Odette victims cry out P302-M calamity fund distribution delay

Odette victims cry out P302-M calamity fund distribution delay

By Junex Doronio

Asia Society photo courtesy

December 29, 2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Unmindful of the welfare of the residents here who have been suffering from blackout and lack of water in most areas since supertyphoon Odette whacked this highly urbanized city on December 16, re-electionist Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan and the majority of the city councilors loyal to mayoralty aspirant Congresswoman Paz Corro-Radaza continued to lock horns over the distribution of the P302 million calamity fund.

In its special session called by Chan on Tuesday, December 28, the City Council increased the calamity fund from P236 million to P302 million, which is part of the P317 million Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

To recall, the City Council, in mass motion, approved the release of the calamity fund last week and it wants the distribution done through the barangays.

However, it can be noted that the allocation for each of the 30 barangays is not uniform although majority of the barangay captains are Radaza allies.

Chan then vetoed the release of the calamity fund, describing the allocation per barangay as unfair.

The mayor preferred the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Chan’s protégé and the aspirant for councilor Annabeth Cuizon to conduct the distribution.

After the December 28 special session, the majority of the councilors still want the distribution done through the barangays.

Concerned residents said if the mayor would still insist on channeling the calamity fund distribution through the CSWDO, they would still have to suffer longer. (ai/mtvn)

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