Fri. Nov 27th, 2020
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Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario has assured assistance for families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by Super Typhoon “Rolly,” particularly in Bicol region and Southern Tagalog. 

Del Rosario is also head of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fubd.

The housing czar made the assurance on Wednesday afternoon after a coordinating meeting with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Housing Authority (NHA) and DHSUD Regional Offices 4A (Calabarzon) and 5 (Bicol).

During the meeting, stressed the urgent need for emergency assistance to families whose houses were either damaged or destroyed by Rolly recently.

The DHSUD, through the NHA, will utilize funds from its Emergency Housing Assistance Program. 

Del Rosario ordered DHSUD officials, particularly directors from Regions 4A, 4B (Mimaropoa) and 5, to immediately meet with their counterparts from the NHA and the DSWD to discuss the delivery mechanisms and organize teams to immediately deliver the assistance.

Initial reports showed that at least 79,000 houses have been partially damaged while another 30,384 were destroyed by the strongest typhoon so far to hit the country this year. Most of the damaged houses were made from light materials. 

The DHSUD chief said that they intend to provide P10,000 cash assistance to families whose homes were destroyed and P5,000 to those whose residences were partially damaged.

Secretary Del Rosario emphasized the urgency and importance that the cash assistance be given not later than Wednesday next week, acknowledging the immediate need of the typhoon victims.

“I have given instructions to concerned agencies, while waiting for the final data to be submitted by the local government units, to organize a number of teams that will go to the affected provinces, prepare the money, go to the affected areas and give the cash directly on the ground,” Del Rosario said.

On the possible resettlement of typhoon-affected families, Del Rosario said the department would need to coordinate with local government units in formulating an effective relocation strategy, saying that all measures would have to be carried out after an in-depth planning and in close consultation with the affected communities. He said the relocation can be carried out with funds coming from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund. SOVEREIGNPH

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