OCD: Post-disaster needs assessment for typhoon ‘Odette’ out by Feb. 18

Published January 11, 2022, 3:06 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) aims to finish the conduct of the post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) for typhoon “Odette” by February 18.

Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director (File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Once the PDNA is completed, it will be used as the basis of a Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for the areas affected by Odette, OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad told President Duterte during the “Talk to the People” public address.

“Another thing that we are doing right now, Mr. President, is the conduct of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment… This is an inter-agency [initiative] led by NEDA [National Economic Development Authority] and Office of Civil Defense. The output, of course, is the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment which will be used to create a Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan. Our target is to finish itby February 18,” Jalad said.

In Caraga (Region 13), one of the six regions that were hardest hit by Odette, Jalad said their regional counterpart has deployed five self-sustaining teams to assess the damaged left by the typhoon.

“Other regional offices of the OCD, Mr. President, also mobilized their own teams,” he noted.

Odette, which hit Visayas and Mindanao on Dec. 16, 2021, affected 2.2 million families of 7.7 million individuals from 11 regions.

A total of 403 people died while 78 others were missing due to the typhoon.

The estimated cost of damage to infrastructure was P17.6 billion while agricultural loss was pegged at P8.9 billion.

Meanwhile, the relief operations for the affected areas were continuously being done by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through its implementing arm, the OCD.

The NDRRMC chartered 31 flights of Boeing 737 cargo aircraft to deliver relief goods to the typhoon-stricken areas.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also lent 27 Philippine Navy sea vessels, 28 Philippine Air Force aircraft, and 138 Philippine Army land vehicles. The Philippine Coast Guard also deployed 23 sea vessels for the same endeavor.

Through these assets, the national government has already transported 6.47 million kilos of relief goods to Odette’s victims, including P122 million worth of food and non-food items from the OCD.