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National Response Capacity-Building Applying Lessons from the Haiyan/Yolanda Emergency

Countries: Philippines | Operations ID: 200706 | Operations type: Special Operation (SO)

This operation has been modified as per budget revision 1 (see below)

The 2013-2014 Typhoon Haiyan response has led to the identification of operational bottlenecks and challenges affecting large-scale humanitarian response within WFP’s mandate. WFP and the Government of the Philippines have identified a series of prioritized actions that will address these issues.

These actions, to be implemented over a two year period, include the establishment of a network of Government Disaster Response Centers and their application for the efficient production of government food assistance packs according to agreed performance benchmarks.

Objectives of this SO include:

  • Establishment of a network of disaster response facilities in Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao for prepositioning of relief items and operational support equipment, decentralization of enhanced DSWD family pack production and stock prepositioning, and application as training facilities for government responders;
  • Enhance the throughput and efficiency of the National Resource Operation Center (NROC), the current facility in Manila that is packaging the DSWD Family packs, utilizing best practices in flow optimization.
  • Development of appropriate response options including in-kind food assistance and cash or voucher transfer applying benchmarks and pre-disaster agreements to ensure timeliness and provide clear triggers for WFP support to government;
  • Design and implementation of Government training programme with an emphasis on disaster response logistics and supply chain management, applying the equipment, facilities and response options established via the above.


Budget revision 1 to the Special Operation (SO) 200706 is proposed to extend the operation in time by 24 months, from 1st July 2016 through 30th June 2018 with a corresponding budget increase of US$ 2,998,157. The main objective of this extension is to achieve the initial objectives of the project, which is the strengthening of the disaster preparedness and response capacities of the Philippines Government, by refocusing on prioritized commitments to government counterparts that have not been fulfilled to date.