DSWD update on relief efforts in Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Tacloban City, November 12, 2013 (4:00 p.m.)

Food and Water

Since Typhoon Yolanda arrived in the Philippines, the DSWD has delivered a total of 115,607 food/ rice packs to the following affected areas:

Area Quantity
Guiuan, Eastern Samar 16,344 food/ rice packs
Tacloban City 44,263 food/ rice packs
Leyte 55,000 food/ rice packs (3,300 sacks of rice at50 kilos/sack)
TOTAL 115,607 food/ rice packs

DSWD has provided sacks of rice to the following institutions in Eastern Samar and Leyte:

Institution Quantity
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 30 sacks of rice (50 kilos each)
Eastern Visayas Medical Center 30 sacks of rice (30 kilos each)
Divine Word Hospital 30 sacks of rice (30 kilos each)

DSWD provided potable water items to Tacloban City:

  • 35,505 bottles of 500 ml water
  •  35,210 bottles of 1L water
  • 168 pcs of 5-gallon containers

On November 13, 2013, 40,000 metric tons of high energy biscuits will arrive and be distributed. This is to address nutrition needs of children in affected areas.

Shelter and Sanitation

The Secretary also reported that five thousand tents will arrive on November 13, 2013; DSWD will also provide tarps for evacuees at the Astrodome.

The Lina Group of Companies is providing portalets, with a maintenance team, for said evacuation center.

The UNFPA and International Red Cross will provide hygiene kits.

Relief Operations

Distribution of relief items, such as sacks of rice and boxes of canned goods, are coursed through the Office of the Governor of Leyte. The provincial government manages the distribution of said goods. A second round of distribution in Tacloban will take place in the next three days; there will be a second round of release of items to Leyte.

The DSWD will also use helicopters of the U.S. government to deliver items to towns in Eastern Samar, the Western side of Leyte, and Biliran.

Goods will come from the NFA warehouse, which contains 45,000 sacks of rice. San Miguel has also donated items from their warehouse; the donation includes 1,000 boxes of corned beef and 500 boxes of fresh milk. There are also other businessmen donating their stocks.

Cadaver Retrieval

The retrieval teams of DOH, the Philippine Army, and City Health Office have recovered 185 cadavers; 621 reported cadavers are yet to be retrieved (as of reporting time). Four trucks have been assigned to the retrieval team to fast track retrieval operations. A mass burial is scheduled to take place on November 13, 2013.