Health Sector Rehabilitation and Recovery Construction (HeRRC) Group

WHO/M. Castro

The Philippines has adopted the United Nations cluster system that helped governments coordinate the foreign assistance offered in humanitarian disasters. The Department of Health is the lead agency in health emergency response services, with WHO as co-lead. The National Emergency Health cluster was activated for Super Typhoon Yolanda and was deactivated in May 2014 to be replaced by the Health Sector Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Coordination Group (HeRRC) Group. The HeRRC Group reports to the DOH through the Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Taskforce for Yolanda which is chaired by Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa and co-chaired by WHO Country Representative Julie Hall. DOH is a member of three of the OPARR (Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery) recovery clusters - infrastructure, resettlement, and social services. The DOH Taskforce is represented in each of these recovery clusters.

The HeRRC group aims to align the efforts of the remaining Health Partners to ensure the proper coordination of support towards a unified implementation of rehabilitation efforts.

WHO Philippines Operations

  • Dr Julie Hall
    WHO Representative in the Philippines
  • Dr Megan Counahan
    Team Lead
    Alert, Control and Eliminate
  • Dr Benjamin Lane
    Team Lead
    Health System Rebuild and Strengthen
  • Dr Alvin Marcelo
    Team Lead
    Information Management
  • Ms Sarah Kline
    Team Lead
    Communications and Donor Relations
  • Mr Sherif Younan
    Programme and Administrative Officer

Health Clusters

  • Dr Lester Geroy
    Health Cluster Coordinator
    Region 6 & 7
  • Dr Allison Gocotano
    Health Cluster Coordinator
    Tacloban/Western Samar