ON THE AFTERMATH OF TYPHOON ODETTE
As of 27 December 2021
The year 2021 has been a great and inspiring year for the Agency as well as for our Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) despite the still ongoing pandemic considering the numerous milestones and achievements accomplished.
Unfortunately, a couple of weeks before the year ends, Super Typhoon Odette (International name “Rai”), severely hit parts of the three major island groups of the country, which included Regions IV-B in Luzon, Regions VI, VII, and VIII in Visayas, and Regions X and XIII in Mindanao.
The concerned NCIP Regional and Field Offices gathered initial data on the ICCs/IPs affected.
Initial assistance given to the victims by NCIP, other line agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), private sector, and other stakeholders were food packs, hygiene kits, used clothing, used blankets, shoes, construction materials, and cash.
To sustain the needs of the typhoon victims, supplementary emergency response activities like distribution of food pack/relief goods (rice, canned goods, bottled water, instant goods, clothes, blankets, hygiene kits, medicines, and vitamins) are urgently needed.
Other interventions that are required are the following:
1. Provision of temporary shelter for families having lost their homes and not evacuated at evacuation centers;
2. Setting up of child-centered spaces in evacuation centers;
3. Livelihood assistance;
4. Shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses;
5. Non-food items such as cooking kits, basic household kits, and cooking fuel;
6. Emergency Response and Medical Team to those ICCs/IPs who need special health attention;
7. Rehabilitation and recovery activities for the affected IP communities; and
8. Capacitate ICCs/IPs to be resilient in terms of emergency services, health planning, disaster risk reduction, and information management.
Updated Report will be published as soon as validated information are obtained.