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Vice President Leni Robredo visits communities in the coastal town of Tubigon, Bohol, one of the provinces hardest hit by <a class=Typhoon Odette, on December 28, 2021. Aica Dioquino, OVP handout” src=”https://sa.kapamilya.com/absnews/abscbnnews/media/2021/news/12/29/20211228-robredo-leni-odette-aftermath-bohol-ovp-9033.jpg”/>
Vice President Leni Robredo visits communities in the coastal town of Tubigon, Bohol, one of the provinces hardest hit by Typhoon Odette, on December 28, 2021. Aica Dioquino, original packaging leaflet

MANILA — A month after Typhoon Odette struck, Bohol remains in dire need of assistance even as COVID-19 cases surge in the province, its governor said Friday.

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said around 280,000 people’s homes were damaged during the typhoon and they “only survive with tarps, sunshades and recycled materials”.

It is estimated that rebuilding houses will cost between 4 and 8 billion pesos.

“With COVID-19 we are still in this pandemic and it is raining and cold at this time of year. We’re very aware at this point that we don’t want to add another layer of problems,” he told ANC’s Headstart.

Active COVID-19 cases in Bohol have risen to 616 from 12 on Dec. 16, Yap said.

He noted that Bohol’s budget this year “isn’t going to get us very far” as the province also needs to rebuild evacuation centers and other damaged infrastructure.

“One realization is that we really need to build resilience centers, hindi yung gym na inayos lang para magmukhang evacuation centers. We’re looking for independent standalone resilience centers,” he said.

“Every year we get 22 to 27 tropical cyclones. Every 2 years we get a big howler, a big typhoon. The total damage averages 400 billion pesetas. We really need to make a decision to keep people out of harm’s way and build smarter and have more engineering styles to suit our construction (or) this sad tale is repeated every year.

The province must also have “independent communication platforms,” ​​the governor added.

“One of the things we wanted to do is put satellite phones in every barangay,” he said.

The province’s power supply is not yet fully restored as 11,000 power poles were destroyed by the typhoon, the governor said.

“Until all 11,000 posts are repaired, being able to link to Leyte is useless. If power is not fully restored, even our ability to produce water will be affected,” he said.

Panglao Island, meanwhile, has continued to receive tourists as it “wasn’t hit hard,” Yap said.

The province accepts tourists who are fully vaccinated, and if they haven’t had any vaccination yet, they must provide a confirmatory swab or RT-PCR test,” he added.

“The first message we need to get out is that we are open for business,” he said.

“Our resorts themselves need to be used … not only for tourism, but also for lifeboats in emergencies. If they can have their own tower and communications and water source, resorts become provincial resilience centers.”

Individuals who wish to donate to the province’s rehabilitation can do so with international organizations such as the United Nations agencies, Yap said.

“Whatever funds we get, we’re focusing on food, water and generators to get the basics going,” he said.

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]]> WFP Philippines – Typhoon Odette – Situation Report No. 6 (19 January 2022) – Philippines https://gosic.org/wfp-philippines-typhoon-odette-situation-report-no-6-19-january-2022-philippines/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:49:33 +0000 https://gosic.org/wfp-philippines-typhoon-odette-situation-report-no-6-19-january-2022-philippines/

In numbers

8 million people affected

11 regions affected

530,000 people in need

198,652 people are still on the run


  • WFP, in collaboration with the Regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is preparing food aid for 115,000 people on the islands of Dinagat and Siargao.

  • The Global Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) deployed four IT professionals to support shared telecom services in Surigao City, Maasin City and Bohol.

situation update

  • A month has passed since Typhoon Odette devastated 11 of the country’s 17 regions in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people are still in dire need of food, clean water, shelter and Conservation Assistance (OCHA). The government is leading the overall response.

  • A total of 8 million people were affected. The Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan requires $107.2 million to help 530,000 people in two of the hardest-hit regions (Caraga and Eastern Visayas), and only 39 percent of that plan is currently funded.

