Philippines:The Logistics Of The Haiyan Response
WFP has contracted the ‘Super Shuttle RoRo 5’ to help its humanitarian partners move their food and relief items to those in need. Based in Cebu, which is a key staging area for WFP’s logistics operation, the RoRo shuttles from Cebu to Tacloban.
On the RoRos’s maiden voyage of 25 November, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster helped humanitarian partners such as UNICEF, UNHCR, DFID and World Vision to prrepare their cargo for shipping.
The WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD) have played an important role in ensuring that essential food and relief on behalf of WFP and humanitarian partners have reached the airports of Manila and Cebu, making dispatch easier. Since the beginning of the emergency through 1 December, UNHRD has dispatched 70 consignments, totaling 1,202 MT of food and relief for 20 partners, including UN agencies, NGOs and governments.Pallets of WFP food are pictured here at Cebu airport, where WFP is receiving and dispatching emergency rations such as High Energy Biscuits.
Given its close proximity to the affected areas and minimal typhoon damage, the airport has proven to be essential in quickly moving humanitarian assistance for NGOs, UN agencies, and Government organizations such as USAID.
The Cebu airport is also serving as a base for the WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). There is currently three UNHAS aircraft (one fixed-wing and two helicopters) dedicated to transporting aid workers to where they need to go to help people in need.
From the day that UNHAS began operating on 17 November until 30 November, UNHAS has transported 600 humanitarian passengers, 3.1 MT of light humanitarian cargo in 125 flights to 14 locations.
Through the Logistics Cluster, WFP is also providing storage to the Government and the humanitarian community in various locations such as Tacloban, Roxas and Guiuan – ensuring that they have a strategically-located place to store their food and relief items prior to dispatching them to those in need.
WFP is grateful for the assistance from numerous governments who have shown their support in helping the Philippines government and the humanitarian community reach the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. This picture was taken from Cebu airport, which has been a key base for relief cargo going by air, especially to Tacloban.
WFP has been coordinating with the Australian, Canadian, Indonesian, Japanese, New Zealand, Philippines, Swedish, UK, and US militaries to deliver and scale-up vital assistance to isolated areas, including island barangays.
Without their support, WFP staff and food assistance would not have reached affected areas quickly. Thank you!
The challenges of getting food and assitance to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have been largely related to logistics. Infrastructure that suffered significant damage was also covered by large amounts of debris such as uprooted trees, destroyed houses, and broken vehicles. WFP has worked hard to assist the Government and the humanitarian community in its response by setting up key logistics lifelines.