Overview

The ‘Moro conflict’ in Mindanao between the Philippines government and Moro Muslim groups has been ongoing since 1969, with increasing intensity over the last decade. The conflict has led to widespread displacement, as well as infrastructure and shelter damage.  Over 73,000 people remain displaced by a separate, five-month armed conflict in Marawi City between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Philippines government security forces in 2017. ? Recovery is underway in the most affected areas.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law is key to the peace process in Mindanao between non-state armed groups and the central government. It will establish an autonomous political entity, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), replacing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to ensure peace and security in the region. ?

The Philippines frequently experiences tropical storms during the northeast monsoon from October to late March and during the southwest monsoon from June to October. ?

 

Latest Developments

23/04: Two major earthquakes (6.1 and 6.3 on the richer scale) struck Luzon and Samar Island on 22 and 23 April respectively, killing over 16 people and leaving 80 injured. The death toll is likely to rise as 30 people remain trapped under debris. ?