Typhoon Haiyan Response


Philippines Disaster Response


April 9, 2014: Five months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), communities still need your help. The video above is posted by our local partner, the Citizen’s Disaster Response Network, and demonstrates the need for continued support.

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$25 provides fishing essentials for one family (hooks, line, nylon net)

$50 provides farm seeds and tools for one family

$75 provides galvinized roof panels for one family dwelling

$100 provides 1 swine for a farming family

$175 provides 1 fishing boat repair kit

 **Updated November  3, 2014**

It has been one year since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) wreaked widespread destruction on the Philippines. Even as new typhoons bear down on the country, survivors of that disaster are still picking up the piecing, trying to recover, restore their livelihoods, and resume the lives they had prior to the destruction of November 8, 2013. Peace Winds America responded immediately, but pledged as well we would not leave when immediate relief ended. We committed to long-term recovery.

Restoring Livelihoods and Economic Opportunity on Busuanga

In our previous reports we detailed our work on the western island of Busuanga. Far from the media spotlight in the Eastern Visayas, this area was equally damaged by the storm.  In partnership with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, the Southern Tagalog People’s Resource Center, and the U.S.-Philippines Society, we targeted six hard-hit barangay for relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.

The most recent recovery project highlighted the barangay of Cheey, Salvacion, Buluang, Maglalambay, San Isidro, and Panlaitan.  There we have helped 70% of shelter beneficiaries construct new residences, providing galvanized iron sheets, nails, lumber, and carpentry tools.  To speed economic recovery we selected 100 needy fishing families and provided them with marine plywood, paint, epoxy, nails, and boat bases, sufficient for restoring their damaged fishing boats. Fishing families also received nets (specific to their catch), seaweed culture, ropes, and drying materials.

PWA assisted farming families as well. In the six barangay we provided farmers with rice and vegetable seeds, farming tools, swine management training, farm tools, and carabao (water buffalo). To prevent our recipients from becoming victims again, the shelter and livelihood tools were accompanied by community disaster management training.

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**Updated July 17, 2014**

PWA is pleased to announce that a partnership with the U.S.-Philippines Society has enabled us to expand our recovery and livelihood rehabilitation activities on Busuanga Island. In partnership with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center and the Southern Tagalog People’s Resource Center, PWA will bring needed recovery to three more barangays on Busuanga: San Isidro, Maglalambay, and Panlaitan. This brings our total to six barangays receiving disaster preparedness and response education, fishing boat repair equipment, fishing gear, shelter repair kits, rice and vegetable seeds, farm tools, and more.

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PWA is pleased to continue our recovery work in the Philippines. Even as the next typhoon season arrives, the needs remaining from Typhoon Haiyan are still considerable. Far from the center of operations in the eastern Visayas, residents of Busuanga were equally hard-hit, yet too often overlooked in relief and then recovery. Thanks to our partners at the U.S.-Philippines Society, CDRC, and STPRC we are helping address that situation.

 **Updated April 21, 2014**

Transitioning from Relief to Recovery

In March 2014, PWA staff visited families and community leaders in three of the hardest hit barangays (villages) on Busuanga Island. Since the November 8 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, PWA has served these barangay fishing and farming families providing meals, water, blankets, shelter, hygiene kits, and supplies.  With relief needs being met, the barangay leaders, farmers, and fisherfolk are asking Peace Winds America to join them in rebuilding their neighborhoods and homes, and in regaining their fishing and farming livelihoods.

In response, PWA and our local partners* are focusing on recovery, distributing the much-need farming, fishing, and housing supplies.  We are purchasing plywood and nylon netting to help fisherfolks repair their boats and nets, which were badly damaged or destroyed.   Other high-priority items include livestock (swine, chickens), seaweed culture (ropes and seeds), rice seed and farm tools.  All families especially need plywood, tools, and galvanized sheets to rebuild their homes as they move from housing shelters.  Before the rainy season begins in late May, the communities are seeking carabao (water buffalo), which multiple families share to help prepare their rice paddies for planting.

PWA and local partners are committed to work side-by-side with these communities as the farmers and fisherfolk strive to restore their livelihoods and homes over the next twelve months.

