The storm

On December 4, 2014, Typhoon Hagupit entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), and was given the local name “Ruby.” On December 6, Typhoon Ruby made first landfall over Eastern Samar, with a maximum strength of 175 kph windspeed near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. On December 10, Ruby exited the PAR as a tropical storm. [Source] For past weather bulletins, click here.

Government actions and relief efforts

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OPLAN Listo adopted by NDRRMC

By adopting the mechanism, the NDRRMC can now closely monitor the disaster response operations in 80 provinces and 1,490 cities and municipalities, averting the loss of lives and property caused by calamities.

P1.2-B mobilized for Typhoon Ruby rehab

The P1.2-billion release—which will be used for post-Ruby rehabilitation in Regions IV-B, VI, and VIII—was charged against the P14-billion National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund in the FY 2015 General Appropriations Act.

DSWD, WFP provide cash assistance to 6,717 families affected by Hagupit

The UN’s World Food Programme is extending P17-M cash assistance to 6,717 families or roughly 33,000 people affected by Typhoon Hagupit (local name: Ruby), in close partnership with the DSWD.

DSWD’s P68-M Ruby restoration project up in Borongan City

Some 17,547 individuals from the 61 barangays of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, who were affected by Typhoon Ruby are expected to benefit from the Cash-for-Building-Livelihood Assets (CBLA) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Video set: Typhoon Ruby in Eastern Visayas

Videos from the National Government Frontline Team, which met Typhoon Ruby’s first landfall in Eastern Visayas on December 6, 2014. They were active from December 5 to 10, facilitating evacuation, and making sure of immediate response and relief efforts from the government.

Statement: The Deputy Presidential Spokesperson on the week of December 22-26, 2014

In all these efforts, as the President has always said, it is by working together that the Filipino people have been able to spur positive change in the country—change that will continue in the year ahead, so long as both the government and the citizenry continue to engage each other in a constructive and positive manner.

The President’s Day: December 22, 2014

Today at 9:50 a.m., President Benigno S. Aquino III attended the Early Recovery Program Launch for Typhoon Ruby-Affected Victims in Dolores, Eastern Samar. About an hour later, the President attended the same recovery program in another Ruby-affected area: Borongan City. The President delivered two speeches, one in Dolores and the other in Borongan City. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYmtVzk6JT4[/youtube] [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhFnQ_QiN1Y[/youtube] Today was […]

Statement: The Presidential Spokesperson on the week of December 22-26, 2014

As we all welcome a new year, government continues to exert its maximum effort to achieve our long-term vision of a Philippines that is more vibrant, prosperous, inclusive, and resilient than ever before.

Speech of President Aquino during his visit to Ruby-affected areas in E. Samar

Ngayong Kapaskuhan, alam nating may mga kababayan pa rin tayong ipagdiriwang ito nang may bitbit na problema at pangamba mula sa nagdaang mga trahedya.

Speech of President Aquino during his visit to Dolores, Eastern Samar, December 22, 2014

So, asahan po n’yo maski na Kapaskuhan, may mga holidays tayo dito, talagang nakatutok pa rin ho ang inyong gobyerno na mapabilis yung lahat ng mga dapat gawin para mailagay kayo sa hindi sa dating ayos ho—sa mas magandang ayos no.