Active Projects: 6

GDP (current US$): 204.9 billion (2016)

Population: 103.32 million (2016)

Major Partners

World Bank 

INFORM Risk Rating: 5.2

Risk data from INFORM, a global open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters, uses a scale from 0-10, with 10 as the highest level of risk.

Primary Hazards


Natural Hazard Risk

Since 1990, the Philippines has been affected by 565 natural disaster events that have claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 Filipinos and caused an estimated $23 billion in damages. At least 60 percent of the country’s total land area is exposed to multiple hazards, and 74 percent of the population is vulnerable to their impact.

An average of 20 typhoons make landfall in the Philippines every year, and typhoons making landfall over the last decade have become stronger and more devastating. In 2013, Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, caused over 6,000 reported fatalities and damaged 1.1 million homes in nine regions. The country is also frequently affected by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Climate change is exacerbating the impact of weather-related events in the Philippines. The country is witnessing longer episodes of drought and El Niño, which disrupts the volume of agricultural production and hurts GDP. Unregulated urban expansion has also aggravated flooding risk and is expected to continue in the future.

Government Priorities

The Philippines has made strides in disaster and climate resilience over the past decade. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 was a landmark legislation that shifted the Government of the Philippines’ focus from emergency relief to disaster risk reduction and prevention. The Philippine government formulated a national disaster risk management (DRM) plan to implement the requirements set out by this legislation. 

To further advance the DRM agenda, national priorities include:

  • Supporting risk reduction investments;
  • Strengthening institutional capacity for DRM;
  • Mainstreaming DRM into development planning; and,
  • Better managing fiscal exposure to natural hazard impacts.
GFDRR progress to date

GFDRR has supported the Philippines since 2008 in enabling risk reduction activities, strengthening the country’s financial resilience, and improving post-disaster recovery. In the aftermath of 2009’s Tropical Storm Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng, the Government of the Philippines conducted a post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA), with support from GFDRR, the World Bank, and other partners. This assessment resulted in a series of recommendations to strengthen the country’s disaster resilience.

Based on the PDNA recommendations, GFDRR provided the Philippines with technical support to implement an innovative DRM reform agenda, including a disaster risk financing strategy. The strategy included the use of a Disaster Risk Management Development Policy Loan with a Catastrophic Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat-DDO) that provides the government with up to $500 million in rapid liquidity in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The Cat-DDO was disbursed in December 2011 after Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi), and the World Bank approved a second $500 million Cat-DDO for the Philippines in December 2015. At the municipal level, the 2009 PDNA recommendations leveraged GFDRR technical expertise to develop a flood management master plan for Manila and surrounding areas to build resilience to future flood events.

Immediately after Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, GFDRR and the World Bank provided advisory services on principles and policies for reconstruction. In addition, the National Economic and Development Authority received support to develop the Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda plan, which was created in an unprecedented five weeks after the typhoon made landfall.

GFDRR anticipates continued demand from the Philippines in the following areas:

  • Strengthening risk reduction investment planning and regulations; and,
  • Enhancing financial capacity to manage natural disaster risk. 

Projects Awarded by GFDRR 2007 - Present

Project Description
Institutionalizing Post-Typhoon Yolanda Disaster Recovery Policies and Processes in the Philippines
$206,308 04/2014 - 04/2017

This project aims to support the Government of the Philippines in institutionalizing policies, programs, and processes for recovery and reconstruction planning and implementation following the experiences of Typhoon Yolanda. This includes a mid-term review of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. It also supports the development of supervision procedures for post-disaster reconstruction and enables South-South knowledge exchange between the Philippine government's lead reconstruction agencies and officials from the Indonesian Agency for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Aceh.

Supporting a Disaster Risk Management Agenda in the Philippines
$2,099,561 02/2012 - 08/2016

This project aims to enhance the capacity of the Government of the Philippines to manage and reduce the impacts of natural hazards. This will be accomplished by deepening gains achieved under the first tranche of GFDRR support, especially in areas of risk finance and institutional capacity building, and by integrating disaster risk reduction and management across key sectors. Technical assistance will also facilitate the implementation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law of 2010. This will include building the capacity of critical institutions and partners that have been given new mandates and responsibilities under the law. These agencies will lead the implementation of various program components, including policy guidance and direction, coordination with relevant partners, and establishing the necessary decision-making policies, systems, and mechanisms.

