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“Inaasahan pong tatama si Yolanda sa mga probinsya ng Samar at Leyte simula mamayang hatinggabi; babagtasin nito ang mga probinsya ng Masbate, Cebu, Panay, Romblon, Mindoro, at Palawan, bago tuluyang lumabas sa Philippine Area of Responsibility sa Sabado ng gabi. Bukod sa inaasahang bugso ng hangin, ulan, pag-apaw ng mga ilog, pati ang posibilidad ng pagdagsa ng lahar sa mga pook malapit sa bulkan ng Mayon at Bulusan, mino-monitor din po natin ang banta ng mga storm surge sa mahigit isandaang mga pook. Matindi ang panganib ng storm surge sa Ormoc, Ginayangan Ragay Gulf sa Albay, at Lamon Bay sa Atimonan. Maaaring umabot ng lima hanggang anim na metro ang taas ng alon sa mga lugar na ito.

– From the televised statement of President Benigno S. Aquino III on Typhoon Yolanda, November 7, 2013

Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It has been called the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history. Anticipating the severity of the typhoon, the Philippine government made the necessary preparations beginning three days before landfall—including prepositioning relief goods, deploying first responders, and setting up evacuation centers for affected families.

Below is a timeline of government preparations that began three days before Yolanda made landfall in the country. 

November 5, 2013: Day -3

Three days before landfall, the government began preparations to minimize the effect of the typhoon. Concerned government agencies and the public were made aware of the unprecedented strength of Typhoon Yolanda in order to make necessary preparations. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 6, 2013: Day -2

Two days before landfall, concerned government agencies conducted further meetings regarding preparations for the typhoon, widened the scope and intensity of warnings and alerts to the public, sent out materials to equip the people with knowledge germane to disaster risk reduction, prepositioned food packs and other relief items, and conducted preemptive evacuation in areas forecasted to be strongly hit by the typhoon. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 7, 2013: Day -1

A day before landfall, concerned government agencies deployed personnel and prepositioned rescue vehicles in areas to be strongly hit by the typhoon. In Tacloban City, Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin and Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas briefed local government officials.. President Benigno S. Aquino III also made an emergency televised statement regarding Yolanda. [Click to see the list in detail.] 

November 8, 2013: Day 0

Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, ravaging a large part of the Visayan region. Concerned government agencies set up an incident command post and a radio contact center immediately after. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 9, 2013: Day 1

Concerned government agencies immediately cleared passageways to allow for the transport of relief goods, medical help, and other exigent assistance. Communication hubs, and additional transport vehicles and personnel were also provided to ease flow of information and services. [Click to see the list in detail.] 

November 10, 2013: Day 2

President Aquino, together with Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson and Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Abaya, visited Tacloban, Leyte, and Capiz to assess the situation. Additional medical assistance was conducted and additional relief items and personnel were delivered. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 11, 2013: Day 3

President Aquino issued Proclamation No. 682, declaring a state of calamity over Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan. Concerned government agencies continuously deployed additional personnel and relief deliveries. In addition, a price freeze was put in place to prevent market abuse. More volunteers were also mobilized to repack family packs for the survivors. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 12, 2013: Day 4

Concerned government agencies intensified repacking efforts and deployed additional equipment, vehicles, and personnel to assist in areas largely devastated by the typhoon. [Click to see the list in detail.] 

November 13, 2013: Day 5

As relief efforts continue, concerned government officials met and discussed strategic thrusts in order to efficiently improve the condition of badly-stricken regions. Thousands of families were sheltered in evacuation centers. In addition, ports, major roads, and bridges were cleared and made passable, enabling a smoother transport of relief and assistance to different areas. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 14, 2013: Day 6

To further the relief operations, Bigas Brigade was launched, servicing 40 towns in Leyte. Massive repacking efforts, plus the deployment of additional personnel, were also conducted and delivered. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 15, 2013: Day 7

As additional relief and assistance continue, power had been fully and partially restored in a number of areas in the Visayas region. [Click to see the list in detail.]

November 18, 2013: Day 10

Rescue and relief efforts continued. In addition, the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, or FAiTH, was launched.

November 19, 2013: Day 11

President Aquino arrived in Tacloban to supervise the continuous rescue and relief efforts.

