About Oxfam

Our Mission

Welcome to Oxfam in the Philippines! Oxfam is an international non-governmental organization working with others to end poverty and suffering. If you want to hear great stories of poor women and men changing their lives for the better; or you want to lend a hand in our cool campaigns to tackle climate change, this is the site for you. Oxfam in the Philippines is all about, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “being that change.” Keep tabs on an exciting organization that believes change can happen. Now. 

What we do


ADVOCACY: Lobbying for pro-poor and pro-women government policies and practices in the areas of climate change, trade and agriculture



Poverty isn’t just about a lack of resources. In a wealthy world, it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people. Oxfam campaigns hard, putting pressure for real lasting change.

One of our enduring campaigns is calling for more government investment in small-holder agriculture to ensure the country’s food security. This means importing less rice and strengthening the capacity of our farmers to produce rice.  

Another is for world trade rules to be fair. Today, the rules are tipped in favor of rich countries: their products flow freely to the country at minimum or even zero taxes. Their products are cheap because part of production costs is subsidized by their governments. Meanwhile, local products cost more to produce because farmers and fishers receive very little support from the government.

Oxfam also joins the global call rich countries to sign a legally binding agreement that commits them to cut their carbon emissions (the main gases responsible for global warming and climate change), which they are the biggest emitters of. Oxfam also calls for these countries to finance efforts of poor countries to cope with the creeping and potential impacts of climate change.

DEVELOPMENT: Empowering poor women to become entrepreneurs and rise out of poverty


Our geographical focus is Mindanao, because it is home to the poorest Filipinos. In the next five to ten years, we will work with partners to achieve sustainable livelihoods and greater protection for the Lumad, Bangsamoro, small asset-holders and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in CARAGA, Central Mindanao, and the Automous Region for Muslim Mindanao.

We focus on women because they account for the second largest number of the poor population, next to children. Yet, at the same time, poor women, when given equal opportunity, have the potential to rise above poverty.

Our Poor Women’s Economic Leadership (PWEL) program aims to to build women’s negotiating power in two inter-related aspects of their lives: in their own households and in economic markets which they engage to sell their produce and/or services.   

HUMANITARIAN: Providing emergency relief to survivors of disasters and building the resilience of communities vulnerable to disasters


Our response to emergencies – clean water, food, shelter and sanitation – keeps people alive. Long-term, we fund poverty-reducing projects that enable people to rebuilt their lives, livelihoods, and communities. We provided relief and humanitarian protection to communities displace by natural disasters Typhoon Reming and Frank, Tropical Storm Ketsana and Parma, and the long-standing armed conflict in Central Mindanao.

Our Disaster Risk Reduction program works hand in had with local government and civil society to build the resilience of poor communities to disasters. In 2009, Oxfam piloted in the provinces of Saranggani, Sorsogon and Pampanga the Disaster Risk Management Office (DRMO), a permanent office in a local government unit that dramatically reduces the loss of lives and livelihoods and damages to properties brought on by disasters.


22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amalia a senadoza  |  January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    i am from lingga calamba laguna,
    our suffered because of typhoon ondoy and santi i glad to hear that organization helps our place but what so sad is hindi lahat ng nasalanta ng bagyo ay naabot ng inyong tulong
    bagaman di lingid sa aming mag taga rito na sobrnag dami ng ipinamahagi ninyong tulong,,, maraming nakinabang di nmn nasalanta ng bagyo o baha basta may kakilala sa DSWD at baranggay official ay syang nanagana sa ipinamagi ninyong tulong,, kahit po nakalista na at kabilang sa bibigyan ng tulong ay di pa din kami nabigyan dahil marami ang paulit ulit n nakuha ng stub n ipinamamahagi ninyo pinapalitan ang mga pangalan ng ibang nakalista upang mabigyan ang kanilang mga kamaganak at kaibigan n pawang malalakas sa kanila isa pa maraming di naman naapektuhan ng baha ang masnakinabang dito,,, kanina 5hrs akong pumila sa oxfam distribution of stub dahil sa pagkakaalam ko ay nakapag palista ako sa isa makakakuha ng inyong tulong pero umuwi akong malungkot dahil di tinawag ang pangalan ngunit alam ko nakalista ako isa sa makikinabang sa inyong tulong.. magaman nagpapasalamata ako dahil nakatutulong ang inyong organization sa mga nangangailangan kaso nakakalungkot lng dahil sa dami ng mga matakaw na opisyal ng gobyreno na syang lumalamon ng bagay na di naman dapat sa kanila….

    • 2. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  February 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

      Dear Ms Amalia, Pasensya po sa late reply. Pina-alam ko po ang inyong problema sa aking mga ka-opisina na nangunguna sa operations sa Laguna. Babalikan ko po kayo sa susunod na linggo. Maari niyo ring pong kayong tumawag o mag-text sa aming Laguna Field Office sa number na 09088917864 para sa agarang kasagutan. Salamat, Glenn

  • 3. rv barias  |  February 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    hi oxfam, i would like to inquire if you happened to have a job openeing concering research development or project monitoring and evaluation. I used to worked as project research assistant/enumerator/data encoder on focusing on community developement, agricultural and livelihood projects. from different institute of uplb.
    I will appreciate it very you can give me feedback on you job requirements. thank you and God bless!

  • 4. jun  |  March 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    iam a resident of Masili, Calamba, Laguna. our place were submerged into flood cause by ondoy and santi. our neighbouring barrangay used to get relief from your good office. particularly barrangay tadlac and sucol. our residents are asking why our barrangay were not included in your list. We asked our barrangay official about the matter but to no avail. hoping to hear from you soon.
    thank you and god bless!

