Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It has been called the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history. The worst hit provinces were Leyte and Eastern Samar, with a combined population of 2.3 million. These areas experienced sustained winds of 270 kph, gusts of up to 312 kph, and a storm surge as high as 7 meters. Presidential Proclamation No. 682, dated November 11, 2013, declared a state of national calamity, affecting Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan.

On December 10, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed former Senator Panfilo M. Lacson as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR), tasked to unify the efforts of government and other agencies involved in rehabilitation and recovery efforts. Read updates from the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.

As aid from the international community pours in, an information portal for international calamity aid and assistance has been created. Access FAiTH Version 2.0, the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub through www.gov.ph/faith. This enhanced version gives access to the foreign embassies of 64 countries and seven multilateral organizations, allowing them to input or update the amount, or kind, of assistance pledged by their country. Thus, the figures on this version of FAiTH are the official, and most updated figures on aid and assistance. Learn more about FAiTH Version 2.0.

Click the following hyperlinks for a consolidated timeline and FAQs on the government’s immediate response to Typhoon Yolanda. Six months after the Typhoon, the government continues to assist survivors through provision of relief assistance, emergency shelter materials, shelter kits, cash-for-asset, and other social protection services.