November 20, 2013: Day 12

Secretary Roxas, accompanied by Presidential Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang, visited the municipalities of Mayorga, Javier, Dulag, Tolosa, Tanauan, MacArthur, and Palo in Leyte to inspect the relief items issued to the local government for distribution to their respective towns.

November 21, 2013: Day 13

The National Economic Authority (NEDA) produced the Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), providing the initial assessment of immediate post-Yolanda disaster needs in affected areas.

November 22, 2013: Day 14

On the fourteenth day after Yolanda made landfall, the DSWD had distributed one-million food packs, and then exceeded this target by over a hundred thousand. These food packs were distributed along with more than two hundred thousand liters of clean water. At this point, almost a thousand evacuation centers had been put up and more than a thousand cadavers were recovered. [Click to see the list in detail.]


In Tacloban, with the opening of grocery stores, the restoration of water supply, and the resumption of banking operations, the return to normalcy began. Survivors taking temporary shelter at the Tacloban Astrodome were supplied with tents, and more assets were deployed to assist the continuing relief efforts in the region.

Click to read a summary of the activities undertaken by the government for the typhoon Yolanda relief efforts, from November 5 to November 22, 2013.

“We were in the emergency room, and now we’ve moved to the ICU,” [Interior and Local Government Secretary] Roxas says. Much still needs to be done, but stability, especially as regards the distribution of relief goods and the ongoing process of restoring normalcy, has began to set in. “The next step is to bring the patient to the recovery room,” Roxas adds.

– From Field Bulletin No. 8: On Restoring Normalcy, Infrastructure, and an update from the Maritime Industry Authority, November 18, 2013.

Relief poured in immediately from all sectors in the weeks that followed the typhoon. Not just from within the country—the international community came to the aid of Filipinos affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Private sector initiatives have amounted to over P12.9 billion, as monitored by the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). As aid from our foreign partners poured in, the national government launched the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH), an online portal of information on calamity aid and assistance, whether in cash or in kind, pledged to and/or received by the Philippines from foreign nations and multilateral organizations.

As of November 5, 2014, FAiTH has reported that the total amount of foreign aid pledged is currently at P73,307,438,834.36 or $1,643,038,277.66. Access FAiTH online to view the breakdown of these funds or click here.

FAiTH, a testament to this administration’s commitment to good governance, also serves as an expression of appreciation for the kindness of those who stand in solidarity with the Philippines.

Tanggap naman po siguro ng lahat na malaki ang problemang dala ni Yolanda. Pero ayon nga po sa international standards, kapag nangyari ang ganitong klaseng sakuna, isang taon ang inaabot bago matapos ang relief at mag-umpisa ang rehabilitasyon ng isang bansa. Pero sa loob lang ng walong buwan, idineklara na ng United Nations mismo na nasa yugto na tayo ng rehabilitation. Si Ginoong Yuri Afanasiev ng United Nations Development Programme na nga po ang nagsabi: “We have never seen a recovery happen so quickly. And many of us have been in many different disasters.”

– President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his Fifth State of the Nation Address, July 28, 2014.

Build Back Better

“We know that we cannot allow ourselves to be trapped in a vicious cycle of destruction and reconstruction. We know that it is more efficient to prioritize resilience now, rather than to keep rebuilding. This is why we are going to build back better. The task immediately before us lies in ensuring that the communities that rise again do so stronger, better, and more resilient than before.”

– President Benigno S. Aquino III, at the briefing for development partners on the Reconstruction Assistance for Yolanda plan, December 18, 2013.

The Build Back Better principle serves as the guiding framework in the development and implementation of post-Yolanda rehabilitation and recovery interventions. Building back better entails not just the simple restoration of communities, but fortifying them that they may be ready for future disasters.

On July 4, 2014, the DSWD declared that the Philippines has officially transitioned from the humanitarian relief phase to the rehabilitation and recovery phase, giving way for medium- and long-term interventions.

The damage to infrastructure and other sectors is estimated to cost a total of P89,598,068,634.88. To address this, the government has proposed the Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP), the national government’s commitment to implement over 25,000 disaster rehabilitation- and recovery-specific projects, programs, and activities.

Based on the policy guidelines of NEDA’s Reconstruction Assistance for Yolanda, the CRRP has a total funding requirement of P167,864,788,553. Out of this number, the DBM reports that P51,981,511,885 has been released to fund the typhoon relief, rehabilitation, and recovery efforts. Click to view the breakdown of the CRRP funding requirements and fund releases.

