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Davao City to help Mayon victims in Albay; Magbibigay daw P4.5M

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Residents of nine areas in Albay who were displaced by the eruption of Mayon Volcano in January are getting some P4.5 million in aid from Davao City.

The Davao City council approved an ordinance allowing the local government to use a part of the city’s quick response fund for 2018.

Of the P4.5 million, P500,000 each will go to :

– Camalig
– Daraga
– Guinobatan
– Ligao
– Malilipot
– Tabaco
– Sto. Domingo
– Legazpi
– Bacacay

Davao Central 911 Communication and Emergency Response Center head Emmanuel Jaldon explained “there was a consideration in terms of financial capacities” of the mentioned cities.

“One of the inputs is based on the financial capacities of the cities,” he said.

In January, Albay province was placed under a state of calamity due to the threat from Mayon’s hazardous eruption.

The eruption has affected at least 22,918 families or 89,962 people.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology placed Mayon at Alert Level 4, and discourged people from entering the 8-km-radius danger zone.

But city councilor Diosdado Mahipus Sr. asked why the said affected local government units will be receiving the same amount of assistance.

Mahipus suggested that there should be a “standard” on liquidating the amount of financial aid the city will give.

“I am not against this but please consider this is Juan dela Cruz’ hard-earned money of the City of Davao,” Mahipus said.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, who chairs the committee on finance, ways and means and appropriations, assured that the proposed ordinance comes will have pertinent documents.