disasters like these. CRS commits to help those affected by emergencies recover with living supplies, shelter and jobs. CRS also works to build peace and resilience in areas affected by tension. But this work cannot be done without you.

When you donate to CRS, you do it all. You teach families to put their lives back together after disaster. You rebuild better homes and stronger futures. You bring dignity to communities and families affected by conflict.

In the Philippines, CRS’ work focuses on five primary areas: responding to emergencies and teaching resilience, preparing communities for disasters before they happen, constructing innovative and safe shelters, agro-enterprise development, and peacebuilding.

To date, the largest example of CRS’ emergency response and recovery efforts followed Typhoon Haiyan. Considered one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall, Haiyan slammed the center of the Philippines in November 2013. The storm left more than 6,000 dead and 14 million people affected. Within three months of the typhoon, CRS, in collaboration with Caritas, was able to provide 40,000 families or 200,000 people with emergency shelter, clean water and sanitation. This was accomplished because of your support.  

But CRS and you have not left the Philippines after Haiyan. The work continues as families find sustainable jobs and innovative permanent housing. CRS rebuilt and repaired more than 20,000 houses by December 2015 as part of one of the largest rebuilding projects in the country. With your help, CRS has also committed to a resettlement project for Haiyan-affected families still living in vulnerable communities. The project will help relocate them to a more resilient, safer community.

By supporting CRS, you are also helping bring aid and peace to communities in the southern Philippines. You are there as CRS helps vulnerable people caught between a violent present and their hope for the moment they can begin to plan again.  


People Served: 1,524,867

Population: 100,998,376 (July 2015 est.)

Size: 300,000 sq km with over 7,000 islands; slightly less than twice the size of Georgia; slightly larger than Arizona

CRS' History in Philippines

Since 1945, CRS has been supporting the Philippines and providing Filipino communities long-term development aid through various programs ranging from emergency response and recovery to disaster preparedness, agro-enterprise and peacebuilding.  

In emergency response and recovery efforts, CRS takes a comprehensive approach that addresses urgent life-saving assistance with an eye toward a full recovery. The agency also aims to help people survive with dignity, get back on their feet, rebuild their homes and lives, and strengthen their long-term stability and resilience. 

CRS agriculture programs link farmers to profitable markets to help lift them out of poverty, while the peacebuilding programs help individuals recover from trauma, assist groups in conflict to reconcile, and reduce violence in the southern part of the Philippines. 

Now in its 70th year, the Country Program of CRS Philippines has over 200 staff in five offices in Manila, Davao, Tacloban, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar.