Cebu City to send P50-M aid to quake-hit areas

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THE Cebu City Government will donate a total of P50 million as financial aid to local government units (LGUs) affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit Abra and affected several areas in northern Luzon on July 27, 2022.

Mayor Michael "Mike" Rama said in a press conference aired via Zoom Tuesday, August 2, that the amount will be charged to the city's calamity fund.

Rama said the amount is surely not enough to restore the damage brought by the disaster but the help is the City's way to promote its big brother program to other LGUs.

The mayor did not provide the names of specific LGUs that will receive assistance from the City.

"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 the first time," said Rama.

Rama, who was also elected as president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, said the areas affected hold so much value to the country, especially in heritage and tourism.

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

The earthquake's damage to infrastructure has also reached P414,228,000 in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cordillera, and National Capital Region. (IRT)

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