Metro mayors adopt 31 LGUs devastated by ‘Yolanda’

Manila, Philippines - The 17 local executives of Metro Manila yesterday identified the 31 worst-hit local government units (LGUs) in Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Palawan by super typhoon “Yolanda” that they would adopt and share expertise to hasten their recovery.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman (MMDA) Francis Tolentino said the Metro Manila mayors can help restore law and order in damaged towns and cities, particularly in Leyte and Samar, which suffered the brunt of the super typhoon.

“Damaged LGUs need governance, as even local officials were affected by the calamity, or they were just simply overwhelmed by the magnitude of the disaster. It is time that we in Metro Manila come in and help them,” Tolentino said.

The list of Metro Manila LGUs and their adopted localities in the Visayas are: Quezon City, Palompon and Tolosa, Sante Fe in Leyte; Pasig City, Mayorga, Palo, Barotac Viejo and Nuevo and Dumangas in Iloilo; Mandaluyong City, Isabel and Tanauan, Leyte; Marikina City, Hernani and Lorente, Eastern Samar; San Juan, Ormoc City and Albuera, Leyte; Taguig City, General McArthur, Guiuan, Salcedo, Mercedes, and Quinapondan in Eastern Samar; Las Piñas City, Julita and Dulag, Leyte; Caloocan City, Javier, Mc Arthur, La Paz in Leyte; Malabon City, Bogo, Cebu; Navotas City, Lawaan and Giporlos, Eastern Samar; and Valenzuela City, Basey and Marabut in Western Samar. MMDA adopted Coron, Palawan and Sulat, Eastern Samar.

The adopt-a-LGU scheme was agreed upon by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) through MMC Resolution Number 2 Series of 2013 in a recent emergency meeting. MMC is composed of the 17 mayors of the National Capital Region.

Under the resolution unanimously signed by the MMC, each Metro Manila LGU would adopt at least two or more worst-hit localities and help them in the post-recovery operations.

“It will be up to the sponsoring Metro Manila LGU to implement programs or mechanisms including technical and engineering experts with local government expertise that will facilitate the recovery of their adopted localities and extend the assistance to the displaced residents,” Tolentino said.