Our response to Typhoon Saola in the Philippines

January 23, 2013
by 
Geneviève Talbot, International Programs Officer

In August 2012, Typhoon Saola (also referred to as Gener) and torrential rains caused extensive damage in the northern Philippines, particularly in the capital Manila and its surrounding areas. Flooding, the displacement of communities and fears that floodwaters could take months to dissipate, as occurred after the passage of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, motivated the Development and Peace's partners to respond quickly.

The Center for Environmental Concerns - Philippines (CEC-Phil), a centre that addresses environmental issues, is one of the local organizations helping those affected.  

The CEC-Phil works with local communities on questions surrounding environmental and climate-related issues. Several of these communities were displaced due to Saola, and as such, the CEC quickly prepared a response to help them based on the following three areas:

  • The distribution of food and non-food items;
  • Support for regaining livelihoods; and
  • Disaster-preparedness training, as it is likely that these communities will again be affected by climate-related disasters.

Frances Quimpo, director of the CEC, has provided photos of the activities put in place, and we are pleased to share them with you.  We would also like to take this opportunity to greatly thank all those who helped us support our partners during this catastrophe through their donations.

For more photos and additional information, please consult the following document prepared by the CEC:  Relief mission for victims of flooding, storm surge and landslides in selected communities of metro Manila and suburbs due to typhoons Saola and monsoon rains.