Celso, councilors turn over P10M Zambo calamity aid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:21

Mayor Celso Lobregat and some members of the City Council flew to Manila yesterday to personally turn over the city’s P10 million financial assistance to victims of severe flooding in Metro Manila and the neighboring areas.

The turn over of the checks was done at the Office of Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and was attended by the chief executives or representatives of the 19 local government units that were affected by the floods due to monsoon rains or habagat.

The P10 million donation is taken from the City’s Calamity fund and was approved for release during a meeting of the Lobregat-led City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) in City Hall Friday afternoon.

Of the amount, P1 million was donated to San Mateo, Rizal through Mayor Jose Rodriguez. San Mateo is a sister town of Zamboanga City. P9 million are shared among 18 other flood-stricken municipalities at P500,000 each. 

These municipalities include Masantol, Macabebe, Calumpit, Paombong, Hagonoy, Obando and Bucaue, all in the province of Bulacan; Concepcion, Paniqui and Capas in Tarlac Province; Dinalupihan, Orani and Mariveles in Bataan; Sto. Tomas and Minalin in Pampanga; San Marcelino and Iba in the province of Zambales.

Together with Mayor Lobregat during the turnover were Councilors Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Abubakar, Rey Candido, Percival Ramos, Eddie Saavedra, NOnong Guingona and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo.

During its session last Wednesday, the City Council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Lobregat to do whatever is necessary with regard to the massive calamity that hit Luzon early last week.

Mayor Lobregat said the city’s donation is a way of showing sympathy and concern for fellow Filipinos in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon. The amount, he said, will help alleviate the plight of the affected families.

Latest reports indicate that 92 people were killed while 3.45 million others affected by the heavy rains and flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The recipient chief executives and representatives expressed all out gratitude to the city of Zamboanga for the donation stressing that it will go a long way in alleviating the lives of their displaced constituents. — Sheila Covarrubias