MAASIN CITY, (PIA) -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has downloaded the amount of P45 million to the provincial government of Southern Leyte as emergency fund for distribution to Odette victims with totally damaged houses at P5,000 per family or household.

Erickson Delloro, NHA-8 OIC regional director, handed over the check replica to Gov. Damian Mercado on Thursday, December 30, at the capitol.

Shortly before the simple ceremonial turnover rites, Governor Mercado shared that in a meeting with the mayors Wednesday, December 29, it was agreed that the NHA aid will be given first to the badly hit four towns in Panaon Island -- Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo --- and Limasawa.

The total number of completely destroyed houses in the five mentioned LGUs reached over 8,000 households, just enough for the requirement set by NHA, Mercado said.

He appealed, however, that by next year the other totally damaged houses in other LGUs be given also their share, a plea confirmed by the NHA regional head.

There are over 38,000 totally damaged houses around the province as of December 29, 2021 update of the emergency operations center.

Witnessing the turnover were the social welfare officers of the five towns concerned; Mercy Pacha, PSWDO; and Mayor Melchor Petracorta of Limasawa. (LDL/MMP/PIA 8-Southern Leyte)