The project provides $3 million grant under the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) as emergency assistance to the Philippine Government in response to its appeal to the international community to provide humanitarian relief assistance, in the aftermath caused by Typhoon Ketsana (locally named Ondoy) that hit the main island of Luzon on 26 September 2009, bringing the heaviest rainfall in the country in the last 40 years. Eight regions, including the National Capital Region were declared disaster areas, including Metro Manila and 25 provinces. The National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC) estimates that as of 29 September 2009, 319,881 families or 1,872,036 persons have been directly affected. Estimated damages are approximately $48.8 million, including damages to infrastructure and agriculture. The number of damaged houses is currently stated as 3,272, of which 2,223 were totally destroyed.
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