  • More than three quarters of the 198,652 displaced people remain in evacuation centers. Damage includes; 1.4 million homes were destroyed or damaged, 514 cities suffered infrastructure damage (ie power outages, water and sewerage systems, damaged roads and bridges and clinics) and 8,700 towns lost water supplies.

  • Odette’s impact is comparable to Super Typhoon Haiyan (the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines) but with a significantly lower death toll of 405 compared to Haiyan’s 6,300 deaths in 2013.
    This is due to the preemptive evacuation of people by the government and local community prior to landing, saving countless lives.

WFP response

  • WFP increases direct aid to the affected population and facilitates the work of governments and humanitarian organizations through telecommunications and logistical support.

  • WFP’s $25.8 million December 2021 relief plan aimed to provide 1) a combination of food and cash assistance to complement the government’s distribution of food parcels, 2) transporting supplies to improve and bridge telecommunications failures in affected areas.

  • Assessments conducted in early January prompted WFP to revise its plan to include areas outside of the Caraga region. WFP has identified Southern Leyte and Bohol as the two most affected areas outside of Caraga, with 80 and 71 per cent of the total population (approximately 1.3 million people) severely affected respectively.
    Grocery/Cash Assistance

  • WFP is preparing to distribute 1,150 tons of rice to 23,000 families (115,000 people) on the islands of Dinagat and Siargao in Caraga. WFP has already procured 650 tonnes of rice to be shipped to Dinagat and Siargao islands in the coming days. WFP and the Regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed a data sharing agreement for targeting and prioritizing benefit households based on the Listahanan (government’s national household targeting system for poverty alleviation). The distribution is carried out by the non-governmental organization (NGO) CARE.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will remain closed on January 17th and 18th, 2022 https://gosic.org/disneys-typhoon-lagoon-water-park-will-remain-closed-on-january-17th-and-18th-2022/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 14:43:57 +0000 https://gosic.org/disneys-typhoon-lagoon-water-park-will-remain-closed-on-january-17th-and-18th-2022/

UPDATE – It has now appeared on the Walt Disney World calendar that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be closed today (January 17) and Tuesday, January 18, 2022. We believe this closure is due to the ongoing cold spell in Orlando. As of now, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is scheduled to reopen at 9:35am on Wednesday, January 19, but be sure to check Walt Disney World Calendar before you go.

UPDATE – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is closing again today (January 14, 2022) due to cold weather. It looks set to open tomorrow, but be sure to check the Walt Disney World calendar before you go.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon only reopened on January 2, 2022, after being closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. Guests have been excited to return to this water park for the past week.

It has now appeared on the official Walt Disney World calendar that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be closed on January 11th and 12th, 2022, which we believe is due to the cold weather.

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It is currently scheduled to reopen on January 13, 2022 from 10am to 5pm and for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, this means that due to the closure of Disney’s Blizzard Beach for renovations, both Disney water parks will be closed on January 11th and 12th, 2022.

Let us know what you think about this closure of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Cuba’s Disaster Preparedness as a Model for PH https://gosic.org/cubas-disaster-preparedness-as-a-model-for-ph/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:05:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/cubas-disaster-preparedness-as-a-model-for-ph/

Whenever a typhoon approaches Philippine territory, it’s only fair to say that Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), despite budget cuts in recent years, does its job well by providing regular weather reports. The cuts, of course, delayed the modernization of the country’s weather agency.

The private sector and civil society organizations usually carry out relief efforts when a disaster hits the country – be it a typhoon, earthquake or volcanic eruption. But the more important question we should be asking is: Does the government have a concrete disaster risk reduction plan? If yes, how effective is it?

About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, so effective disaster preparedness is a must. But if only body counts and salvage operations are carried out, then the government does not have such effective measures.

On the other side of the world, an island nation has been recognized not only by the United Nations, but also by international NGOs and academics for its disaster risk reduction efforts, despite a 60-year US economic blockade that hampered its socio-economic development.

