November 5, 2013: Day -3
  • The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) was able to determine the strength of the typhoon Yolanda with its improved weather forecasting system.
  • Secretary of Science and Technology Mario Montejo warned the public of the danger posed by Yolanda.
  • The Department of Health (DOH) issued an alert memorandum to all its Regional Health Offices.
November 6, 2013: Day -2
  • The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held a meeting to discuss the preparations that had been made and to plan further actions; the meeting likewise set to apprise involved agencies of the situation at hand.
  • With the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the NDRRMC directed local government units (LGUs) of the areas to be strongly affected by Yolanda to activate their Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils and their 24-hour disaster monitoring systems.
  • Regional and provincial DILG directors announced warnings and alerts over local radio stations in their respective areas.
  • The Official Gazette published weather updates and risk reduction material, including infographics on storm surges, culled from national agencies.
  • The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) identified possible evacuation centers.
  • LGUs conducted preemptive evacuation in varying scales in Iloilo City, Miag-ao, Oton, Sta. Barbara, Ajuy, Concepcion, Catbalogan, Samar, Salcedo, Guiuan, Oras, all of Eastern Samar, Tacloban City, Tolosa, Gigaquit, and Gingoog, herding their constituents to DSWD-identified evacuation centers.
  • The DOH prepositioned assorted medicines, medical supplies, cot beds, and other essential materials worth P350.9 million.
  • The DSWD prepositioned 89,620 family food packs, or P178.383 million worth of goods. Repacking operations had already begun in its headquarters in Manila even before Yolanda made landfall.
November 7, 2013: Day -1
  • A total of 4,500 Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops and essential personnel were placed on red alert, with eight choppers on standby at Mactan Air Base in Eastern Visayas. In addition, 10 military ambulances, 48 KM450 and 40 KM250/6×6 M35 trucks were also prepositioned.
  • More than 6,450 policemen and support units in Region VIII were placed on red alert, with five trucks and six watercraft made available for use.
  • Across all provinces preparing for Yolanda’s arrival, more than 1,000 fire trucks from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and LGUs were put on heightened alert. 36 ambulances and 22 rubber boats were put on standby.
  • Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin and Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas were already in Tacloban City, where they briefed local government officials.
  • President Benigno S. Aquino III made an emergency televised statement to advise the public of the strength and severity of the storm, and the preparations the government had been undertaking.
November 8, 2013: Day 0
  • Roads and bridges were damaged, or blocked by fallen trees and posts.
  • Some major infrastructures sustained heavy damage.
  • There was no clean water supply, no food, and no electricity; communications were down.
  • Communities were completely cut off, especially those in isolated areas.
  • Prepositioned goods and equipment in Region VIII were washed away.
  • A number of the first-response personnel that had been placed on alert were from local communities, and were thus affected by Yolanda themselves.
  • DILG and DND Secretaries established the Incident Command Post with Radio Contact Center at Tacloban Police Station.
November 9, 2013: Day 1
  • Airport runway in Tacloban was cleared to allow larger aircraft to enter. Three C130 aircraft were able to land there on the first day, bringing personnel, relief goods, and a communications van—thus partly restoring communications in the area allowing better coordination.
  • DSWD and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) set up a communication hub which serviced more than 7,000 individuals.
  • An additional patrol jeep, two motorcycles, three personnel carriers, and 508 personnel were deployed from the PNP Special Action Force. A 106-man army contingent from Catbalogan also arrived in Tacloban within a day to augment government forces. In addition, six M35 trucks, one KM450 truck, one wrecker, and one ambulance were also deployed.
November 10, 2013: Day 2
  • Secretary of Health Enrique Ona, along with three other DOH officials, conducted a rapid health assessment in Tacloban. They brought a total of 50,000 caps of Doxycycline, 500 ATS, 150 tetanus toxoids, ointments and 4 CAMPOLAS kits with them.
  • Personnel from the Office of Civil Defense arrived with relief items such as cadaver bags and generator sets to alleviate the power situation.
  • Two Philippine Navy vessels arrived, containing more than 300,000 lbs of relief goods and other items.
November 11, 2013: Day 3
  • DSWD mobilized 2,238 volunteers in repacking of family packs at DSWD-NROC.
  • Guiuan was designated as an additional logistical hub and Tacloban was designated as an additional distribution hub.
