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CDRRMC okeys P3M cash aid for Vinta-stricken towns

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The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has approved a resolution recommending the allocation of some P3 million from the city’s quick response fund, for financial assistance to towns and cities in Zamboanga peninsula and Mindanao hardest hit by the recent typhoons Vinta and Urduja.

Mayor Beng Climaco, CDRRMC chairperson said areas to be assisted are those closest to Zamboanga City in the region. The amount will be turned over to the affected local government units the soonest possible time.

The initial amount of P3 million is subject to augmentation based on the list of affected areas and the extent of damage incurred by the said areas. The CDRRMC resolution will have to be approved by the City Council.

Initially, the areas to be assisted are the towns of Siocon, Sibuco, Gutalac, Salug, Tambulig and Sirawai which were hit by typhoon Vinta and the areas of Biliran and Cagayan de Oro City which were devastated by typhoon Urduja last December.

Meanwhile, the CRDRRMC also approved a resolution commending the responders and agencies that helped in the rescue operations during the onslaught of typhoon Vinta in Vitali district last December 22. These responders included the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Engineering Brigade of the Phil. Army, Marines, Philippine National Police, Public Safety Company including the teams from the CDRRMO and the City Social Welfare and Development Office and all others that contributed to help mitigate disaster.

Per record from the CSWDO, a total of 6 barangays in District II were affected displacing 763 families with 3,850 individuals. At least 12 houses were totally washed out by the flashfloods while 24 were partially damaged. A 1-year old boy, named Ramcel Manalopilar from Sibulao perished during the flood.

On the other hand, the City Engineer’s Office will immediately undertake the desilting of the Bataan river in Vitali but long term measures will be drafted and implemented to prevent flooding in the area. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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