Just how big is the problem in the Philippines?   How big is the need?  Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) raked a huge swath across the center of the country.  Tacloban was the biggest population center and was hit very hard and it is getting 90% of the attention in the international media, so much so that it threatens to obscure the true scope of the devastation.  This is not about one city.  Tacloban is the beginning of the story.  It’s not the story.  All throughout the region there are towns and villages and all around the world there are Filipinos desperate for news about their missing relatives.  And in the towns, those relatives are desperate for assistance which has not arrived.

The  Philippine Star has started making an effort to catalogue the population centers that are affected, starting with those for whom there are relatives who have written to the Star saying no aid as arrived.  That preliminary list:


  • Santa Rita
  • Salcedo
  • Basey
  • Marabut
  • Giporlos
  • Hernani
  • Guiuan
  • Llorente
  • Catbalogan
  • San Policarpio
  • Borongan
  • Lawaan
  • Taft
  • Balangkayan

Leyte and Biliran

  • Baybay City
  • Ormoc City
  • Palo
  • Kananga
  • Abuyog
  • Isabel
  • Palumpon
  • Barugo
  • Matag-oh
  • Naval
  • Tolosa
  • Carigara
  • Dulag
  • San Miguel
  • Burauen
  • Merida
  • Babatngon
  • Sta Fe
  • Tanauan
  • Mayorga

Iloilo, Aklan, and Capiz

  • Concepcion, Iloilo
  • Ajuy, Iloilio
  • Passi City, Iloilo
  • Kalibo, Aklan
  • Culasi, Antique
  • Aras-Asan, Antique
  • Dumalag, Capiz
  • Mambusao, Capiz
  • Panitan, Capiz
  • Pilar, Capiz
  • Milanay, Sigma, Capiz
  • Jamindan, Capiz
  • Banga, Caplan
  • Tibiao, Antique
  • Batan, Aklan
  • Numancia, Aklan

Then there are the towns that were not mentioned by the Star, but which people wrote in via comments about:

  • Dagami, Leyte
  • Altavas, Aklan
  • Capoocan, Leyte
  • Maya Daanbantayan
  • Palompon
  • Villaba
  • Tabango
  • San Isidro
  • Calubian
  • Barbaza, Antique
  • Ibajan, Aklan
  • Julita, Leyte
  • Tunga, Leyte
  • Alang-alang, Leyte
  • Jaro, Leyte
  • Carolina Can-Avid, Eastern Samar
  • Tinocdugan, Leyte
  • MacArthur
  • Albuera, Leyte
  • Maydolong, Eastern Samar
  • Tibao
  • Palonpon, Leyte
  • Pastrana
  • Mahaplag
  • Tapaz, Capiz
  • Mansalay, Mindoro
  • San Jose, Mindoro
  • Bongabong, Mindoro
  • Bulalacao, Mindoro
  • Socorro, Mindoro
  • Roxas, Mindoro
  • Jaro, Leyte
  • Alan-alan, Leyte
  • Tunga, Leyte
  • Pastrana, Leyte
  • Tabango, Leyte
  • Panay Town, Panay
  • Calinog, Iloilo
  • Daanbantayan, Cebu
  • Arteche, Eastern Samar
  • Coron, Palawan
  • Culion, Palawan
  • Busuanga, Palawan
  • Leyte, Leyte
  • Tunga
  • Barbaza
  • Tibia
  • Culasi
  • Sebaste
  • Pandan
  • Libertad
  • Caluya islan
  • Sebaste, Antique
  • Calubian, Leyte
  • Barugo, Leyte
  • Washington, Aklan
  • Lapaz, Leyte
  • Cuartero
  • Altavas, Aklan
  • Malitbog, Leyte
  • Barbaza, Antique
  • Nabas, Aklan
  • Ivizan, Capiz
  • Dao
  • Hindang, Leyte
  • Inopacan, Leyte
  • Hilongos, Leyte
  • Palompon, Leyte
  • Alangalong
  • Jaro
  • Tabon Tabon, Leyte
  • Pastrana, Leyte
  • Mayorga, Leyte
  • Macarthur, Leyte
  • Carigara, Leyte
  • Sta Javier, Leyte
  • Dumarao

Doubtless there are many others not yet mentioned.

If you don’t see your town listed above and it is in the affected area, please let us know as we will be organizing this information into a database and will be providing the info to AID organizations and others.


One Response to List of More than 100 Desperate Towns Ravaged by Yolanda / Haiyan — And This is Incomplete

  1. Rudie says:

    Thank you for sharing what you know~!~
    Rudie *(:>*

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