Timeline: AFP deployment to Yolanda-affected areas from November 8 to 15, 2013

From the Armed Forces of the Philippines

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.

Day 1. Friday night, November 8

  • Because of the 300KPH winds, power, communication, and transportation were paralyzed. The AFP’s first priority was to establish communication so assets and manpower can be transported and redirected.

Day 2. Saturday, November 9

  • Tacloban City Airport was opened for military-grade aircraft. The first flight/sortie of C-130 transported Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Dinky Soliman, NDRRMC Director Eduardo del Rosario, an AFP medical team, and members of GHQ Crisis Action Team, Medical Team & members of GHQ Crisis Action Team, two generator sets, 7,000lbs of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); other food packs. An incident command post and radio contact center was established immediately upon arrival of equipment to monitor movement of relief operations.
  • Another C-130 from Zamboanga also transported 50 drums of jet fuel to Tacloban City needed for ongoing aerial survey, rescue, and transport with Sokol and Huey helicopters of the Philippine Air Force.
  • Two major supply/logistics hubs were identified and established by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Iloilo City and Roxas City to serve as staging area of relief efforts going to accessible barangays, while clearing operations are also ongoing in isolated areas. In Panay Island, 845 personnel from said unit were deployed to conduct relief. An additional 250 reservists from the Army, Air Force, and Navy volunteered to assist in the ongoing operations in Panay.
  • AFP helicopters were also brought to transport relief goods into Roxas City from Iloilo City. When the roads were cleared, the Army used their trucks to keep the flow of goods to barangays steady.
  • Two Navy ships delivered aid and relief goods to the islands of Carles and Estancia in Northern Iloilo.

Day 3. Sunday, November 10

  • To improve existing makeshift communications center, a communications van from the AFP, personnel from Office of Civil Defense, cadaver bags, and one generator set (Smart Communications) were transported to Tacloban City.
  • Two vessels of the Philippine Navy departed for Palawan and Tacloban containing more than 300,000 lbs of relief goods and other relief items. The AFP transported the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force to reestablish law enforcement in Tacloban.
  • We also transported the Mammoth Medical Mission Team capable of orthopedic, surgical, and anesthetic medicine via another flight of C-130.
  • In Panay, communication centers were quickly established at Estancia in northern Iloilo, Roxas City in Capiz, Kalibo airport in Aklan, and San Jose in Antique utilizing military radio to widen the scope of monitoring.

Day 4. Monday, November 11

  • To assist in ongoing relief and road clearing efforts and address shortages in communication facilities, the AFP transported via C-130 aircraft Department of Energy personnel, additional PNP SAF, Smart Communications personnel and equipment, and cadaver bags.
  • Transport of relief goods via Navy Vessels continue from Masbate City to Burias Island and Tacloban City.
  • To further assess the damages caused by typhoon Yolanda, the AFP conducted aerial surveillance in Calicaoan and Manicani Islands, and Guiuan Eastern Samar, Northern Panay, Northern Palawan including Coron, Negros Island, Masbate Province, and Cebu City.
  • Aside from Tacloban, the AFP deployed troops, land, and aerial assets to other severely damaged areas in Panay Island to deliver relief goods.

Day 5. Tuesday, November 12

  • To augment existing military and police forces conducting road clearing and humanitarian assistance and disaster response in Tacloban, the AFP deployed two battalions of Military Engineers and a battalion from the Army’s Special Forces.

Day 6. Wednesday, November 13

  • Military Engineers along with the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion began road clearing to open up major supply routes and allow for the faster delivery of goods and aid in Tacloban.
  • We also sent 11 trucks from the Army to assist in the transport requirements from the two current major supply drop-off points in Tacloban and Guiuan.

Day 7. Thursday, November 14

  • Relief operations of the Philippine Navy are on-going in Tacloban, Ormoc, Isabel, Leyte, Bantayan Island, and Panay Island.
  • Three C-130 aircraft delivered relief goods from Cebu to Tacloban and Guiuan.
  • As part of the Bayanihan Express project of the AFP, various relief centers were established in different headquarters in Metro Manila. They will be loaded on military trucks from the Army to be sent to Tacloban from Manila. These self-sustaining troops composed of security elements, maintenance personnel, and communication personnel with equipment will mass in Tacloban and will be redeployed from there to continue ground relief operations in Iloilo, Antique, and Capiz.
  • Four Huey helicopters were also deployed to deliver relief goods to Carles and Estancia in Iloilo.

Day 8. Friday, November 15

  • As of today, November 15, the AFP has about 12,000 troops on the ground under the command of Central Command conducting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations in typhoon-affected areas in Visayas. It also has about 3,400 external troops.
  • The AFP also deployed troops to assist the DSWD in repacking relief goods. Aside from troops deployed in DSWD Repacking Centers, the AFP has also established its own Repacking Centers in various headquarters in Metro Manila in coordination with said department: four in the Navy headquarters, one in Villamor Airbase, two in the Army headquarters, and one in the General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.
  • Since day one, the AFP facilitated the transport of displaced civilians and their processing and turnover to DSWD officials from Tacloban to Manila and Cebu on board different air and naval assets.
  • Also since day one, four out of 8 SOKOL choppers while 10 out of the 22 Huey helicopters are conducting HADR operations in Visayas.
  • For our land assets, 81 trucks are continuing transport of relief goods in affected areas.
  • Fifteen Navy vessels were also deployed to conduct HADR in all three incident areas.
  • The AFP’s strategic deployment of its land, air, and naval assets to assist in ongoing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response operations shows that we prioritize ongoing relief efforts while maintaining sufficient equipment and support to Internal Security Operations.