(January 7, 2022)

With more than one million families affected by Typhoon ‘Odette,’ the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), its member agencies, regional and local counterparts continue to aid and provide relief to typhoon-hit communities in various regions.

The NDRRMC Logistics Cluster reported that as of today, January 7, 2022, 4.8 million kilograms of assorted relief items were delivered to regions pummeled by TY 'Odette’.

Twenty-three sea vessels from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), 27 naval assets from the Philippine Navy (PN), 28 aerial assets from the Philippine Air Force (PAF), and 96 wing vans from the Office of Civil Defense, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and World Food Programme (WFP) have been deployed for relief missions.

Meanwhile, the OCD-chartered PSI Boeing 737 cargo plane had conducted 28 flights for the delivery of relief goods to the affected regions.

To assist the families whose houses were damaged by Typhoon ‘Odette,’ the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the DSWD is providing PHP5,000 for shelter assistance per family. The DHSUD and NHA will assist families in MIMAROPA, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao while DSWD will extend assistance in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and CARAGA.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will also provide cash assistance to low-income and severely affected families. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año reported to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Talk to the People briefing, the provision of a maximum of PHP5,000 cash assistance per family in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga.

A total of PHP 4.85 billion was allotted for this cash assistance program, the secretary mentioned.

Meanwhile, the reported cost of assistance provided to the victims of TY ‘Odette’ is now at PHP 461 million, as of January 7, 2022.

Also, the Department of Health (DOH) reported to NDRRMC that as of January 7, 2022, a total of PHP 18M worth of medicines, medical supplies, health kits, including Personal Protective Equipment were provided to the Centers for Health Development in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and CARAGA.

To manage the entire relief effort, the NDRRMC activated various disaster management facilities including seven (7) Government Command and Control Centers and Emergency Operations Center as well as three (3) emergency logistics hubs.

As of writing, there are still 94,799 families who are staying in the evacuation centers.

Deployment of emergency telecommunications team

In the aftermath of Typhoon 'Odette' which caused disruption in telecommunications services, OCD deployed its emergency telecommunications teams to re-establish communication link between the NDRRMC and the affected regions.

The teams set up equipment including VSAT for data connectivity, satellite phone for voice connectivity and drone for video surveillance in Siargao Island, Cebu City, and Southern Leyte to facilitate continued coordination between the national government and local disaster managers.

A team was first deployed to Siargao on December 18 to December 23, 2021. Other teams were deployed to Maasin, Leyte and Mactan, Cebu on December 21 to December 24, 2021. Another set of teams was also deployed to Bohol on December 27, 2021 and January 1, 2022.

On rehabilitation and recovery

Amidst the continuing large-scale relief operations, the NDRRMC, its member agencies, and regional counterparts have started preparations for the conduct of rehabilitation and recovery activities in the affected regions.

The conduct of Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and formulation of Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) are now being tackled.

The activation and organization of PDNA teams have been in-place to be followed by assessment and validation of damage and losses; analysis of sectoral impacts; development of recovery framework, analysis of financing options, drafting of PDNA report and CRRP.

Five PDNA teams from CARAGA were deployed today while Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas have already conducted PDNA orientation.

PDNA is a mechanism utilized by the government to determine the extent of damages, economic losses, and costs for recovery needs after a disaster.

The NDRRMC continues to provide support to the affected regions and assures the typhoon-hit communities that assistance will continue to be provided until all affected communities are able to recover from the ravages of the typhoon.