To­mas with­draws aid to 2 quake-hit ar­eas

Sun.Star Cebu - - TOP STORIES - RONA T.FER­NAN­DEZ / Re­porter @rjt­fer­nan­dez

In­stead of go­ing to quake-bat­tered Or­moc City, Leyte and San Fran­cisco, Suri­gao del Norte, the P12.3 mil­lion worth of cash as­sis­tance the Cebu City Gov­ern­ment was sup­pose to ex­tend will be do­nated to fam­i­lies of the fallen sol­diers, who fought in Marawi City.

Mayor To­mas Os­meña said he found the lack of ef­fort on the ben­e­fi­ciary lo­cal gov­ern­ment units’ end “dis­ap­point­ing.”

“I’m can­cel­ing be­cause they’re not in­ter­ested, they’re not do­ing any­thing. I’m tak­ing this as an in­sult. We’re try­ing to be nice to them. We’ve al­ways helped Or­moc since the flood­ing sev­eral years ago, but ap­par­ently we’re not ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

Last Au­gust, the City Coun­cil ap­proved two res­o­lu­tions filed by Coun­cilors Jerry Guardo and Mar­garita Os­meña that moved to give cash aid to the af­fected ar­eas that will be charged to the Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Fund.

The first res­o­lu­tion, au­thored by Guardo, moved to give P2 mil­lion to San Fran­cisco af­ter a mag­ni­tude 6.7 earth­quake hit Suri­gao last Feb. 10.

A post-dis­as­ter needs anal­y­sis (PDNA) con­ducted by Nagiel Baña­cia, head of the City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice, showed that the town was the most af­fected area in the prov­ince.

Councilor Os­meña’s res­o­lu­tion, on the other hand, moved to give P10.3 mil­lion to Or­moc for the pro­cure­ment and in­stal­la­tion of 13 gen­er­a­tor sets en­closed in a con­crete struc­ture, nine rolls of royal chords and two mo­bile gen­er­a­tor sets.

In a PDNA sub­mit­ted by Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vices Chief Engr. Roberto Cabar­ru­bias and Con­sul­tant on Special Con­cerns Alvin Di­zon, the two of­fi­cials said Or­moc is in need of gen­er­a­tor sets to run the wa­ter pumps that were dam­aged by the mag­ni­tude 6.5 earth­quake last July 6.

It has been three months since the mea­sures were ap­proved, but the ben­e­fi­cia­ries re­port­edly have yet to do their part.

Mayor Os­meña said Or­moc City Mayor Richard Gomez was sup­posed to pick up the check a few months ago, but the travel was post­poned.

Be­cause of this, it was agreed that the Or­moc City Coun­cil would pass a res­o­lu­tion for their mayor to en­ter into and sign a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) with Os­meña, but their leg­is­la­tors al­legedly did not work on it.

The mayor lamented that sev- eral at­tempts to com­mu­ni­cate with Or­moc were made by Di­zon, but the lat­ter got no re­sponse.

“I did not can­cel it be­cause I’m an­gry. But here’s some­body who’s or­ga­niz­ing a fundrais­ing in Jan­uary. Let’s just give it to the fam­i­lies na lang of the fallen sol­diers,” he said.

Sought for com­ment, Or­moc City Act­ing Mayor Rolando Vil­lasen­cio ad­mit­ted their short­com­ings, but as­sured that their res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the mayor to en­ter into and sign a MOA with Cebu City will be ap­proved next week.

He asked Mayor Os­meña to re­con­sider.

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