MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has made it easier to find supermarkets, gasoline stations, drug stores and public markets that have reopened in areas affected by typhoon "Yolanda."
The DTI has launched the Open Store Locator website. The public can vide a list of open stores in typhoon-affected areas by clicking the name of the province in the map.
As of November 19, 110 business establishments have resumed operations in Tacloban, Ormoc, and Palo in Leyte; Catbalogan and Calbayog in Samar, Maasin and Baybay in Southern Leyte, Borongan in Eastern Samar, and Catarman in Northern Samar.
“Because of the challenging road to recovery ahead in typhoon-stricken regions, each re-opened store shows one step towards rehabilitation. The Oplan Open Stores Website serves as a guide for the public, the media covering the area and relief effort groups who are in need of supplies,” Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said.
It also encourages citizens to report via email ([email protected]) if there are stores that have reopened but are not on the list.