SDV Global has extended its assistance to the Philippines typhoon disaster recovery effort by providing a team with expertise in crisis management and emergency logistics.
The rescue teams are still hard at work even a couple of weeks after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines and caused absolute chaos and destruction. SDV Philippines has been engaged in aid and relief operations by supporting HK Logistics, a company accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as the UN World Food Program.
A team comprising of six SDV experts in crisis management has been dedicated to support all logistics activities and onsite staff in Tacloban and Cebu.
HK Logistics’ first priority was to set up a field hospital with a surgery room in Tacloban. Staff and equipment are being transferred by planes doing rotations from Cebu to Tacloban, as well as by an aircraft bringing in supplies directly from Australia.
To assist these operations, the SDV team provides ground handling services to unload and overhaul the planes arriving in the Philippines, besides doing the customs clearance of the cargo. In addition, ground transportation of air crews and staff are taken care of 24/7 to ensure flawless operations. Fifteen trucks and one barge are also in rotation from Cebu to Tacloban to transport water, fuel, food, medicines and all types of equipment required for the hospital in the shortest possible time.
Mr Basile Ricard, General Manager, Operations at SDV Philippines explains that organising logistics for relief efforts requires speed and innovation even though remote locations and damaged infrastructure can severely slow down the process. The SDV team is also providing logistical support onsite in Tacloban by re-filling water and fuel tanks to empower the communities and facilitate the relief.
SDV has engaged 30 trucks to support the World Food Program, picking up food from various ports and airports of the archipelago and distributing it to Tacloban and surroundings. Unique solutions have been set up to manage the operations around the clock. As already requested by the WFP, SDV is designing logistics solutions for other affected areas in the Philippines.
An expert in aid and relief logistics, SDV assists international organisations and NGOs by implementing emergency logistics with dedicated teams.
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