The Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC III) approved the Damage Report and Recovery Interventions for Areas Affected by Tropical Cyclones Rolly and Ulysses during its First Quarter Full Council Meeting on 04 March 2021 via videoconference.

NEDA 3 OIC-Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza presented the salient points of the plan including the extent of damage of aforementioned tropical cyclones that brought 200 percent more rain than usual last November. This affected the lives and livelihoods of households in more than 1,000 barangays after rains and destructive winds toppled electrical posts, flooded the already-saturated plains, and caused damage to productive agricultural land (about 22,000 hectares according to reports) and infrastructure. He also laid out the major and continuing strategies which are founded on the “Build Back Better” principle.

The said plan contains the early response and recovery interventions extended by the national government, local government units (LGUs), and non-government organizations (NGOs) to the affected population. It proposes a total of 15 programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) amounting to Php 1.8 B to be submitted to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council  (NDRRMC) for funding in 2021-2022, and another 12 for consideration by official development assistance (ODA) agencies, national and/or local government units.

RDRRMC III Chairperson Maria Theresa R. Escolano of OCD 3 thanked NEDA 3 for successfully facilitating the formulation of the plan. This comes after the RDRRMC, through its 11 January 2021 meeting, recommended that NEDA 3, as Vice-Chairperson of the Rehabilitation and Recovery Thematic Area (R&RTA) of RDRRMC, formulate a mini-rehabilitation and recovery plan in response to the declaration of a state of calamity in the whole island of Luzon by virtue of Proclamation No. 1051 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on 18 November 2020.

A total of 90 participants comprising of RDRRMC III officers and members and LGUs attended the full council meeting to discuss and approve plans and programs relevant to all-hazard disaster risk reduction prevention, preparation and response. (Liezl Joyce V. Mangalindan, NEDA 3-PFPD)