The NEDA 6 staff, EnP Juvelyn B. Pamonag, presented the Rehabilitation and Recovery Planning Guide and highlights of the Western Visayas Rehabilitation Recovery Plan (RRP) for Typhoon Odette while Engr. Alexander O. Aquio discussed the summary of investment requirements and priority programs, projects and activities for the region during the conduct of the Regional Rehabilitation and Recovery Forum on August 23, 2022 in Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City. The activity was spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Rehabilitation and Recovery Management Service, in coordination with OCD-6.

With local chief executives and DRRM officers from Typhoon Odette-affected LGUs and fourth to sixth class cities and municipalities in the region as participants, the activity aims to provide updates on rehabilitation and recovery interventions in the region.

NEDA 6, OIC – RD Arecio A. Casing, Jr., serves as Vice Chair of Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-Committee on Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery and chaired by OCD 6, RD Jose Roberto R. Nuńez. The RDRRMC is responsible in ensuring disaster sensitive regional plans, and in case of emergencies and disasters convenes the different regional line agencies and concerned institutions and authorities.

EnP Pamonag, a Supervising Economic Development Specialist, and Lead of Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (RRP) Formulation, discussed the salient features of the Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Planning Guide and highlights of the RRP including the effects of the disaster to the population and the regional economy.  The onslaught of Typhoon Odette on ­­­December 16 to 17, 2021 cut a swath of destruction across Western Visayas affecting all the six provinces and two highly urbanized cities in the region.  There were 58 individuals reported dead, 169 sustained injuries, and 5 remain missing.  As of February 15, 2022 a total of 718,732 families or 2,749,429 individuals were displaced.  The number of houses reported damaged reached 426,018, of which 52,337 were totally destroyed.

On the other hand, Engr. Alexander Aquio, Chief Economic Development Specialist of the same office and Lead of Investment Programming, presented the summary of investment requirements and priority programs, projects and activities for the region. Total rehabilitation and recovery investment requirement for Typhoon Odette in Western Visayas amount to PhP14.6 billion.  The infrastructure sector has the biggest requirement with around PhP5.2 billion followed by housing and settlement (PhP3.2 billion), agriculture and fisheries (PhP3 billion), and social services (PhP2.7 billion).  The livelihood and business development, and cross-sectoral investment requirements posted at PhP1.78 billion and PhP1.74 billion, respectively.  A total of 1,220 rehabilitation and recovery programs, projects and activities in the region were proposed for funding and implementation from 2022 to 2024.

The RRP for Typhoon Odette was endorsed by RDRRMC-VI on March 16, 2022 and approved by the NDRRMC on June 20, 2022 after series of review, validation and vetting activities.  Other resource persons were subject matter experts from the Department of Budget and Management and OCD central offices. (JBPamonag/NEDA6)