Responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

With help from UNDP, the residents of San Isido, like Sylva Consultado, 33, can focus on restarting their livelihoods rather than worry about food security. Photo: Anna Mae Lamentillo and Lesley Wright, UNDP Philippines

Locally known as Yolanda, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province. With record winds and sea surges, the storm caused massive damage and casualties in 9 regions of the Philippines, affecting almost 15 million people and displacing 4 million.


  • Almost 15 million people have been affected by super typhoon Haiyan in 9 regions of the Philippines and over 4 million displaced.
  • The debris removal and waste management are part of a US $46 million early recovery plan funded by the Government of Japan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, the Central Emergency Response Fund and UNDP.
  • To meet the urgent needs of the devastated communities, UNDP is seeking another US $35 million.

In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, UNDP and its partners launched an Early Recovery Programme, which began with emergency employment cash-for-work in debris and waste removal in the most affected areas.

Within the span of a month, many of the main streets were cleared of storm debris, which enabled relief workers full access to reach typhoon-affected residents, and kick start the recovery and rebuilding process.

UNDP’s recovery programme aims to help build back better in support of stronger, more resilient and thriving communities able to withstand future super storms. This approach is built on meeting the immediate needs of affected-communities by kickstarting recovery through initiatives which support the removal of debris and waste, and generating emergency employment while also creating conditions for long-term recovery, resilience and sustainable development.

Proceeds from the 11th Match Against Poverty, which took place on 4 March 2014 at the Stade De Suisse National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland, will help support recovery efforts in the Philippines.

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Our recovery programme

Restoration of local governance and re-establishment of service delivery

This project ensures all affected populations have access to basic service delivery and get to participate in and to lead planning in post recovery efforts in the future.
Duration: 2 years
Budget: US$ 5,000,000 View more

Resilient and renewable energy systems for local government centers and designated resettlement sites

Functional renewable energy systems will provide affordable energy to affected service centers and relocated households in the poorest areas.
Duration: 2.5 years
Budget: US$ 4,000,000 View more

Emergency employment: Job creation through debris and solid waste management

The package is designed to provide an immediate recovery response through cash-for-work in debris management and in solid waste management for 104,000 people.
Duration: 1 year
Budget: US$ 21,000,000 View more

Livelihoods stabilization and economic recovery through green jobs

The programme aims to catalyze livelihoods and economic recovery through community-based investment in green jobs and sustainable energy for 56,000 people.
Duration: 1 year
Budget: US$ 21,000,000 View more

Tapping overseas remittances and micro-finance for local recovery

The project will establish a revolving fund to revive local economies by providing microfinance to micro and small enterprises, and enhance financial literacy and business proficiency of target clients.
Duration: 3 years
Budget: US$ 3,000,000 View more

Small grants for recovery of affected communities

The initiative aims to establish or re-establish/restore forest and coastal management programs with local communities and promote sustainable and resilient economic activities in typhoon-affected regions.
Duration: 2.5 years
Budget: US$ 3,859,000 View more

Disaster risk reduction activities

The recovery programme is an opportunity to engage in disaster risk assessments, with a view to building disaster resilience.
Duration: 3 years
Budget: US$ 2,728,500 View more

Overview of the recovery programme. Total budget : US $63,578,500

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  • Philippines - Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan
  • Philippines - Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan
  • Philippines - Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan
  • Philippines - Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan
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