We save lives

When disaster strikes, we work with our partners to save lives and help families rebuild lost livelihoods. Our response to emergencies – clean water, food, shelter and sanitation – keeps people alive. At the aftermath of disasters, we make sure that women’s specific needs are attended to and their rights protected. Together with our partners, we provided relief and humanitarian protection to communities displaced by natural disasters Reming, Frank, Ondoy, Sendong, and Pablo and by the long-standing armed conflict in Central Mindanao. Our disaster risk reduction (DRR) program works hand in hand with local governments and civil society to build the resilience of poor communities to disasters.

In the next five years, we want to help improve the country's resiliency and save lives now and into the future by investing in mechanisms that reduce the risks, the impact of disasters and being able to respond quickly to disasters, prioritising assistance for the most vulnerable. 


  • National and local governments integrate adaptation and risk reduction across institutions, policies and programmes, which are also responsive to gender-specific needs, and capacities, while creating spaces for meaningful participation of women and men as right-holders;
  • Government agencies, communities and local humanitarian actors respond to humanitarian situations in a timely and targetted manner, meeting international humanitarian standards, and upholding rights of the most vulnerable;
  • Oxfam, with its partners, will prepare for and respond to disasters as a technical leader in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion) and EFSVL (Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods), using a gender and protection lens to identify the most vulnerable in humanitarian situations.