Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): Aid, donations from int’l community


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(7th UPDATE) More than 20 countries promise to help

DESTRUCTION. At least 100 are reported dead in Tacloban City, Leyte but government forces have yet to fully assess the extent of damage and loss of life due to Typhoon Yolanda. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

MANILA, Philippines (25th UPDATE) – The international community has pledged to assist the Philippines as it struggles to address the devastation caused by super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan).

In an effort to promote transparency, the government has also come out with a website where they will be posting international aid they received for the victims of typhoon Yolanda. The initiative has been dubbed as FAiTh, or the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub. The site is now up and running as of posting. It provides details of each country and international organization’s donation which the government has been notified of.

As of November 28, FAiTH has posted a total of P18.206 billion or US$ 414.625 million in pledged assistance

Meanwhile, here is the list of foreign aid that Rappler has compiled with information coming from the government, different embassies, and international organizations:


1.  Australia 

MISSION. After disembarking from the RAAF C-130J Hercules, Australian Official, Navy Warrant Officer Chuck Connors  of the Australian Embassy(right), welcomes the civilian AusMAT on their arrival at Mactan-Cebu. (Photo: CPL  Glen McCarthy ©Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

  • P530 million (A$13 million) to the United Nations Flash Appeal;
  • P530 million (A$13 million) to be provided through Australian non-government organizations and their partners on the ground for immediate life-saving assistance
  • P82 million (A$2 million) for the urgent deployment of an Australian medical assistance team
  • P41 million (A$1 million) for non-food items such as tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water containers and health and hygiene kits to assist families affected by this disaster; and
  • P41 million (A$1 million) to be provided to the Australian and Philippine Red Cross to support response efforts.
  • Two Royal Australian Air Force aircraft, a C-17A Globemaster and a C-130J Hercules, have already deployed to the Philippines to assist the relief effort. Both arrived in the Philippines overnight, transporting Australian doctors, nurses, paramedics, other medical specialists, and ADF logistic support staff. The C-130J will transfer the medical personnel and equipment from Cebu to Tacloban
  • The AusMAT arrived on an ADF C17 flight from Darwin, Australia on Wednesday and will begin work in the coming days. It includes a field hospital composed of 12 doctors, 14 nurses, three paramedics, a radiographer, a pharmacist and six logisticians. ADF has also assigned an additional RAAF C-130J Hercules and stands ready to deploy a second C-17A Globemaster if required
  • The Royal Australian Navy ship, HMAS Tobruk, has also been made available to support the relief and recovery effort if required. HMAS Tobruk has heavy lift capability, on board accommodation and ability to support helicopter and landing craft operations

2. Bahrain

  • 90 tons of relief goods (food, hygiene packs, blankets, tents, mats, power generators, towels, pillows, water, water containers)

3. Bangladesh

  • Pledge to donate USD 1M cash to the Philippine Government

4. Belgium  

  • 35 experienced doctors and nurses
  • Field hospital
  • Mobile water treatment unit
  • Relief goods

5. Brazil

  • USD 150,000 pledge via UNICEF

6. Brunei

  • 8,300 kg of rice and 33,500 bottles of drinking water

7. Cambodia

  • Pledge of US$100,000

8. Canada

EXPERT CARE. A Canadian medic checks on a child in an evacuation center outside of Roxas City, Capiz. Photo from the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

  • Pledge of CAD 20M through Canada’s humanitarian partners, such as United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations
  • CAD$30 thousand to International Federation of the Red Cross 
  • Canada launched a matching fund:  All the funds raised by Canadian citizens and NGOs that are for Yolanda victims, the Government will match it “effectively doubling their contribution.”
  • Canada is deploying its Disaster Assistance and Response Team (DART) – comprised approximately of more than one hundred Canadian Forces personnel ready to be deployed quickly to help support international relief operations in the disaster area
  • A Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft carrying personnel and equipment deploying as part of the DART has arrived in Iloilo City – Nov 13.
  • In-kind donations
  • Canada will prioritize the processing of immigration applications on request from Filipinos who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Yolanda
  • PH Crisis Fund. The CA government has set up the PH crisis fund to address the needs of affected populations in the PH. For every dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities responding to the crisis in the PH, the government will set aside an additional dollar to match the donation. The money from the relief fund will be used to provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations.