*Our recovery partners are the Citizens Disaster Relief Corps (CDRC) and the Southern Tagalog People’s Response Center (STPRC)

 **Updated February 24, 2014

Distribution of cooking supplies

Distribution of cooking supplies

Relief on Busuanga Island: Updated Information on Typhoon Damage and Relief Activities

It is now three months since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines.  After the initial rush of relief died down Peace Winds America has been able to work with its partners on the ground to gain a clearer picture of damages as well as relief activities.  Presently our relief remains centered on Busuanga Island (Palawan Province), a rural community in the far western Philippines, removed from the media spotlight still centered on Samar and Leyte.

Busuanga Island – A Picture of the Damage

Ongoing situation reports and needs assessments have brought the effects of Haiyan into sharper focus.  Through the efforts of local governments, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Southern Tagalog Peoples’ Resource Center (STPRC), multiple Damage, Needs, and Capabilities Assessments (DNCAs) have been carried out. The picture they paint is stark.  All 14 barangays on the island were damaged, affecting 28,640 people and rendering 4,405 families homeless. Significant damage was done to rice paddies and fishing boats as well as tourist sites (primarily scuba diving).  In the targeted communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang alone there are nearly 10,000 affected people.  Between crop damage, loss of housing, loss of major buildings (e.g., schools) and destruction of stored goods, these communities were selected for intensive relief efforts.

Disaster Relief – A National and Community Effort

PWA knows from experience that disaster relief works best when local expertise guides the procurement and provision of needed items.  In Busuanga local organizations, volunteers, businesses, and support groups helped generate the needs assessments and direct relief.  This enabled CDRC and STPRC to procure goods in Manila (they were unavailable locally), ship them via Coron, and repack and distribute them upon arrival in Busuanga.

Thanks to CDRC and STPRC efforts to obtain discounts, PWA’s relief funding provided for 1,050 families, 50 above the targeted number. In total PWA provided:

  • 210 cavans of rice (approximately 23,100 lbs.)
  • 1,015 kg of dried fish
  • 63 boxes  sardines
  • 2,100 packs cooking oil (200 ml)
  • 1050 sleeping mat kits
  • 1050 blankets
  • 1000 sets kitchen utensils (1,000 kettles and 6,000 plates)
Disaster preparedness education is delivered prior to the distribution of relief goods

Disaster preparedness education is delivered prior to the distribution of relief goods

These goods were packed into kits and distributed by CDRC/STPRC staff as well as members of the local  government and volunteers. Prior to each

distribution the relief recipients were given a brief training session on emergency response and  preparedness for future disasters.

 Looking Ahead – Toward Recovery

The damage and needs assessments painted a picture of acute and long-term need in these communities  on Busuanga.  Moving forward, there will be serious efforts in the areas of shelter and livelihoods.  Peace  Winds America has committed to providing support for these recovery efforts.  Together with our  partners on the ground we will explore housing repair and rebuilding, fishing boat repair, and support for  rice farmers whose fields, tools, and seed stock were damaged in the Typhoon.

PWA will continue to provide updates as we move in to providing support for the long term recovery efforts of Busuanga.

**Updated, November 26, 2013**                   

Peace Winds America (PWA) is continuing to provide relief in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. More than 3.3 million people are displaced, and the need for food, water, medicine, sanitation supplies, bedding, and shelter is greater than ever.

The media for Typhoon Haiyan has been centered in the populous areas in the east, around Tacloban and Leyte.  Yet the devastation of the storm was enormous, and communities outside the media spotlight are at risk.  Therefore, our initial efforts are focused on providing relief to 1,000 families in Busuanga Island, northeast of Palawan.  There the communities of Salvacion, Cheey, and Buluang are in critical need and are far from the center of activity to the east.BusuangaTargetBarangays BusuangaTargetBarangays (2)

In collaboration with our partner on the ground, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) we are distributing relief items that include:

– 2 kgs rice

– 1 kg dried fish

– 6 tins of sardines

– 1 bottle of cooking oil

– 1 sleeping mat

– 1 blanket

– 1 set of utensils

At the same time we are doing awareness building around disaster risk reduction so that people are more prepared should another disaster strike.

