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, and which experienced sustained winds of 270 kph, gusts of up to 312 kph, and a storm surge as high as 7 meters or 21 feet. Presidential Proclamation No. 682, dated November 11, 2013, declared a State of National Calamity, affecting Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan.

381 evacuation centers have been providing temporary shelter to 20,924 families. To date, 35,489 personnel, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacraft, 163 aircraft, and other assets/equipment from national and local agencies, responders, and volunteer organizations were prepped and deployed to various strategic areas to facilitate and expedite response operations.

Meanwhile, as aid from the international community pours in, a new information portal for international calamity aid and assistance has been created. Access FAiTH, the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, through www.gov.ph/faith.

Click here for the latest consolidated report on the storm’s impact. Repacking operations have ceased; the DSWD is very grateful to all the volunteers. Relief distribution is still ongoing however. If you want to make a donation, you can find useful information here.

  • Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda plan
    Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) is the government’s strategic plan to guide the recovery and reconstruction of the economy, lives, and livelihoods of people and communities in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Read more.
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GSIS offers emergency loan to members in Gingoog, Misamis Oriental

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is offering a P20,000 emergency loan to GSIS members working or residing in Gingoog City until April 16, 2014 to aid in their recovery after typhoon Agaton wrought destruction in this eastern part of Misamis Oriental.

Yolanda-affected farmers will soon reap first crop after typhoon

When Typhoon Yolanda struck Central Philippines three months ago, palay farmers like Ricardo Gula and Wilma Regala of Basey, Samar, lost almost everything they had: standing crops, stored seeds, livestock and properties. Yolanda was indeed in bad timing, hitting key agricultural regions when rice farmers are about to harvest or have just reaped their wet season crop and supposed to be preparing for the next planting season.

DOLE releases P3.704 M for livelihood projects for thousands of disaster survivors

The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas has released a total of P3,704,002.40 in grants for 17 livelihood projects in various municipalities during the first two months of 2014. This has benefited 2,386 survivors of natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Bohol and super Typhoon Yolanda, which had caused widespread destruction in lives and property in the region.

Statement of the Presidential Spokesperson on version 2.0 of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH)

As FAiTH transitions into a new phase, this is likewise a call for private and aid organizations to be transparent and accountable about the aid and assistance they have received. The commitment embodied by FAiTH is a partnership: as government holds itself accountable to the public, so too do we encourage the Filipino people to take an active part and remain vigilant in ensuring that the help generously given to our countrymen is maximized.

DSWD releases P73M for cash-for-work in Eastern Visayas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released as of March 19, approximately P73.1 million to nine local government units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas for the continuing implementation of the cash-for-work program (CFW) for Typhoon Yolanda survivors in the region.

NEDA pushes for more jobs in provinces near disaster-stricken areas

More employment opportunities need to be encouraged in areas where victims of disasters tend to migrate to look for work, according to the National Economic and Development Authority

DA-BFAR awards fishing boats to fisherfolk-beneficiaries

n less than three months since it was launched, the Ahon! Rehabilitation Initiative has surpassed its target of 10,000 units of fishing boats for the Yolanda-affected fisherfolk, the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said.

DENR: Ecotourism development to help Yolanda-hit areas recover

The Philippine government is putting ecotourism at the forefront of its development priorities to help coastal communities affected by last year’s super typhoon Yolanda rise up from the devastation, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon J.P. Paje said on Thursday.

PARR oversees turnover of completed projects in Balangiga

Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday oversaw the turnover of a municipal building and the public market in Balangiga, Samar, which were reconstructed through the efforts of an American private firm.

100 days after Yolanda, Secretary Soliman notes high hopes of survivors

“After 100 days, we recognize that much still remains to be done to realize the full recovery and rehabilitation of Yolanda survivors, but with everyone doing their part, it will not take long,” Secretary Soliman concluded.

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