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More shelter help for storm victims will be sought by the NDRRMC.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will ask the White House to give emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to families impacted by Typhoon Odette.

During an emergency council meeting on Thursday, the council adopted the recommendation.

During the conference, the NDRRMC’s Shelter Cluster recognized cash assistance and housing materials as part of the government’s relief efforts, as well as the establishment of temporary shelters.

NDRRMC executive director and Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad noted during the virtual conference that “this (shelter help) can be supplied through the NDRRM Fund because it is susceptible to replenishment.”

According to Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Ao, the OP is already distributing cash assistance of PHP 5,000 for every impacted low-income family.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC Operations Center said that “Odette” has affected a total of 2,224,803 families, with 401 people killed, 1,261 injured, and 65 people missing.

Apart from Typhoon Odette, the Office of Civil Defense provided an update on the rehabilitation and recovery efforts following Typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses.

The council adopted the recommendation for the construction of a Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for the impacted towns, including medium- and long-term programs, projects, and activities.

“Kailangan lahat ng agencies para magkaroon ng comprehensive recovery plan (All agencies must contribute so that we can have a comprehensive recovery plan) All we have to do now is consolidate these things and put them into one document,” NDRRMC chair and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reminded the council.

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