Ormoc, Ormocanons respond to Sendong victims’ cry for help, sends donations

by EVMail News on January 2, 2012

ORMOC CITY – The Ormoc city council, on its session on Thursday, passed a resolution approving the release of P 1.5-million from its annual calamity fund as aid to the victims of Sendong, with P500,000 each to be given equally to the LGU’s of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Valencia City, all in Mindanao.
On the other hand, Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez gave P 1-million from her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to a pooled fund by Congress intended to help the victims of Sendong. Aside from this, Lucy also donated P 50,000 from her own salary. 50 sacks of rice were also released from their allocation at the National Food Authority direct to a group of young people who’ve organized a relief drive.
The city resolution to give aid was approved on mass motion by the council. However, after the resolution was already approved, councilor Filomeno Maglasang asked why Valencia City, which is not on the news as having been badly affected, gets a share of the relief fund.
He said he might be out of order, but he cannot help but ask why each would get P 500,000 each but Valencia did not “suffer that much” compared to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
Presiding officer Nepomuceno P. Aparis I answered that there was a report from the mayor of Valencia, who is a member of the Alliance of Geothermal Producing LGU’s (AGEPL) of which Mayor Eric Codilla heads, that their city was also badly damaged but it just did not land so much on the news because not many lives were lost.
Aside from the LGU and the congresswoman, Ormocanons also mobilized various relief drives, among them a “barkada” or group of young people who call themselves Pink Bombils, among them is Ken Enecio, EV Mail Lifestyle editor. They started receiving donations in kind since Tuesday last week and plans to ship out what they collect last week of December.
Drop off points are the Bebida’s Café at the Gaisano Riverside Mall and the City Hall lobby. They are accepting donations in kind only and urged those who wanted to donate cash to course it through the Red Cross or the Church.  There were also other entities that organized relief drives like the Power FM. By Lalaine M. Jimenea

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