SENATE President Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri turned over 53 disaster response and rescue vehicles to the City Government and different barangays of Cagayan de Oro.
According to Zubiri, this is the first batch of the total 81 disaster response and rescue vehicles allocated to each barangay in the city.
"Akong gi-turn over ang 53 ka sakyanan ngadto sa atong mga barangay ug puhon ako mobalik para i-turn over usab ang nabiling sakyanan pag mahuman ang atong bidding process," Zubiri said.
The around P100 million worth rescue vehicles were funded through the Local Government Support Fund provided by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
According to Zubiri, each of the vehicles intended for the barangays is worth P1.225 million while the vehicle for the City Government is worth P2 million.
Mayor Rolando "Klarex" Uy expressed his gratitude to the Senate President, citing the importance of the disaster response and rescue vehicles in the city's disaster preparedness-related activities.
Hazel Occeña, the local government capacity development division chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Northern Mindanao, mentioned the importance of the vehicles as there is a need to acquire equipment for disaster preparedness in Cagayan de Oro.
"Kinahanglan kini sya nga naa kini sa matag local govenrment units, labi na gyud sa mga barangays sa Cagayan de Oro nga mga disaster prone, katong mga barangays nga nakita karon nga prone to landslide and prone to flooding incidents," Occeña said.
This is the second time Zubiri provided Cagayan de Oro with vehicles, the first being the multicabs turned over in 2008.