The Philippines is one of the world’s worst disaster-affected countries. On average, we respond there twice a year to disasters like cyclones and earthquakes.

That’s why we have set up ShelterBox Operations Philippines, a locally registered NGO that is supported and guided by ShelterBox Operations HQ in the UK.

Our aid in the Philippines

We have aid locally stored in the province of Cebu, in the Central Visayas region.

We hold stock to support around 8,000 households. We typically hold aid items such as toolkits, rope, nails, and other aid items such as water carriersmosquito nets and solar lights.

We also hold durable items such as corrugated iron and typhoon strapping. These can be used to support our more typical emergency shelter items and help support self-recovery.

We can also provide cash alongside aid to help families choose the extra materials and support they need to rebuild their homes.

As with every ShelterBox response, we carefully select and distribute aid. This is based on our experience from previous responses within the country, the suitability of the items for the area, and – most importantly – what local communities tell us they need.

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Flat lay of the tools and materials in an emergency shelter kit


A selection of hardwearing tools and materials as well as rope and nails.

water carrier humanitarian aid

Water carriers

These help make life after a disaster a little bit easier, enabling families to store drinking water.

Solar lights

These lights enable families to cook meals and children to finish their homework when it gets dark.

Grey thermal blanket humanitarian aid


These not only provide vital warmth, but comfort, too, when families are recovering from disaster.

Two mosquito nets in PermaNet packets

Mosquito nets

Coated with insecticide, our mosquito nets offer an extra layer of protection by killing insects on and around the net.

Storage Bag

Storage bags

Sturdy bags ideal for storage.

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When severe flooding caused devastation across the north and south of Pakistan, father of four, Abdul, lost his home and his livelihood. After receiving a ShelterBox tent, Abdul and his family told us they were joyful to have a roof over their heads.

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Working with Rotary

As with all of our responses around the world, Rotarians are instrumental in helping us deliver aid to families in need.

Rotary is a key partner to ShelterBox Operations Philippines and we’re working closely with local Rotarians to help us establish strong relationships with communities and the government, to promote our work in the country.

Rotary have also been greatly helpful in helping us set up the warehouse in Cebu.

Our partnership with Rotary

Meet the staff

ShelterBox Operations Philippines currently employs five members of staff, based in Cebu.

Marilou Pia – Country Manager, focuses on all aspects of managing our operations office, ensuring the organisation is as prepared as possible to respond when events happen.

Rose Placencia – Community Development Manager, works around all aspects of community engagement, including delivering community-based training and supporting with post-distribution monitoring at the end of our responses.

Domi Jun Elico  Supply Chain Specialist

Alberto Roslinda. Jr. – Accountant

Jefrey Pilapil – MEAL Coordinator 

Our partnership with Rotary


ShelterBox Operations Philippines* is governed by a board of five, with three members from the Philippines and two members from ShelterBox UK’s executive team:

Guiller Tumangan – President

Jose Mari Tirol – Corporate Secretary

Francis Initorio – Treasurer

Clare Desmond – Trustee (and ShelterBox Head of Legal & Risk)

Malcolm Shead – Trustee (and ShelterBox Head of Programme Quality)

*SEC registration number CN201720528 in the name ShelterBox Operations Philippines Inc.

*Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Tax Identification Number (TIN) 009-713-317-00000 in the name ShelterBox Operations Philippines

Why do we need ShelterBox Operations Philippines?

ShelterBox has responded in the Philippines more frequently than any other country – an average of nearly twice a year between 2004 and 2019. Have a look at more key stats here.

In the past we have used our usual model, sending teams of international volunteers to import aid.

This worked well until Typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013. After this disaster, importing aid into the Philippines has become much more difficult for international charities.

The Philippine Government has also become less likely to declare an official state of emergency, making it considerably more challenging for ShelterBox to import the vital aid families need. The government strongly favours agencies that are registered and present in the Philippines, as well as preferring agencies who procure aid items from within the country.

ShelterBox Operations Philippine is a locally registered NGO that is supported and guided by ShelterBox Operations HQ in the UK. We set it up so that we can help the families who need us as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Have a look at a timeline with our main responses in the country.