Davao City council okays P8M for ‘Yolanda’ victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November)—Suspending their rules in an emergency session Monday, the Sangguniang Panlungsod here approved the release of P8 million from the city’s calamity fund for victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

Tacloban City, one of the worst-hit areas pummeled by the super typhoon’s unparalleled fury, will get P2 million, with the provincial government of Leyte and Southern Leyte to receive P3 million each.

City administrator Melchor Quitain said that the reason for the different allocation is the size of each area.

“When you talk about the city, you’re talking about one area. The allocation for the others include the money for municipalities and barangays,” Quitain said.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte flew to Cebu Monday to go directly to Tacloban, Maasin and Southern Leyte to extend sympathies to the typhoon victims.

Last Sunday, the city sent a team of responders, including search and rescue personnel and health workers, to areas ravaged by the typhoon, along with rescue equipment.

Davao city has modern equipment, but this isn’t just for Davaoenos alone, Duterte told reporters during the sendoff held at the Public Safety Command Center last Saturday.

The mayor said that the emergency response team that the city sent to the Yolanda-hit areas also had with them medicines and antibiotics. (MindaNews)