The humanitarian efforts of the UK's Armed Forces and the Department for International Development (DFID) are already making a difference in the Philippines ,but International Development Secretary Justine Greening pledged, "We will not stop here".
I have seen how DFID and our military are delivering UK aid supplies to the most desperate parts of the Philippines and how our help is getting these people back on their feet.
While we can be proud that UK kit and personnel are making a difference in the immediate term, we will not stop here.
In the coming months the UK will be working hard to help build a better future for all the people of the Philippines, including girls and women who are often the ones who suffer disproportionately in the wake of crises like this.
The death toll from the disaster has already risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further.
The seven helicopters aboard HMS Illustrious are being loaded up with aid packages as the Royal Navy carrier arrives in the Philippines.
Carrying the fleet’s biggest on-load of stores since the Falklands War, HMS Illustrious is full steam ahead for typhoon aid mission.