In a bid to extend assistance for the recovery and rehabilitation of typhoon-stricken towns in Luzon, the local government of Muntinlupa will be donating P11 million financial assistance to the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Cagayan, and the City of Marikina.
Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) chief Erwin Alfonso announced the donation of Muntinlupa City to 21 local government units that were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses in the recent weeks.
Alfonso said that the Muntinlupa City Council approved the proposed financial aid from the City Government’s 2020 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund last November 16 as per recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and MCDDRM.
Muntinlupa City Government is set to extend P1,000,000 financial assistance to the City of Marikina. While P500,000 each will be given to the towns of Bato, San Andres, San Miguel, Baras, and Gigmoto in Catanduanes; Bato, Iriga, Calagbanga, Caramoan, Garchitorena, and Siruma in Camarines Sur; Tiwi, Ligao City, Camalig, and Malinao in Albay; Naujan and Gloria in Oriental Mindoro; Tingloy in Batangas; Alcala and Claveria in Cagayan.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that this initiative is the city’s share in helping our kababayans who are in need. “In the spirit of bayanihan, the local government of Muntinlupa will continue to lend its hand to towns in the country needing assistance,” the local exec added.
Fresnedi encouraged the local government’s department heads and employees to also donate, whether in cash or in kind, to help the victims of the recent typhoons.
During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, Muntinlupa City sent Rescue Boats and a Water Search and Rescue Team in Marikina to augment their rescue operations. Typhoon Ulysses triggered severe flooding in Marikina leaving residents stranded on top of the roof of their homes and neck-deep flood waters.
In a published tweet, Vice President Leni Robredo lauded Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for being one of the first LGUs to provide assistance to Marikina.
Further, there are still 791 families in various evacuation centers in Muntinlupa as of November 15 according to MCDDRM.
Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the local government continues to provide hot meals and relief packs to the evacuees. Navarro noted that minimum health protocols are enforced in evacuation centers through the City Health Office. She added that CHO has installed help desks and provides medical consultation, breastfeeding counseling, nutritional assessment, vaccination, COVID-19 screening, and psychological first aid to the evacuees.
The local government of Muntinlupa also provides free coco lumber to displaced families and residents in low-lying areas whose houses were submerged in flood water.
*Source: Public Information Office