Philippine Operation

UNHCR assumed leadership of the protection cluster under the joint UN response to the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mindanao in mid-2010. It assists the authorities to ensure that the protection needs of vulnerable populations are met through effective coordination. In the context of a renewed dialogue between the Government and armed groups in southern Philippines, UNHCR established presence in Mindanao by opening a field office in Cotabato City.