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Since 2009, the Order of Malta Philippines has mobilized local resources and partners to engage in collaborative efforts to address the needs of those affected by the destructive typhoons that continuously hit the Philippines every year. Basic hygiene and sanitation kits, food supplement, non-food relief supplies and medicine requirements for both children and adults are distributed during times of disasters. The assistance of Malteser International is limited not only to emergency aid but also extends to social services and development. In the province of Benguet, for example, farmlands were rehabilitated after Typhoon Parma struck; water supply systems were built in areas that did not have access to water and sanitation facilities; mitigation for soil erosion and landslide prevention was undertaken and the integration of a community livelihood program was implemented.

In the island of Mindanao on the other hand, the Order of Malta Philippines partnered with Malteser International to undertake the first temporary core shelter project benefitting 500 displaced survivors in Iligan City. At present, the Order is building another 121 emergency core shelters in the province of Compostela Valley where the recent Typhon Bopha struck and devastated thousands of hectares of farmlands and fruit plantations in December 2012.

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta

Magistral Palace, Via Condotti, 68 Rome - Italy Tel. +39.06.67581.1 | info@orderofmalta.int