Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Other
Countries Philippines
Document type Other
Publication date 09/11/2009

Logistics Cluster Update

Accessibility in the northern areas affected byTyphoon Parma remains a serious issue, with  many barangays still cut off by damaged bridges  and  severe landslides. In places entire villages have been almost  swept away. A two-day joint assessment mission took place last week with representatives of the Logistics Cluster, UNHAS and  the DSWD  to get an overview of inaccessible areas and requirements. A list of the hard-to-reach locations still in need of assistance was drawn up with  input  from the local DSWD. In Region I, the  first priority has been established as Apayao province,  followed by the municipalities of Calanasan and Malibcong. In Benguet, the priority locations are  barangays in Atok, Kapangan, Tuba, Kibungan and Itogon.

To get supplies to these areas as  soon as  possible, a reinforced  program of delivery has been established for the region. Three staging  areas have now been set up in Laoag, San  Fernando La Union, and  Baguio,  and the Logistics Cluster has put up Mobile Storage Units(MSUs) in all locations. Pallets have been provided to ensure proper storage. Logistics Cluster staff were deployed to each location on Saturday, November 7, alongside government counterparts.  All warehouses will be  staffed by the DSWD. 

The army is providing small tactical support trucks (4 mt) to transport relief goods from the hubs to remote locations above Baguio and to  shuttle cargo from warehouses for airlift, as well as  labour to load the helicopters at Wallace and Laoag. As of Friday, November 6, the Logistics Cluster began sending trucks to pre-position DSWD relief cargo in Wallace, Laoag and Baguio in preparation for onward transport. 

The warehouse as well as transport to cut-off and remote locations on the estabished list of priorities are all available for inter-acency use. Cargo Movement Request forms and Storage Request forms are available here.

Helicopter Operations

Over  the  next  week,  the  two  MI-171s  serving  the Philippines flood response will be heavily focused on northern Luzon to provide  assistance to the many areas which remain inaccessible by road. One helicopter will be based out of Laoag  for  the coming days, and has already begun flights into the municipality of Kabugao  in  Apayao  province. The other helicopter is tasked with two days of deliveries into  Quezon province in southern Luzon before beginning rotations out of Wallace. In response to a clear continued need  to access cut-off areas, both helicopters will be extended until the end of November. As of  November  8,  208 rotations have been flown to carry cargo, medical and assessment teams. 


Within  the  framework of  the World Economic Forum,  TNT, Agility and UPS  joined  together  to  support  the humanitarian sector with emergency response logistics in the case of large-scale natural disasters. Logistics Emergency  Teams  (LETs)  ntervene over  the  first crucial  three  to  six weeks,  providing  logistics  specialists, assets  (warehouses,  trucks,  forklifts,  etc.)  and  transportation  services.   Deployment  of  these  teams  and assets takes place in coordination with WFP in its role as lead of the Global Logistics Cluster. 

In  response  to  the catastrophic  flooding caused by  Tropical Storm Ketsana and  Typhoon Parma, an  LET was activated in the Philippines under the direction of a logistics coordinator from UPS. As of October 12th, five  trucks  were  deployed  with  drivers  and  assistants.  These  trucks  have  been  tasked  for  deliveries  to northern Luzon, Laguna and Rizal to position goods for onward movement by road or air. Two warehouses have also been provided  in Manila  for  short-term  interagency use, as well as  staff  to assist  in  the DSWD National  Resource  Operations  Center  (NROC)  warehouse.  While  Agility  support  will  be  ending  on November  10  as  per  the  initial contract,  UPS  has extended  its  support  until  the end of November, with three  trucks,  one  warehouse  and  staff  remaining  available  to  serve  the  operation.  LET  transport  and warehousing remain available for inter-agency use.


As of October 8, the Logistics Cluster deployed a GIS officer to the Philippines flood response operation to provide  logistics  mapping  services to the humanitarian  community in coordination with Map-Action, OCHA, and NAMRIA. An initial map of road conditions and damaged infrastructure was produced and is kept constantly updated,  along  with a logistical  planning map, a map of government warehouse locations, and a map of storm-affected areas. Latest maps show inaccessible locations in northern Luzon which are the current  priority for deliveries. These are available for download in the MapCentre.