Fi­nal aid is P18.5 M

35 towns in Cebu, Bo­hol prov­inces to be given P500,000 each, Mari­bo­joc to be given P1-mil­lion

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY ARIANNE CARYL N. CASAS Reporter

THE 17th City Coun­cil yes­ter­day has­tened the ap­proval of an or­di­nance ex­tend­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance worth P18.5 mil­lion to 36 af­fected mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Bo­hol and Cebu prov­inces 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 Mayor Ro­drigo Duterte for more than a decade.

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties-re- cip­i­ents 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, Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod (SP) chair for com­mit­tee on fi­nance, ways and means, said dur­ing the coun­cil ses­sion yes­ter­day.

Lawyer Jhopee Avanceña-Agustin, who was in­vited to the spe­cial ses­sion, bared that the source of fund for 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 (PSSCC) head Fran­cisco Vil­laro­man, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the City Trea­surer’s Of­fice and an of­fi­cer of the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA).

Maria Luisa Ber­mudo, City So­cial Ser­vices and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (CSSDO) chief, 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.

The data, she said, is based on the record re­leased by the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD).

The num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties from the mag­ni­tude 7.2 quake in Cen­tral Visayas last Tues­day rose to 171 as of Fri­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC).

Of the 171, the most re­cent deaths were from Bo­hol, the NDRRMC noted in its 6 a.m. up­date.

It said that of the 171 fa­tal­i­ties, 159 were from Bo­hol, 11 from Cebu and one from Siqui­jor.

The NDRRMC also said some 1,581 af­ter­shocks had been recorded since Tues­day, with 29 of them be­ing felt.

The NDRRMC added 375 were in­jured while 20 are still miss­ing.

So far, the quake has af­fected 676,065 fam­i­lies or 3,426,718 peo­ple. Of th­ese, 20,034 fam­i­lies or 97,618 peo­ple are stay­ing in 85 evac­u­a­tion cen­ters.

The dis­as­ter coun­cil also es­ti­mated the dam­age in roads, bridges and flood con­trol ser­vices to cost about P563.66 mil­lion in Cebu and Bo­hol alone.

CARLO VE­LAYO/CE­BUPAC & NANETTE BER­NALDEZ/CAAP

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