2013, November


IN LGUs gear up to send relief, assistance to ‘Yolanda’ victims in Central Philippines

THREE local government units (LGUs) in the province announced their intentions to help in the relief efforts for supertyphoon “Yolanda’s” victims in central Philippines.

Members of the Laoag City Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved two resolutions which were certified as urgent by Laoag Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas for the donation of P50,000 each for the typhoon Yolanda victims in the cities Ormoc and Tacloban.

The amounts were certified by the members of the local finance committee as available and to be sourced from the Laoag City Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).

Laoag Vice mayor Michael V. Fariñas said this is one way to help our brothers and  sisters that were affected by the supertyphoon.

The vice mayor added that this has been a practice for the city government as one way in helping LGUs that are affected by any type of calamity.

The mayor, for her part said that the city was lucky that the supertyphoon had not reached the province as this would have created huge problems for Ilocanos.

However, the mayor said that the city government and the people of Laoag continuously pray for the immediate recovery of the affected towns and cities and their people.

For this the reason, the lady mayor said she certified two urgent resolutions for cash donations for Ormoc and Tacloban

The city hall employees association also came up with cash and kind donations purposely for the said victims.

Batac also prepares to help

BATAC City mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta meanwhile said that the City Hall employees’ association of Batac also have been collecting different kinds of goods that could be also shared to the people affected by the supertyphoon.

Nalupta said he also sent memoranda to all levels in the private and public schools in of Batac to also conduct their respective voluntary cash donations but the said memoranda should be explained very well by the teachers specifically its intention.

Based on a World Bank report, around US$14 billion are needed for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected areas.

In view of this, Nalupta said this became the reason he urges every citizen in Batac to help with anything that comes from the bottom of their heart.

Whatever may be collected according to the mayor will be sent thru the foundations, Philippine Red Cross or directly to the LGUs that are soon to be the sister cities of Batac that were affected namely Boronggan and Bayabay both in Leyte, Bogo in Cebu and Catbalogan in Samar.

He added that the city government will also give financial assistance that will come from the calamity fund and this will be in time for their reconstruction and rehabilitation and not with the relief operations.

He stressed that the rehabilitation and reconstruction would be time when huge amounts are needed and the city government’s allocation of aid would be in terms of  construction materials.

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