Provide Emergency Relief Packs for Haiyan victims

by Civic Force
Seeds distribution in Alangalang
Seeds distribution in Alangalang

As of March 31, 2014, we have ended our donation drive for the Typhoon Haiyan project. Since the typhoon struck on November 8, 2013, we immediately launched an online campaign to raise funds for our disaster response activities. We have received so much heartfelt support from all over the world and we would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone who donated to our cause.

Through your donations, in addition to providing emergency tents and food and non-food items during the emergency response phase, we have also been able to provide agricultural assistance to farming households affected by the typhoon. 

Distribution of 1-week supply of food and daily essentials

With the cooperation of our local partner Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and its regional center Leyte Center for Development (LCDE), Civic Force distributed emergency relief packs containing 1 week's supply of food and daily necessities to 1,060 households. The distribution areas, isolated from the main urban distribution sites and with a mostly poor populace, were Alangalang and Albuera municipalities of Leyte province. Most of the residents in this area lost their belongings, their houses destroyed by the strong winds and floods.

We were able to provide goods essential for temporary refuge in the form of relief packs which contained the following:10 kilos of rice, 1 kilo of dried fish, 6 tins of sardines, 500ml of cooking oil, 1 bar of soap, 1 laundry soap, 5 meters of plastic sheet, 1 sleeping mat, 1 blanket, 3 toothbrushes, 1 tube of toothpaste, and 1 pack of sanitary napkins.

Provision of shelter 

Moreover, we shipped 960 emergency tents (for emergency evacuation use, approximately 16.5 square meters and can fit a family of about 6 people), which were previously stored in the facility owned by Fukuroi city, Shizuoka prefecture in Japan, with whom Civic Force has concluded a post-disaster emergency response pre-agreement. We distributed tents to 960 households in Tanauan, Leyte and Guiuan, Samar, where houses have been severely devastated by the typhoon.

Agricultural assistance to rebuild lives

Aside from these, we conducted a survey with our local partner NGO and consequently put our efforts towards helping restart the important farming industry from February. To reorganize farming households' livelihoods which were affected by the loss of crops pre-harvest as well as the destruction of farming tools, we decided to distribute agriculture seeds and farming tools in 3 barangays in Alangalang, Leyte: Tabangohay, Salvacion, and Langit.

To be specific, we distributed the following to a total of 806 households: 50 kilos of rice seeds and 10 kinds of vegetable seeds (tomato, eggplant, okra, cabbage, mustard, radish, spinach, bitter melon, string beans, pumpkin). We also delivered 1 set of farm tools (hoe, rake, sprayer, shovel, machete, plow) for every 10 households.

It is almost 5 months since the typhoon. As a member of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (APADM), Civic Force will continue to support its fellow member CDRC's activities.

Farm tools for distribution
Farm tools for distribution
Civic Force team in Barangay Salvacion
Civic Force team in Barangay Salvacion
Rice seeds for agricultural assistance
Rice seeds for agricultural assistance
Family receives emergency tent in Tanauan, Leyte
Family receives emergency tent in Tanauan, Leyte
Emergency relief packs distribution
Emergency relief packs distribution

Super Typhoon Haiyan pounded central Philippines,including Leyte and Samar provinces on November 8. The number of dead and missing has climbed to more than7,200 people. According to the Philippine government, Haiyan affected over 14 million people in one way oranother, which accounts for more than 10% of the total population. Although one month has passed since the powerful typhoon swept through the region, many peopleare still taking shelter in evacuation centers or devastatedareas near the ruins of their homes.

Typhoon Haiyan kept its intensity while approaching thePhilippines and registered a maximum wind velocity of 325kph. In addition to the strong winds and torrential rain, it also brought powerful storm surges resembling tsunami, which added to the damage. Moreover, many people in Leyte province have been living in poverty to begin with and the area had not been equipped with sufficient disaster management systems. Many of the residents of this province originally lived along the coast where the land is almost atsea level. But with the rapid development and economic growth of urban areas, the outflow of the poor spurred, resulting in more than half of the population living in crude housing--another factor that caused extensive damage.

