POST-YOLANDA UPDATE FOR TRAVELERS

Post-Yolanda Update for Travelers


Find out how destinations like Cebu, Palawan, and Leyte are doing after the typhoon.

By Nigel Maranan
November 22, 2013


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The recent earthquake and the wrath of typhoon Yolanda has hit Visayas hard. Aside from sending donations, a lot of people are planning to be more involved by visiting the affected areas. If you have an upcoming vacation to these places, you'll help uplift the region by showing your confidence in the area and getting the tourist trade back to normal as soon as possible. You may also be traveling to volunteer and help out with relief efforts on the ground.

Whatever your reason for traveling, it helps to know what to expect and what the current situation is where you're headed. We asked our partner hotels to share how their areas are faring, to help you prepare for your trip. Check out the short guide below for updates from them with additional information from Gov.ph. Travel safely!


Aklan

Electricity: 16 towns are still experiencing power outages.

Network Communication:
Partial restoration of Smart, Sun, and Globe coverage.

For inquiries, you may contact the Aklan Government office at (036) 268-5338 or (036) 262-3132.


Antique

Electricity: As of November 20, 5 towns still have power outages.

Network Communication: Almost all Smart and Sun Cellular Network coverage has been restored. Globe Network coverage has been partially restored.

For inquiries, you may contact the Antique Government office at (036) 540-9649.


Bohol

Electricity:
37 towns have unrestored electricity. Some hotels use their own generators. Estimated turnaround for electricity is 2 months.

Damages: Generally, structures remain undamaged.

For inquiries, you may contact the Bohol Government office at  (038) 411-3300.


Boracay

Electricity
: No electricity. However, most resorts have their own generators. It will take approximately 2 months to restore the electricity (no definite date).

ATM: Mostly offline. Metrobank is the only ATM available.

Network Communication: Intermittent signal. Landline phones are not working.

Internet Connection: Most hotels don’t have Internet or WiFi.

Food Supply:
Guests don’t need to worry since supply of food in the market is okay.

For inquiries, you may contact the Aklan Government office at (036) 268-5338 or (036) 262-3132.


Capiz

Electricity: No electricity in 21 municipalities as of November 20, 2013.

Network Communication: Fluctuating. Partial coverage has been restored for Smart Communications, Sun Cellular, and Globe Network.

Damages: 
Major, including houses.

For inquiries, you may contact the Capiz Tourism office at (036) 621-0042 local 221.


Cebu (Northern): Bantayan, Malapascua, Bogo

Electricity: No electricity. Most resorts are relying on their own generators. It will take approximately 2 months to restore the electricity and an estimated 8 months in the islands.

Damages: Uprooted trees, aesthetically impaired facilities. Malapascua Island and Bantayan Island have suffered severe damages.

ATM: Not all banks in Daanbantayan are operational. Most transactions are made in Cebu City.

Network Communication: Fluctuating. Landline phones are not working. No signal is available on the whole island of Malapascua.

For inquiries, you may contact the Provincial Information Office at (032) 236-3626 or (032) 254-3454.


Leyte

Electricity: No electricity.  

Network Communication:
Intermittent. Smart Communications, Globe Network, and Sun Cellular have partially restored coverage.

Damages: Major, including infrastructure.

Most roads are now passable. For inquiries, you may contact the Leyte Tourism office at  (053) 321-6484 or (053) 523-9635.


Palawan: Coron

Electricity: (Rotating) Schedule of 5PM to 3AM. Most hotels have generators but are low on fuel due to scarcity of shipments from Manila.

Tour Operators: They are already doing their respective tours, but some tourist spots are closed due to debris/roadblocks (Maquinit Hot Springs, Kayangan Lake, etc.).

Damages:
Minor. Some trees have been uprooted and debris are scattered all over the town and beach.

ATM: No functioning ATM.

Network Communication:
Fluctuating. Currently, only Globe Network is stable. Sun and Smart Communications are intermittent.

Some roads are already passable. For inquiries, you may contact the Palawan Government office at (048) 433-2982 or (048) 433-2987.


Samar

Electricity: No electricity. Most resorts are relying on their own generators.

Tourist Spots:  No damage.

ATM:
All ATMs are working.              

Network Communication: Fluctuating. Coverage has been partially restored for all networks.

Internet Connection: No connection is available, but mobile Internet can be used.

For inquiries, you may contact the Northern Samar Government office at (055) 354-1239 or (055) 251-8100, and the Eastern Samar Government office at (055) 261-2414 or (055) 261-2155.

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