This is Cuba, the largest and most populous island in the Caribbean. Its location in the North Atlantic invites a number of hurricanes and storms annually. Despite this, Cuba still manages to protect its people from danger. A 2011 analysis by the Center International Policy highlighted the island’s low death rate from hurricanes. In fact, the US has suffered more casualties than Cuba, where the former recorded 44.73 deaths per million people and the latter just 2.43 deaths per million people from eight storms in over eight years.

According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), this was made possible by Cuba’s three pillars: education, civil defense and the Meteorological Institute. Education is the main pillar in which Cubans are taught disaster preparedness from a young age. They have a two-day annual hurricane risk mitigation training course, supplemented by simulation exercises and concrete preparation measures.

Cuba’s Institute of Civil Defense and Meteorology also plays a role in the implementation of the four-phase emergency response program. In Phase 1 (Information), television and radio play an important role in informing the public of an approaching hurricane. In Phase 2 (Alert), government agencies are mobilized 48 hours before the hurricane’s projected arrival to implement the emergency response plan; Measures such as evacuation are taken. In Phase 3 (Alert), as the hurricane sweeps the country, government disaster relief comes into full effect, with all levels of civil defense remaining in place. Phase 4 (Recovery): After the hurricane fails to reach state territory, local, municipal, provincial, and national leaders continue to restore and restore damaged services and infrastructure.

In the 2002 study “Popular Mobilization and Disaster Management in Cuba,” Holly Sims and Kevin Vogelmann asserted that “Government intervention and popular participation are critical elements of Cuba’s disaster preparedness and public health policies. The constitution requires the state to save lives and resources during natural disasters.”

The British international NGO Oxfam concluded in its 2004 report that there is “no comprehensive substitute for reducing poverty and promoting social and economic equity as fundamental long-term strategies for reducing vulnerability to hazard” in disaster risk reduction . Using the disaster equation of “risk = danger x vulnerability”, reducing disaster risk does not seem like an easy task, especially in the Philippines where the government is corrupt and has no interest in science-based disaster response. With this Cuban model, we can pressure the government to commit to long-term sustainable development that reduces risk and establishes a national disaster mitigation, preparedness and response structure. Only when these are realized can Filipino lives be saved.

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Jervy Briones is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

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Sonic boom claimed in East Yorkshire as RAF fighter plane Typhoon ignites loud bang | United Kingdom | Messages https://gosic.org/sonic-boom-claimed-in-east-yorkshire-as-raf-fighter-plane-typhoon-ignites-loud-bang-united-kingdom-messages/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:23:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/sonic-boom-claimed-in-east-yorkshire-as-raf-fighter-plane-typhoon-ignites-loud-bang-united-kingdom-messages/

Local residents likened the loud blast, which struck just after 8 a.m. over the Mappleton area, to that of a bomb. RAF fighter planes regularly fly in the area for training purposes and to monitor Russian planes flying near British airspace.

This led many to attribute the noise to a sonic boom made by planes breaking the sound barrier.

This has yet to be confirmed by the Department of Defense.

One man said his “whole house shook” while another said “the earth shook”.

Individuals took to social media to report what they heard, concerned about where the bang was coming from.

READ MORE: Madeleine McCann case blown as team uncovers new evidence

And Dan Field, who previously shared photos of himself in Armed Forces uniform, said: “Morning everyone, we apologize for any inconvenience caused this morning.”

While there were claims that the noise was caused by a fighter jet, radar trackers showed the plane online in the area around 8 a.m. was a Delta Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam.

Hull Live reports that Delta Airlines Airbus A330 was about 100 miles offshore and flying at about 850 miles per hour – well below the speed of sound.

This type of aircraft is also not capable of flying supersonic.

It’s worth noting that military aircraft don’t always show their location, which can be tracked on the public radar tracks.

This can be done to avoid alerting potential adversaries of their whereabouts.

The news came as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace vowed to “stand up against thugs” and warned of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly aggressive actions.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Department of Justice for comment.

Diosdado Macapagal and Typhoon ‘Odette’ https://gosic.org/diosdado-macapagal-and-typhoon-odette/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 15:01:10 +0000 https://gosic.org/diosdado-macapagal-and-typhoon-odette/

SHORTLY before the expected happy festivities at the end of 2021 were celebrated, typhoon “Rai” moved into the Philippine area of ​​responsibility on the night of December 14th. The Filipino Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) named it “Odette” and as it approached land, it unexpectedly quickly developed into a Category 5 super typhoon when it first encountered Siargao.

