Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Sea and Rivers Transport, Storage, Overland Transport, Air Transport
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 16/01/2014

Coordination & Information Management/GIS

  • Logistics Cluster continues to provide Logistics Coordination, Information management/GIS in Tacloban, Guiuan, Ormoc, Cebu, and Roxas. There will be no dedicated Logistics Cluster Coordinator in Ormoc from 16th of January and the Coordinator from Tacloban will be overseeing the Ormoc cell as well.

Border Crossings & Customs

  • Following reported delays in customs clearances of shipments, the One Stop Shop is now completely operational in Manila and Cebu. Their working timings are from 08:00- 17:00 (Mon to Fri) although can be available on the weekend if given sufficient notice. Contact numbers for Manila OSS are (02 – 8313421 & 8795088). Anilisa T Gubalane (09157511961) and Ananisa F Aviso (09158063287) can be contacted for any information for Cebu.

Assessments

  • A commercial warehouse assessment in Ormoc has been completed and it can be viewed at: http://logcluster.org/ops/phl13a/ormoc-commercial-warehouse-assessment-140115/geographicmap_view
  • The Logistics Cluster has shared the details of another washed out bridge in Abuyogon, Burauen area with the Office of Civil Defence (OCD) for a possible rehabilitation. The OCD will follow up with the Department of Public Works and Housing (DPWH) for a possible rehabilitation.
  • According to UNOCHA, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Leyte 2nd Engineering district will mobilise to start construction of a detour bridge to ease access to the areas cut off by damaged bridges in the Burauen municipality, while waiting for the release of funds for the construction of a new bridge.
  • The Logistics Cluster is in the process of updating the Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) for Philippines. Organizations are requested to share any information and/or requests for assessments/information.

Sea Transport

  • The Logistics Cluster is requesting partners intending to use sea transport services from Cebu to Tacloban to submit the Service Request Forms (SRFs) so that the Cluster can plan the facility accordingly before mid-February.
  • So far, the Logistics Cluster has transported 15,595m3/5,289MT of interagency cargo via sea.

Storage

  • The Logistics Cluster continues to Support WFP and other agencies for the assembly of MSUs. One MSU was recently installed for CRS in Samar and an additional MSU will be installed in Guiuan in the coming days for the storage of inter-agency relief goods.
  • 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.
  • As of 16 January 2014, 162 requests for storage have been received and 8,608m3/2,634 MT has been stored in inter-agency warehouses.

Overland Transport

  • Logistics Cluster support with trucks to DSWD distribution activities across Leyte is still on-going.
  • WFP has dedicated trucks available in Roxas which can be made available for inter-agency requirements subject to the availability.
  • The Logistics Cluster can provide shunting services in Cebu based on need.
  • To date the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the transport of 15,114m3/10,921 MT of inter-agency cargo by Road.

Capacity Building

  • The LET through the Logistics Cluster has trained 53 particpants from DSWD and DSWD, Philippines Red Cross, Medair, Plan International, Samaritan Purse, IMC, TNT, UPS, Maersk, IMO UNHCR and WFP in Health and Safety in warehousing operations
  • A basic warehouse management training in handling NFIs is planned in Roxas. Organizations interested in participating can contact: Rizwan.Ali@wfp.org
  • The Logistics Cluster is seeking interest of its partners to enhance local capacity through the design and implementation of practical /tailored training sessions. Partners are invited to propose training themes such as Basic warehouse management, Basic shipping operations, Mobile Storage Units (MSUs), basic data collection through GPS and etc.

Air Transport

  • Based on improvements in accessing most locations via commercial means, UNHAS anticipates to close down its emergency air transport services by end of January 2014. UNHAS is gradually reducing operations during the course of this month whereas number of weekly flights to and from Tacloban will be reduced by half starting 19 January 2014 and Roxas/Guiuan 3 flights per week while no flights will be operating on Sundays. The helicopter will demobilize from 19 January 2014, thus leaving one fixed wing to operate till end of January.
  • UNHAHAS remains on emergency stand-by and can be reached on – unhas.philippines@wfp.org mobile 09158616981/09276029005

Other Logistics Gaps or Bottlenecks

  • Commercial warehousing in general remains limited, however; Logistics Cluster storage is available in key locations.