THE 17th City Council hastened on Friday the approval of an ordinance extending financial assistance worth P18.5 million to 36 affected municipalities in Bohol and Cebu that were struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, October 15.
At least 35 municipalities – 10 from Cebu province and 25 from Bohol – will receive P500,000 each while P1 million will be given to Maribojoc town in Bohol, whose mayor, Leoncio Evasco Jr., served the city as chief of staff of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for more than a decade.
The recipient municipalities and cities from Cebu are Argao, Boljoon, Cebu City, Dumanjug, Mandaue City, Minglanilla, Sibonga, Tabogon, Talisay City, and Toledo City.
Meanwhile, receiving P500,000 each from Bohol province are Albuquerque, Alicia, Arlequera, Balilihan, Batuan, Bilar, Buenavista, Calape, Carmen, Catigbian, Corella, Duero, Getafe, Guindulman, Inabanga, Jagna, Loay, Loboc, Loon, Panglao, Sierra Bullones, Sikatuna, Tagbilaran City, Tubigon, and Ubay.
“The City Government has never failed to give assistance to LGUs affected by disasters. Walay pili ang atong Mayor sa pagtabang sa nanginahanglan (Our Mayor is always ready to give help to those in need),” Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, City Council chair for committee on finance, ways and means, said during the council session Friday.
Lawyer Jhopee Avancena-Agustin, who was invited to the special session, said that the source of the cash aid is the city’s disaster funds, with a total appropriation of P129,588,824.40.
She also said the mayor initially wanted to hand the amount in cash but later decided to give it in forms of checks, instead.
Agustin said Duterte will also leave Davao City for Bohol and Cebu on Sunday together with his executive assistant Bong Go, Public Safety and Security Command Center head Francisco Villaroman, a representative from the City Treasurer’s Office and an officer of the Commission on Audit.
City Social Services and Development Office chief Maria Luisa Bermudo said a total of 170 barangays with 36,020 families having 152,805 individuals are affected in Bohol province while Cebu province has 1,302 families affected with 12,325 individuals in 15 barangays.
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