On November 5, 2014, OPARR delivered the following presentation to President Aquino, outlining the following updates as well as submitting a status report on all government rehabilitation efforts in the Yolanda corridor:



As of November 5, 2015:


  • All-access roads (1.7 km)
  • 286 km of national roads
  • 1,117.64 m of national bridges
  • 77 out of 110 flood control projects reconstructed


  • 1,026 newly constructed classrooms
  • 5,457 renovated classrooms
  • 121,950 items of school furniture


  • 413 rehabilitated SUCs


  • 292 out of 309 partially damaged LGU facilities rehabilitated under DILG Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) Batch 1


  • 48 projects completed for 29,879 household beneficiaries from repair/rehab of damaged structures from the CDD approach of KALAHI-CIDSS
  • 2,839 projects completed for 3,238,801 household beneficiaries from construction of new structures from the CDD approach of KALAHI-CIDSS

As of September 15, 2015


  • 23 rehabilitated seaports
  • 35 out of 37 rehabilitated airports
  • 5 repaired structures/buildings


  • All 2,396 hectares with restored national/communal irrigation systems



  • 42 km national roads
  • 09 lm national bridges
  • 17 flood control projects being reconstructed


  • 928 new classrooms under construction
  • 4,239 classrooms under renovation


191 SUCs ongoing rehabilitation


As of September 15, 2015:


National Electrification Administration

  • All 33 electric cooperatives had power restored


National Power Corporation

Rehab of Mamburao-Sablayan Transmission Line




  • 17,641 permanent housing units constructed


  • 987,545 out of 1,028,329 families with damaged houses were given Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA)
  • 92,554 housing constructions funded



  • 42,566 permanent housing units


  • 40,784 families with damaged houses are covered and will be given Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA)

Social Services

As of September 15, 2015:



  • 3,780,661 items of learning material distributed
  • 84,835 students were covered by the regular school-based feeding program
  • All 243,010 students were covered by the donors’ school feeding
  • All 339,745 learning kits were provided.



  • 2,689,817 learning material/textbooks are currently being distributed


2,284 bodies undergoing Disaster Victims Identification in areas affected by Yolanda



As of November 5, 2015:


A total of 447,730 families have been served comprising 58% of its overall 2014-2016 target of 778,549 families with the following breakdown:

  • 408,924 families has been served thru Cash for Building Livelihood Assets
  • 14,376 families has been served thru provision of livelihood assistance grants
  • 19,894 families has been served thru the support of partners in which all were implemented in 2014


  • 40,952 out of 41,994 target beneficiaries have benefited from the Emergency Employment Program
  • 47,319 have benefited from DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program


  • 24,535 livelihood skill trainings were conducted in Palawan, Region 6, Cebu and Region 8
    • 31,130 trainees graduated from these trainings
      • 23,006 of them are employed


  • 232,604 bags of certified and hybrid rice seeds were distributed to 69,733 farmer-beneficiaries
  • 31,507 bags of corn seeds were distributed to 32,791 farmer-beneficiaries
  • 32,781 kgs of assorted vegetable seeds were distributed to 42,700 farmer-beneficiaries
  • All 4,000 kg of ginger planting materials were already distributed to the multiplier farms
  • 3,998,787 pcs of coconut, abaca, banana and cacao planting materials were distributed to farmers
  • 309,324 bags of various types of fertilizers were distributed to 192,600 farmer-beneficiaries
  • 29,828 sets of farm tools were distributed (exceeding the target of 23,704 sets of farm tools) to 20,267 farmer-beneficiaries
  • 39,436 units of agricultural supplies and equipment were distributed to the farmer-beneficiaries
  • 2,559 farmers were given insurance for their crops, livestock and poultry


  • 10 mariculture parks were assisted
  • 28,781 fisherfolks benefitted from the repair of their boats
  • Boats of 3,484 fisherfolks were replaced
  • Complete provision of 76,598 fishing gears and paraphernalia (exceeding the target 68,636) were given to 46,145 fisherfolks
  • 15,602 fisherfolks were given marine engines for their boats


  • 3,719 beneficiaries from Regions 6, 7 and 8 were trained and provided with Livelihood Seedling Program starter kits
  • 55 shared service facilities were distributed in Regions 6 and 8
  • 18 Negosyo Centers in Yolanda-affected areas