Typhoon “Odette” was a powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone that struck our country. It was the first category 5 super typhoon to develop in December since Nock-ten in 2016, and the third category 5 super typhoon recorded in the South China Sea, after ‘Pamela’ in 1954 and ‘Rammasun’ in 2014 . “

Approximately 16 million Filipinos were in the badly affected areas and more than 2 million needed help. The authorities were prepared for this and reacted quickly; The Civil Defense Office and key agencies worked with local government units and their leaders around the clock to meet the most pressing needs.

What was uplifting, heartwarming, and moving was the abundance of care and support from private organizations, celebrities, charitable and nongovernmental organizations, civil society, public corporations, foundations, and even families; from civic associations, universities and restaurants to small businesses, individuals, village clubs and alumni organizations, everyone shared what they could.

A commendable alumni group is the “Matatag class”. You are the graduates of the first Executive Master in National Security Administration, or E-MNSA, a program of the National Defense College of the Philippines of the Department of National Defense implemented through the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development and Security (PCEDS.) Ins Was brought to life) in July 2020. The E-MNSA is a rigorous 39-part Masters course in the theory and practice of national security. It combines synchronous and asynchronous online learning sessions and face-to-face teaching on its campus at Camp Aguinaldo. A policy research paper is a final requirement.

The program was led by Dr. Gloria Jumamil-Mercado MNSA, the first female commodore in the Philippine Navy, directed and designed and developed together with Deputy House Speaker and Antiquities MP Loren Legarda MNSA and Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana. The NDCP is the government’s premier defense and national security education, training, and research center.

The Matatag class is made up of senior officials from the national government, the private sector, local government units, and NGOs. They came back together in December after graduating on August 5, 2021 with the aim of providing relief and complimenting the entire nationwide relief campaign for families affected by Typhoon Odette. Members pooled their resources, donations and mobilization efforts for operations in Bohol, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Palawan and Southern Leyte. To date, the class has collected and promoted more than 100,000 liters of filtered water, 90,000 wooden boards, 8,000 square feet of shelter material and 30,000 kilograms of rice, among other things, in order to remain true to the corps spirit imparted through the training of the NDCP via serving leadership.

The NDCP was first conceived in 1957 when the military advisers to the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (Seato) proposed the establishment of a college of war in the Philippines. After years of political study and formulation, Executive Order 44 was signed on August 12, 1963, authorizing the establishment of the National Defense College of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (NDCAFP) and placing the college under the administrative and operational direction of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces by President Diosdado P. Macapagal.

Diosdado Pangan Macapagal Sr. was the ninth President of the Philippines and served from 1961 to 1965. A native of Lubao, Pampanga, he graduated from the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas. His notable achievements as President included the introduction of the first land reform law, the liberalization of foreign exchange and import controls and the change in the country’s independence day from the colonial date of July 4th to the actual declaration on June 12th.

President Macapagal died of heart failure in 1997 at the age of 86, leaving the Filipino people with a magnificent institution, the National Defense College of the Philippines.

The NDCP opened its first Resident Course (RC) in February 1966. It welcomed its 57th regular course a few months ago and declared 42 new National Security Administrators to graduate from the first Executive Masters in National Security Administration program in August 2022. I am one of them.

The author holds a degree in psychology from the University of the Philippines and two executive programs from Harvard University, first from Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2005 and from Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015. He holds a master’s degree in National Security Administration and is a commander in the Philippine Navy and has been awarded two bronze cross medals.

The government was “not too late” to respond to Typhoon Odette, says Duterte https://gosic.org/the-government-was-not-too-late-to-respond-to-typhoon-odette-says-duterte/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:04:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/the-government-was-not-too-late-to-respond-to-typhoon-odette-says-duterte/

Overturned electricity pylons are still blocking a main road in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte Province, in this photo taken on December 19, 2021, four days after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai). (File photo from Agence France-Presse)

MANILA, Philippines – The national government did not respond “too late” to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his taped Talk to the People, which aired late Monday evening, and made the delays in helping blocked Roads responsible that lead to inaccessible to certain areas.

