Beng calls for more aid for CDO, Iligan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:05

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District 1 Rep.  Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco calls for more assistance to help victims of typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities respectively.

Cong. Climaco has mobilized with non-government organizations in Zamboanga City to hasten relief operations and double the assistance to be sent to the affected areas.

“These cities are our neighbors and we see the devastation the typhoon left. Our coordination with city officials in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan together with their church leaders, call upon all of us, especially neighboring cities to help rebuild the lives of our brothers and sisters there. Through the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and our office in the first district, we have mobilized organizations to gather all donations so we can send them to the cities concerned,” Climaco expressed.

The city government has already expressed its assistance of P1million to each of the two cities through the efforts of Mayor Celso L. Lobregat. Climaco also forwarded relief goods and blankets to these areas and commended employees of a canning factory in the city of Zamboanga for contributing some amount and canceling their Christmas party in solidarity to the victims.

“I appeal for more donations to be sent to Ateneo de Zamboanga University and in our office. We do all possible means to extend our help to the victims of typhoon Sendong. Our help will truly make the season of giving meaningful. We continue to solicit for more food, blankets, clothes and water most especially as 80% of their water system had been contaminated,” the Deputy Speaker emphasized.

Rehabilitation will take some time and the need to put things back in order for the people in Cagayan and Iligan calls for a unified effort of everyone.

Climaco is set to head mobilization of more volunteer groups to continue the aid for the victims of typhoon Sendong. — Silvie Bandiola