PROMPT ACTION: DHSUD Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario calls an emergency meeting on Wednesday with DSWD, NHA and DHSUD Regional Offices 4A, 4B and 5 to discuss immediate assistance that can be afforded to victims whose houses were either destroyed or damaged by Super Typhoon “Rolly.”(DHSUD)

QUEZON CITY – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario has assured assistance for families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by Super Typhoon “Rolly”, particularly in Bicol region and Southern Tagalog. 

The housing czar made the assurance on Wednesday afternoon after a coordinating meeting with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Housing Authority (NHA) and DHSUD Regional Offices 4A and 5.

During the meeting, Secretary Del Rosario stressed the urgent need for emergency assistance to families whose houses were either damaged or destroyed by typhoon “Rolly” recently.

The DHSUD, through the NHA, will utilize funds from its Emergency Housing Assistance Program. 

Secretary Del Rosario ordered DHSUD officials, particularly directors from Regions 4A, 4B and 5 which were battered by “Rolly”, to immediately meet with their counterparts from the NHA and the DSWD to discuss the delivery mechanisms and organize teams to immediately deliver the assistance.

Initial reports showed that at least 79,000 houses have been partially damaged by the typhoon while another 30,384 were destroyed by the strongest typhoon so far to hit the country this year. Most of the damaged houses were made from light materials. 

The DHSUD chief said that they intend to provide P10,000.00 cash assistance to families whose homes were destroyed and P5,000 to those whose residences were partially damaged.

Secretary Del Rosario emphasized the urgency and importance that the cash assistance be given not later than Wednesday next week, acknowledging the immediate need of the typhoon victims.

“I have given instructions to concerned agencies, while waiting for the final data to be submitted by the local government units, to organize a number of teams that will go to the affected provinces, prepare the money, go to the affected areas and give the cash directly on the ground,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

On the possible resettlement of typhoon-affected families, Secretary Del Rosario said the department would need to coordinate with the LGUs in formulating an effective relocation strategy, saying that all measures would have to be carried out after an in-depth planning and in close consultation with the affected communities. 

Secretary Del Rosario said the relocation can be carried out with funds coming from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund. (30)