Marawi Response Project

The Philippines

We support families as they rebuild their livelihoods after disaster.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, Plan International USA is implementing the Marawi Response Project (MRP) in the Philippines together with our local partners Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits and the Maranao People Development Center, Inc. MRP is a three- and-a-half year project, ending in March 2022.

The Marawi Response Project, based in Mindanao, Philippines, is designed to increase opportunities for individuals and communities affected by the 2017 conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and ISIS-inspired militants. The project seeks to improve economic conditions and strengthen community cohesion among displaced persons and their host communities in Marawi and neighboring areas.

What are we doing?

Project activities are aimed at resumption of economic livelihoods and business recovery in order to solidify a social contract between citizens and their local government and increase social cohesion between displaced persons and host community members. The project provides direct assistance to businesspersons and communities to restart economic activities and make sure that displaced persons and host community members can find employment or start their own businesses. In addition, it works with communities to create systems for addressing their needs, aspirations and grievances, bringing people together to in a collaborative process that builds trust, self-efficacy and agency.

MRP uses cross-cutting principles throughout project interventions, promoting leadership opportunities and the active participation of marginalized groups. Local partners for the MRP include Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits and Maranao People Development Center.



funded by USAID.
front-line workers received PPE and more to prevent COVID-19.
entrepreneurs received microgrants to restart their businesses.
Generating income
Generating income

The Marawi Response Project helped artisans who were displaced by violence to participate in craft fairs, generating $786,400 in sales.

Livelihood grants
Livelihood grants

Staff at a bakery that reopened thanks to support from the Marawi Response Project give a tour to Plan USA President & CEO Dr. Tessie San Martin during a visit in 2019.

COVID-19 response
COVID-19 response

A health worker demonstrates proper swabbing during a refresher course on the use of personal protective equipment, delivered by the project, and safe specimen collection in Lanao del Sur.

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