The Department of Health (DOH) shifts its focus to public health as post-Yolanda efforts enter the early recovery period. Even as thousands of displaced residents continue to find safe shelter outside of Leyte and Samar, the DOH will continue to send waves of medical teams to ensure that those who remained in affected communities will have access to emergency, basic and even comprehensive services, if these are what will be required.
With the opening of groceries, the restoration of the water supply, and the resumption of banking operations, the return to normalcy has begun in Tacloban.
President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda during his visit to this city and nearby towns yesterday that “there is enough supply of relief goods.”
Signed on November 19, 2013: Directing all concerned Heads of Departments and Agencies/Offices, and encouraging concerned Local Government Units to provide timely information to be used by the geographical information system relating to the relief and rehabilitation efforts in response to the calamity arising from Typhoon Yolanda.
A total of P372,228,400.31 worth of relief assistance was provided to affected families in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VII, X, XI, and Caraga. A total of 24,770 personnel, 1,306 vehicles, 104 sea craft, 163 aircraft, and other assets / equipment from National and Local Agencies, Responders and Volunteer Organizations were deployed to strategic areas to facilitate response and relief operations.
On November 16 and 17, 2013, the government-led Open Data Philippines task force, in partnership with Microsoft, Smart Developers’ Network, Smart Bro, IdeaSpace Foundation, and other corporate partners held the #KabantayngBayan Hackathon at the Smart Tower in Global City, Makati City.
Fourteen Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries joined thousands of volunteers who trooped to the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), the national warehouse of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to help repack relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Status of relief and rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas as of November 18, 2013 (6:00 p.m.)
The typhoon affected power supply in 20 provinces in Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII, and VIII. Power has been fully restored in the provinces of Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Romblon, and Mindoro Oriental, while restoration efforts are being undertaken for the other affected provinces.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla directed oil companies operating in typhoon Yolanda-stricken areas to ensure adequate supply and execute fair pricing of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and LPG.