9. China

FRIENDLY GESTURE. China sends medical professionals to help in the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda. Photo provided by the Chinese Embassy in Manila 

  • US$100,000 to Red Cross
  • Additional US$100,000 financial aid
  • P73.2 million worth of relief materials such as blankets and tents
  • More than 80 doctors and nurses arriving in batches
  • 2000 more tents, medicine, and medical devices (to arrive on November 23). The left over medicine and all equipment will be left for the Philippines to use after the medical mission
  • The Chinese government is also sending the Peace Ark Hospital ship (first 10 thousand ton hospital ship in the world) to help in the medical mission
  • Soong Ching Ling Foundation is busy preparing 200 mobile houses(P22.4 million worth) to donate to Leyte, East Samar, and Bohol
  • Chinese companies based in the Philippines have been mobilizing and organizing their staff including local ones to extend relief helps to the victims.
  • Association of Chinese Companies in the Philippines are also taking part in this efforts. They have donated P7.5 million to buy 3 payloaders much-needed for clean-up of the disaster areas.
  • Huawei Co., an international frontrunner of telecom industry and a major partner of Globe, has been working to restore communication in typhoon-affected areas
  • China National Grid Co., the technical partner of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines(NGCP) has donated $100,000 to disaster area. It also contributes a lot in restoring the power system of the Typhoon-hit areas. It is now sending technical expert teams to the Philippines, to join NGCP’s post-disaster rebuilding efforts and work out a faster restoration of the power grids in the disaster areas.
  • Yinyi INC., a mining company based in Eastern Samar, also offered help. It granted its storage of food, water and other supplies to the victims, and used-out all its equipments such as payloaders to clear roads, and donated its diesel stockpile to support the relief work. The company has raised P250,000 worth of cash, food, medicine and clothes which will be donated to typhoon victims
  • Mr. Liang Wen-Chong, the former Asian Tour No. 1 donated half of his first-place purse of US$135,000 – US$67,500 or close to P3 million – to the victims of typhoon Yolanda after winning the Resorts World Manila Masters.
  • P1.2 million worth of emergency supplies, including radios, emergency lights and flashlights to Leyte and Samar directly

10. Czech Republic

DONATION. Ambassador Josef Rychtar and Red Cross Richard Berger Chief during the turn over of the Czech Republic's donation for the Typhoon Yolanda relief operations. Photo provided by the Czech Embassy in Manila.

  • CZK4 million pledge for humanitarian assistance

11. Denmark 

  • DKK10 million (US$2 million) through UN OCHA

12.  Finland

  • 2 motor boats fro rescue operations
  • EUR1 million through Finnish Red Cross to supply 9,500 vaccines and medical packages

13.  France

  • 10 tons of humanitarian goods (to arrive in Cebu on Nov 13) to be received by Red Cross
  • 2 French civil security experts to assist in relief efforts
  • Action Internationale contre la Faim (AICF)  – 16 civil security officers
  • French Government’s Crisis Center – 2 officers
  • 40 French firefighters
  • 100 tons of equipment – including water purification systems, materials for shelter, and medical kits.

14.  Germany 

  • In-kind donations
  • Medics
  • Rapid response team (RRT)
  • Search and rescue personnel
  • EUR500 thousand approved for release
  • Additional EUR1 million pledge
  • Additional EUR3 million
  • German government studying possibility of additional EUR1 million
  • German Federal Agency for Technical Relief sent a search and rescue team 

15. Hungary

  • Medics
  • Rapid response team (RRT)
  • Search and rescue personnel
  • Search dogs

16. India

  • Plane with relief goods

17. Indonesia 

  • C130 aircrafts bringing relief goods worth US$1 million 
  • “Naval asset”
  • US$1 million financial aid

18. Ireland

  • EUR1.5 million emergency funding announced by Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore on November 10

19. Israel

20. Italy

  • Participating in a humanitarian flight leaving out of Dubai with goods (tents, blankets, water bottles, and purifiers) valued at EUR350,000
  • EUR300,000 additional contribution to the World Food Programme’s emergency food assistance plan
  • EUR350,000 donation coursed through Red Cross

21. Japan

  • US$52.1 million worth of aid composed of:
    • Emergency grant aid US$30 milllion
    • Emergency relief goods worth US$0.6 million
    • Assistance through Japanese NGOs worth US$1.5 million
    • Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction of Asian Development Bank (ADB) US$ 20 million
  • 25 Medics, Rapid response team (RRT), and search and rescue personnel
  • Three batches of Japan Disaster Relief Medical Teams 
  • On November 22, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the decision to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces to the Philippines at a scale of approximately 1,000 members, Japan’s largest relief dispatch in history.
  • Emergency rice worth USD 500,000 through the ASEAN Plus Three Rice Reserve
  • Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) of Asian Development Bank (ADB): US$20 million
  • Assistance through Japanese NGOs (JPF): 1.5 million USD

