South Cotabato allots P1.5-M for calamity aid

October 6, 2009 10:37 pm 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Oct. 7 – The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated some P1.5 million as initial assistance for the victims of the recent earthquake, flashfloods and mild tornado that hit the province.

Nelida Pereira, South Cotabato social welfare and development officer, said the assistance, which was sourced from the local government’s calamity funds, would be utilized for the relief and rehabilitation programs for residents of at least seven municipalities in the province that were earlier hit hardest by the calamities.

“We will provide shelter assistance for residents whose houses were either partially or totally destroyed as well as some food packs,” she said.

Pereira said that based on the assistance scheme endorsed by South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, they will provide P5,000 shelter assistance for families who totally lost their homes and P2,000 for residents with partially-damaged houses.

She said the food packs comprise rice allocations, canned goods and noodles.

“We’re planning to set up at least three relief teams to make the distribution simultaneous,” Pereira said.

As of Tuesday, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) listed one fatality and 141 families that were directly affected by the flashfloods and the mild tornado that hit the municipalities of Norala, Sto. Nino, Banga, Tantangan, Tampakan, Tupi and Polomolok since September 27.

The lone fatality was identified as Imelda Palate, who reportedly had a cardiac arrest and died when the mild twister pummeled their community in Barangay Kablon in Tupi town last September 30.

The PDCC estimated at least P2 million worth of agricultural crops were destroyed by last week’s flash floods and tornado.

Prior to the floods, two strong earthquakes also affected the municipalities of Norala and Sto. Nino that left three persons injured and 87 houses destroyed that were worth at least P4.2 million.(PNA)

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