AFP sends troops, five more helicopters to Tacloban for humanitarian and disaster response ops

More troops are coming in as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deployed today five helicopters coming from the Central Command (CENTCOM) to augment the six helicopters that are already performing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations in Tacloban City.

Restoring communications after Yolanda: Updates as of November 12, 2013

The Department of Social Welfare and Development team in Tacloban established a free satellite internet service in front of Tacloban City Hall last Saturday, to help Taclobanons get in contact with their loved ones. As of 12:00 noon today, November 12, the DSWD satellite internet service has served 3,400 persons.

Funding for Yolanda relief and rehab – statement from the DBM

The Department of Budget and Management has been moving funds to address the urgent need for disaster relief in all typhoon #YolandaPH-stricken areas. As of end-October, the President’s Social Fund has a balance of P6.4 billion, while P16.6 billion in government savings are still available. The government can readily tap these fund sources, in addition to the P1.08 billion in Quick Relief Funds (QRFs) that are now being mobilized to facilitate the delivery of immediate aid to all typhoon victims. Furthermore, there are also P1.28 billion in Calamity Funds and another P824 million in Contingency Funds at the government’s disposal.