Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Sea and Rivers Transport, Overland Transport, Air Transport
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 13/01/2014


  • Logistics Cluster meetings are regularly held in Tacloban, Guiuan, Ormoc, Cebu, Roxas and on 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 remains available to assist in any advisory role if required.


  • The Logistics Cluster carried out assessments of Tacloban Airport and can be viewed at:
  • UNHCR has informed the Logistics Cluster about an additional washed out bridge located 9 kilometers upland from Abuyogon, in the Burauen área, south of Tacloban. The Cluster in collaboration with partners obtained details of the location and the extent of damage caused and will update the Access Constraints map for the region accordingly. A request will be made through UNOCHA and OCD for a possible rehabilitation.

Capacity Building

  • In partnership with the Logistics Emergency Team (LET), the Logistics Cluster is providing technical expertise on warehousing, handling equipment, and Health & Safety trainings to government and WFP staff. So far 20 DSWD staff including supervision and management staff has been trained on Health & Safety awareness. Two further trainings on Health and Safety in warehousing operations are planned on 13 and 14 of January respectively. Each training will be attended by 14 participants from DSWD and different humanitarian organization.
  • A basic warehouse management training in handling Non-Food Items (NFIs) is planned in Roxas. Organizations interested to participate can contact Rizwan Ali at

Air Transport

  • Since 15 November 2013, UNHAS has transported 2,146 passengers (Including 6 medical evacuation cases) and over 8 MT of essential humanitarian cargo.
  • Flights have been executed to 20 different locations. 15 assessment flights including aerial reconnaissance for identification of helicopter landing zones were conducted during the onset of the emergency. 1 special flight was conducted on behalf of the UNSG and WFP Executive Director to Tacloban; 1 special flight was conducted on behalf of Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Tacloban;
  • A thank you note was received from the city Mayor of Ormoc expressing appreciation for the UNHAS support to its citizen and for helping rebuilding the recovery of the city.
  • UNHAS is working closely with Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in order to upgrade rescue and firefighting capability at Guiuan Airport.
  • UNHAS aircraft fleet consist of 1 x Dornier 228 and 1 X Sikorsky76 both based in CEBU. Due to reopening of the main airports for fixed wing aircraft, the rotary wing aircraft is planned to cease operations on 19th January as originally planned.
  • Due to substantial increase in commercial flights into most typhoon affected areas served by UNHAS aircraft, regular announcements are sent to the users of the service on the imminent cessation of flights at the end of January, 2014 and no objection from the users has been raised.
  • For reasons of maintenance and crew rest requirements, flights will no longer take place on Sunday, however, UNHAS remains on emergency standby and can be reached via – or tel: 09158616981/09276029005

Sea Transport

  • WFP is contracting a cargo vessel (30MT capacity) to transport food relief items to the islands of Guiuan starting from 23 January until 1 February. The vessel would also be available for the transportation of interagency cargo if need be.
  • As of 08 January 2014, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the transport of 9,095m3/3,374 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.
  • The warehouse compound at Palo just outside Tacloban has 28 MSUs; IFRC, UNICEF, ACF and WFP have set up MSUs in this compound. Five remains available for interagency storage via the Logistics Cluster. Land in the compound has been made available for organizations to establish their own dedicated Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) if required (long-term storage).
  • Storage requirements in Ormoc, will be reviewed throughout January in order to ascertain the need of the Logistics Cluster MSU established in Ormoc.
  • The Logistics Cluster continues to Support other organizations for the assembly of MSUs.
  • As of 08 January 2014, 150 requests for storage have been received and 7,889m3/2,420 MT has been stored in inter-agency warehouses.

Overland transport

  • To augment the transport capacity in Roxas, 10 dedicated trucks are available for inter-agency cargo movement.
  • The British Red Cross 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 8,552m3/5,836 MT of inter-agency cargo by Road.