Cebu City to release P50 million quake aid

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THE Cebu City Government will send a total of P50 million as financial aid to local government units (LGUs) affected by the recent magnitude 7 earthquake in northern Luzon last July 27, 2022.

Mayor Michael Rama said in a press conference that the amount will be charged to the City’s calamity fund.

Rama said the donation is a way to promote its big brother program to other LGUs.

The mayor did not provide the names of specific LGUs in earthquake-affected areas that will receive the City’s assistance.

“We have always been into giving because biblically, it would be better to be giving and giving because in thousand folds, it will come back; and it is also better to be responding and responding so that when the time will come, they will also be responding and we have done that not for the first time,” said Rama.

“I would like to highlight that the areas that have been hit are so valuable for the country because they are identified as very much visited historic sites,” said Rama who has been elected president of the League of Cities of the Philippines

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 10 individuals died and 375 individuals sustained injuries from the tremor.

Based on latest data, the earthquake’s damage to infrastructure has reached P414,228,000 in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera, and in the National Capital Region.

City Treasurer Mare Vae Reyes said they are waiting for the disbursement voucher and other documents so that the funds can be released.

Rama noted what he called as “somewhat of a coincidence” in the City’s giving of assistance as the City Government had just received P50 million as annual guaranteed payment for the development of the Carbon Public Market.

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