• Crisis Severity ?
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    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
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  • Access Constraints ?
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Key figures

  • 152,000 People displaced [?]
  • 341 Fatalities reported [?]
  • 151,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]



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. The year 2019 began with the prospects of a peace deal, with March bringing the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). However, violence, especially related to armed groups excluded from the peace process, continued across Mindanao throughout 2019, forcing 117,000 people from their homes.?

Armed conflict and violence is particularly high in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, and Sulu, where clashes between the Philippine military and armed groups, such as Abu Sayaff Group, occur frequently.  The seige of Marawi City, a five-month battle between pro-Islamic State fighters and the Philippine military occurred in 2017 and destroyed much of the city and displaced 400,000 people from Marawi and nearby towns. Two years later, approximately 130,000 residents from Marawi are still in temporary shelters or with relatives, unable to return home because much of the city remains in ruins. Estimates suggest it could take as much as 5 years to rebuild the city.?

The Mindanao Region is also extremely prone to natural disasters, including flooding, cyclones, and earthquakes, which drive the majority of displacement in the region. 

INFORM measures Philippines's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.5/10.?

Latest Developments


There are no significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

ACAPS' team is daily monitoring the impact of COVID-19. Find more information related to the outbreak here.

Key Priorities


Shelter: IDPs in evacuation camps continue to stay in family tents originally meant to only last for six months. The tents are no longer able to provide adequate protection from extreme temperatures. 58% of planned transitory shelter units are still being constructed. Completed shelter units are still unoccupied, with issues relating to eligibility, inclusion, and installation of utilities preventing IDPs from being accommodated.?

WASH: Transitory Sites lack access to clean water and sanitation. In Sagonsongan, septic tanks are already full and in need of desludging. In Sagonsongan and Sarimanok Tent City, water is supplied by trucks provided by NGOs, one of which would cease their intervention by end of June 2019. Maintenance of latrines is likewise a challenge. Some latrines had to be closed due to lack of water supply.?

Health: Mindano island experiences a recent outbreak of polio declared in September 2019.?

Access to information: While IDPs receive information on schedules of distribution of assistance and profiling activities, there is a need to improve access to information on government plans regarding the rehabilitation of the most affected areas. IDPs, especially those in remote areas, are not able to participate in consultation or information sessions usually organized and conducted in Marawi City.?