Where We Work - Philippines

Emergency Alert: Typhoon Hagupit

Little more than a year after Typhoon Haiyan affected more than 14 million people in the Philippines, Typhoon Hagupit, has struck the island nation. Right now, Save the Children is on the ground sharing safety information and helping to ensure families evacuate as required. We have trucks being packed with emergency shelter and hygiene kits to distribute after the storm. And, of course, we’re working with children – many of them still traumatized by Haiyan – to help them understand and cope with this new threat.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan

Save the Children has a long history of responding to natural disasters in the Philippines. We remain in the Philippines helping vulnerable children still recovering from Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left a massive path of destruction in its wake. Save the Children deployed emergency responders to hard hit areas in the Philippines and continues comprehensive rebuilding efforts. Learn More.

Challenges for Children

Save the Children has worked in the Philippines since 1981 and quickly delivers humanitarian relief after the nation's frequent typhoons and other disasters. A prime target of natural disasters, the Philippines experiences an average of 20 tropical storms a year and is located in a major earthquake zone housing a number of active volcanoes. For example, Save the Children responded to two typhoons (Ketsana and Parma) that hit the country in late September and early October of 2009. These typhoons caused some of the greatest damage the country has seen this century, displacing over 9 million people and severely damaging the country's infrastructure.


The Philippines area hot spot for natural disasters that include tropical storms and active volcanoes. Poverty is also a major obstacle to children reaching their full potential. Girls and boys frequently miss out on education due to child labor and lack of access to schools. and their families cannot afford healthy meals every day.

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Philippines Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 105,720,644
  • Infant Death Rate: 30 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 72 years
  • Poverty Rate: 18.4
  • Underweight Children: 20.7%
  • Human Development Rank: 105
  • Maternal Death Risk: 300 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Girls' Education: 11 years
  • Clean Water Access: 92%


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World's Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2014; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2014; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2014; Population: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program

Last Updated December 2014