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Following the outpouring of international aid for the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Aquino administration today announced the launch of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH), a groundbreaking web-based initiative that will allow the public to monitor the status of foreign assistance to the country in response to disasters and calamities.
Philippine Army Engineers have been busy clearing roads and building shelters in the hardest hit areas of supertyphoon Yolanda. Last November 12, Engineering Task Force Yolanda (ETF Yolanda) was mobilized and deployed to Tacloban, Leyte. ETF Yolanda is composed of the 51st Engineering Brigade based in Camp Atienza, Manila and the 53rd Engineering Brigade in Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City. Each brigade is made up of two Engineering Construction Battalions who are specially trained in constructing infrastructure and clearing obstacles.
Below is a timeline on the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) activities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Yolanda-affected areas from November 16 to 17, 2013 (.Day 9-10)
The following are the daily strategic thrusts of government operations in affected areas. These are based on the meeting of Secretaries Roxas, Soliman, Carandang, and MMDA Chairman Tolentino with other officials present.
Message of President Aquino to the Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. on the occasion of their 32nd Annual General Membership Assembly, November 17, 2013
Filipino people continue to march on towards the realization of an even more equitably progressive nation as we move deeper into this era of reform. Your government recognizes the role of electric cooperatives in this collective undertaking, as you light homes and energize industries, enabling our citizens to improve their lives and take part in nation-building.
After 3 days of continued relief operations, the 40 municipalities of Leyte have been reached. This is confirmed by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Mar Roxas who, together with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman, has been supervising and coordinating relief efforts in the Supertyphoon Yolanda affected provinces from the very start. The objective of the government: provide regular, predictable food supply for affected communities.
Message of President Aquino to the Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines Inc. on the occasion of their 18th Annual Convention, November 17, 2013
The physical, social, and economic well-being of our citizens redounds to the strength and resilience of our nation. Let us continue to invest in our countrymen: Enable them to take hold of their destiny and lead dignified, productive lives. With all of us sharing this mission, we have begun to build the society we hope for—vigorous, equitably progressive, and united in its march towards meaningful, sustainable advancement.
A total of 22,730 personnel,1,285 vehicles, 77 seacraft, 110 aircraft, and other assets / equipment from national and local agencies, responders and volunteer organizations were deployed to strategic areas to facilitate response and relief operations.
Status of relief and rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas as of November 16, 2013 (6:00 p.m.)
Humanitarian Relief Operations provided a total of P91.96 million worth of relief assistance to affected families in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, and CARAGA, of which P37.32 million came from DSWD, P13.42 million from DOH, P36.72 million from the LGUs, and P4.50 million from NGOs and other government organizations.