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The IPC was first introduced in the Philippines in November 2013, when the IPC Acute Food Insecurity scale was used to measure the food insecurity situation caused by typhoon Haiyan in three regions of the country. Since then, IPC Acute Food Insecurity analyses are conducted on a needs basis. In 2014, the Philippines conducted their first IPC Chronic Food Insecurity analysis and, since then, have completed four rounds of analyses, covering the whole country.

The IPC is led in the country by the National IPC Steering Committee and is hosted by the National Nutrition Council, which serves as the institutional home of the IPC.

In the wake of typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, the IPC Acute Food Insecurity scale was instrumental for objective food security analysis, aiding identification of the most at-risk provinces. The IPC analysis also highlighted the impact of humanitarian aid and response across various geographic areas in emergencies. The IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis findings were also used by development organizations and donors in the preparation of their disaster assessment reports and helped design responses toward recovery and reconstruction.

IPC Chronic Food Insecurity data has been used to inform a number of policy documents and reports. These include the “Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP), South and East Asia and the Pacific” by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the “Food Security Status Report of the Philippines” by FAO Philippines, and a Post Damage Needs Assessment report titled “Agriculture and Fisheries Sector” by the Department of Agriculture of the Filipino government.

Looking ahead, the IPC National Technical Working Group (TWG) keeps working towards continued capacity building through IPC training; application of IPC Chronic Food Insecurity Classification to other vulnerable areas of the country; and awareness raising among decision makers and institutional partners regarding the potential of the IPC to inform food security policy, programme design and resource allocation. Moreover, the IPC TWG in the Philippines is working to repackage its report to be more accessible to all levels of stakeholders.

Country contacts

Duaa Sayed
IPC Regional Coordinator for Asia
FAO-UN FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP)
39 Phra Athit Road, Phranakorn District, Bangkok 10200,Thailand
Duaa.Sayed@fao.org

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