  • 1,033 communities benefitted from the Community Empowerment Science and Technology (CEST) Program


  • 37,253 hectares of coconut areas were replanted
  • 17,083 hectares of areas with coconut intercropping were completed

As of September 15, 2015:


  • The targeted 53,575 m of land are all completed under the the cash-for-work assistance program (desilting operations)
  • 10,759 out of the targeted 14,427 hectares are completed under the the cash-for-work assistance program (planting/replanting/fertilization/intercropping operation)
  • 138 out of the targeted 176 tractors and other machineries were deployed
  • 301,789 liters out of the targeted 767,409 liters of fuel subsidy were distributed
  • 9,100 livestocks are already under animal care


  • 47,105 fishing boats out of the targeted 54,825 were already distributed
  • 11,082,609 of the targeted 14,620,197 support assistance PPAs were completed
  • 12,956 out of the targeted 18,920 post harvest facilities and equipments were provided
  • Complete resource rehabilitation of 100,029 sites out of the target of 800,029


  • 286 SME Roving Academy (SMERA) trainings
  • 19 SPIN and other trainings
  • 7 trade fairs
  • 389 beneficiaries of enterprise rehabilitation financing of the SB Corporation (only in region 8)


  • 610 implemented PPAs of CEST
  • 103 beneficiaries of S&T Driven, Resource based and Sustainable Livelihood Training out of 4 trainings
  • 145 beneficiaries of Farmer Scientist Program on Resettlement Areas


As of November 5, 2015:


  • The replacement of 5,658 fishing boats is ongoing
  • The procurement of 3,722 marine engines is ongoing


  • Procurement of 678 livelihood starter kits is ongoing
  • 43 Shared Service facilities are under procurement
  • Operations of 18 Negosyo Centers in the Yolanda corridor are ongoing
  • DTI initiated meetings with the stakeholders of the coconut industry in Region 8; there are potential investors who are interested to invest in the coconut industry in Eastern Visaya

As of September 15, 2015:


  • The remaining 3,668 out of the targeted 14,427 hectares are in the works under the the cash-for-work assistance program (planting/replanting/fertilization/intercropping operation)
  • The remaining 10,333 out of the targeted 89,770 bags of palay seeds are being distributed
  • The remaining 3,800 out of the targeted 19,938 bags of corn seeds are being distributed
  • The remaining 3,143 out of the targeted 166,449 bags of fertilizer are already being distributed
  • 9 out of the targeted 176 tractors and other machineries are currently being deployed
  • 6,256 farm tools out of the targeted 23,704 sets of farm tools are being distributed
  • 465,620 liters out of the targeted 767,409 liters of fuel subsidy are being distributed


  • The remaining 4,779 fishing gears and paraphernalia are currently being provided
  • The remaining 3,537,588 out of the targeted 14,620,197 support assistance PPAs are being completed
  • The remaining 5,964 out of the targeted 18,920 post harvest facilities and equipments are currently being provided
  • The remaining 700,000 sites are currently undergoing resource rehabilitation


  • 390 beneficiaries of Livelihood Assistance Grant (including community-based projects and packaging)
  • 350 beneficiaries of Technology-Driven, Resource Based and Sustainable Livelihood Training
  • 338 beneficiaries being introduced to Community Empowerment Science and Technology (CEST) Program
  • 497 beneficiaries of S&T Driven, Resource based and Sustainable Livelihood Training out of 26 trainings
  • 175 beneficiaries of Farmer Scientist Program on Resettlement Areas
  • 417 PPAs of CEST ongoing implementation


  • 26,514 hectares of coconut areas were replanted
  • 51,692 hectares of areas with coconut intercropping were completed

Health Updates

From NEDA (as of November 5, 2015)



  • Full operational status of the Eastern Visayas Medical Center
  • Deployment of 17 doctors, 1058 nurses and 593 midwives
  • Provision of RH commodities and services to 324,537 women of reproductive age
  • Provision of micronutrient supplementation to 506,198 children

As of September 15, 2015:


