See Comprehensive Timeline: Yolanda Relief Efforts on the Official Gazette. This matrix indicates a summary of weekly activities undertaken by the government for typhoon Yolanda relief efforts, up to date as of November 17, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
This afternoon, Field Bulletin No. 12 and Field Bulletin No. 13 were issued, regarding the inspection of Secretary Roxas and on efforts to restore normalcy and continuing relief efforts, as well as updates from CHED and DOTC-Marina.
This afternoon, Field Bulletin No. 10 and Field Bulletin No. 11 were issued, with updates on the President’s activities in Tacloban City and restoration of normalcy and continuing relief efforts in affected areas.
This afternoon, Field Bulletin No. 9 was issued, with updates and examples on how Tacloban City is making the transition to a return to normalcy.
The President started the day in Tacloban and inspected ongoing efforts there and other areas late in the afternoon, he returned to Manila. See Field Bulletin No.10: On the President’s activities for details.
Field Bulletin No. 8 is on efforts to restore normalcy, infrastructure, communications and from MARINA.
Today the government launches Foreign Aid Transparency Hub. The sub-site was put up in partnership DBM, DOF, DFA and PMS, and the Presidential Spokesperson, PCDSPO and the Official Gazette. The Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAITH) details foreign aid, where its going, whose receiving it. Right now it will concentrate on #YolandaPH related aid, but eventually it will reflect all foreign pledges for Bohol and Zamboanga too. Do visit! Read the President’s Statement as well.
By the way there has been some unease about a report circulating from a volunteer asking why goods had to be repacked in at least one instance when foreign aid arrived in Cebu. We inquired about this and the answer is pretty straightforward: there is a routine (not country-specific) check to ensure freshness, see if there is damage or spoilage both in the interest of the donor and of the recipients, and also double check if some items may not transport safely/well due to transportation circumstances (ketchup bottles are a good example: if they’re in a donated relief pack, they must be removed). That being done the consolidated pack must then be repacked in a sturdy bag.
[A]n emergency radio station broadcasting critical life-saving information has gone live in badly-affected Tacloban city.
“[The station] aims to be the voice from the government and the relief community to the affected [people] and also to provide two-way communication [with] the community,” Mike Adams, the international coordinator for First Response Radio (FRR), an international non-profit network of radio technicians who have had a team on standby in the Philippines since 2007 and are a partner of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) network, told IRIN.
Launched at 9am on 14 November, FRR broadcasts on 98.7 MHz FM. The eight-hour daily programmes can be heard up to 10km from Tacloban, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The first day’s programming focused on updating listeners on where to get aid, where evacuation centres and water points are, and which authorities were organizing aid. A representative of the mayor’s office was among those interviewed by the station…
…Before the crisis, the city had nine FM and six AM stations, none of which are currently operating, according to OCHA.
….FRR says it will distribute 1,000 radios to affected `barangays’ (neighbourhoods), and evacuation centres in the next week.
Yesterday’s Field Bulletin No. 1 (on logistics for relief operations, cadaver retrieval) and Field Bulletin No. 2 (on Guiuan, Eastern Samar) was followed today by Field Bulletin No. 3 which gives the results of the coordination meeting of members of the Cabinet in Tacloban City: updates on food deliveries, health services, etc. This evening, Bulletin No. 4 was issued, detailing the distribution of medical supplies from November 11-16 and forthcoming deployment of generators.
At present Sec. Gazmin is heading efforts of the NDRRMC, ground supervision is by Sec. Roxas in Tacloban, where Sec. Soliman is overseeing the distribution of relief; in Manila, Sec. Abaya is coordinating all transport (air, land sea) arrangements; Sec. Baldos is central hub for offers of donations from the private sector for equipment, funds, goods; the supervision of packing efforts in the expanded hubs for relief packing is under Sec. Purisima. All of this is in fulfillment of the directives of the President (Memorandum Order No. 60, s. 2013 ).
Note that checkpoints have been set up along these routes to ensure security. Those mounting relief convoys should try to avoid the highly-congested Matnog, Bicol to Allen, Sorsogon route.