Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Air Transport, Overland Transport, Sea and Rivers Transport
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 16/12/2013


  • As of 16 December, a total of 9,500 m3 /4,500 MT of relief items have been transported on behalf of 39 different humanitarian organisations through the Logistics Cluster.
  • Total dispatched by sea: 4,060 m3/1,160 MT
  • Total dispatched by road: 5,512 m3/3,392 MT
  • Since the beginning of the operation, over 1,000 MT/3,000 m3 of inter-agency cargo has been facilitated through the Logistics Cluster on military assets.
  • So far, 77 requests for storage have been received and 3,922 m3/ 835 MT has been stored in interagency warehouses.

Coordination/Information Management

  • Logistics support has also been activated through the private partnership between the Logistics Cluster and the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) - Agility, UPS, Maersk and TNT - which mobilised mechanical handling equipment, fuel and staff in all locations currently facing a gap in capacity. By leveraging the local knowledge and expertise of private partners the Logistics Cluster has been able to increase the efficiency of the coordinated logistics efforts.
  • Logistics Cluster meetings are regularly held in Tacloban, Guiuan, Ormoc, Cebu, Roxas and Manila.
  • Since the beginning of the operation over 120 Information Management (IM) products, including maps, operational overviews, situation updates, assessments and meeting minutes, have been published on the Logistics Cluster website and shared through the dedicated mailing list (over 550 subscribers).

Civ/Mil Coordination

  • All of the international military operations are now phasing out. Military operations in Cebu have ended; last airlift took place on 15 December.
  • As of 16 December, over 1,000 MT/3,000 m3 of inter-agency cargo has been facilitated through the Logistics Cluster on military assets (planes, helicopters and ships) for 34 organizations.
  • Main destinations for this cargo: Roxas 45%, Tacloban 32%, Guiuan 16%, Ormoc 7%.

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 in line with the decrease in demand to Roxas and Guiuan, flights in and out of these locations will now take place 3 times a week.
  • As of 15 December, UNHAS has transported 1,265 passengers and over 6 MT of humanitarian cargo. 220 flights have been executed to 20 different locations. (Manila, Cebu, Ormoc, Roxas, Guiuan, Tacloban, Catbalongan, Romblon, Alcantara, San Roque, Palawan, Cuyo, Lungsod, Borangan, Zumaraga, Iloilo, Sagay, Cadiz, Santa Fe and Victorias). 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, which allows for additional passengers and cargo on flights ex Tacloban.
  • A UNHAS air officer has been deployed to Guiuan.

Overland Transport

  • A fleet of 10 trucks is being contracted to serve the humanitarian community in Roxas, and trucks are available in Tacloban and Guiuan to augment road transport capacity on behalf of organizations when required.
  • A list of commercial transporters has been shared through the website via:
  • 20 trucks a day are provided to the Department for Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Tacloban to support their distribution activities across Leyte, along with three MSUs.
  • As of 15 December, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the transport of 5,512 m3 /3,392 MT of interagency cargo by road.

Sea Transport

  • In order to meet current requests from partners for sea transport, WFP has chartered a self-propelled barge with a tentative sailing schedule of Cebu – Roxas – Bantayan Island. Loading in Cebu will be starting on Tuesday, 17 December. The barge can access smaller ports and other locations may be served on request.
  • The barge has a capacity of 2,000 MT. Maersk, through the LET, is providing 70 containers and a forklift to assist operations.
  • The MV Super Shuttle Ro-Ro 5 vessel is ready to start its last rotation and will be departing Cebu on 18 December and expected to dock Tacloban port on 19 December.
  • As of 15 December 4,060 m3/ 1,160 MT of cargo has been dispatched by sea into Tacloban on WFP-contracted vessels.


  • WFP, as lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, is providing some 8,000 m2 of 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.
  • Support also continues to be provided to other agencies for the assembly of MSUs
  • As of 15 December, 77 requests for storage have been received and 3,922 m3/ 835 MT has been stored in inter-agency warehouses.
  • Existing warehouse facilities have been identified in Tablocan and Roxas for rehabilitation to ensure long-term capacity on behalf of the government.

Gaps & Constraints

  • Without clear visibility on the upstream pipeline of organizations using Logistics Cluster services, it is difficult to plan capacity requirements for the upcoming period. This in turn affects price negotiation on contracted vessels since it is hard to envisage how long this service will be required.