NHA aids over 2K ‘Odette’-displaced families in Iloilo

The National Housing Authority (NHA) has released its initial financial assistance from the city and province of Iloilo for 2,205 families displaced by Typhoon Odette after their homes were totally damaged.

In a press conference on Thursday, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the province was the recipient of the Special Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) of NHA that will be provided at PHP5,000 each to families whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon.

“There is more help to come except that right now it is being processed, prepared and determined. We will wait for our partner agencies to do that (announcement),” Defensor said.

He added that the funds are for totally damaged houses based on the report of affected municipalities

submitted by the provincial government to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and other national government agencies.

The check was turned over to Defensor by NHA district manager Fe Jamoyot following their meeting at the provincial capitol on January 12 that was also attended by OCD operations section chief Melissa Banias, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) chief Sara Barayuga, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) chief Dr. Jerry Bionat.

PDRRMO record shows around 1,800 wrecked houses in the province while there are 44,000 partially damaged houses.

On Jan. 11, the city government through Mayor Jerry P. Treñas also received PHP6.25 million as a partial check for its displaced residents.

In a phone interview, City Social Welfare Officer Teresa Gelogo said that as per a letter from the NHA, PHP5,000 financial assistance will be given to owners of partially and totally damaged houses.

She said the city has 9,140 affected families; 405 with houses wrecked, and 8, 738 partially destroyed.

“As per their approval we will extend the assistance first to those with totally damaged houses,” Gelogo said.

She will also confer with the NHA if the city government can proceed with the distribution even if they have yet to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) since the payroll is ready.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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