Senate minority bloc seeks probe into 'Odette' damage, govt response

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) — Minority senators have filed a resolution seeking an inquiry on the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Odette and how the government has responded in its aftermath.

"In order to deliver on this obligation, it must conduct a full inventory of damages, conduct a thorough evaluation of government response including gaps and structural inefficiencies, and identify the needs for rehabilitation, recovery, and reconstruction, including the corresponding budgetary and policy requirement," said Senate Resolution No. 976.

It was filed by Senators Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, and Francis Pangilinan.

The lawmakers noted that the government reported ₱10 billion in response funds, emphasizing that this "cannot even cover" half of the over ₱24.5 billion in agricultural and infrastructural damage reported so far.

"This assessment of government response and relief efforts should be done with the end in view of protecting our people and improving our existing National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework," said the senators, adding that "Odette" and prior calamities revealed vulnerabilities and problems in it.

"Odette" ravaged the Visayas, Mindanao, and parts of Luzon last December after making nine destructive landfalls.