Our aid activities went through difficulties due to disruptions in communication and transportation. We have faced many challenges: delays in shipping emergency relief goods from Manila to disaster-hit provinces; difficulties in obtaining transportation, such as ferries to the affected areas and trucks to deliver relief supplies; and deterioration in public security making it difficult for beneficiaries to reach distribution sites.Clara a 62 year-old native of Leyte province, said, “I have been making a living as a rice farmer. The typhoon took away all the harvested rice and seeds for the next season.What am I supposed to do?” Next was Romel, 42, who told us about his struggle to survive. “I live in an area far from the main road, so no relief deliveries had been made to my area. And on November 15, I finally received my first food ration dropped from a helicopter. It was the only emergency aid made available to me after the disaster.”

In order to aid those who are overcome by the dire situation, Civic Force set up a designated bank account for donations for those affected in the Philippines starting November 11. At the same time, we dispatched our staff members, includingthose who are originally from the Philippines and provided emergency supplies. In our report this month, we will introduce the relief activities we have been involved in fromthe day Haiyan hit the area until now.

For more of this report, please check the file below.

A family in Guiuan, Samar receives a tent from CF
A family in Guiuan, Samar receives a tent from CF

Thank you so much for your support to our project. We have finished the first phase of our Typhoon Haiyan response and are currently planning our rehabilitation program for the next phase. We hope to raise more funds so we can continue working with our local partners to help survivors recover in the mid-term.

Here is a report post-emergency phase.


We have completed our emergency relief efforts in Leyte and Samar in partnership with fellow Alliance member CDRC. A total of 1,900 relief packs were distributed to families in the towns of Alangalang and Albuera in Leyte from November 23 to December 3. The relief packs consisted of food items and hygiene kits good for one week for a family of 6 persons, as well as sleeping and shelter kits.

On December 5-7, we also distributed 500 emergency tents in Guiuan, Samar, the first town to experience the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan, as well as 400 tents in Tanauan, Leyte, a coastal town in Eastern Samar where destruction caused by the storm surges is visible in numerous toppled houses and debris on the roadside. In addition, 60 more tents will be distributed in different areas in Leyte. Many survivors lost their homes or are faced with the difficulty of repairing their homes given the lack of supplies in the devastated areas. Most have been using plastic sheets to temporarily cover their roofs; while some have built small makeshift shelters made of debris or scavenged materials.

Measuring 3 m x 5.5 m x 2.1 m, each tent can accommodate a family of up to 6 people and can be easily set up by 4 people in about 10 minutes.  Our staff demonstrated how to set up the tents before distributing them to the beneficiaries, most of whom had their houses washed away or destroyed by the strong storm surges.

One of our emergency tent beneficiaries had this to share:

"I live in our house here with my aunt, uncle and sister. When the typhoon happened I was in Cebu. I’m a student at Cebu City University majoring in Electronics because I want to be an electrician. My aunt was in the house, but it was completely washed out by the storm surge. Nothing was left. I came back to evacuate my sister to Cebu. I decided to stay here so I can help fix our house. We sometimes receive relief goods. We don’t buy at the market because we don’t have any money. We can’t fish because our boats were also destroyed. We made a makeshift nipa hut so we can sleep somewhere, but now we have this tent, my aunt, uncle and I can use this instead. I’m really thankful to the Japanese people for helping us." - Jerome, 18 years old, Guiuan resident, Civic Force emergency tent recipient

While bigger towns like Ormoc and Tacloban are experiencing a revival of their local markets, many smaller towns in Samar, one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines, are still reliant on relief goods. Businesses like groceries and supermarkets should restart operations to help normalize the local market. As it is now, local informal sellers are taking advantage of the extraordinary situation by selling goods 2 to 3 times the normal price, even if the government is supposedly controlling the market prices in the affected areas. Survivors we interviewed even said that some of the informal sellers are even selling goods they looted from stores in Tacloban.

