21 September 2016
Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairperson Leni Robredo met with the heads of the Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) to discuss solutions for the victims of recent Super Typhoon Ferdie—which fortunately took no lives but nonetheless rendered the province of Batanes under a state of calamity.
“Bagama’t walang namatay sa ating mga kababayan sa Batanes, marami naman ang nawalan ng tahanan at iyon ang gusto nating matugunan nang agaran at mabilisan,” Robredo said.
The proposed housing recovery strategy is to skip the transition from temporary housing to more permanent housing for the residents of Batanes. Robredo has previously noted the process for application of temporary housing relief is too long, with beneficiaries often receiving the temporary aid years after the storm hits.
HUDCC has committed to ensure well-coordinated efforts from the six KSAs under its umbrella in the procuring of materials for construction, transportation of goods and warehousing. As Batanes is under a state of calamity and also a remote island region, there are no stores where housing materials may be bought, thus the need to procure materials.
“Kailangan talaga ng pagkakaisa na madala ang tulong sa Batanes para mas mapabilis ang pagdadala ng mga materyales para sa pabahay,” Robredo stressed.
Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) will be conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in Batanes. In line with the PDNA, Pag-Ibig sent a roving team to Batanes Tuesday to canvass the needs of over two thousand Pag-IBIG Fund members. They also brought generators to answer the electricity needs of affected families.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) will also send a roving team to canvass the needs of victims in terms for housing materials.
NHA will review its current assistance program and streamlined requirements to prevent the delay experienced by the victims of the 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Furthermore, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) will deploy an inter-agency post disaster needs rehabilitation team after the PDNA evaluation.