Lobregat releases cash aid to disaster victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 July 2012 13:44

The city government remains committed to its mandate to serve the neglected, oppressed and distressed, as it promptly allocates and releases funds to ease the burden of concerned constituents.

This, as Mayor Celso Lobregat last Saturday distributed cash assistance to victims of disasters that hit their areas recently. The amount of financial assistance per person or family depends on the degree of damage or injury caused by the incident as assessed and verified by the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Francisco Barredo.

The disasters included the fire incidents in barangay Tetuan last March 3 and May 15 and in barangay Sta. Catalina last May 29 where a total of 11 families were displaced; thunder and lightning incidents in Curuan last May 22 where 1 was killed and 6 others wounded; strong winds in Lunzuran last May 11
where one family was displaced and the case of a fallen tree due to strong winds in Putik last June 3 where 3 families were rendered homeless.

Councilor Nonong Guingona, City Social Welfare Officer Barredo and staff and personnel from the City Treasurer’s Office assisted the mayor during the distribution rite held at the City Hall conference room Saturday morning.

Mayor Lobregat said the amount released by the City Government is not intended to totally rehabilitate the houses or properties damaged or the injuries attained but merely to help ease the plight of the affected individuals.

The City Disaster Coordinating Council now known as the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has specified P5, 000 for individuals with totally damaged houses; P3,000 for partially damaged houses and P3,000 for house sharers or house renters.

For injuries obtained due to thunder and lightning, P5,000 was given to next of kin of those killed as well as the victims confined at the hospital and P3,000 was given to victims now considered out-patients.

The city government on Saturday released a total of P75, 000 for financial assistance of the total 21 victims.

The grant of financial assistance to victims of calamities or disasters is a regular program of the city government and is given after assessment and verification by the CSWDO. — Sheila Covarrubias