Celso thanks SP for swift action on P2M aid for Sendong victims PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:08

The City Council yesterday unanimously approved Mayor Celso Lobregat’s recommendation for the allocation of P2 million out of the city’s calamity funds, as assistance to the thousands of victims of tropical storm Sendong in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

As this developed, Mayor Lobregat expressed gratitude and thanks to the City Council for the speedy approval of his recommendation formalized in a resolution by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) passed during an emergency meeting Monday morning.

With the City Council authorization, the mayor has instructed the immediate processing of the two checks of P1 million each. The mayor is set to designate a city official to go to Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City to personally deliver the checks to the individual chief executive of the two cities.

The mayor on Monday morning convened the CDRRMC for an emergency meeting to tackle the grant of assistance to the two LGUs severely affected by the tropical storm Sunday.

Aside from the cash assistance, Mayor Lobregat has also joined efforts with the Ateneo de Zamboanga and other non-government organizations such as the Tzu Chi Zamboanga in appealing for the donation of relief goods specifically clothing, slippers, blankets, canned goods, noodles, water and other items also to be sent to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

The city government has designated the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in Pettit Barracks as the collection point for all donations from city government employees and other concerned individuals.

Reports from the NDRRMC show that the storm-spawned flashfloods wrought massive devastation in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan including some other parts of the country. Thousands of people perished and remain missing as of press time.

Because of the destruction, the entire Cagayan de Oro City will have no potable water supply for the next few weeks, as the water district in the area is undertaking measures to resolve the problem. — Sheila Covarrubias