Duterte said the government was there to respond to the affected areas on and the day after Typhoon Odette devastated parts of the country last month.

“We weren’t too late. The government’s reaction is that we were there on or the next day of the typhoon, ”Duterte said in a mixture of English and Filipino.

“The coconut palms and other trees that fell on the streets made it impossible for us to do our clearance duty. Those who were available to the Navy had no problem, ”he added.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the total death toll from Typhoon Odette as of Jan. 1 is 407.

Duterte has pledged to put a 10 billion pesos fund to help the areas hit by Typhoon Odette, including 6 billion pesos that would come from the proposed state budget for 2022 once he signs the law.

READ: Typhoon Odette death toll climbs to 407 from Jan 1st – NDRRMC


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Data collection that is important for disaster risk reduction https://gosic.org/data-collection-that-is-important-for-disaster-risk-reduction/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:05:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/data-collection-that-is-important-for-disaster-risk-reduction/

On December 16, 2021, the super typhoon “Odette” (international name: Rai) hit land as a category 5 typhoon in the Philippines, causing over 400 deaths and an estimated damage of over half a billion dollars to infrastructure and agricultural production. This is hardly an unprecedented disaster for the Philippines. A study by the Asian Development Bank puts the cost of successive typhoons for the country between 1990 and 2020 at $ 20 billion.

In response, the Philippine government and its partners have mobilized to reduce the risks and costs of disasters through improved disaster risk reduction and rapid response mechanisms. The country has made important progress in building its disaster management system at all levels of government. Public spending on disaster risk reduction was over $ 3 billion in 2019.

In comparison, the recent announcement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to invest $ 7.5 million in predictive action in the country seems almost insignificant from a budgetary perspective. But it has the potential to fundamentally change the way the Philippines effectively contain disasters. Forward-looking measures support vulnerable families after an impending typhoon is detected and before they hit land so they can take action to prevent the catastrophic effects of storms on their lives. It empowers people to take action before disaster strikes.

At Odette, the United Nations did not initiate any proactive measures, although non-governmental organizations have put in place similar mechanisms. The reasons why Odette does not take forward-looking measures in advance must be analyzed and better understood in order to improve future responses. It is likely that the rapid development of the typhoon itself, the novelty of the initiative, and limited funding played a role.

However, effective predictive action also requires understanding of the level of preparedness of individuals and communities for typhoons. Currently, the trigger for proactive action is only based on environmental factors (typhoon intensity and course). Risks to individuals and communities are sometimes not adequately considered because such data are not readily available. In fact, forward-looking action at this point remains blind to the level of willingness, vulnerability and resilience of the population along the typhoon trails. A nationwide study we conducted at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) in 2017 found that most Filipinos feel unprepared for typhoons and are unaware of many key containment measures. However, this study is four years old, and recent efforts are not reflected in these data. New granular data are necessary so that timely, reliable information about the “human terrain” can trigger predictive action.

To improve predictive action, disaster-related data on preparedness and resilience at the individual and community levels must be routinely collected and made publicly available, just as the government must ensure the routine collection of demographics, health and economic indicators data to guide public investment. This is a necessary step to ensure that solid data and evidence will help fuel investment and public action, and ultimately save lives in the face of recurring disasters, particularly in the Philippines.

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Lea Ivy Manzanero, MA, is the HHI Project Leader conducting research on the HHI’s Resilient Communities Program in the Philippines. Mark Toldo is a communications specialist for the Resilient Communities Program at HHI. Vincenzo Bollettino, Ph.D., is the director of the Resilient Communities Program at HHI. Patrick Vinck, Ph.D., Director of Research at HHI, is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

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Andi Eigenmann talks about “hard times” after Typhoon Odette https://gosic.org/andi-eigenmann-talks-about-hard-times-after-typhoon-odette/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/andi-eigenmann-talks-about-hard-times-after-typhoon-odette/

Andi Eigenmann (Image: Instagram / @ andieigengirl)

Andi Eigenmann has admitted that it is emotionally difficult for her after the super typhoon Odette devastated her family’s home island Siargao.

