Tropical Storm Wukong claimed the lives of 11 people but spared the already lashed south, where more than 1,000 people died after this month's typhoon Bopha struck.
Officials believe most of the deaths resulted from drowning or landslides and the number could rise in the coming days.
Wukong hit the central islands on Christmas Day, bringing strong winds and rains but gradually weakened as it moved through the country.
Though weaker than Bopha, the low pressure system still resulted in the evacuation of 6,000 people while roads and bridges were hit hard by landslides and floods.
Wukong was the 17th storm to hit the Philippines this year.
The country faces about 20 major storms or typhoons each year, which occur mainly during the rainy season between June and October.