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aerial view of the P200-M Siargao Sports Complex inaugurated last November 2021 but was damaged by typhoon ‘Odette’.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said it will ask the Office of the President (OP) to provide emergency shelter assistance for families affected by typhoon “Odette”.

Assistance would include cash aid, housing materials, and the setting up of transitional shelters, the council said.

“This can be provided through the NDRRM Fund since this is subject for replenishment,” NDRRMC executive director and Civil Defense administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said during an emergency full council meeting.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año earlier reported that the OP is already providing cash assistance of P5,000 for every low-income family affected by the typhoon.

Post-disaster needs assessment is still ongoing in areas hit by “Odette,” Jalad said.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the typhoon affected 2,224,928 families or 7,715,320 persons in MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, Caraga, and Bangsamoro.

A total of 226,149 people were still in evacuation centers while 32,891 are taking shelter at homes of relatives, friends, and other facilities as of Friday, nearly a month after “Odette” had caused widespread devastation.

Damage to farms, infrastructure, and houses is currently estimated at P29.303 billion. Some 406 persons were reported dead, 65 remain missing, and 1,266 were injured.

Meanwhile, Jalad said the Office of Civil Defense also approved the recommendation on the development of a comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery plan for areas affected by typhoons “Quinta,” “Rolly,” and “Ulysses” in 2020.

That plan would include medium-and long-term programs, projects, and activities for the affected communities, he said.

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