Iloilo City sends P2M aid to ‘Ondoy’ affected Marikina, Quezon cities

October 1, 2009 9:36 am 

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 1 -– The city government here is sending P1 million cash assistance to Marikina City and another P1 million to Quezon City to show concern and sympathy to the people ravaged by tropical storm Ondoy last Saturday.

City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said the two cities are Iloilo’s sister cities which had shown full support when Iloilo City was ravaged by Typhoon Frank last June 2008.

The assistance will be taken from the city’s calamity fund and the Sangguniang Panlungsod is expected to pass the Treñas’ request for approval of the amount in next week’s city council session.

Treñas said that Marikina City Mayor Marides Fernando and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. were the first local city executives in the country to show concern to Iloilo by sending in cash assistance.

Similarly, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando, husband of the Marikina city mayor, deployed more than a hundred of MMDA personnel in Iloilo City and brought in vehicles and declogging machines to help in cleaning the city particularly the Jaro district from the flood debris and mud.

Treñas said the MMDA personnel stayed in Jaro last year for more than two months of continuing cleaning and declogging of drainage pipes.

The floods brought by Ondoy in Luzon have posted 246 deaths as of October 1, 2009 and hundreds still missing. It also cause destruction in properties, buildings and livelihood activities. (PNA)

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