The actress, who was in Manila when Odette landed on Siargao last month, spoke about how her family is coping with the aftermath of the typhoon as she shared photos of them on her Instagram page today, January 7th.

“I had a hard time assessing how I was feeling, but I did [realize, never mind] for now, because after all the uncertainty in life there is still so much to be thankful for, ”she said.

Eigenmann added that while her children don’t see the place outside of Siargao as “home”, they have improved the situation with her fiancé, celebrity surfer Philmar Alipayo.

“My kids know for sure that this is not ‘home’, but when we are both there everything will be better somehow,” she told fans.

She then revealed that Alipayo will return to Siargao and is happy that he can help those affected on the island.

Eigenmann also gave fans a glimpse into Alipayo’s efforts to help Siargao by showing off a house he was helping rebuild, as seen on her Instagram story today.

“The house dad and the boys worked before going to Manila. He will soon be flying home with more materials to rebuild and use the proceeds from our December YouTube videos [from] our dear friends who have been so kind to donate, ”she said.

Andi Eigenmann IG story

Image: Instagram / @ andieigengirl

Eigenmann previously showed the devastation on the holiday island, including a road that leads to her family’s home. While the actress is relieved that her loved ones are safe, she stressed that it will take Siargao some time before things can get back to normal.

The couple had previously announced that they would donate the proceeds from their YouTube vlog “Happy Islanders” to help rebuild Siargao.

On January 1, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council determined the following: Death toll of 407 related to Typhoon Odette. In the meantime, 82 people are still missing and 1,147 injured. /ra


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Duterte will be visiting the Odette affected areas again to review the government’s efforts to provide relief https://gosic.org/duterte-will-be-visiting-the-odette-affected-areas-again-to-review-the-governments-efforts-to-provide-relief/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:57:59 +0000 https://gosic.org/duterte-will-be-visiting-the-odette-affected-areas-again-to-review-the-governments-efforts-to-provide-relief/

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 5th) – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will visit areas badly hit by Typhoon Odette later this month to check that government agencies have followed his instructions for assistance and rehabilitation.

“Gusto ko tignan, what was the progress of our government intervention there. Bibistahin ko lahat ‘yan ulit, maybe second or third quarter of January,” he said during his regular address, which was broadcast on Wednesday.

[Translation: I want to see the progress of the government intervention there. I will go there again maybe in the second of third quarter of January.]

The president visited the Odette-hit areas days after the devastating typhoon hit central and southern parts of the country in mid-December. He distributed goods and gave instructions to the officials on how to help the affected residents.

The Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Ricardo Jalad, assured that they will continue the relief efforts and the implementation of emergency shelters weeks after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. He said they are currently in the process of assessing and validating damage, loss and residents’ needs; Development of the recovery framework; Analysis of funding opportunities; and drawing up the implementation plan.

The official said he would submit the draft comprehensive report on the rehabilitation and recovery plan to Duterte and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council by February 18.

Interior Minister Eduardo Año reported that 4.85 billion pesos had been released to local government units, which were hard hit by the typhoon, to be distributed to families on Wednesday.

Duterte, previously concerned about raising funds after the budget ran out, gave a council to the president who will succeed him on June 30.

“This is my advice to everyone who listens, sino ang manalo: Dapat may pondo ka talaga. Cold Cash, Money na direkta mabigay sa kanila,” he said.

[Translation: That will be my advice to whoever is listening, to who will win: You should have the funds. Cold cash that you can distribute right away.]

The government reported that 407 people were killed and 1,147 injured in the typhoon, while 78 remain missing.

NDRRMC estimated the devastating typhoon damage to infrastructure and agriculture at pesos 17.07 billion and over pesos 7.68 billion, respectively.

Typhoon Odette was also reported to have destroyed over 598,000 homes in 10 regions across the country.

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