It is better to give than to receive.
Such timeless quotation lingers in every Filipino mind. However, with the Philippines frequently hit with natural and man-made calamities, many people are left with fewer choices and are compelled to ask for help.The Philippines has been hit by massive floods in recent years, and is in the front line of typhoons brewing in the Pacific Ocean. Saola (locally known as Gener) has already left 41 people dead in the Philippines and displaced tens of thousands of families.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of people who are ready to help. For instance the Davao City government allocated P7.311 million in cash and relief goods for cities and towns in Luzon affected by floods.
The recipients of Davao City aid will come from the most needy cities and municipalities as identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD).
Davao City has been helping recent flood victims. It has delivered 20 military trucks of food packs worth P1.5 million and P3 million cash to flood victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in December.
The city’s calamity fund is worth P200 million.
While the city is generous to other flood-stricken areas, it is not immune to this type of disaster. Floods in June 2011 claimed lives of at least 25 people and damage was placed at P40 million.
This is the reason why the city decided not to send rescue teams outside its area of responsibility.
But as Davao City vigilantly monitor its rivers and creeks and warned residents to be equally watchful for flash floods and potential loss of lives, a generous gesture to brethren in Luzon pushed through.