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.

  • 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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    The Philippine government's online information portal for international calamity aid and assistance. Read more.


ASEAN to lead conference on renewed Yolanda assistance

“The Philippine government is committed to seeing through the complete and effective implementation of this rehabilitation and recovery strategy. The conference aims to drumbeat support for ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts,” Ambassador Buensuceso emphasized. #YolandaPH

Yolanda efforts move towards recovery and rehabilitation

Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Corazon Juliano-Soliman announced that, with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) headed by Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the disaster humanitarian response phase in typhoon Yolanda-affected areas will now transition to recovery and rehabilitation.

DSWD refutes claim of neglecting Yolanda survivors

In response to the claims of militant groups who said that no services were provided to survivors of typhoon Yolanda, the Assistant Secretary of Social Welfare Vilma B. Cabrera made the clarification that “the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to help survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.”

DSWD gets AU$12.2-M grant to build 468 classrooms, day care centers

An additional AU$12.2 million grant was extended by the Australian Government to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the construction of early childhood care facilities in the country.

UN highlights PH lessons and best practices from Yolanda and other disasters

The Philippines had a productive day on June 24 as it co-sponsored three side events under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment which highlighted the country’s experience and lessons learned from typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and other recent disasters. The three-day Segment was held under the title “The future of humanitarian affairs: towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness.”

DSWD engages Yolanda survivors to rehabilitate mangroves in E. Visayas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its sustainable livelihood program (SLP) launched early this month the Cash-for-Assets Rebuilding “Mangroves and Beach Forest” Project that would provide employment to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at the same time rehabilitate the mangroves in identified areas in Eastern Visayas.

DSWD launches expanded community-driven dev’t program for poor and Yolanda-hit areas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launches today in this city its Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP). The event, which is entitled, “CDD: Mga Kasaysayan ng Pagbangon sa Kalamidad at Kahirapan [Stories of Hope amidst Calamity and Poverty]”, will serve as a learning forum for participants to find out more about community-driven development (CDD) and the partnership between the national government and the civil society organizations in response to the impact of Typhoon Yolanda.

National Community-Driven Development Program to prioritize Yolanda-hit areas

The Philippine government will launch on June 23 in Ormoc City the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) that will empower communities in over 800 municipalities nationwide to participate in the planning, budgeting and implementation of community-level projects that help reduce poverty.

DSWD releases P71.7 M aid for Yolanda victims in Northern Cebu town

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas released P71.7 million for the implementation of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) and Cash-for-Work (CFW) program in Madridejos, a town in Northern Cebu which was affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Statement: Secretary Balisacan during the ASEM Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Disaster and Management

RAY is the Government’s strategic plan to guide the recovery and reconstruction of the economy, lives, and livelihoods in the areas affected by Yolanda. It was conceived about a week after typhoon Yolanda struck even as the Government, in close cooperation with development partners, was mounting an unprecedented humanitarian response to deliver relief assistance to more than 4 million people displaced by the typhoon. RAY was born of the recognition that although the immediate humanitarian response may be expected to continue for some time, commencing recovery and reconstruction as soon as possible was of critical importance.

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