By Ralph Lawrence G. Llemit
The Davao City government has allocated P9.9 million to 14 areas devastated by Typhoon Odette.
Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio bared in a radio interview on Monday, December 27, that the city has granted P1 million financial assistance to each provinces affected by the typhoon, namely Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Guimaras, Bohol, Cebu, Southern Leyte, and Surigao del Sur.
Cities of Butuan, Iloilo, Cabadbaran, and Surigao will each receive P500,000, while the municipalities of Kitcharao, Cagwait, and Mainit will each receive P300,000.
The mayor said the financial assistance was sourced from the city’s disaster fund, which was endorsed by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and was approved on Wednesday, December 23, through a special session by the 19th City Council.
Duterte-Carpio said these are the areas that had declared a state of calamity.
For typhoon-stricken areas that were not included in the financial assistance, she said that their respective local governments might not have declared a state of calamity, or the city had not received their declaration.
“Kaning atoang (Our) disaster funds can only be given to areas who [have] already declared that they are in a state of calamity,” the mayor said.
Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, said the personnel sent from Bohol to focus on medical and rescue missions a week ago had returned on Sunday, December 26.
The response team had covered hard-hit municipalities of Bohol, namely Ubay, Pitogo, Carlos P. Garcia, Loboc, and Inabanga.
In addition, the city sent heavy equipment to Surigao City to clear debris in their roads for immediate resumption of port operations.
The city had also accepted donations from the private sector.
In addition, the city recently activated the “donate” button, which will give Dabawenyos the option to donate their SafeDavao QR (DQR) Code Pahalipay rewards.
Through the donate button feature, Dabawenyos can now easily donate their DQR Pahalipay Rewards grocery pack to the victims of Typhoon Odette in just a few taps on their mobile phones.
The mayor said the city will also coordinate with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for the possible opening of a dropoff site for Dabawenyos who wish to send their donations to those affected by the recent typhoon. RGL