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Research: Philippines

The Philippines was fourth in the world among countries hit by the highest number of disasters over the past 20 years, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). also among the top 10 countries with the highest absolute number of affected people, with 130 million. Disasters destroy not just buildings but also people's livelihood and aside from killing thousands of people, it leaves millions of people homeless.

Common Natural Disaster in Philippines:

-Typhoon (Flooding)

Potential Solutions/ Insights:

MESSA team could provide a large waterproof dome tent. These lightweight tents could be designed to withstand winds up to 120 miles per hour /190km/h (if possible). Research shows that violent typhoons have wind speeds around 190km/h and normal typhoons have 156km/h. Most of the current tents can withstand winds up to 62mph.

Tents should be easy to carry and easy to assemble to cater for the needs of middle-aged and elderly people who have no outdoor recreation experience. When folded, MESSA could make it roughly the size of a pillow and can quite easily be carried using one hand.

Each Emergency Unit/Shelter Box usual needs are sleeping gear, a wood-burning stove for warmth and cooking, pots and pans, utensils, thermal blankets, a water purifier, a solar-powered light and other essential equipment intended to help around 7 people to survive for up to 3-6 months.

Things to take note when we decide in prototyping our survival tent:

  • During Earthquakes, there are feedbacks that people had set up their tents in wrong locations, thus they were in the risk of getting injured by buildings that collapse due to aftershocks.
  • There’s also the danger of lightning striking the tent during stormy weather


1.) Red Cross (+63 2527 0000)


2.) ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.

  • Region: NCR
  • Telephone Number:(02) 415-2272 loc 3713
  • Contact Person: Ms. Susanna Rachel B. Afan / Atty. Candice Marie T. Bandong
  • Position: Managing Director / Corporate Secretary
  • Website 

Company Description: Its purposes (V-M-G), among others, are “to make a significant impact in the strategic areas of child care, environment, education, disaster management by leveraging the power and reach of media and partnering with concerned sectors of society.” The Foundation’s programs/projects now focus on the following:
• Kapit Bising para sa Ilog Pasig Bayan ni Juan -
• Programa Genio
• Sagip Kapamilya
• Bantay-Bata Bantay Kalikasan

3.) GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

  • Region: NCR
  • Email:
  • Telephone Number: (02) 928-4299 / 982-7777 L 9901
  • Contact Person: Ms. Carmela C. Tiangco / Mr. Rogelio Tomas L. Gutierrez
  • Position: EVP/COO / Program Development Manager
  • Website

Company Description: Its present group of incorporators was interested to engage in philanthropic, humanitarian, and charitable work for public welfare. The foundation’s programs/projects now focus on the following areas: health/medical & disaster relief, education assistance, and values formation. Geographical scope of programs is nationwide. Its sources of income include corporate donations, individual donations, investments/placements, and other fundraising activities.

4.) Hope Worldwide Philippines, Inc.

  • Region: Region IV - A (CALABARZON)
  • Telephone Number:(049) 511-3377 / (02) 473-8677
  • Contact Person:Ms. Meghann Gail O. Eteve / Mr. Omar R. Franco
  • Position:Executive Director / Admin-HR Manager
  • Website Address:

Company Description: It started providing relief and rehabilitation assistance after the devastation caused by the 2013 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu and typhoon Yolanda as part of its corporate social responsibility in early 2014. They build 160 permanent housing units in four (4) relocation sites in Bantayan Island, Samar, Leyte and Bohol. Recipients of the permanent housing units were also provided with livelihood assistance. Its main purposes, as per its Articles of Incorporation and Vision and Mission are to provide relief and rehabilitation to those in need by reason of circumstances beyond their control that include disasters.

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