From the Department of Social Welfare and Development
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assures that there is a sufficient amount of relief goods for all the regions that will be affected by Typhoon Yolanda, which has just entered the Philippine area of responsibility midnight of Wednesday and is expected to become a supertyphoon.
Repacking of food packs is on-going. Regions VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA have already prepositioned 24,450 family food packs.
The DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) is also repacking 25,000 family food packs for ready augmentation in addition to the 29,874 available food packs.
The DSWD has prepositioned emergency relief resources in the regions along the typhoon path amounting to P178.4 million consisting of P59.94 million standby funds, 89,260 family food packs worth P22.28 million, other food supplies and non-food items amounting to P96.16 million. This includes the newly-released P30 million additional standby funds of P5 million each for Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII and X.
As of 6 pm, 888 families composed of 6,107 persons coming from Regions V, VI, VII, VIII and CARAGA have already been affected by typhoon Yolanda. The total affected persons include the 1,901 strandees in Region V at the ports of Tabaco, Albay, and Bulan and Matnog, Sorsogon.
As NOAA noted in a post, the conditions are perfect to fuel Haiyan’s fury:
Some 790 families or 3,804 persons are temporarily staying in 18 evacuation centers. The other 98 families with 402 persons are staying either with their relatives or friends in safer places.
In Region V, the evacuation centers are in the towns of Malinao and Guinobatan in Albay, and Planas in Masbate.
In Region VII, the evacuation centers are in Catigbian, Clarin, and Sevilla in Bohol.
An evacuation center is also set up in Tacloban City and in Surigao del Norte.
DSWD Field Offices are coordinating with the regional offices of other national government agencies for disaster response and relief operations.’
All DSWD Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams are on alert status ready to assist in the distribution of relief goods, management of evacuation centers, as well as in monitoring and assessing the extent of the disaster.