Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Overland Transport, Sea and Rivers Transport, Border Crossings and Customs
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 12/12/2013


  • As of 12 December, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the movement of 12,065 m3 / 5,246 mt of cargo on behalf of 39 organizations.
  • As of 12 December, 66 requests for storage have been received and 3,084 m3 / 706 mt has been stored in interagency warehouses.
  • An Operations Overview (as of 11 December) is available at:



  • Normal customs procedures must now be followed for the import of all cargo. The One Stop Shop and the Logistics Cluster remain available to assist if required.

Civ-Mil Coordination

  • No more reported congestion at Cebu and Tacloban Airports. All of the international military operations are being phased out and most operations are expected to end by mid-December.
  • The Italian and Canadian Militaries are scaling down and are expected to make their last flights as of Saturday 14. The Japanese Military will also soon be redeployed.
  • All airlifts through the Australian Military will end on December 13.

Air Transport

  • A new UNHAS schedule is now in effect. There will still be two flights a day between Cebu and Tacloban (morning and afternoon), however due to decrease in demand, flights to Roxas and Guiuan will operate once a day.
  • As of 10 December, UNHAS has transported 1,064 passengers and over 6 MT of humanitarian cargo. 199 flights have been executed to 20 different locations. For reasons of maintenance and crew rest, flights will no longer take place on Sundays, however one aircraft will always remain on standby in case of emergency.
  • Refuelling is now available in Tacloban.
  • Commercial options are now available to and from most locations, and UNHAS operations are expected to end in a month’s time. To reach Roxas it may be necessary to fly via Manila or arrive from Iloilo by car.

Overland Transport

  • The demand for inter-agency road transport in Tacloban has decreased over the last 10 days, and the WFP fleet has therefore been reduced. Some capacity will be maintained in case of need.
  • 20 trucks have now been dedicated to the operations of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Tacloban to provide support for the transport of relief items to areas across Leyte.
  • Inter-agency transport has been provided in Guiuan to ease the congestion the port by clearing the pier from cargo.
  • 2 forklifts, facilitated through the LET partnership, are now based at the airport in Guiuan to assist with offloading cargo.
  • To date, transport of relief items to the small island off the coast of Guiuan has been provided by military helicopters and the Navy. Now that military operations are being phased out, alternative options for accessing these locations will be examined.

Sea Transport

  • In order to meet the current requests from partners for sea transport, the next vessel ex Cebu will be a self-propelled barge with a sailing schedule of Cebu – Tacloban – Bantayan Island - Roxas. Loading in Cebu is planned for 14 December. The barge can access smaller ports and other locations can be served on request.
  • The barge has a capacity of 2,000 mt, and Maersk, through the LET, is providing 50 containers to assist operations.
  • An assessment of the Port of Isabel has been conducted. The terminal suffered extensive damage during Typhoon Yolanda, and the terminal not expected to be operational until March, 2014. One berth (180 m by 9.50 m) could be potentially be made available for the purpose of bringing in humanitarian cargo. This is a private Terminal, and berth availability should be checked directly with the Port Operations manager. There is no shore gear available at the berths, so all vessels would have to be geared.
  • The DSWD still intends to have some repacking operations at Tacloban Port, however this will be a smaller operation than previously planned. Much of the DSWD repacking will now take place in the place of origin, as well as in Isabel.
  • The Government Port in Ormoc is congested due to ongoing repairs to damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda, however the Port Authority has assured priority birthing to vessels with humanitarian cargo.
  • Shipping operations into Guiuan have slowed considerably and for now congestion is less of an issue at the port.
  • The next sailing will be transporting goods for Care, Global Medic, International Relief Development, Solidar Switzerland, UNDP, UNICEF and Concern International.


  • Warehousing in general remains a key bottleneck across the affected areas due to infrastructure damage across the affected areas. WFP is in the process of identifying warehouses for rehabilitation, to support long-term storage capacity.
  • 4 reefer containers and generators have been offered by the LET (Maersk) which can be used for cold chain storage.
  • At the Palo compound in Tacloban, 20 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) have been set up and are currently operational. 5 of these have been specifically allocated to the humanitarian community for the storage of inter-agency cargo.
  • 4 MSUs have now been assembled at the Palo site on behalf of IFRC and five are planned for UNICEF.
  • WFP, as lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, is also providing storage capacity to DSWD: 1 MSU at the airport, 2 MSUs at the Central warehouse. 4 additional MSUs are earmarked for potential support.
  • The Mayor of Ormoc has offered a site of over 5 hectares to WFP to be used as needed. A second site of about the same size has also been granted for the assembly of additional warehouses should the need arise.
  • 2 MSUs remain available for inter-agency storage in Guiuan.