To­mas with­draws P12M cash aid for Or­moc, Suri­gao

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Teresa

The Cebu City gov­ern­ment is tak­ing back its pledge for cash as­sis­tance of P10 mil­lion for Or­moc City and P2 mil­lion for Suri­gao City and the amount will in­stead be do­nated to the fam­i­lies of the fallen Marawi sol­diers.

Mayor To­mas Os­meña, in a press con­fer­ence, an­nounced that the with­drawal was be­cause the two lo­cal gov­ern­ment units failed to promptly re­spond with a res­o­lu­tion sig­ni­fy­ing their ac­cep­tance of the as­sis­tance.

“They're not do­ing any­thing. They're sup­posed to pass a res­o­lu­tion [but] they did not pass a res­o­lu­tion. I'm tak­ing this as an in­sult . . . we're try­ing to be nice to them, we're try­ing to as­sist them,” Os­meña said.

He added that Or­moc City Mayor Richard Gomez was set to visit at his of­fice but it was post­poned.

Os­meña also told re­porters that he sent sev­eral per­son­nel to Or­moc to eval­u­ate the sit­u­a­tion of the dis­as­ter to be able to help the city iden­tify the needs of their con­stituents, can­vass for the ma­te­ri­als needed and pro­vide the city with a de­tailed pack­age for their con­ve­nience.

Among those iden­ti­fied were gen­er­a­tor sets and struc­tures to shel­ter the gen­er­a­tors to run wa­ter pumps.

Both Or­moc and Suri­gao were dev­as­tated af­ter a 6.0 mag­ni­tude earth­quake hit ear­lier this year which prompted the Cebu City lo­cal gov­ern­ment to of­fer mon­e­tary as­sis­tance to be taken from the Cebu City dis­as­ter funds.

Among those dam­aged in­fra­struc­tures were houses, schools, hos­pi­tals, roads, and bridges. Elec­tric­ity on some af­fected ar­eas was also down due to dam­aged wires and posts.

Upon learn­ing about Cebu City's sup­posed aid for Or­moc, Lalaine Jime­nea, a res­i­dent of Or­moc City, was ex­cited adding that she was not sur­prised by Os­meña's de­ci­sion be­cause the Os­meñas have al­ways helped their city even af­ter the 1991 flash­flood.

The Or­moc City gov­ern­ment has yet to is­sue an of­fi­cial state­ment since Gomez is still out of the coun­try at­tend­ing a Fed­er­al­ism seminar since November 3.

Ac­cord­ing to Gomez's Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Perry Deen, the res­o­lu­tion was for­warded to the Mayor's of­fice last Oc­to­ber 30, a day be­fore the hol­i­days, hence, the rea­son for the de­lay.

Or­moc City chair­man of the com­mit­tee on laws and or­di­nances Atty. Ben­net Pon­gos re­fused to is­sue a state­ment.

He how­ever as­sured that the res­o­lu­tion is ready and is only wait­ing for Gomez's sig­na­ture.

Mean­while, Suri­gao City of­fi­cials have yet to is­sue a state­ment on this mat­ter.

The P12 mil­lion cash as­sis­tance, ac­cord­ing to Os­meña, will be do­nated to a fund rais­ing ac­tiv­ity aimed to sup­port the fam­i­lies of the fallen sol­diers of Marawi some­time in Ja­nu­ray 2018 once an amend­ment is made to the pre­vi­ously sub­mit­ted res­o­lu­tion.

"I don't can­cel it be­cause I'm an­gry. [It's just that] some­body is fundrais­ing for the fallen sol­diers," Os­meña clar­i­fied.

Tan, USC In­tern/MBG

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