THE Davao City Council has approved the P6 million financial assistance to 13 municipalities, cities, and provinces that were affected by recent calamities in the country.

“It is the policy of the City Government of Davao to adopt measures and adhere to the national principles and standards of humanitarian assistance in response to risk reduction and declares as its policy utilize its resources and put the same to proper use,” Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, chair of the Committee on Finance, Ways and Means and Appropriations, said during the 13th Regular Session of the 20th Davao City Council on October 4, 2022.

Dalodo-Ortiz said the P6 million financial assistance will be taken from the city’s quick response fund (QRF). The QRF is 30 percent of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund of Davao City for the calendar year 2022. The local government units (LGUs) that will be given financial assistance are those that have declared a state of calamity.

The LGUs affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake on July 27, 2022 will receive a total of P1.9 million. The provincial government of Abra will be given P1,000,000 while the municipal governments of Bauko, Tadian, and Besao in Mt. Province will receive P300,000 each.

The Municipality of Tampakan in South Cotabato, which declared a state of calamity after landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains, will receive P300,000

Meanwhile, the Provinces of Quezon and Nueva Ecija will each receive P1,000,000. While the municipalities in Macabebe and Candaba in Pampanga; San Miguel in Bulacan; Patnanungan in Quezon; Dingalan in Aurora; and Cabangan in Zambales will each receive P300,000 respectively.

Dalodo-Ortiz assured the city still has ample funds for disaster response because it still has a remaining Disaster Fund of P179 million for the next three months. KSD