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DHSUD allocates P100 million to each of the Odette-affected provinces.

Each typhoon-affected province would get PHP100 million from the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

During the first quarter of 2022, the help might be utilized by local government units to acquire construction supplies and repair severely damaged houses, according to Secretary Eduardo del Rosario.

“We’re stepping up efforts to help families in typhoon-affected areas right away, particularly those whose houses were damaged or destroyed by Odette. We’re also improving collaboration with other government agencies to enable faster humanitarian and financial support to the typhoon-affected areas,” del Rosario said in a statement on Tuesday.

The DHSUD has already begun distributing humanitarian aid to typhoon victims.

The organization supplied 5,598 shelter-grade tarpaulin sheets to evacuees in Cebu, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and the Caraga Region in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development and the International Organization for Migration.

14,000 extra shelter-grade tarpaulin sheets, 250 modular tents for evacuation centers, and 1,310 solar lamps were also supplied to affected areas with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Another 700 Shelter Repair Kits were supplied to Caraga on Monday, with corrugated galvanized iron sheets, lumber, plywood, tarps, nails, and carpentry tools, and 300 additional kits are scheduled to arrive in Maasin City on Friday, Dec. 31.

97,500 families from Regions 4-B, 6, 7, 8, 10, and Caraga will also benefit from the PHP487.5 million in financial support, according to the DHSUD.

Every family will receive PHP5,000 in cash.

“Relax, the administration is doing everything it can to assist all impacted families as quickly as possible,” del Rosario said.

In addition, DHSUD’s major shelter agency, the Home Development Mutual (Pag-IBIG) Fund, has set aside PHP5 billion in catastrophe loans for its “Odette”-affected members.

Eligible members can borrow up to 80 percent of their total Pag-IBIG funds at the market’s lowest interest rate of 5.95 percent.

The loans have a three-year repayment period with a two-month grace period.

Del Rosario led ocular inspections and damage assessments in Surigao City, Siargao Island, Cebu province, and the Dinagat Islands over the weekend.

In Muslim Mindanao’s Regions 4-B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, DSHUD estimates that at least 506,4040 residential structures were damaged or destroyed, 339,327 dwellings were partially damaged, and 167,077 infrastructures were completely destroyed.

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