ADRA's Technical Expertise


ADRA Philippines takes a comprehensive approach to emergency management: first, by working with communities to prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters through a Disaster Risk Reduction program as part of its ongoing development initiatives, then, by partnering with local groups to provide immediate assistance when an emergency hits; and finally, by working with the affected people to help them recover after the crisis has passed through early recovery interventions.  We place great importance on building local capacity and long-term resilience to external shocks. We are committed to meeting international standards of quality, accountability and community participation. A National Emergency Management Plan facilitates an immediate response to a range of emergencies with funding from ADRA International, the ADRA Asia Regional Office, local church partners, and individual donors.

Eradicating malnutrition and creating healthier families are important goals for ADRA Philippines. The agency does not simply hand over food to the hungry, but instead helps poor communities improve access to essential health services and nutritious foods for mothers, pregnant women, caregivers, and girls and boys under the age of five years. ADRA Philippines recognizes the significant impact of crises on women who are traditionally breadwinners for their children and households – and farms and businesses – but are often marginalized in decisions that affect their lives. As a result, ADRA Philippines has gender as a crosscutting issue streamlined into all interventions, addressing existing gender inequalities and pre-existing vulnerabilities.

ADRA Philippines has acquired over the years a solid knowledge and practical insight on supporting low-cost and sustainable economic growth through subsectors including agribusiness and resilient livelihoods. ADRA Philippines’ sustainable economic development strategy aims at sustainably improving the economic self-reliance of farmers, fisherfolk and local traders while also increasing their resilience to natural and human-made hazards. The agency promotes innovative farming techniques and a market oriented, inclusive livelihood development approach. Organic vegetable farming is promoted along with environmentally friendly permaculture technologies, open sea fish farming and different conservation techniques.

In the aftermath of disasters, communities are beset with problems pertaining to sanitation, hygiene and the lack of safe water supply. With our pre-positioned supplies and equipment, such as water purifiers and containers, we can bring clean potable water as well as hygiene kits to thousands of families in need. ADRA also partners with rural and indigenous communities in building piped water supplies that provide permanent access to clean and safe water, along with latrines, bathing facilities and water pumps. Community-wide water, sanitation, and awareness campaigns also foster better health practices and cleaner, safer living conditions for our community partners.

ADRA Philippines integrates disaster risk reduction into its development as well as disaster recovery initiatives. The agency responds to approximately ten disasters every year, fulfilling its commitment to building back better, and safer places where people can continue to realize positive change. The agency works with communities and government to prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters through a disaster risk reduction program. The agency aims to build disaster resilient communities by promoting awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, thereby reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards.

ADRA Philippines is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that has close to 1 million members in the Philippines, allowing us to respond across the country through the  church-based volunteers from the Adventist Community Services (ACS). ADRA has also partnered with several development agencies, government executive departments, educational and research institutions to develop and deliver development programs to communities throughout the country. We view collaboration with partners such as the Agriculture, Health, DRR, and Social Welfare and Development departments of the Local Government Unit, World Renew, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, Humanity and Inclusion, and local community based-organizations as a cost-effective and time-saving means for implementing projects, sharing lessons, and combining technical experience and expertise for maximum project impact. The agency is a co-convener of the Philippine International Non-governmental Organizations Network and the United Nations Humanitarian Country Team, as well as the Association of Foundations and the Area-Based Standards Network of DSWD. It is also an active member and contributor to other networks including the Philippine Coalition for Advocacy of Nutrition Security (PhilCAN), the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNet Philippines).


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A 6-month COVID-19 Response, in partnership with the Adventist Church and Institutions in the Philippines. 

Stronger Together is ADRA’s partnership with the Adventist Church, the Adventist University of the Philippines, and other Adventist institutions for a continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stronger Together” is more than just the project’s title, it is a statement of unity where the Adventist Community in the Philippines, as well as donors from around the world, have all contributed to this nationwide COVID-19 response. From August 2020-January 2021, we plan to work with our partners to provide psychosocial support to medical front liners of Adventist and non-Adventist health facilities, provide surgical masks, face shields, alcohol and disinfectants to health facilities, install 45 handwashing facilities with soap in public spaces, and distribute 5,000 coloring books to children educating them on COVID-19.


A 2.5 yrs Disaster Risk Reduction project in Itogon, Benguet and Pinukpuk, Kalinga
funded by European Union

A 2.5-year Disaster Risk Reduction project in Itogon, Benguet and Pinukpuk, Kalinga funded by the European Union, ADRA seeks to EMPOWER with this project. Empowering Municipalities, Barangays, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and People’s Organizations through Working Together to Enhance Disaster and Climate Risk Governance (EMPOWER) is a consortium project of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Humanity & Inclusion (HI).

The overall project objective is to strengthen the resilience of high-risk communities by reinforcing civil society relevance in disaster and climate risk governance. From this project, two municipalities with ten municipal CSOs, thirty two barangays, fifty municipal officials, 160 barangay CSOs, 480 barangay officials, 1,712 CSO representatives, 3,000 households, and 100,370 people are empowered to realize that the government and the people work together towards and inclusive disaster and climate risk governance. The municipalities of Itogon and Pinukpuk benefit from the strengthened capacities of communities to prepare for future disasters and climate risks.



A 3 year Micro-Finance Project in Visayas and Mindanao
funded by ADRA China

The Responsible Investments and Shared Empowerment (RISE) Project, implemented by ADRA Philippines, aims to empower women, farmers, and entrepreneurs in Regions II, III, IV-A, V, VI, VII, and Mindanao. This 36-month project expects that the target beneficiaries will have increased access to financial capital to finance their businesses, enterprises, and farms. Full-time staff involved in this project are the project manager, area coordinators, micro-finance officers, accountant, disaster risk reduction specialist, training coordinator, and marketing officer.

This project contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 1, ensuring that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership, and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, and natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.

Women, farmers, and entrepreneurs will have increased income, and will be able to participate in formal economic activities.


A 9-month COVID-19 Response Project in the province of Camarines Sur funded by the Canadian Governement. 

COVID-19 has greatly affected communities all over the world. In the Philippines, the poor are the most vulnerable to the virus, not only to its effects on health but also to its effects on the financial and economic standing as well as the mental state of those with family members affected.

Embrace Extension is a livelihood development project that focuses on empowering the sewing industry and the seaweed farming industry in Pili, Camarines through COVID-19. Hand-washing facilities are given to the community, alongside quarantine items such as hygiene kits, personalized kits or women, and PPEs. Psychosocial and mental health support for those in isolation, as well as for their families, are also provided. COVID-19 has affected everyone, and ADRA seeks to extend a helping hand to those in these chosen communities so that they may far with the pandemic a little better.




A 4-Year Maternity and Child Health Project
in Camarines Sur
funded by Global Affairs Canada

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A 4-Year Livelihood Project
in Iloilo 
funded by Global Affairs Canada


A 3-Year Health and Nutrition Project
in Bato, Leyte
funded by Canadian Foodgrains Bank

VIPER Project in Cavite


A 12-Month Disaster Risk Reduction Project
in Cavite 
funded by ADRA Czech Republic and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA).


An 11-Month Disaster Risk Reduction Project
in Iloilo
funded by the Aktion Deutschland Hilft

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A 4.5-Month Nutrition Project
in Lanao del Sur 
funded by the World Food Programme