By Rjhay Laurea
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MANILA — A total of P10-million worth of donations will be provided by the Quezon City government to aid the 5th and 6th class municipalities in Southern Leyte which were badly-hit by Super Typhoon Odette (International Name: Super Typhoon Rai).
The Quezon City Council has filed a resolution authorizing City Mayor Joy Belmonte to donate the above mentioned amount that will be equally divided among the 10 municipalities of Anahawan, Hinundayan, Libagon, Padre Burgos, Pintuyan, San Francisco, San Juan, San Ricardo, Tomas Oppus, and Limasawa in Southern Leyte.
The municipalities were selected with the help of the DILG regional office.
Majority floor leader Councilor Franz Pumaren, together with Councilors Donny Matias and Wency Lagumbay, proposed Resolution No. SP 8797, S-21 seeking the release of funds to be donated to affected towns.
The measure was co-introduced by the other members of the Quezon City Council.
“This is our way of trying to show that Quezon City is willing to help out the municipalities that were badly damaged by Super Typhoon Odette,” Councilor Pumaren said.
Mayor Belmonte also issued a certificate of urgency for the immediate approval of the said measure, and expressed her sympathies to the families devastated by the typhoon.
“Kami po ay taos-pusong nakikiramay sa mga pamilyang lubhang naapektuhan ng Bagyong Odette, lalo na sa mga nawalan ng mahal sa buhay. Nawa’y magkaroon kayo ng lakas ng loob at katatagan sa krisis na inyong kinakaharap (We sympathize with those families who were severely affected by Super Typhoon Odette, especially to those who lost their love ones. May you have the courage and strength despite the crisis you are facing right now),” the mayor said.
The QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council earlier passed Resolution no. 4 approving the release of the said amount to be sourced from the DRRM Fund.
The P10 million financial aid from the Quezon City Government is apart from the P100 million fund from the savings of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) that Mayor Belmonte unanimously agreed with the other National Capital Region (NCR) mayors to release for the assistance of the local government units affected by Super Typhoon Odette. (ai/mtvn)