Most of our beneficiaries were fishermen and farmers who lost their livelihoods in the typhoon. To help them get back on their feet, we are planning to provide support through livelihood assistance programs. Your support in the next phase will is always welcome. Donate today.

Civic Force distributes tents in Tanauan, Leyte
Civic Force distributes tents in Tanauan, Leyte
Jerome, Guiuan resident and tent beneficiary
Jerome, Guiuan resident and tent beneficiary
Tent setup demonstration in Tanauan, Leyte
Tent setup demonstration in Tanauan, Leyte
Civic Force distributing relief goods @ Alangalang
Civic Force distributing relief goods @ Alangalang

Thank you so much for your support to our project. There is still great unmet need for basic needs like food and shelter in many parts of the devastated provinces in Central Philippines. We hope to raise more funds so we can continue working with our local partners to deliver not only emergency goods but also help survivors recover in the mid-term.

We are sending this update from the field.

Delivering relief packs in Alangalang, Leyte

On a rainy morning on November 23rd, Civic Force's Program Coordinator Fumi Nakagawa traveled to Alangalang, Leyte and worked in cooperation with local partners CDRC and LCDE to deliver relief packs to 840 families. Recipients from 6 communities started queuing early in the morning and waited patiently despite the slight rain.

The team arrived before noon after experiencing difficulties on the road on the way to the remote communities in Alangalang. Program Coordinator Fumi Nakagawa recalled "The dirt road where the distribution point was located was barely wide enough for our two trucks and we couldn't pass through the roads with ease." The road sitation continues to be problematic as the team had to stop many times along the road to clear away the dangling wires and fallen telephone poles that obstruct the passing of heavier vehicles. 

One of the biggest disaster relief organizations in the country, CDRC and its regional center working in Leyte and Samar LCDE helped coordinate the local distribution and mobilized volunteers on the site. In addition to shelter kits, 840 families received food and hygiene kits good for one week. There were many that day who have not received any form of aid since the typhoon devastated their area.

One of the survivors who received our relief packs had this to share:

"My house was completely destroyed so now I'm living in a a school that serves as an evacuation center. I thought of buying a sleeping mat yesterday but where before the disaster I could buy one for 250 pesos, now the price is 550 pesos. It was so expensive so I didn't buy one, but I'm so grateful now that I received a sleeping mat from Civic Force. I used to sell brooms for a living and I would like to sell brooms for a lower price so I can help people somehow. Even though I myself was a victim, I wouldn't want to take advantage of the situation." - Helen, 55 years old, Alangalang resident, Civic Force relief pack recipient

Civic Force relief pack beneficiary, Nov. 23, 2013
Civic Force relief pack beneficiary, Nov. 23, 2013
Program Coordinator Fumi Nakagawa and beneficiary
Program Coordinator Fumi Nakagawa and beneficiary
840 beneficiaries in Alangalang, Leyte
840 beneficiaries in Alangalang, Leyte

Civic Force has shipped its first batch of relief goods from Manila on November 20th. The goods are accompanied by Civic Force and CDRC staff who are making their way to Leyte to distribute the packs to 840 families in Alangalang, Leyte province. 

The second batch will be shipped to Cebu within this week and distributed early next week in Albuera and Tanauan. The emergency tents will also be arriving on the 25th in Cebu and will be distributed to 960 households in the affected area.The relief distributions will be coordinated with CDRC’s regional center LCDE (Leyte Center for Development, Inc.).

The logistical coordination and planning required to ship goods from Manila to Leyte has been a struggle for the Civic Force and CDRC team the past few days, but they are doing their best to bring in aid as quickly as possible to the most affected areas.


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Civic Force

Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo - Japan
Website: http:/​/​​english/​
Project Leader:
Kaori Neki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan

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