  • The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) declared a price freeze in affected provinces and towns.
  • Two medical teams composed of seven MDs, 30 EMT or nurses, and ambulance drivers were deployed by DOH.
  • The third MMDA team arrived in Tacloban. Ormoc’s MMDA team transferred to Tacloban to help rescue efforts.
November 12, 2013: Day 4
  • DSWD started repacking at the NFA Warehouse with more than 45,000 sacks of rice which were all donated by the World Food Programme. 115,607 food/rice packs were distributed.
  • Two battalions of Military Engineers were deployed to widen the scope of ongoing road clearing operations.
  • Assets were augmented: 11 fire trucks, 3 patrol jeeps, 2 buses, one personnel carrier, and another ambulance arrived to facilitate and expedite disaster response operations.
  • A Special Forces battalion was deployed to strengthen security presence. An additional 162 BFP personnel also arrived, along with the 508 policemen that were deployed immediately after the storm.
November 13, 2013: Day 5
  • Through a Council meeting (SILG, SND, SSWD, SOE, Governor Petilla), strategic thrusts on Access, Resource Mobilization, Relief, Law and Order, and Cadaver Retrieval were identified.
  • The Guiuan airstrip and the Ormoc airport were opened, allowing C-130s to land.
  • A hub was opened in Ormoc City to serve the municipalities in the Western part of Leyte.
  • 59,733 families (or 286,433 persons) were sheltered in 993 evacuation centers.
  • The DPWH cleared and made passable 18 national roads and bridges affected by typhoon Yolanda, allowing for the deployment of 51 million pesos worth of relief assistance to affected families.
  • The DOH deployed more than a hundred doctors and nurses to treat the injured and sick in Tacloban. A 32-man health assessment team was also deployed to help prevent and prepare for the possible outbreak of disaster-borne diseases.
  • The DOTC announced that commercial operations in 12 airports resumed in previously closed ones.
  • The Philippine Navy conducted decongestion operations in the Matnog and Allen RORO ports, which eased the heavy traffic that was preventing resources from coming into Tacloban and the nearby towns.
November 14, 2013: Day 6
  • With the help of the AFP, the DSWD started Bigas Brigade in Region VIII. 40 towns of Leyte were serviced by the Brigade; by the following day, every single affected town in the area had been reached.
  • The DSWD spearheaded a massive repacking effort across several centers in Manila (Cargo Haus, Villamor Airbase, Ateneo de Manila University, ICTSI) and Cebu (Field Office, Mactan, RSCC, AVRC, and CICC). By this time, an average of 150,000 food packs per day were produced for the survivors of Yolanda.
  • A total of 1,000 policemen and an additional 247 BFP personnel arrived to augment the forces that were there before Day 0.
November 15, 2013: Day 7
  • Power in the provinces of Romblon, Negros Oriental, Oriental Mindoro, Siquijor had been fully restored. Power had been partially restored in Aklan, Caticlan, and Boracay Island.
  • The MMDA led the restoring of the plaza lights in Tacloban, serving as a symbolic event to raise the spirits of the survivors and the volunteers.
  • Assets were again augmented: 20 units of heavy equipment composed of forklifts, dump trucks, pay loaders, and wing vans, among others arrived from MMDA .
  • The DSWD implemented Oplan Salubong at the Villamor Airbase. Hot meals, psychosocial support services, food packs, transportation assistance, financial assistance, referral to hospitals, and temporary shelter at DSWD facilities were provided to those displaced from Tacloban.
  • Naval Task Force Tulong Visayas departed for Tacloban, augmenting the forces there with 184 personnel and 16 pieces of heavy equipment, including trucks, ambulances, backhoes, and communications vans, among others.
November 18, 2013: Day 10
November 19, 2013: Day 11
  • The President arrives again at Tacloban.
November 22, 2013: Day 14
  • DSWD hits one-million food packs distributed, and exceeds it.
  • 1,136,565 rice and food packs, 210,879 high energy biscuits, 216,389 liters of water were distributed.
  • Trucks had made 2,474 trips to collect a total of 35,162 cubic meters of debris.
  • 995 evacuation centers had been put up.
  • 1,839 cadavers in Tacloban had been recovered.
  • Air Assets were augmented: 981 sorties by 27 aircrafts.