National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., directed the immediate release and distribution of special financial assistance to families devastated by Typhoon Odette in Regions IVB, VI, VII, VIII, IX and XIII.

On December 21, 2021, President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed these regions under a state of calamity through Proclamation No. 1267 in order to hasten the rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and private sector.

The President has instructed the NHA to provide necessary assistance to affected families whose houses were damaged or destroyed by the typhoon.

In response to President Duterte’s directive, NHA GM Escalada ordered the immediate allocation and release of cash assistance to these families through the local and provincial government units in the affected areas and 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 augment in rebuilding their houses, regardless of the Extent of damaged sustained.

On December 29, 2021, NHA Region VII Manager Engr. Hermes Jude G. Juntilo led the ceremonial turnover of P25 million financial grant to Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Mayor Junard “Ahong” Q. Chan to aid 5,000 affected families.

They were joined by Cebu District Office OIC Engr. Dante U. Estrobo, Lapu-Lapu City Treasurer Ms. Felicitas B. Baguio, NHA Region VII Chief Corporate Accountant Mr. Genesis Caesar C. Manalili, Program Office OIC Ms. Donabel Lorraine P. Vergara, and Community Support Service Chief Ms. Elena G. Galeon.

Likewise, NHA is set to release P55 million funding assistance to the Provincial Government of Bohol for 11,000 families affected by the calamity on December 30, 2021.