Davao City extends financial aid anew

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THE City Government of Davao has extended another batch of financial assistance to typhoon-stricken areas in Luzon, including those devastated by the recent Typhoon Ulysses.

The 19th City Council passed a resolution on Thursday, November 19, 2020, granting the city mayor's request to allocate P6.5 million to 11 Typhoon Ulysses-affected areas.

Based on the breakdown, the provinces of Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Isabela and Quirino will each receive P1 million, while the Cities of Tuguegarao in Cagayan, and Marikina in Metro Manila will each receive P500,000.

The municipalities of Real and Patnanungan in Quezon Province, San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal will each receive P300,000. All of the areas have been declared under a state of calamity brought about by Typhoon Ulysses.

The municipality of Claveria in Cagayan also received P300,000 from the City Government after being devastated by Typhoon Quinta.

The City Government will utilize a portion of the 30 percent Quick Response Fund out of the five percent Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (Calamity Fund) of the City Government for the year 2020.

Davao City had previously allocated P9.1 million to areas devastated by Typhoons Quinta and Rolly.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the City has pledged to continue providing financial assistance to neighboring provinces amid the city struggling to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ulysses was dubbed as one of the strongest typhoons that wreaked havoc on many parts of Luzon last week.

Heavy rains caused by the typhoon overflowed rivers, causing severe flooding in Marikina.

The typhoon also made an impact on dams in Luzon that almost reached their spilling points, forcing dams to release large amounts of water into their impounds.

As the Magat Dam approached its spilling point, all seven of its gates were opened to prevent dam failure, which overflowed the Cagayan River and caused widespread floods in Cagayan and Isabela.

As of November 20, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recorded 92 casualties (including 73 validated deaths and another 19 missing). Damages caused by the typhoon have already reached P12.6 billion.


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