DILG raises P4M for Sendong victims

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MANILA—At least P4 million was raised by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the purchase and distribution of relief goods to victims of Tropical Storm Sendong (international name: Washi).

“This is just an initial figure. We are expecting more pledges and contribution from the regional offices and local governments,” DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said.

The funds, he said, were collated from the contribution of officials and employees of the DILG central office and regional offices, as well as from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), and Local Government Academy (LGA).

Robredo said he also received pledges from the National Police Commission (Napolcom), and PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome of around P1.5 million.

The Police Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Inc, (PNOA), meanwhile, will collect P100 pesos from each of their 123,000-strong members nationwide.

Local government units also did their own share of providing relief to thousands of victims of Sendong, especially in badly-hit cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.

Robredo said he has received a text message from the Surigao del Norte provincial government that the LGU will give P100,000 each to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan emergency assistance to the flood victims.

On the other hand, Zamboanga City passed a resolution to provide P1 million each to the same cities. The local governments of Sta. Rosa City, Butuan City and Naga City likewise pledged help.

Reports from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that about 957 persons were confirmed killed, while 1,582 were injured and 49 others are still missing after Sendong whipped Northern Mindanao.

The affected population reached 63,079 families or 338,415 persons in 13 provinces, mostly in Mindanao. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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