    • 5. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  March 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

      Thank you for your question. I will forward your query to our emergency officers.

  • 6. Jazz  |  April 10, 2010 at 5:25 am

    good day i am from binangonan, rizal….tanong ko lng po sana n kailangan po b talaga bumuo ng isang grupo pra mbigyan ng oxfam ng tulong….grupo pra mbigyan ng png negosyo,,,ang tanong lng po bkit sa angono,rizal individual ang binibigay nyong tulong…c dito s min khit lubog n ung bhay sa baha nung nkaraaang ondoy..d k mbibigyan kung d k aattend ng miting s nasabing grupo,,,,sana ay matugunan ninyo ang aking katanungan….salamat po…

    • 7. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  April 19, 2010 at 3:47 am

      Hello Jazz. I will send your inquiry to our Ketsana Emergency Response team. I will copy you in my email to them so they can get back to you directly. Take care. Glenn

  • 8. marcus araneta  |  April 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Hi! Do you job vacancies as of today? Thanks!

  • 9. marcus araneta  |  April 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

    do you have job vacancies here in the philippines?

    • 10. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  April 19, 2010 at 3:45 am

      We will soon be posting openings in the site. In the meantime, we advertise openings in the Inquirer. Thanks! Glenn

  • 12. wilma  |  April 27, 2010 at 8:14 am

    no more advertisement last sunday april 25, 2010 at the phil daily inquirer

    • 13. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  April 30, 2010 at 2:22 am

      Hi Wilma! We don’t have openings each week, but when we do, we place ads in the Inquirer and from here on, also here on our blog. Cheers, Glenn

  • 14. Ken  |  April 30, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Your objectives are very humanistic and good. Good luck to you guys. And thanks too for the help given to my fellow Filipinos~

    • 15. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  April 30, 2010 at 2:11 am

      Thanks, Ken! Keep on visiting the site to read more heartening stories of change. Best, Glenn

  • 16. luzviminda simeon  |  May 13, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Taga Sto. Angel Sur Sta. Cruz, Laguna po kami. Lumubog po sa baha ang aming mga bahay noong bagyong Ondoy at Santi. Marami pong nasirang bahay. Napalista po kami sa second batch ng mga bibigyan ng mga materyales para sa mga nasirang bahay.
    First batch lang po ang nakakuha. May aasahan pa po ba ang mga nakalistang second batch? Nais lang po naming malinawan dahil nababalitaan namin na nakialam ang pulitiko at DSWD dito . Pakilinaw lang po.

    • 17. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  May 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

      Hello Ms Luz, Ipinagbigay-alam ko na po ang inyong tanong sa aming coordinator at kayo po ay sasagutin sa mga susunod na araw. Paki-abangan na lang po ang sagot sa inyong e-mail at dito sa aming blog. Salamat, Glenn

    • 18. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  May 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

      Hi Ms Luz,

      Una ay maraming salamat sa sulat nyo. Masaya kami sa Oxfam kapag nakakatangap ng mga sulat mula sa aming mga kasamahan sa komunidad. Isa itong magandang mekanismo para patuloy naming ma-monitor ang proseso ng pag-recover matapos ang pagsalantang dinanas natin sa bagyong Ondoy. Bilang pagsagot po sa inyong tanong:

      “Taga Sto. Angel Sur Sta. Cruz, Laguna po kami. Lumubog po sa baha ang aming mga bahay noong bagyong Ondoy at Santi. Marami pong nasirang bahay. Napalista po kami sa second batch ng mga bibigyan ng mga materyales para sa mga nasirang bahay.
      First batch lang po ang nakakuha. May aasahan pa po ba ang mga nakalistang second batch? Nais lang po naming malinawan dahil nababalitaan namin na nakialam ang pulitiko at DSWD dito . Pakilinaw lang po. ”

      Ikinalulungkot ko ang pagkasira ng inyong bahay at ang mas malungkot na balita na hindi kayo nakatanggap ng mga materyales upang ito ay ayusin.
      Gayunpaman, wala pong kaakibat na programa patungkol sa pagbibigay ng materyales para sa bahay ang Oxfam maging sa aming emergency response at kahit dito sa aming kasalukuyang exit project. Hindi po kami namigay ng kahit na anong materyales maliban sa pag-repair ng mga nasirang banyo sa mangilan-ngilang nating mga beneficiaries.

      Sa abot ng aking kaalaman pati na ng aking mga kasamahan, ang IOM kasama ng LGU ng Sta. Cruz ang namigay ng materyales para sa pag-repair ng bahay.

      Sana po ay nakatulong ang impormasyon na ito. Maraming salamat po.

      Janice Ian Manlutac
      Post-Ketsana Response Manager

  • 19. Tara Epal  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I am working for an NGO that includes Caraga as its area of operaiton. Our expertise is on Microfinance and Enterprise Development. Does Oxfam also support projects of these types? How can we access assistance from you for our women beenficiaries in the Caraga Region? Do you have Call for Proposal? When is the best time to apply for funding assistance?

    • 20. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  June 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

      Hi Tara, Will pass on your message to our Mindanao staff. They will get back to you shortly. Cheers, Glenn

  • 21. liezl  |  July 8, 2010 at 3:24 am

    hello i would like to apply as a volunteer, but im currently based in tondo, manila, i work also for a humanitarian organization, i think i can help,,,,,kahit volunteer pa lang. thanks

    • 22. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  July 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Hello, Liezl! Thanks for your interest but we don’t have any volunteering opportunities right now. Best, Glenn


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