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NHA releases P487-M shelter assistance for 'Odette' victims

January 25, 2022 - Tuesday 6:01 PM by Kristine Casampol

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The government has begun offering emergency shelter assistance to Typhoon Odette victims who were swept through the Visayas and Mindanao parts last December.

"Ang NHA (National Housing Authority) naman ay kasalukuyang nag-i-implement ng emergency shelter assistance, sila ay nakapag-download na sa mga local government units ng PHP487 million," Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director, said in his report to President Rodrigo Duterte during the Talk to the People briefing on Monday night, Jan. 24.

Apart from the NHA, Jalad added, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has distributed P4.8 billion in funds to local government units (LGUs) for the same purpose.

"At mayroong recommendation na ibibigay ang NDRRMC sa inyo, Mr. President, para sa karagdagang emergency shelter assistance, (Mr. President, the NDRRMC will submit a recommendation to you regarding the grant of additional emergency shelter assistance)," Jalad said.

Meanwhile, Jalad stated that the government had delivered 7.1 million kilograms of relief goods to areas badly hit by the typhoon.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has distributed 786,000 family food packs worth P440 million to Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga, according to Jalad.

The post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) for typhoon-affected areas is expected to be completed by the end of January, according to Jalad, who is also the administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

He also said that the PDNA is now being conducted by 21 teams on 95 local government units that have reported losses or damage due to "Odette."

These will be submitted to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (RDRRMCs), who will forward them to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) by mid-February, Jalad said.

"Odette" has affected 2.3 million families, or around 8 million individuals.

Around 406 people were confirmed dead, with 65 missing and 1,265 injured, with 339,478 still residing in 1,146 evacuation centers and getting support.

The typhoon also caused damage to 1.3 million houses