22. Kuwait

  • US$10 million for emergency relief through Red Crescent Society

23. Laos

  • Pledged USD 50,000 to the Philippine Government

24. Luxembourg

  • 4 rescue experts as part of UNOCHA’s International Humanitarian Partnerhip Team 
  • 2 emergency experts (1 deployed with Swedish team, 1 deployed with Danish team)
  • EUR 400,000 allocated to Luxembourg’s humanitarian partners

25. Macau

  • 5 million Macau patacas (US$630,000)

26. Malaysia 

  • Military Medics
  • Rapid response team (RRT)
  • Search and rescue personnel
  • Blankets, medicine

27. Mexico

  • US$1 million through Red Cross

28. Myanmar

  • USD 100,000
  • 7 tons of medical and non-medical relief goods, to be carried by the Myanmar Defense Services

29. The Netherlands 

  • EUR2 million pledge via Red Cross and UNOCHA in addition to EUR50,000 initially released to Red Cross

30. New Zealand 

  • NZ$ 2.15M (NZ$150,000 to Red Cross, NZ$750,000 to NGOs, NZ$ 1.25M to be announced)
  • Relief goods
  • 2 C-130 planes will be in the country for 4-5 days to help in transportation
  • On November 19, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced New Zealand will provide additional aid worth $2.975 million (approximately 107 million pesos)

31. Norway 

  • NOK 85 M allocatated to the UN and different NGOss

32. Pakistan

  • Pledged US$ 1M

33. Panama

  • Pledged US$200,000

34. Papua New Guinea

  • Check donation of PGK 100,000 from the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) of Papua New Guinea
  • PNG Finance Minister James Marape announced that the PNG Government has pledged PGK 3,000,000 to help relief efforts

35. Qatar

  • One plane loaded with relief goods

36. Russia 

  • Hospital plane (Ilyushian 76 Soviet aircraft) loaded with humaniarian goods and offered a medical team (EMERCOM)
  • EUR50,000 additional assistance announced on November 25

37. Saudi Arabia

  • US$ 100,000 in relief

38. Singapore

  • Civil Defense Force to assist UN office in coordinating humanitarian activities
  • SGD200,000 in financial aid
  • Sinagapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs donated 600 boxes of potable water and 90 boxes of various medical supplies through the Philippine Embassy on November 19

39. Slovakia

  • Pledged EUR20,000 

40. Slovenia

  • Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajcák donated 20,000 euros of financial humanitarian aid from his own Department’s budget

41. South Africa

  • Rescue South Africa (RSA) medical team

42. Spain

  • Relief goods worth 2,900,000 pesos delivered by 2 cargo aircrafts jointly chartered by AECID and Spanish NGOs with emergency humanitarian aid, WASH supplies, shelters, mobile potable water treatment plants, generators, medicines
  • EUR 157,645 pledge from the Parlamento de Andalucia (Parliament of Andalucia)
  • Donations of non-food items through the following NGOs: Spanish Red Cross: Php 29,000,000 Action Against Hunger – Spain: Php 1,740,000 Save the Children Spain: Php 8,700,000 lntermon-Oxfam: Php 11,600,000 Through the World Food Program, a grant of Php 8,700,000
  • Capacity building program for local institutions and structures dealing with the prevention and management of natural disasters (NDRRMC-OCD, DILG, DSWD) has been approved for a total amount of 43,500,000 pesos
  • 1 team of emergency management experts in health, water and logistics; dispatch of an MD-83 with a 30-strong medical team (composed of doctors, nurses and experts in logistics) and medical equipment for deployment to the Eastern Samar Regional Hospital in Tacloban
43. Sri Lanka
  • Offered a medical team
44. South Korea
  • US$5 million worth of assistance 
  • Disaster relief team on board C130 planes
45. Sweden
  • Assistance through UNOCHA operations, including: Two (2) C-130 planes to deliver fuel and generators and 8 members of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
  • Additional 1 IL-76 with relief goods

