P1.7B damage to homes in Cebu City

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THE damage to homes left by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in Cebu City has reached P1.7 billion.

This was revealed by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, following an inspection conducted by the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), which provided the damage estimate.

Because of this, President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, is scheduled to visit the city Thursday to personally inspect the damage brought by Odette.

The Cebu City Government, through the City Council, has passed a P1 billion budget for the recovery program to rebuild the city from the tragedy.

Rama said the P1 billion was not enough, which is why he reminded the national government about the contribution of Cebu City to its coffers.

He said billions of pesos in taxes had been delivered by Cebu City to the national treasury.

“The contribution of Cebu to the economy is so much; therefore, though we have a share of the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment), who will not accept if they will come?” Rama said.

“What we (the City Government) can give is P1 billion, but where do we get the remaining (amount)? If they understand that, we definitely want also our share of the assistance because we have always been very good in terms of giving our share to the whole economy,” Rama added.

Rama and Duterte are expected to meet when the President’s plane lands, during which the mayor will find out what assistance the city can expect to receive from the national government.

The damage estimate of the CDRRMO does not yet include the damage suffered by the business sector whose commercial establishments and facilities were also whipped by Odette, utilities such as the Visayan Electric Company and telecommunication companies.

The City Agriculture Department through its head, Joey Baclayon, said the damage to agricultural products has reached P78.9 million.

On the other hand, Cebu City has started its clearing storm using heavy equipment to speed up the removal of fallen trees, and garbage that has accumulated on the streets, to enable the return of normal traffic flow.

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