Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Air Transport, Overland Transport, Sea and Rivers Transport
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 03/01/2014


  • Logistics Cluster meetings are regularly held in Tacloban, Guiuan, Omroc, Cebu, Roxas and on an ad-hoc basis in Manila.

Information Management/GIS

  • The Logistics Cluster has dedicated IM officers based in Cebu and Tacloban.
  • The Logistics Cluster has also a dedicated GIS capacity in Cebu along with a plotter and is proving GIS/Mapping support to the humanitarian community.

Border Crossings & Customs

  • The normal custom procedures must now be followed for the import of all cargo. The One stop Shop and the Logistics Cluster remain available to assist in any advisory role if required.


  • The Logistics Cluster in coordination with International Medical Corps, who alerted on the situation, carried out an assessment of damaged bridges (Hilataban, Malitbog & Daguitan bridges) and road network in the Burauen City, South of Tacloban. The Government and local authorities are aware of the situation and are addressing it on a priority basis. Hilataban Bridge has been completely destroyed, about 16 barangays have been cut off and movement of heavy and other vehicles has been restricted, thus hampering the large-scale movement of humanitarian relief and other supplies in the affected area: Burauen Bridges Assessment

Capacity Building

  • As part of the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) partnership, a Maersk Health and Safety expert has arrived in the Philippines and will be in Tacloban in the coming days to conduct assessments and provide Health and Safety briefings and trainings. Civ/Military
  • Republic of Korea Military Engineering contingent is expected soon to support the humanitarian response with engineering equipment and technical engineering capacity. They will operate in Tolosa, Palo and Tanuan, with an operation centre in Cebu.
  • The Logistics Cluster has submitted a request to UNOCHA/OCD for military engineering assistance to initially assess and potentially support infrastructure rehabilitation of the reported damaged bridges in Burauen City.

Air Transport

  • As of 02 January 2014, UNHAS has transported 1,970 passengers and over 7 MT of humanitarian cargo. 314 flights have been executed to 20 different locations.
  • UNHAS is now operating two flights a day between Cebu and Tacloban (morning and afternoon) except on Sundays. In line with the decrease in demand, there would be 3 flights operated a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) between Cebu and Roxas and 3 flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) between Cebu and Guiuan.
  • Current UNHAS fleet is 1 x Dornier 228 and 1 X Sikorsky76 both based in CEBU.
  • UNHAS is working with Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in order to upgrade rescue and firefighting capability at Guiuan Airport. This action will enable UNHAS schedule fixed wing aircraft (more than 10 seats) to fly safely to and from Guiuan.
  • For reasons of maintenance and crew rest requirements, flights will no longer take place on Sundays, however UNHAS remains on emergency standby and can be reached on – mobile 09158616981/09276029005.

Sea Transport

  • Barge Victoria left Cebu for Isabel Island (cargo for onward movement to Ormoc and Tacloban) and Guiuan on 03 January 2014 carrying food and non-food items on behalf of 6 different organizations: Essential Benefits, Global Medic, IMC, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP. The next rotation for the barge is planned for 12 January 2014. Details can be viewed at:
  • Ormoc Port Authority is willing to grant priority berthing to vessels transporting humanitarian cargo as long as it is time-sensitive. Organizations should contact Bernardo C. Calledo, port focal point. Tel: 09266663051/ 09185276281
  • As of 02 January 2014, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the transport of 7,645m3/2,528 MT of inter-agency cargo by Sea.


  • WFP, as lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, is providing some 8,000 m2 of temporary storage space to humanitarian organizations in the key locations of Tacloban, Guiuan, Ormoc, Roxas and Cebu, with the capacity to scale-up rapidly if needed. Land on the compound in Tacloban and Ormoc has been made available for organizations to establish their own dedicated Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) if required (long-term storage).
  • The warehouse compound at Palo has 28 MSUs; IFRC, UNICEF, ACF and WFP have set up MSUs in this compound. Five remain available for interagency storage via the Logistics Cluster.
  • The Logistics Cluster continues to Support other organizations for the assembly of MSUs. 2 MSUs were installed for UNICEF and Medair in Tacloban and Guiuan. One MSU is available in Ormoc for inter-agency use.
  • A warehouse assessment was conducted in Tacloban and has been posted on the Logistics Cluster website for information to partners.
  • As of 02 January 2014, 114 requests for storage have been received and 6,318m3/1,996 MT has been stored in inter-agency warehouses.

Overland transport

  • An assessment of commercial transport in Roxas is underway and initial findings suggest that there is a shortage of commercial transporters. There are currently 3 small commercial transporters with a capacity of 3-4 trucks identified and the details can be taken from Rizwan Ali ( To augment the transport capacity, 10 dedicated trucks are available in Roxas for inter-agency cargo movement.
  • IFRC has dedicated fleet of trucks (Four 20 tonners: Two 5 Tonners) in Roxas which can be used by any organization subject to the availability and the request for use has to go through the Logistics Cluster. The organizations interested in using the trucks will have to pay for towards the fuel cost.
  • Logistics Cluster support with trucks to DSWD distribution activities across Leyte is still on-going.
  • To date the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the transport of 6,188m3/3,815 MT of inter-agency cargo by Road.

Logistics Gaps or Bottlenecks

  • Limited commercial road transport capacity is presenting some difficulties for partners in the Guiuan and Roxas.
  • Commercial warehousing in general remains limited. However, Logistics Cluster storage is available in key locations.