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Relief, recovery and rehabilitation ongoing in typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas (as of 27 November 2013)

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Relief, recovery and rehabilitation are ongoing in typhoon affected areas according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). All bridges and roads that were previously affected are now passable. A total of 34,546 personnel, 1,336 vehicles, 111 sea crafts, 162 aircraft, and other assets and equipment from National and Local Agencies, Responders and Volunteer Organizations are deployed in strategic areas to facilitate and hasten all operations.

The Philippine Government has distributed a total of 1,402,820 food packs in affected areas. Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas reported that most municipalities have been provided with 3 to 4 rounds of relief as of 25 November 2013.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) designed a temporary bunkhouse made of coco lumber wooden frames, GI sheet roofing, plywood walls and flooring, and cement footing. The construction of said bunkhouses in Tacloban City, Palo, Leyte, and Basey and Marabut, Samar as well as in Guiuan, Hernani, and Borongan as temporary shelter for families affected by typhoon Yolanda is ongoing.

As more sites for construction of bunkhouse projects are identified, authorized and certified by the concerned local government units (LGUs), DPWH conducts immediate verification, and if determined to be feasible, directs partner contractors to mobilize and commence work on additional bunkhouses.

The transfer of affected families from tents and evacuation centers to temporary bunkhouses signals the transition from relief to early recovery and reconstruction for typhoon-affected communities. At least 2,400 families will be resettled in the first phase of the bunkhouses in coordination with the local governments.

The Philippine Government is also preparing sufficient stocks of construction materials such as coco lumber, wooden frames, and GI sheet roofing for distribution to thousands of affected families whose houses were partially damaged, so they may return to their homes as soon as possible. As the people of Leyte and Samar begin to resettle and rebuild their homes, they are also being mobilized to participate in the reconstruction efforts under the cash-for-work or food-for-work programs of the Government.

The Philippine Government continues to extend assistance to the public in the aftermath of the typhoon and it is also paving the way and planning for the full recovery of the people and places most affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

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