Disaster Response


Our goal


The Philippines ranks third as most disaster-prone country in the world due to the frequent occurrences of typhoons, presence of tectonic faults and active volcanoes all over the country.


Disasters have placed a tremendous burden to affected families and communities, as they cope and survive from tragic catastrophes. In 2013 alone, about 12.9 million people were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, leaving 1.9 million people homeless, 281,091 houses destroyed, 575,378 people in evacuation centres, 2.5 million people in need of food and 4,460 people dead.


World Vision’s priority is to improve the resilience of communities to disasters and give children a safer environment to live in. When emergencies and calamities occur, we want communities to have access to basic life-saving needs. We want families to easily recover by relying on their own capacities and resources.





How do we help communities affected by disasters?



In the middle of a crisis, it is children who suffer most. We stand ready to protect them by delivering crucial assistance within 24 to 72 hours of a disaster.


When the country was struck by Typhoon Haiyan, World Vision was able to begin distributing life-saving relief supplies within days. 


We make sure that communities have the proper measures to prevent, reduce and prepare for the impacts of disasters.




We teach child-focused Disaster Risk Reduction Management in communities and schools



We support the identification and establishment of functional Early Warning Systems in communities



We strengthen the capacity of community members to prevent, lessen and prepare for the negative impacts of disasters


167,192 people received World Vision relief assistance for Typhoon Ruby and Mayon Volcano impending eruption and rehabilitation assistance for Typhoon Haiyan.



We increase resilience against disasters



  • Child-Focused Disaster Risk Reduction engages communities, including children and other vulnerable members of society, in disaster risk assessment, analysis, and planning.
  • Safer School facilitates the creation of School Improvement Plans aimed to make schools safer. We make sure that children join us in these processes to ensure that their rights are valued and considered.
  • Citizen’s Voice in Action empowers community members to work with local officials in making development plans and policies before and after disasters. How does Citizen’s Voice in Action work?  
  • Urban Disaster Risk Reduction covers initiatives to mitigate and recover from urban shocks by mobilizing communities, partners, and volunteers and increasing their capacities on vulnerability assessment, DRR planning and implementation.






Read stories from the communities


Senatoriables urged: Engage children in disaster risk reduction

World Vision urges senatorial candidates to prioritize the needs of communities that are prone to disasters. » Read more

Drought-affected Antiqueno farmers hope for rainA Hamtic native shares that he has never experienced the kind of drought the El Niño has caused in his 20 years of farming. » Read more

Refurbishing the unburned dreams of an eight-year-old fire survivor

Mikhaela expresses her gratefulness for the help that she received after a frightful New Year’s eve fire decimated her neighborhood. » Read more

Communities re-learn the value of water systems after HaiyanAngelito, 46, is one of the 20 volunteers who helped dig a hole to restore the water system in his community in Leyte. » Read more

Giggly sisters excited to see what's inside a World Vision box

Liezel and Rochelle's trip to the park was not to celebrate Christmas or New Year but to get relief goods from World Vision. » Read more