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2009/10/16

Bohol towns pool P2.85M for storm victims - LMP

Tagbilaran City (16 October) -- NO one is so poor so as to have nothing to give.

Even poverty saddled towns here in Bohol dipped from its scant coffers to fill their relief bag of cash and contribute to the estimated P2.85 million fund for victims of storms Ondoy and Pepeng.

Mayor Roberto Salinas reported during the recent League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) meeting hosted by municipality of Bilar that about P1.6M has already been hand carried by Governor Erico Aumentado to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last week.

If the towns respond as we proposed with our equitable formula, we would be generating at least P2.85 million from the LMP alone, he said.

With the LMP still collecting the cash assistance from the towns, Salinas told his mayors that the formula the league devised is just to put up a common guide for the amount a town can give. He added, a town can definitely give more.

As to the formula for the financial relief, he said the LMP decided that first to third class towns put in P100K each, while fourth to sixth class towns can give P50K.

Last week too, according to records from the Office of the Provincial Treasurer through Eustaquio Socorin, the towns of Buenavista, Calape, Carmen, Jagna, Talibon, Tubigon, Ubay and President Carlos P. Garcia each gave P100K.

Among them, lower classified President town of Carlos P. Garcia gave more that its category.

Towns who gave P50 thousand each are the towns of Alburquerque, Alicia, Baclayon, Balilihan, Candijay, Catigbian and Clarin, Cortes, Danao, Mabini, Maribojoc, Panglao, Pilar, Sagbayan, and Valencia.

Inabanga initially gave P75K, Sikatuna, P30, Dagohoy P30 and Lila P10K.

Sikatuna Mayor Ireneo Calimpusan, Dagohoy Mayor Herminio Relampagis and Lila Mayor Telesforo Balagosa said they would send in the full amounts in the next batch of financial relief envelop from Bohol to be sent this week.

The urgency of pooling a relief fund from Bohol popped up as local officials saw the poor victims of the successive storms that left some parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces under water at the height of storm Ondoy.

Seeing the need to help, Salinas said he took the initiative to send text messages to his fellow mayors to pool whatever is available to help.

He admitted that although it was informal way of seeking a common and immediate help to the victims from Bohol, he was enthused further by the quick response.

He said some mayors decided to appropriate funds immediately even without the national state of calamity declaration yet. (PIA) [top]

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