Philippines

Number of people served: 1,019

In the Philippines, JRS is working on the island of Mindanao. The population of Mindanao can be divided in 3 main groups: the Lumads, which holds 18 ethnically distinct groups of indigenous tribes (8.7%); the Moros, who are Muslim indigenous groups (20%); and the Christian migrant settlers (71%).

Mindanao has been gripped by armed conflict since the 1970s. The Marawi siege in 2017, and other violent incidents, led to the declaration of martial law, and exacerbated the security and displacement crises that have plagued the region for decades. Some 4 million Filipinos have been displaced due to armed conflict, crime, and clan violence in Mindanao since 2000.

Our work in Philippines

In cooperation with local partner organisations, JRS Philippines offers support to those who have been forcibly displaced within the country due to armed conflict and natural disasters.

JRS Philippines focuses on women’s groups and advancing sustainable livelihoods for internally displaced people (IDP) and returnee communities. These efforts are meant to strengthen IDP involvement and participation in ongoing peace dialogues.

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Displaced persons attend a meeting hosted by Jesuit Refugee Service staff in Maguindanao, Philippines.
Displaced persons attend a meeting hosted by Jesuit Refugee Service staff in Maguindanao, Philippines. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
JRS supports Muslim and Christian women in Mindanao, Philippines, to come together as peace advocates.
JRS supports Muslim and Christian women in Mindanao, Philippines, to come together as peace advocates. (Jesuit Refugee Service)

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Contact

JRS Philippines Project Director

Ronald Lida

ronald.lida@jrs.org.ph

Project locations:

Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte

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