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To date, the response is on-going and many essential services have not been re-established. Families continue to be displaced and are living in evacuation centers, in friend or relative homes, or in substandard shelters exacerbating protection risks and potential exposure to GBV. Many of the health care facilities continue to be non-functional or in process of being reconstructed, requiring many to travel further for services and pay more for transportation. This barrier directly influences how and if women and girls access care, and can contribute to increased morbidity and mortality.

The situation was made even more difficult with the arrival of Tropical Storm Megi (local name Agaton) starting on April 9, 2022 and lasting for several days, across many of the same areas affected by Super Typhoon Odette in the Visayas Region (Southern Leyte) and in parts of Mindanao (Dinagat and Surigao del Norte). A series of landslides and severe flooding buried portions of Baybay and Abuyog towns, causing significant loss of life and property. The storm cut transportation routes (water and land), power and phone networks, and affected almost 2 million people, leaving an additional 250,000 displaced6 across the region. The appearance of a tropical storm of this magnitude, at this time of year, is indicative of the shocks being experienced due to climate change in the Philippines.