BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Residents of Negros Occidental affected by the massive flooding are set to receive more assistance, this time from Bacolod City, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.
This was after the Bacolod City government allocated P3.5 million to assist areas affected by severe flooding last week and on New Year’s Day due to heavy rains.
Bacolod is donating P1 million each to the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Victorias, and P500,000 for the municipality of E.B. Magalona.
Leonardia commended the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in a meeting presided over by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and executive assistant Joemarie Vargas, for the quick response and approval of his request for assistance to flood-hit areas in the province.
The proposal for the donation has been submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for its ratification.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI distributed 8,200 family food packs (FFPs), valued at P4 million, also for flood victims last week.
The food packs were given to 23,142 families in EB Magalona, Sagay, Silay, Talisay, Victorias, Cadiz, and Escalante.
The DSWD 6 said it also continues to provide technical assistance to local government units in the region on disaster reporting and management of evacuation centers. Severe flooding in Negros Occidental has affected 17,399 families, composed of 69,281 individuals.*