Muntinlupa pledges P20-M financial aid to Visayas, Mindanao towns hit by Typhoon Odette

In the spirit of “bayanihan” and solidarity, the local government of Muntinlupa will be donating P20 million financial assistance to typhoon-stricken towns in Visayas and Mindanao.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi announced the city’s pledge of financial aid during Muntinlupa’s 104th Founding Anniversary last December 20 to towns and municipalities that were affected by Typhoon Odette (International Name: Rai).

“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa Sangguniang Panlungsod dahil kanina ay pinagtibay nila ang pagbibigay ng ating lungsod ng tulong sa mga naapektuhan ng Bagyong Odette. Naglaan ang ating lungsod ng halagang 20 million pesos,” Fresnedi said.

The Muntinlupa City Council has passed an ordinance authorizing the grant of financial assistance amounting to 20 million pesos to at least 30 local government units devastated by Typhoon Odette in Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan.

P1 million each shall be granted to Dinagat Island and Siargao. While the remaining 28 LGUs to be determined by the Office of the Vice President (18 LGUs) and by the City Government of Muntinlupa (10 LGUs) shall be granted at least 500,000 pesos.

The funding shall come from the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund which is a 5 % mandatory appropriation in the annual budget for providing financial assistance, among others, to other LGUs hit by various calamities.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Monday that it has confirmed 9 deaths and 2 injuries after Typhoon Odette battered the country. While, undergoing validation are reports of 49 deaths, 199 injured, and 18 missing.

NDRRMC estimates an initial 343 million pesos worth of damages to infrastructure and agriculture across Visayas and Mindanao.

At least 54,783 houses were either totally or partially destroyed, 41 road sections and four bridge sections collapsed, along with four airports and 118 seaports were damaged while 5,391.77 hectares of crops, and many livestock and poultry areas were completely wiped out in the affected regions.

More than 249,000 persons have been displaced, staying in evacuation centers or other houses, according to a report of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council last December 19.

*Source: Public Information Office