Needed Aid

City gives P11-M to Nina-hit areas
THE CITY government will extend P11 million in cash assistance to the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes and the city of Calapan, whose areas were damaged by Supertyphoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten).

The assistance was approved in a special session held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday morning.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in a letter to Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, called for the special session in a memo dated Dec. 28.

The breakdown for the assistance are as follows:

-          Camarines Sur: P7.47 million

-          Albay: P1.3 million

-          Catanduanes: P1.06 million

-          Calapan City, Mindoro Province: P1.16 million

Social Welfare Sec. Judy Taguiwalo, in a press briefing in Malacanang aired over PTV yesterday noon, said that the agency has already provided P46,549,207 in the form of food and other assistance.

Local governments in the areas have shelled out P749,293.

Taguiwalo said the typhoon affected 813 barangays in Bicol, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Eastern Visayas.

This translates to 206,812 families comprising 923,408 people affected as of yesterday.

Taguiwalo said that Albay was the hardest hit, with 240 barangays comprising 100,000 families affected by the typhoon.

The social welfare official said that out of the 504 barangays in Bicol, half of the damage was in Albay.

Camarines Sur had 153 affected barangays and 57,919 families.

In Catanduanes, there were 69 barangays and 21,906 families affected.

In Mimaropa, Marinduque had the most affected families in the area, with 2,000 out of the total 8,105 families affected in the region.

The storm affected 161 barangays and 4,245 families in Calabarzon.

Some 104 barangays and 2,866 families were affected in Quezon.

The Davao City government’s assistance to the calamity-affected areas is in accordance with the local government code, which allows LGUs to donate part of its disaster fund for areas declaring a state of calamity.