• Trickle of aid in other areas

    A soldier mans a checkpoint in Tacloban City on the seventh day after Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ destroyed large parts of central Visayas. The government ordered a curfew throughout the city after looting occurred the day after the storm struck. AFP PHOTO

    A soldier mans a checkpoint in Tacloban City on the seventh day after Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ destroyed large parts of central Visayas. The government ordered a curfew throughout the city after looting occurred the day after the storm struck. AFP PHOTO

    ‘Yolanda’ victims outside Tacloban still await relief

    Aid may be flowing at an increasing rate into Tacloban City, but only a trickle of food and relief goods are reaching other areas in the Visayas that were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda.

    The monster typhoon cut a wide, straight path through no less than eight regions in central Philippines last week, leaving death and destruction the magnitude of which was unprecedented.

    Tacloban is one of the hardest hit, and has become the center of attention for relief agencies and the media.

    Aside from Eastern Visayas, the damage was also extensive in the Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Caraga.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Friday that the death toll has reached 3,621.

    The biggest number of deaths was in Eastern Visayas—3,422.
    Calabarzon had 2 deaths, Mimaropa, 5; Bicol, 5; Western Visayas: 113;
    Central Visayas, 72; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1 and Caraga, 1.

    In Palawan, particularly, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) reported that relief goods in some municipalities quickly ran out and have not been replenished.

    Neri Amparo, Senior Civil Defense Officer in Region 4-B said they need food, water and medicines.

    Amparo mentioned Coron and Busuanga as the places that urgently need help.
    Despite the shortage of relief goods, she said the national government was doing its best to “lessen the burden of the typhoon victims.”

    “We cannot quantify as of this moment the need of the people because everyday there is an increase in the demand,” Amparo said.

    Government estimates put the damage in Palawan at about 85.90 percent.

    Based on the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) report, 13 people were killed, 35,736 individuals affected; 5,346 houses were damaged and 3,550 houses were destroyed.

    The Palawan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said 20,308 families in 14 municipalities were affected by the storm.

    On Friday, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte admitted that even in Leyte, government relief operations reached only 30 of the province’s 40 municipalities.

    Valte said the 10 towns have not received relief goods because the trucks that were to ferry the goods did not arrive.

    ”We were expecting 10 more trucks to arrive in Tacloban yesterday. However, it was not able to arrive, so the carrying capacity for that particular hub for today remains the same, which is at eight trucks. Sixty sacks of rice per truck is going to cover 23, again, 23 municipalities of Leyte today,” she said.

    Valte said that the authorities are studying other access points to reach the stricken areas.

    She said relief “hubs” have been set up in Tacloban warehouse, Ormoc, and Guiuan hub in Eastern Samar.

    Citing a report from Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Valte said 23 towns have been reached by resources in the Tacloban hub.

    ”All 23 towns were reached with a total of 692 sacks of rice with water and canned goods. This is equivalent to 11,072 food packs,” she said.

    The Ormoc hub was able to distribute 4,372 family packs to seven towns, Valte said.

    ”We already had eight trucks yesterday at the Tacloban command center to be going around those areas with the needed relief to the towns,” she said.

    Food packs and sacks of rice have also been distributed to other areas in Eastern Samar, as well as in Palawan, she said.


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    1. I was watching the food “DISTRIBUTION LINE” shown on TV on two separate occasions.
      – On one occasion it shows a lady on a “dump truck” passing each packet over
      the tailgate of the dump truck onto one of the recipients that is ahead of the line.
      The line of the recipient is about a “mile” long,

      – On another occasion I watched a man (with six people behind him)
      “again passing the plastic food packet” to a line of recipients.


      Here is my suggestion for “working smarter” during the process of distribution
      of the relief packages.

      “INSTEAD of having just a SINGLE individual making the actual
      DISTRIBUTION, why not have SIX or EIGHT people doing the distribution.
      Require the people to form six or eight lines corresponding to each distributor.
      It will GREATLY EXPEDITE the process.
      Besides, I don’t think there is any accountability requirement for each
      for each package, it just needs to be distributed in the most expeditious
      way so why not “ADAPT'” a more efficient and expeditious way of
      to distribute these relief packages by having MORE THAN ONE person
      make the actual distribution from the truck.

      From a “concerned” CAVITENO now living in Southern California.

    2. The U.S. military’s action in assisting the country is a “game changer” as one Philippine high official says I wonder what the leftists or whoever hates Americans say now. I say “eat your heart out”.

    3. I just got word that officials from Bobon traveled to Guian to ask for aid and were turned away.

    4. One of the things that greatly delayed the movement of goods is the apparent way of documenting and repacking the goods that are coming in for those affected. Why can’t they simply identify the goods and put together a list of relief goods for distribution but instead of re-packing these, simply put together a distribution center where each type will be given to each typhoon victim much like the way they do so in food mess halls where the victims form a line and the first item to be given to the victims is a numerical ID with someone authenticating it by signature each time they go to any distribution center. The next segment of the line would be the sack releasing which will be used to contain the relief goods, that will continue on down the line until all goods for distribution is provided into the sack. This system will cut down the time of repacking the goods.