Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan aftermath

Within a few hours on Friday 8 November 2013, Super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Philippines, affecting people's lives and livelihoods. Since day one, the ILO has been working with the government, businesses and workers in the Philippines to place decent work and sustainable livelihoods at the forefront of disaster response and recovery.


  1. Disaster response

    Decent work: An immediate response to Haiyan (Yolanda)

    The ILO immediately responded with livelihood and decent work at the forefront of its recovery efforts. With the support of the Governments of Norway and Japan, the Department for International Development (DFID) UK , and the International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC), the ILO reached out to affected communities with social protection and programmes of emergency employment, local resource-based work, skills training, and enterprise development and recovery.

  • I am amazed by the resilience of the Typhoon victims (...) The community spirit is extraordinary. The people are so clearly focused on looking forward and rebuilding a better future."

    Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
  • It’s just heart wrenching to think of the thousands of lives that were lost and the millions of livelihoods that were devastated (...) We need to come together to put the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan on a path that leads to a better life."

    Lawrence J. Johnson, ILO Philippine Office
  • The scale of the destruction, and the suffering, is truly shocking (...) relief and reconstruction needs will be enormous. We urge the international community to be generous in their support."

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder