Caritas Manila Damayan Program

Caritas Damayan is the preventive health and disaster management program of Caritas Manila. Damayan provides emergency assistance for 50,000-100,000 families every year.

“Damayan” stands for compassion and putting faith in action.

We unite volunteers and donors to deliver preventive healthcare services, crisis intervention, emergency response and disaster recovery and rehabilitation.


Alternative livelihood assistance

  • Food and cash for work
  • Fishing
  • Micro-finance cooperative and social enterprise
  • Agriculture

Post-disaster redevelopment planning

  • Post-disaster needs assessment and post-disaster health system approach
  • Monitoring
  • Accountability
  • Evaluation
  • Learning

Activation of disaster and health teams

  • Assess basic survival needs
  • Physical first aid response
  • Medical mission
  • Soup kitchen
  • Psychosocial support

Parish and community-based disaster risk reduction and management

  • Hazard mapping
  • Vulnerability and capacity assessment
  • Evacuation and contingency planning

Emergency first responder management training

  • Pre and post-disaster needs assessment
  • Basic physical first aid
  • Psychosocial support first aid and sphere minimum standards on disaster affected community

Preventive and promotive health

  • Community health education
  • Caritas HAPAG-ASA (Table for Hope) feeding program
  • Basic health support services
  • Caritas preventive health centers

Community-based participatory health promotion

  • Community health risk assessment and mapping
  • Community-based disaster mental health and psychosocial support training program
  • Maternal and child health care
  • Integrated management on childhood and adult illnesses
  • Responsible parenthood and natural family planning
  • Oral health education
  • WASH promotion
  • Health education on social vices and alternative health