ULI’s Initial Review Report – Tacloban, Philippines

On November 8th, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda hit Central Philippines and caused devastating landslides, tsunami-like storm surges and flash floods. Tacloban was the most affected city with over 16.1 million people affected. Power, telecommunication and water services were cut off, and 65-90% of structures were destroyed.

In December of 2013, Dr. Sujata S. Govada, the Founding and Managing Director of UDP International, was invited to visit the City of Tacloban ahead of preparing the “Typhoon Yolanda and Tacloban, Philippines – Initial Review Report” for an engagement by the Urban Land Institute. This review report was even a response UDP International’s past work: “The ULI Ten Principles for Sustainable Development of Metro Manila’s New Urban Core” published in 2013 by the Urban Land Institute, in which one principle is “being prepared” to ensure that the devastation caused by natural disasters is minimised. The Typhoon Yolanda and Tacloban, Philippines – Initial Review Report reviewed and assessed the situation of Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda. International case studies were introduced with regards to how cities cope with natural disasters and their respective resiliency models. The observations were made in three stages (immediate-short, short-medium, medium-long terms) and formed the basis for the suggestions and way forward.

Year: 2013-2014
Location: Tacloban, Philippines
Site Area: ~19,942 ha