We will continue to provide updates on our relief efforts and we thank you for your support.

 **Updated, November 12, 2013**

The Seattle-based Peace Winds America (PWA) in collaboration with Peace Winds Japan and our Philippine partner, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), is providing relief to those devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Donations given to Peace Winds America will be part of our Philippines Disaster Response Fund and used to purchase and distribute materials and supplies to 10,000 families in Samar and Leyte Islands.

Peace Winds America believes that working directly with local partners results in more effective and economical relief. Through a robust partnership with CDRC, Peace Winds America and Peace Winds Japan are committed to long-term support for the Philippines.

An injured child in Tacloban City (Reuters)

An injured child in Tacloban City (Reuters)

With your support, Peace Winds America will provide relief goods to Typhoon Haiyan survivors for at least one month, before moving into early recovery/rehabilitation efforts during the following two-three months. Relief items include:

–        Rice

–        Canned food

–        Dried fish

–        Water

–        Bedding supplies – sleeping mats, and blankets

–        Shelter – tents, plastic sheeting

–        Hygiene kits – soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste

*To support the local economy and speed the provision of supplies, all goods are purchased locally.

Survivors in an evacuation center in Cebu (Jay Labra/EPA)

Survivors in an evacuation center in Cebu (Jay Labra/EPA)

Working out of offices in Palo Leyte and Cebu, CDRC is coordinating purchasing supplies, making contact with field offices, and transporting goods by truck and ferry to the affected areas.  They are facing large numbers of displaced citizens and persistent fears of disease (upper respiratory and skin infections) as well as chaos and instability on the ground.  PWA is fortunate to have a veteran and highly competent partner with extensive experience in past disasters.

PWA will continue to post updates as they come in from the field and as relief moves to early recovery and rehabilitation.

 November 8, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named “Yolanda”) is “among the most powerful storms witnessed anywhere in modern times.”  It is over 1,200 miles wide and showing gusts up to 235 miles per hour! The Philippines meteorological agency reports storm surges of up to 17 feet striking the provinces of Leyte, Daanbantayan, and Bantayan Island, devastating the Samar province, and hitting the provinces of Cebu , Iloilo, Capiz, and Aklan.   The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council issued warnings and evacuation notices, and evacuations are occurring in 37 of the Philippine’s 82 provinces, with more than one million people already in evacuation

Taking Refuge (Source: Reuters)

Taking Refuge (Source: Reuters)centers. It is estimated that 18 million people have already been affected. Lives have been lost, buildings, homes, roads, and farms have been destroyed.  Philippine and UN disaster managers say that the needs now are shelter, food, health, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), camp management, and logistics.

Peace Winds America Is Responding!

Thanks to our work in the Philippines responding to previous typhoons Saola, Bopha, and Utor, we are prepared for this latest disaster.  PWA’s local partner – the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC)– is based in Manila with offices throughout the country and is already responding.  As in Typhoon Bopha, CDRC is bringing critical supplies to the hardest-hit communities and providing relief packages with rice, beans, dried fish, cooking oil, soap, blankets, and mattresses.  PWA and CDRC maintain regular contact in emergencies, providing updates and situation reports.  Your gift will support those most impacted by typhoon Haiyan and will be directed to the areas of greatest need.

Houses Wash Away in Coastal Areas (Source: AP)

Houses Wash Away in Coastal Areas (Source: AP)

An Ongoing Commitment to the Philippines

PWA is committed to effective disaster relief, recovery, and preparedness in the Philippines.  In addition to our ongoing typhoon response efforts we remain actively involved in preparedness.  This December PWA will be hosting a tri-lateral (Philippine-U.S.-Japan) workshop in Tokyo to help strengthen disaster relief among the Philippines, Japan, and the U.S.  PWA activities will continue to build partnerships and plan effective response strategies.

Your Donation Is Significant in the Philippines

Please help support vulnerable, disaster-affected populations in the Philippines.  Your donation will be put to work immediately providing food, water, shelter, and basic supplies for the men, women, and children who need it most.


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