Makati gives P3.6-m relief aid to ‘Lawin’ victims
The city government of Makati is giving P3.6 million as relief assistance to affected families and other victims of Super Typhoon “Lawin” in Cagayan and Isabela.
Members of the City Council approved a resolution following the proposal of Mayor Abigail Binay to appropriate P3.6 million which will be equally divided among the affected cities and towns in the two provinces.
“The city government of Makati sympathizes with the victims of “Lawin.” We hope our humble assistance will help poor families cope with their day-to-day subsistence as they strive to rebuild their homes and their lives,” Binay said.
The recipients of the relief assistance in Isabela consist of the capital, Ilagan City, and the towns of Sto. Tomas, San Pablo, Tumauini, Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Palanan, Dinapigue, Maconacon, Mallig, Quezon, Quirino and Gamu.
In Cagayan, the five recipients are the capital city of Tuguegarao and the towns of Peñablanca, Enrile, Solana and Iguig.
Binay said the amount allocated for relief assistance would be taken from the Quick Response Fund under the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management budget of Makati for 2016.
Under the Philippine DRRM Act of 2010, the local DRRM Council may transfer said funds to support disaster risk reduction work of other LDRRMCs which are declared under a state of calamity, upon the approval of the city council concerned.
Of the total local DRRM budget, 30 percent is allocated as Quick Response Fund or stand-by fund for relief and recovery programs intended to normalize the living conditions of residents in communities stricken by calamities, disasters and other forms of complex emergencies.
Last month, the Metro Manila Development Authority sent 60 personnel to assist the local government units in Cordillera Administration Region in its clearing operations of areas also devastated by Lawin.
The team brought along chainsaws and several rescue and emergency vehicles to assist in the clearing of roads blocked by fallen trees and debris in the aftermath of the super howler that battered the northern part of the country.
Orbos said the mercy mission was done upon the request of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
During the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, MMDA also deployed a clearing and rescue operations contingent to Tacloban City.
In the same year, MMDA dispatched search and rescue personnel to Bohol after strong earthquake hit the province.