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. Referendums on 21 January resulted in the majority voting for greater autonomy. The next referendum is scheduled for 6 February 2019. ?

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

10/02: Between 1 January and 10 February 2019, 4,300 confirmed measles cases have been reported, including 70 deaths. ?

31/01: A church was bombed killing 20 people and injuring many others in Jolo municipality, Mindanao region on Sunday 27 January.  On 31 January, hundreds of families fled their home from Jolo as the military intensified attacks against Abu Sayyaf militants, who were accused of the attacks. ?