President Rodrigo Duterte is committed to raising additional 10 billion pesos for Typhoon Odette victims in severely affected provinces. On December 19, it was announced that the national government has committed 2 billion pesos to aid affected residents in Visayas and Mindanao. Presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles also said that President Duterte has instructed government agencies to “use all government assets we can” in order to provide for people affected by the typhoon.
Damages of Typhoon Odette
After Typhoon Odette (Rai), Negros Oriental is suffering an estimate of 600 million pesos worth of infrastructure damage with 51 dead and several missing or injured. Negros Occidental on the other hand has an initial estimate of 5 billion pesos for damage to property and industries. Overall, the Philippines is suffering 333.4 million pesos for damage to farming and fishing. The Department of Agriculture announced last Monday that they will provide at least 1.35 billion worth of aid to affected farmers and fisherfolk. As of December 20, the Philippines National Police (PNP) reported and recorded at least 375 deaths caused by the typhoon.
Parts of Philippines Under State of Calamity
Several regions and provinces in the Philippines are now put under a state of calamity. President Duterte signed the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) recommendation to place regions devastated by Typhoon Odette (Rai) under a state of calamity. Below are regions that were the most affected areas by Typhoon Odette and will be under a state of calamity.
- Western Visayas
- Central Visayas
- Eastern Visayas
- Northern Mindanao
10 Billion Pesos More for Typhoon Victims!
President Duterte also vowed to raise additional funds, estimated at P10 billion, for the rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the typhoon-affected areas,” Nograles said in a Palace statement.
After Duterte’s visit to Cebu and Bohol, he committed that the national government would provide 2 billion pesos for aiding Visayas and Mindanao residents. In a situation briefing in Kabankalan City, Duterte provided guidance and issued several directives to national agencies to address the immediate concerns of the local governments of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.
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