  • 100% Provision of essential medicines and supplies for primary care
  • 100% Provision of DOH complete treatment pack to rural health units
  • 100% provision of essential medicines and supplies for primary care
  • 100% provision of DOH complete treatment pack to rural health units
  • 100% of pregnant women given iron supplementation
  • 100% of postpartum women given iron supplementation
  • 100% children with diarrhea given oral rehydration salt
  • 100% children 6-59 mos with diarrhea given zinc supplementation
  • 100% deployment of doctors and nurses to augment and complement human resources for health needs in rural underserved/hard to reach Yolanda-affected areas in Region VIII
  • 100% deployment of midwives to augment and complement human resources for health needs in rural underserved/hard to reach areas
  • 100% multiple micronutrient powder (MNP) supplementation to children 6-11 months with malnutrition
  • 100% multiple micronutrient powder (MNP) supplementation to children 12-23 months with malnutrition
  • 100% Family Planning Services (Combined Oral Contraceptives)
  • 100% Family Planning Services (Progesteron only pills)
  • 100% patients with mental health disorder provided with treatment services and medications
  • 100% provision of weighing scales
  • 100% provision of height boards
  • 100% provision of water disinfectant to households

Disaster Preparedness

From NEDA (as of September 15, 2015):



  • 36,955 hectares that were validated and assessed by DENR
  • 43,665,541 seedlings provided
  • 10,227 hectares of established plantations


November 7, 2014

“Now, having visited the Philippines three times over the past year (in November 2013, and then May and September, 2014), I truly believe the disaster recovery has come this far because of the remarkable resilience and spirit of the Filipino people.”

- Sofia Klemming Nordenskiöld, press officer with Plan International in Sweden

November 6, 2014

“Yolanda elicited an urgent response from the government… So clearly there has been a lot of up-front activity, preparing for the massive reconstruction phase of the disaster. It would have been easier for the government to build back in a way that did not secure the future safety and prosperity of the region. The focus on careful planning for sustainable recovery will be worth it in the long run.”

- Richard Bolt, Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director for the Philippines

November 6, 2014

“People tackled the problem immediately: there was this incredible will to rebuild a life and to help each other. They addressed the problem jointly. The villagers helped the poorest people first and then moved on to others. I believe this is one of the factors which led to a relatively fast reconstruction in the last twelve months.”

“Of course, civil protection is also an important part of the government which did a great job when it brought nearly 800,000 people to safety before the typhoon hit. Otherwise, the number of victims would have probably been a lot higher.”

- CARE employee Sandra Bulling

November 6, 2014

“What it tells us is that probably, in [the Philippines], a humanitarian response does not need to take too long. Indeed, for a middle-income country, a country where systems are in place such as the Philippines with a lot of internal capacity, there is no need, absolutely no requirement for a long-term humanitarian response. We can really do it faster and in a shorter period,” she said.

- United Nations resident humanitarian coordinator Luiza Carvalho

November 5, 2014

“It is unfair to say the Philippines was unprepared for the typhoon. After all, this is a country that literally lives between disasters. Yet, that’s not something the media was or is particularly interested in. The Philippines was only just getting over one disaster — a magnitude 7.2 earthquake — before this one struck. It was yet another test to the country’s disaster preparedness measures, which if in place can be 10 times more effective than the response itself.”

- Roger Yates, Plan International's Director of Disaster Response

November 3, 2014

"We understand there's a high expectation for recovery but four to five years is the norm. But just the same, progress is being made. There will always be capacity constraints on the part of the government but these are not unique to the Philippines. Even developed countries like Japan still face challenges."

Despite challenges, rehabilitation efforts in Eastern Visayas were even "moving faster" than what was seen during the earthquake and tsunami that struck Aceh, Indonesia, 10 years ago,

- ADB Vice President for East Asia, Southeast and the Pacific Stephen Groff

October 17, 2014

“I’m very confident to say that the pace of recovery here in the Philippines has been a lot faster than in Aceh, and there are various reasons for that. At the end of year one in Aceh, there was still a hundred thousand people living in tents, but here it’s a lot less. Recent estimates indicate there are just about a thousand people still living in tents.”

- Richard Sandison, emergency response manager for Plan International’s Emergency Response Unit

October 17, 2014

“There are some areas where we would want it to be faster. Is it going at a satisfactory rate, I would say so. If I see now where we are one year since Yolanda, its amazing. When we first saw Tacloban, our initial reaction is that we thought it can’t be fixed. And then we went into recovery mode, and we started fixing and we saw that we can do a lot,” she said.

