VP Leni mobilizes distribution of shelter repair kits and rebuilding tools worth P49.2 million for recovery and rehabilitation of Odette-stricken areas
Vice President Leni Robredo delivered on her promise to continue helping the Odette-stricken families in rebuilding their communities.
The presidential aspirant went back to Siargao Island on Friday afternoon, February 4, to turn over housing materials to five barangays in the towns of Del Carmen and Socorro that were ravaged by Typhoon Odette in December last year.
In a Facebook post, Robredo shared that it has been raining in the island since she and her team arrived.
“Bad weather here… Some parts of the island with electricity already. They are happy that we returned today but they said they are still trying to slowly return to normal,” she said.
On Saturday, February 5, Robredo returned to Dinagat Islands where joined the groundbreaking ceremony of the first Angat Buhay sa Kalikasang Buhay Village in Barangay Cuarinta, in the municipality of San Jose.
After visiting the areas flattened by the typhoon last December, Robredo said the OVP will focus on early recovery and rehabilitation particularly in terms of providing shelter repair materials.
To date, the OVP has P49.2 million worth of shelter repair kits and rebuilding tools to be downloaded to several local project implementers for the benefit of 3,538 beneficiaries in various areas, over a month since Odette struck.
Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc. and the Robredo People’s Council partnered with the provincial government of Dinagat Islands, Assisi Development Foundation, Inc., and Balaod Mindanaw, Inc. to build an Angat Buhay village in Dinagat with 200 concrete houses costing P20-million for indigent families who were left with no homes. The village will be constructed in two different relocation sites, in Brgy. Cuarinta in San Jose and Brgy. Boa in Cagdianao.
In Negros Occidental, Shelter Starter Kits will be provided in Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Candoni, Ilog and Kabankalan for beneficiaries who will undergo a training with the United Architects of the Philippines before the actual turnover of the materials worth P6.2 million. A Shelter Starter Kit, which costs P24,160 each, contains Corrugated Galvanized Iron (CGI) sheets, coco lumber, fiber cement board, self-drilling screws, and nails.
Meanwhile, Shelter Repair Kits containing CGI sheets, coco lumber or flex board, and several types of nails will be given to severely affected families in Cebu, Surigao del Norte, Negros Oriental, Bohol, and Southern Leyte.
Aside from heading to the heavily devastated areas in several parts of Visayas and Mindanao within 72 hours after Odette’s landfall to assess the survivors’ needs, Robredo mobilized a relief effort, where the Robredo People’s Council was able to collect cash donations coursed through the Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc. amounting to P40 million. [End]