Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Update

As you may know by now, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made landfall in Dulag, Leyte. There is currently no communication with the VFV Team as we are continuing to endure a communication black-out with Tacloban City and most of Leyte. For now, I am attempting to provide as many updates as possible from Manila until full communication can be restored. As of 3:30AM Saturday 9th November, there is no expected estimate on when telecommunication services will resume. For now we are following reports via local and international sources in both the media and across widespread social networks. We are also sourcing as much info as possible from Taclobanons located outside the city.

Based on widespread media reports, coastal areas appear to have been the worst affected as a result of large storm surges. There has also been varying degrees of flooding throughout the city.

This is not VFV’s first rodeo when it come’s to natural disasters, the team and homestays have many years of experience in dealing with tropical typhoons so we urge people to stay calm and follow updates as and when they occur.

For concerned parents, sponsors and partners, please note we are trying to provide as many updates as possible via the Volunteer for the Visayans Facebook Page and Twitter accounts. If you are a concerned parent, sponsor or partner and wish to be connected with a contact telephone number in Manila, please send a direct message via our Facebook Page and I will do my very best to accommodate you.

For now, two avenues have been created in partnership with the GoAbroad Foundation to help fund the upcoming relief operations. You can visit these pages at the links below:



Further information will follow when we make contact with the team. For now lets just keep the residents of Leyte in our thoughts and prayers.

Christopher Franks
Board Trustee
Volunteer for the Visayans, Inc.


  1. Dadier Jean-Louis

    Dear All

    My daughter Jacquie-Lou Dadier works as a volunteer in Tacloban City / Leyte. She is staying with the Penalosa Familiy. She arrived on the 27th October and we are not able to get any information so far.

    Please contact us if you have further information or news.

    boenkn@hotmail.com or 0041797522560 or 0041797468052

  2. hubs

    hi! are you still in need of volunteers? i want to help repacking goods for yolanda victims, i am from cainta rizal, where can i go to help maam/sir? thanks so much. please email me hooobert@yahoo.com.ph

  3. vicki kurzban

    Where are the volunteers? I’d like the address of the building they were evacuated to.

  4. Dulce Venezuela

    pwde po paki-update naman nung mga taga brgy 62A Kadungganan Bliss Sagkahan Tacloban City,Leyte. Salamat po

    pahanap na rin po sa

    kina Arlene V. Yakit, Roland Yakit, Cristian Venezuela, Loraine Yakit, Lyka Shainne Yakit at Lichelle Andrea Yakit.. Maraming Salamat Po.

  5. Jenny

    Pls. I am asking a big help to please locate my family at brgy. bolongtohan dulag leyte, Queterio Gobangco Jr my father & my mother Abundia Gobangco & the rest of my siblings Gobangco’s Family.

    Thank you very much for the big help.

    You can reach me at 09129793203

  6. Kayley Scaffidi

    I am a Registered ICU Nurse in America with 2 years of experience, as well as pediatric and burn experience. I am so passionate about somehow volunteering abroad ASAP in the Phillipines to assist with relief efforts. Whether it be medical, enviornmental, spiritual, or helping with food, shelter ect. I have been searching all over the internet for a few days of ways to get involved and to be able to volunteer abroad there, and I am not having as much luck as I would like. If you have any information on how I can get there to volunteer through your organization or another, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you!

  7. Cristina G. Daya

    Please inform me any update what happened to Mr. NELSON CATAHUM DAYA from Brgy. Arado , Dulag Leyte . My contact number is 0920-581-4950 or 02-456-2407 / 0922-203-1885 / manila line. I would greatly appreciate your feedback because I cannot find any ways to know what happened to him. I am waiting for your response. Thank you so much.

    Cristina G. Daya

  8. Julia

    Hi Christopher
    Do you have any information about the DSWD Home for girls and orphanage that was located in Pawing, Palo. I volunteered there for a few weeks a few years ago. I have just had world that the area was completely destroyed but wondered if the children had been evacuated to higher ground or if they were in the homes at the time the typhoon and storm surge hit.
    Let me know if you can
    Julia Cummins

  9. Lara Sybaczynskyj

    hi, am wondering when volunteers will be able to go over to the Philippines where the typhoon hit.

  10. Eric T. Monte

    I have a Filipino team of aid volunteers from the United States and they want to help in the WFP relief operations in Tacloban. They just arrived in Manila yesterday. They want to know how they can go to Tacloban, Leyte.

    Hope for a prompt response. Thank you very much.


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