Disaster Risk Reduction & Mitigation

Davao comes to the rescue of storm victims in the Visayas

December 20, 2017 By

The city government of Davao will be extending assistance to victims of Typhoon Urduja in Biliran province and parts of Samar and Leyte.

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said she had expected the Sangguniang Panlungsod to call for a special session anytime this week to vote on the issue of providing financial assistance to Urduja-affected areas and to approve a budget allocation for the said purpose.

“Once we finished all the papers, the City Council will convene in a special session to authorize the city government to use our disaster funds that we will give to the municipalities and provinces affected by the recent typhoon,” Mayor Inday said.

Aside from Biliran, other areas initially identified for the assistance were the towns of Barobo, Sta. Fe, San Miguel and Tanawan in Leyte Province; Dolores, Can-Avid, Giporlos, Oras, Llorente, and Quinapondan in Eastern Samar; the municipality of Zumarraga in Western Samar, the entire province of Northern Samar, and Tacloban City.

She said the amount of the financial assistance will be based on the actual number of families affected by the typhoon.

As of December 19, the city government has an unused disaster fund amounting to P96 million.

“It is just right for us to share our disaster funds to those who need it, instead of letting the budget sleep,” Mayor Inday added.

Davao City has always helped disaster-stricken areas in the past.

Among those that received financial assistance from the city government were Cagayan de Oro City after the floods in January; and Marawi City, which was besieged by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group in May. CIO