SHELTER MATERIALS. A totally damaged house in the town of Sibalom during Severe Tropical Storm Paeng on Oct. 29, 2022. Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officer Broderick Train said Thursday (Nov. 17, 2022) they are procuring shelter materials to be given to those with totally damaged houses in Antique. (PNA photo courtesy of Melanie Raymaro)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Antiqueños whose houses were totally damaged by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng would be prioritized in the distribution of shelter assistance.
 
PDRRM officer Broderick Train said in an interview Thursday they are now processing the purchase of shelter materials, such as plywood and galvanized iron, that will be distributed to the families whose houses have been totally destroyed.
 
“Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao would also like to fast-track the procurement and distribution of the shelter materials so that those whose houses had been totally damaged could already return to their normal lives,” he said. 
 
Train said the provincial board has approved the use of PHP8-million Quick Response Fund (QRF) to respond to the various needs of the people affected by Paeng during its Nov. 3 session when they placed the province under the state of calamity.
 
Of the PHP8-million QRF, the amount of PHP1 million was allocated for shelter materials.
 
“The provincial government is also looking for other sources of fund(s) in order to add to the PHP1 million QRF considering that it might not be enough for shelter materials,” Train said.  
 
Based on the report of the Antique Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, there are 963 families with totally damaged houses due to Paeng.
 
There are also 5,078 families with partially damaged houses.
 
These families with totally and partially damaged houses are no longer inside the evacuation centers as some of them have repaired their houses or are temporarily staying with their relatives. (PNA)