typhoon yolanda

a year later


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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.]

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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:

Infrastructure

Completed:

  • 26 km national roads
  • 57.69 km farm-to-market roads
  • 158.5 km bridges
  • 2 flood control structures
  • 101 newly constructed classrooms
  • 833 renovated classrooms
  • 79,245 school furnitures
  • 370 has irrigation facilities
  • 5 national irrigation systems
  • 13 communal irrigation systems
  • 2 potable water systems
  • 14 rehabilitated seaports
  • 28 airports (including facilities)
  • 29 public markets
  • 33 cooperatives with power restored 100%
  • 3 health facilities in government hospitals
  • 25 health facilities in regional health units
  • 96 health facilities in barangay health stations
  • 1 rural health unit
  • 168 State Universities and Colleges

Ongoing:

  • 9 km national roads
  • 185.63 km farm-to-market roads
  • 887.2 bridges
  • 35 flood control structures
  • 1,095 newly constructed classrooms
  • 42,705 school furnitures
  • 1,200 has irrigation facilities
  • 12 national irrigation systems
  • 4 communal irrigation systems
  • 5 potable water systems
  • 8 rehabilitated seaports
  • 7 airports (including facilities)
  • 59 public markets
  • 257 barangay health stations
  • 19 rural health units
  • 3 LGU hospitals
  • 1 DOH facility
  • 9 health facilities in government hospitals
  • 23 health facilities in regional health units
  • 69 health facilities in barangay health stations
  • 2,647 renovated classrooms
  • 672 State Universities and Colleges

Power

As of March 2014, power supply has been restored in 155 out of 196 barangays in the municipalities of Palo, Babatngon, and Tacloban (115 out of 138 barangays in Tacloban City, 17 out of 33 barangays in Palo, and 23 out of 125 barangays in Babatngon). Another ongoing project is the procurement of 61 generator sets, with 23 sets completed, and another 23 are still ongoing. The target for this is at least 15 generator sets by 2015.

Resettlement

2014 2015 2016 Total
Start of Construction 120,000 85,128 205,128
Completion 3,000 117,000 85,128 205,128

Based on the November 5, 2014 report, out of the target 8,629 housing units, 1,252 housing units have been completed. The rest (7,377) is estimated to be built by March 2015. The following are the other updates on the resettlement efforts in the affected regions:

Funding Program/ Project/ Activity and Status Units
TOTAL TARGET 205,128
2.4B(8,629 housing units) Completed (November 2014) 1,252
On-going land development and housing construction 7,377
(To be completed by March 2015)
11B(Released October 14, 2014) Bid-out and awarded(To be completed by November 2015) 37,500
1.3B(For release) Identified sites with proposed builders; schedule of bidding Nov 2014; award of project to be done after SARO release; all awarded projects will be completed one (1) year from date of award 4,439
7.7B(For release) Identified sites with proposed builders; schedule of bidding Nov 2014; award of project to be done after SARO release; all awarded projects will be completed one (1) year from date of award 26,261
12.64B(Balance requirement) Projects with identified sites with proposed builders(Schedule of bidding: November – December 2014) 43,171
11.16B(Balance requirement) With identified sites undergoing validation and evaluation 40,000
13.22B(Balance requirement) For site identification 45,128

At the same time, there were 14,096 out of 449,127 families that received emergency shelter assistance for totally damaged houses in safe zones and 24,111 out of 517,214 families for partially damaged houses.

Social Services

  • As of July 28, 2014, they have been able to provide 4,631,382 families with food packs from November to December 2013
  • On January 6, 2014, classes in Tacloban City resumed, by virtue of DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2013.
  • On January 10, 2014, DepEd reported a 91% student attendance rate in five affected areas (Samar, Leyte, Tacloban, Eastern Samar, and Ormoc City), with a 96% teacher attendance.
  • As of September 30, 2014, 187,411 water disinfectants have been distributed to affected households.
  • As of October 30, 2014, 77,739 families have been given food assistance in the form of 50 kilograms of rice per household. Meanwhile, two potable water systems have been completed; five potable water systems are being constructed.
  • As of November 5, 2014:
  • TARGET ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    COMPLETED ONGOING
    Provision of textbooks 6,470,984 - 6,470,984
    School feeding for target students 84,835 - 84,835
    Provision of computer packages 134 134
    Provision of learning kits 339,745 337,754 1,991
    Assistance and scholarship grants to college students 45,045 37,044 8,001

Livelihood

As of October 30, 2014, the following are the status of livelihood efforts in the areas affected by Yolanda:

  • 4,981 families out of the targeted 517,214 families with partially damaged houses have been provided with cash-for-work assistance.
  • The number of families that received cash for building livelihood assets (CBLA) met the target of 236,916
  • 2,254 families have received livelihood assistance using Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) Approach, surpassing the target of 1,908 families.
  • 33,283 beneficiaries, out of the targeted 34,692, have benefited from the Emergency Employment Program.
  • 33,338 beneficiaries, out of the 44,778 target, have benefited from various forms of livelihood assistance.
  • 15,409 micro, small, and medium enterprises, out of the targeted 32,359, have been assisted by the government.
  • Vocational Education, Technical Skills, Training and Capacity Development
    • Target (2014): 24,535 persons trained
      • Completed: 21,843 persons trained
      • Ongoing: 2,692 persons trained
    • Assistance to MSMEs
      • Ongoing: 16,950 MSMEs assisted

Health Updates

Based on government agencies’ reports as of October 30, 2014, the following programs, projects, and activities have been completed:

  • 840 essential medicines and supplies for primary care (CAMPOLAS kits) have been distributed.
  • Four doctors and 391 nurses were deployed to augment and complement human resources for health needs in rural underserved/hard-to-reach areas.
  • 135,089 poor women of reproductive age have been given Family Planning Services.
  • 115,432 out of 353,266 poor pregnant women were given iron supplementation
  • 99,017 out of 303,030 poor postpartum women were given iron supplementation
  • 24,800 out of 75,897 children with malnutrition (6-11 months) were given multiple micronutrient powder (MNP) supplementation
  • 36,500 out of 111,704 children with malnutrition (12-23 months) were given multiple micronutrient powder (MNP) supplementation
  • 236 out of 468 midwives were deployed to augment and complement human resources for health needs in rural underserved/hard to reach areas

Disaster Preparedness

The government is going to build the Tacloban-Palo-Tanauan Road Dike project, which will span 27 square kilometers in length.

The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) has implemented a “no-build zone” along coastal communities in Eastern Visayas. Specific areas with a 40-meter easement are off-limits to residents and any infrastructure.

As of February 2014, Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) has completed the high resolution 3D mapping of the topography of Tacloban City and its adjacent areas.

The DOST and the DENR jointly launched last May 17, 2014 the Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific information Center (YoRInfoCenter), a one-stop shop for government agencies and private organizations that provides latest satellite images and high resolution hazard maps that can be used as reference in rehabilitation efforts.

According to Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, a storm surge warning system should be ready by December 2014.

The DENR has also implemented projects that will make Eastern Visayas less vulnerable to typhoons, such as planting mangroves and developing beach forests in coastal areas, earmarking P347 million for this project. Under the National Greening Program, 19 million seedlings and propagules from mangrove trees and beach forest species will be planted in over 1,900 hectares of coastline.

Testimonials

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

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DSWD downloads shelter funds to Tacloban LGU, preps for distribution of housing aid to Pantawid beneficiaries

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P23-B supplemental budget to scale up Yolanda aid, APEC preps

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DOLE: Region 8 livelihood assistance program for Yolanda survivors reaches P49M

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