46. Switzerland

  • Swiss Government releases initial amount of PHP 285 million (CHF 6 million) for urgent disaster assistance
  • Swiss national fund-raising drive netting PHP 760 million (CHF 16.1 million) 
  • Switzerland’s Director for Humanitarian Assistance Manuel Bessler and the Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber visited the disaster areas in Daan Bantayan and Bogo, Northern Cebu. They also held talks with Cebu Governor Davide and mayors of affected municipalities
  • Swiss disaster relief operations arrived in the Philippines 48 hours after Yolanda struck. 19 experts provided emergency relief in Bantayan, Cebu and in Leyte (Ormoc, Naval, Biliran)
  • 21 tons of Swiss relief goods have arrived

47. Taiwan

  • US$200,000 in financial aid
  • 2 planes loaded with relief goods and supplies (15 tons)
  • Pledge: 99 tons of relief goods (94,534 items such as ready-to-eat instant foods, blankets and tents).  Goods were airlifted to Cebu by 12 C-130 planes dispatched by the Taiwanese government.
  • On November 19, the Taiwanese government announced they will be sending two more C-130 planes loaded with 15 tons of relief goods
  • Navy ship Chung He loaded with relief goods

48. Thailand

  • THB 9.2M pledge (THB 6.2M from the Thai Government; THB 1M from the Ministry of Education; THB 1M from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology; THB 1M from the Stock Exchange of Thailand)
  • Offer to send medical mission
  • C-130 carrying relief goods

49. Turkey

  • 1 plane loaded with relief goods – tents, blankets, kitchen sets
  • Search and rescue personnel

50. Ukraine

  • Relief goods (food, water filters, power generators, canned beef, mattresses and pillows, disinfectant kits)
  • Offer of a medical mission

51. United Arab Emirates 

  • US$10 million worth of assistance

52. United Kingdom

Here is British Ambassador Asif Ahmad talking about the UK’s relief efforts that arrived in Cebu (posted November 14):

  • £55 million for humanitarian response which includes:
      • Using the Department for International Development’s Rapid Response Facility so partners on the ground can provide crucial humanitarian aid for up to 500,000 people including temporary shelter and access to clean water;
      • Provision of urgently-needed shelter items such as plastic sheeting, and household items like kitchen sets and blankets from the stockpile of humanitarian items at the UK’s warehouse in Dubai;
      • An additional team of four humanitarian experts to join the three advisers already in country, helping to co-ordinate the international response, plus equipment to support them.
  • Royal Navy and Royal Air force to assist to the relief efforts 
  • Navy warship and a Boeing C-17 freighter: The Royal Navy has a warship, HMS Daring, in Singapore and it will make straight for the Philippines. In consultation and cooperation with the Philippine government and international partners, HMS Daring and her crew would be able to provide humanitarian assistance, helicopter lift from one on-board Lynx and engineering and first-aid expertise. The Type 45 destroyer also carries equipment to make drinking water from seawater.  The first C-17 flight could take place in the next few days.
  • Aid flights from the UK to Cebu in the eastern Philippines to deliver forklift trucks, cutting equipment, 4x4s and other kit to help clear and re-open runways and roads.
  • The delivery of life-saving supplies through Rapid Response Facility partner agencies such as temporary shelters, blankets and water purification tablets to 300,000 people
  • Household goods to allow the safe treatment and storage of water and to help prevent the spread of disease. These includes buckets, water purification tablets, soap and sanitary items.
  • 12 emergency medical staff – 3 emergency physicians, 2 orthopedic surgeons, 1 plastic surgeon, 2 accident and emergency nurses, 1 theater nurse, 2 anaesthetists, 1 physiotherapist
  • Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will send the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious to the Philippines to help with relief efforts
  • Scotland has pledged GBP500,000.

53. United States of America 

HELP IS ON ITS WAY. Marines load supplies onto an MV-22 Osprey operating in support of Operation Damayan in Tacloban Airport. (Posted on Nov 15) Photo provided by the Phiilippine Embassy in Washington