- Carin van der Hor, Country Director of Plan International

February 27, 2014

“Tacloban today is almost unrecognizable from the city I saw in November. Streets that were piled high with debris – making it very difficult for us to move – are now jammed with traffic. Numerous small businesses have also reopened. Children are back in schools that reopened at the start of the year. Women and men continue to make every effort to rebuild their lives... The early signs of recovery were visible everywhere. We always talk of the resilience of the people in the Philippines and I think I mentioned this when I was last here. They are very much leading the way in terms of recovery efforts and it is inspiring.”

- UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos

December 2, 2013

“They open their doors, they don’t have much, they tighten up their belts and they share their rice, they share their hospitality, they support each other. I mean, hats off. This is remarkable.”

- Bernard Kerblat, chief of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Philippines

December 1, 2013

“I want to stress that the people need to reconstruct their hearts, too. At the end of the day, it’s not the government but the people themselves who need the reconstruction. Unless the people recover by themselves, who needs the reconstruction? The government only assists the people to let them regain the power and move on. That is very important.”

- Yoshinobu Fukasawa, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) regional director for Asia and the Pacific

November 25, 2013

“But the Filipino people – locals and people from other parts of the country – are doing the lion's share of the relief work. The work by volunteers has been enormous. It's amazing – I've seen distributions of food, teams of volunteers, drivers, people lending their buildings, cars, boats – and all for free.”

- Caroline Séguin, emergency coordinator for MSF (Doctors Without Borders)

November 24, 2013

“I’ve been to many emergencies and have not seen such a strong community spirit before, so strong coping mechanism.”

- Jesper Holmer Lund, chief of emergency services branch, surge capacity and logistics section of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

November 21, 2013

“I continue to be struck by the resilience and spirit of the Filipino people. Everywhere I visited, I saw families determined to rebuild their lives under the most difficult situations.”

- UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos

November 19, 2013

“There's been some improvement in the government's relief efforts. Being able to move to Manila a number of displaced people, provide them with sustenance, we see that happening now. Clearing of the roads have been done, which is also extremely important.”

- Peter Wallace, president of the Manila-based Wallace Business Forum consultancy

November 14, 2013

"The Philippine authorities have done a tremendous job in extremely difficult circumstances."

- Martin Nesirky, the United Nations Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

November 14, 2013

“It’s easy for observers to condemn Philippine officials for the lack of preparation, but there was preparation. Days before the typhoon struck, there were mass evacuations from vulnerable areas. President Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino had appeared on television to warn people about the storm. No one could have anticipated the intensity of Typhoon Haiyan, which left meteorologists stunned at its killing perfection. Now we must deal with the damage.”

- Jessica Zafra, The New Yorker

November 13, 2013

“I commend the Philippines Government for their relief efforts so far, under extremely challenging circumstances, and hope the international community will give generously to the humanitarian response.”

- UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos


Eastern Samar fisherfolk receive new boats

The Boat and Net Livelihood Project dubbed as ‘BangKapayapaan’ (peace boat) has thus far benefited some 400 fisherfolk affected by typhoon Yolanda in Samar island.

Eastern Visayas receives new construction machinery

The additional equipment donated by the Japanese government would enhance the capability of the government in responding to emergencies the likes of Yolanda.

New homes for Yolanda survivors

Under the Core Shelter Assistance Project and in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, Yolanda survivors received funding for the construction of their new homes.

Resettlement sites in Tacloban

Resettlement sites in Tacloban City readies to accommodate families affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Estancia fish port back in business

Six months after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the facility, the fish port was repaired; a year after, rehabilitation of the passenger terminal was completed.

Vegetable gardens nourish resettled Yolanda survivors

Former coastal women residents rebuild their lives after Yolanda through vegetable gardening near their new housing settlements in Tanauan, Leyte.

Statement: Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on the week of November 9-13, 2015

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Valte: President Aquino has always prioritized the welfare and advancement of our people—whether by helping them build back better after a disaster or by recognizing their positive contributions to government and society.

Statement of President Aquino commemorating the tragedy of Typhoon Yolanda

May the memory and lessons of that time inspire us to persevere in building back better, and in living up to the solidarity, resilience, and generosity of Filipinos from all walks of life demonstrated not only then, but in all times of challenge and adversity.

After the Storm: Two Years On

Read the stories of the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda. A copy of the book is available online.

Rehabilitation for Yolanda survivors continues

Families are currently being transferred from transitional shelters to permanent housing sites. It is expected that by December 2016, 92,544 permanent housing units will be completed.