A total of 97,500 families whose houses were damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Odette last December 2021 received special financial assistance from the National Housing Authority (NHA).

NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr. ordered the immediate release and distribution of the Special Emergency Housing Assistance to the affected families through the local and provincial government units in the affected Regions. This is in response to President Duterte’s order for the Authority to assist affected families whose houses were damaged or destroyed by the typhoon.

GM Escalada issued NHA Memorandum Circular No. 2021-070, implementing the Special Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP). Under the Special EHAP, NHA shall provide P5,000.00 for each beneficiary family to rebuild their houses, regardless of the extent of damage sustained.

NHA released a total of P487.5 million cash assistance to the provincial and local governments in Regions IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XIII for the families devastated by Typhoon Odette. In Region IV, P21.250 million financial grants were released to the City Government of Puerto Princess and Provincial Government of Palawan. At the same time, P127.5 million special EHAP was turned over to the Province of Negros Oriental, Province of Antique, City of Iloilo, Province of Iloilo, and Province of Guimaras.

In Region VII, NHA distributed P160 million funding support to the Provincial Government of Bohol, Province of Negros Oriental, Lapu-Lapu City Government, Mandaue City Treasurer, Provincial Government of Cebu, City Government of Cebu, and Provincial Government of Siquijor. It also released P5 million cash aid in Region X for the Provincial Government of Camiguin.

For affected families in Region XIII, NHA distributed P116.250 million financial grants to the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands, and Province of Agusan del Norte.

On December 21, 2021, President Duterte placed these regions under a state of calamity through Proclamation No. 1267 to hasten the government’s rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts.