By Jel Santos
The local government unit (LGU) of Makati City will extend P22,750,000 cash assistance to 18 provinces and 34 cities and municipalities which were placed under “state of calamity” when Typhoon Ompong hit the country.
According to Mayor Abigail Binay, the City Council recently passed City Ordinance No. 2018-102 to appropriate the said amount.
It intends to support the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery programs of the cities, municipalities and provinces in six regions badly devastated by the typhoon in September.
“We would like to help out fellow local government units with their efforts to recover from the severe damage inflicted by Ompong. We hope our donations can somehow alleviate the plight of the victims,” she said.
Under City Ordinance No. 2018-102, the LGU has allocated P8,250,000 for selected provinces in Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Meantime, for the 34 cities and municipalities in the said regions, the city has appropriated P14,500,000.
Under the guidelines for financial assistance to disaster-affected areas in the country, adopted through City Ordinance No. 2017-006, the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) approved a maximum of P500,000 financial assistance to affected provinces with at least 5,001 or higher number of affected families. For those with at least 2,000 to 5,000 affected families, P250,000 will be given.
Through Presidential Proclamation No. 593 issued on September 25, Regions I, II, III, and CAR were declared under the state of calamity due to “widespread destruction and substantial damages and deaths.”