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Tarps have an ‘urgent need’ for ‘Odette’ survivors, according to the Palace.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to obtain tarpaulin sheets and lumber from uprooted coconut trees will be the “quickest” option to erect temporary shelters while waiting for construction materials to arrive in areas affected by Typhoon Odette, Malacanang said Wednesday.

“Of course, yung (the) building stuff will arrive.” But, in the meantime, tarps are the most pressing need on the ground. Ito po ay mula sa mga demands din ng ating local government entities kasi ang basis po nila ay sa mga requests din ng kanilang constituents,” acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a Palace news briefing.

Nograles, on the other hand, stated that construction supplies for stronger shelters “will come later.”

Because of the procurement and delivery process of these construction materials, according to Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, procurement of housing materials for targeted island local government units (LGUs) with onsite delivery of the construction materials will be undertaken from January to March 2022.

“Again, the tarps are the pinakamabilis na solusyon, which ito rin yung panawagan ng mga components (are)” (Again, the fastest solution, which is also the request of constituents, is the tarps). Then, after going through the procurement procedure and completing ating (our) post-disaster requirements evaluation, we’ll provide the construction materials,” he added.

Nograles stated that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), a shelter subcommittee, will be making the required measures for the additional money due next year.

The national budget for 2022, as well as quick response funds (QRFs), are planned to complement the monies needed to build or repair severely damaged residences.

Duterte directed Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista to obtain tarpaulin sheets and lumber from uprooted coconut trees so that families might erect temporary shelters in a prerecorded Talk to the People on Monday.

“Magbili ka muna i-assess mo’yung mga people natutulog sa labas, emergency, so magbili ka ng trapal,” says the narrator (Buy tarpaulins first). “The proper size for a family of maybe six people,” he remarked, “since ang trapal (because a tarpaulin) will cover the people from the cold sa gabi (at night).”

According to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Typhoon Odette caused more than PHP28 million in damage to 506,404 dwellings, more than PHP16 billion in damage to 276 infrastructures, and more than PHP5 billion in damage to agriculture (NDRRMC).

In the Visayas and Mindanao, more than 300 cities and municipalities have been declared disaster areas.

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