  • US$20 million in humanitarian aid following their earlier donation of US$100,000 for health, water, and sanitation support.
  • Deployment of ships and aircrafts
  • Agence France-Presse reports that more than 600 US military personnel are currently on the ground in the Philippines, with 6,200 sailors supporting air operations from the USS George Washington strike group. An additional 1,000 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are expected to arrive in approximately five days.
    • Two medical teams – Mammoth and Rubicon
    • Rapid response team (RRT)
    • Search and rescue personnel
    • US Military support (communication, logistical equipment, maritime and airborne search and rescue, medium-heavy helicopter lift support, fixed wing lift support)
    • Air craft carrier USS George Washington carrying 5,000 sailors and other Navy ships are being sent to the Philippines to help in the relief efforts
  • State Department also is cooperating with the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund established by The mGive Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit organization, to coordinate donations via mobile phones to benefit victims of the typhoon
  • U.S. government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material to provide shelter to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos driven from their homes by this unprecedented typhoon and also organizing emergency shipments of food and hygiene supplies to thousands of families. 
  • Two C130s (already in PH) and Osprey aircraft
  • As of November 16, Agence France Presse reports that in addition to the delivery of relief supplies, US military aircraft have logged nearly 480 flight hours in 186 aircraft sorties, moved nearly 1,200 relief workers into hard-hit Tacloban city and airlifted nearly 2,900 displaced people from the affected areas to date. Over the last 24 hours, more than 118 tons of food, water and shelter items have been delivered to Tacloban, Borongan and Guiuan, the US military said.
  • On November 18, USAID announced US$10 million additional in humanitarian aid

54. Ukraine

  • Relief goods (foods, water filters, power generators, canned beef, mattresses and pillows, disinfectant kits)
  • Offer of a medical mission

55. Vatican 


56. Vietnam

  • US$100,000 in financial aid


1. Filipino – Malaysian Community 

IN-KIND. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya and Vice Consul Johann Andal recieive donations from representatives of Think Tank Sdn Bhd and Harley Bikers in the Klang area. Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia.

  • MYR 3000 (US$1000) which will be sent to the Philippine National Red Cross
  • Donations in kind
  • Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was able to raise P43,000 for donation to the Philippine Red Cross

2. International Committee of the Red Cross 

  • Staff on ground to assist in relief ops
  • Relief goods

3. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) 

  • 200 tons of aid — medicine, tents, hygiene kits

4. European Union 

EMERGENCY. EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs convenes emergency meeting of EU Ambassadors in Manila in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo from the EU Delegation in the Philippines

  • Two 747s loaded with relief goods
  • Agence France-Presse reports that the European Union upped its contribution by $7.0 million on November 16 to US$20 million.

5. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UNOCHA)

  • US$ 25 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving efforts 
6. Buednis Aktion Deutschland Hilfe’s CARE, Malteser International and HelpAge
  •  Teams are already in Samar and Leyte coordinating with PH government, rescue, and relief Agencies 
7. ADRA, Johanniter Unfallhilfe (German)
  • Search and rescue team
8. World Vision And the International Search and Rescue Team (ISAR)
  • 23 tons of relief aid consisting of water, food, hygiene, and medical kits
9. ISAR Germany
  • Medical team of up to 24 doctors and nurses to the hardest hit areas 
  • Medical tents that can accommodate up to 1,000 persons a day
  • 60 tons of aid (shelters and medicine)
  • Water purification and sanitation equipment
  • Assesment team ahead of aid
12. Action Medeor
  • 2 tons of medical supplies sent through ISAR Germany 
13. Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
  •  JPY1 million (approximately P500 thousand)
14. Aeon Co. Ltd.
  • JPY10 million (P5 million) in humanitarian assistance
15. International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • As part of the UN Typhoon Yolanda Action Plan, ILO will have a disaster response program focusing on employment opportunities to help rebuild the affected communities’ infrastructure
16. Disasters Emergency Committee, UK (DEC)
  • They have set up a rescue appeal that has raised GBP1.5 million (US$2.4 million) in just 15 hours since it was started. The British Monarchy, through Queen Elizabeth has promised to contribute to the appeal. 
17. Arab Gulf Fund for UN Development (AGFUND)
  • US$100,000
18. Marubeni (Japan)
  • JPY15 million (P6.7 million) handed over by former Japanese Ambassador to Manila Makoto Katsura to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo
19. Al Ain (UAE)
  • Relief funds amounting to P110,000 to the Philippine Red Cross
20. KGL Investment Asia (Kuwait)
  • US$1 million financial assistance
  • 100 tons of relief goods valued at EUR510,000 (599 tents, 700 tarpaulins, 10,000 blankets, and 880 ropes)
22. United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • US$5 million for debris removal
23. Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • Humanitarian mission
24. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • USD 3M Grant for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Project signed on 14 November 2013 and disbursed to DSWD
  • USD 20M Grant committed by ADB to be sourced from Japan fund for poverty reduction
25. LSIS South Korea
  • P1 million (US$20,000) through Yu Eng Kao Electrical Supply (Philippine partner)



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