Celso sends off P.5M relief goods to Jolo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 15:17

Barely a day after the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) met to approve the appropriation of P500,000 for flood victims in Jolo, the city government yesterday shipped  the relief goods to its intended beneficiaries.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilor Abdurahman Nuno, City Police OIC director Col. Edwin de Ocampo, Task force Zamboanga chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual, Red Cross Zamboanga Administrator Vic Liozo Jr., Assistant City Social welfare Officer Neneng Bayan and other members of the CDRRMC supervised the loading of the relief goods to a navy boat for shipment to Jolo, Sulu.

The relief goods included 100 sacks of rice, 100 cartons of sardines, 100 cartons of noodles, 200 pieces mosquito nets,200 pieces blankets and over a thousand pieces of plates, glasses and cooking utensils.

The shipment of the items was done through the assistance of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao under Commodore Orwen Cortez, who was also present during the send off yesterday.

Mayor’s executive assistant Amilpasa Bandaying and personnel from the City Social Welfare Office and local Red Cross escorted the relief goods to Jolo and are expected to arrive in the area early this morning. The city’s relief assistance will be turned over to Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin.

On Monday, Mayor Lobregat convened the CDRRMC (formerly the City Disaster Coordinating Council) to approve the allocation of half a million pesos as assistance to the thousands of victims of the flash floods in Jolo.

The move is supported by a resolution from the City Council which convened in an emergency session Monday noon per request of Mayor Lobregat. The amount is taken from the city’s calamity fund.

In February 2009, the city of Zamboanga also responded to the call for help when typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng hit Luzon. The city then allocated P1.5 million for relief assistance to the local governments of Marikina; Isabela City in Cagayan Valley; Dagupan City in Pangasinan; Trece Martires City in Cavite; and Laguna which received P250,000.

The city’s assistance was turned over the LGUs through then National Disaster Coordinating Council chair former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., who came over to the City to grace the Dia de Zamboanga celebration in 2009. — Sheila Covarrubias