Enabling Scaled-Up Risk Reduction Investments in the Philippines
$1,850,000 08/2014 - 06/2018

This project will help strengthen the capacity of disaster risk management (DRM) institutions and sectoral agencies to enable the phased implementation of risk reduction programs for key public buildings and infrastructure in the Philippines. Activities include strengthening institutional and legal frameworks for risk reduction; an assessment of the cost of strengthening public infrastructure for climate and disaster resilience; and technical support for resilient investments in priority sectors.

Community-Based Disaster Risk Mapping in the Philippines
$500,000 03/2016 - 02/2018

This project aims to support communities targeted by the National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) to conduct participatory disaster risk mapping. This project will inform the design and implementation of community sub-projects to improve their quality and community resilience to disasters.

Supporting the Implementation of a Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Strategy in the Philippines
$4,191,058 12/2014 - 10/2017

This project aims to enhance the government’s capacity to finance post-disaster response, recovery, and reconstruction activities through market-based catastrophe risk insurance solutions at the national and sub-national levels. This would be informed by an improved understanding of the country's disaster risk. The project will finance the preparation and implementation of the national financial protection strategy and action plan. Activities include: (i) supporting the national government in the use of market-based catastrophe risk transfer instruments to protect its budget against fiscal impacts from disasters; (ii) providing national and local governments with the necessary technical, legal, operational, and institutional support to evaluate and implement a catastrophe risk insurance program for local government units; and (iii) developing analytical tools to support decision making on financial protection against disasters.

Increasing Household Resilience through Emergency Cash Transfers in the Philippines
$400,000 04/2016 - 12/2017

This project aims to strengthen the Department of Social Welfare and Development's ability to deliver post-disaster emergency cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households in the Philippines.

World Bank Engagements 2012 – Present

Project Description
Second Disaster Risk Management Development Policy Loan with a Cat-DDO $500 million | Start date: 2016-1 (ongoing)

The development objective of the project is to enhance the technical and financial capacity of the Government of the Philippines to reduce disaster risk and manage the socio-economic and fiscal impacts of natural disasters.

Philippines Social Welfare Development and Reform Project II $450 million | Start date: 2016-1 (ongoing)

The project development objective is to support the National Program Support for Social Protection of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to improve the use of health and education services for poor children.

Philippine Rural Development Project $501.25 million | Start date: 2015-1 (ongoing)

The project aims to increase rural incomes and enhance farm and fishery productivity in the targeted areas by supporting smallholders and fisher folk to increase their marketable surpluses, and their access to markets.

Studies for Sustainable Flood Management $7 million | Start date: 2015-4 (Ongoing)

The development objective of the Studies for Sustainable Flood Management Project for Philippines is to prepare priority projects that aim to improve flood management and resilience in the Greater Metro Manila area.

Preparation of a Program Towards Sustainable Flood Management in the Greater Metro Manila Area Project $3 million | Start date: 2015-4 (Ongoing)

The objective is to prepare priority projects, identified by the flood management master plan, that aim to improve flood management and resilience in and around Metro Manila.

Reduce Vulnerability to Flooding in MM $1.5 million | Start date: 2015-4 (Ongoing)

The purpose of the Grant is to reduce the vulnerability of Metro Manila and surrounding areas, including parts of Bulacan and Pampanga, to future flood events, following the typhoons that occurred in the recent years, including Ondoy in September 2009, Pepeng in October 2009, and Pedring in August 2011.

Post-Typhoon Recovery Loan $500 million | Start date: 2014-1 (closed)

The project aims to provide emergency budget support for relief and reconstruction efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Philippines National Community Driven Development Program $479 million | Start date: 2014-1 (ongoing)

The project objectives are to empower communities in targeted municipalities to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

Regional Infrastructure for Growth $50 million | Start date: 2012-1 (closed)

The project development objectives are (i) to stimulate integrative investment within regions by improving access to finance for public infrastructure and services; and (ii) to contribute to the economic recovery of participating local government units by improving access to local public infrastructure and services.

Disaster Risk Management Development Loan with a CAT-DDO $500 million | Start date: 2012-1 (closed)

The objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of the Government of the Philippines to manage the impacts of natural disasters.

Metro Manila Flood Management Project $207.6 million | Start date: 2017-9 (Ongoing)

The development objective of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project for Philippines is to improve flood management in selected areas of metro manila.

Philippines Program for Climate Resilience: TA for the Risk Resiliency and Sustainability Program $150,000 | Start date: 2017-5 (Ongoing)

The Project Development Objective of this recipient-executed grant is to enable the Government of the Philippines to increase climate adaptation and resilience investments and their effectiveness in reducing climate risks impacting people and livelihoods in key vulnerable landscapes of the Philippines.