The Muntinlupa City government will donate a total of P11 million to 21 local government units (LGUs) in six provinces and a city in the National Capital Region (NCR) that were heavily affected by typhoons “Ulysses,” “Quinta,” and “Rolly.”
These are the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, and Cagayan and Marikina City in the NCR.
Erwin Alfonso, chief of the Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) said the Muntinlupa City Council approved on November 16 the proposed financial aid that will come from the city government’s 2020 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund as per recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and MCDDRM.
The Muntinlupa City government will give P1 million to Marikina, and P500,000 each 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; and Alcala and Claveria in Cagayan.
“In the spirit of bayanihan, the local government of Muntinlupa will continue to lend its hand to towns in the country needing assistance,” said Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.
When Taal Volcano erupted last January, the Muntinlupa City government provided P3 million financial assistance to Talisay, Laurel, and Agoncillo in Batangas.
Fresnedi also encouraged city department heads and employees to donate, whether in cash or in kind, to help the victims of the recent typhoons.
During typhoon “Ulysses,” Muntinlupa sent two rescue boats and a water search and rescue (WASAR) team to Marikina to help in rescue operations. Vice President Leni Robredo lauded Fresnedi for the assistance to Marikina.
As of November 15, there are still 791 families in various evacuation centers in Muntinlupa, according to the MCDDRM.
Public Information Office chief Tez Navarro said the city government continues to provide hot meals and relief packs to the evacuees. She added that the City Health Office has installed help desks and provides medical consultation, breastfeeding counseling, nutritional assessment, vaccination, COVID-19 screening, and psychological first aid to the evacuees.
The city government is also giving free coco lumber to displaced families and residents in low-lying areas whose houses were submerged in flood water.