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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Robredo urges subordinates to again raise funds for 'Sendong' victims

by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

MANILA, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Monday launched another nationwide, voluntary fund-raising campaign with agency subordinates in order to provide additonal relief and support funds for areas in Mindanao hit by tropical storm Sendong.

In a statement, Robredo directed all chiefs of bureaus and offices under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to disseminate the latest agency-led fund and relief drive.

Earlier, the DILG raised at least P4 million for the purchase and distribution of relief goods to the victims of Sendong.

The DILG chief also urged the Union Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) chaired by Mindoro Oriental Gov. Aurelio “Boy” Umali and the leaders of their other allied local government leagues outside of the typhoon-struck Northern Mindanao (Region 10) to conduct a similar campaign.

The National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Center said at least 327 persons were confirmed killed and at least 275 others are still missing after the tropical storm battered continuously for 12 hours several provinces in Mindanao with strong winds and heavy rains.

“I have called up the chiefs of the various DILG offices, including the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the National Police Commission, and other offices under me, for them to knock on their subordinates’ hearts and ask them to give a helping hand to the storm-ravaged people of Mindanao,” Robredo said.

On the part of ULAP, the DILG chief said the umbrella organization of local elective officials and league of local government units, including the leagues of governors, city and municipal mayors, should also rally their members and employees outside of Northern Mindanao to commiserate with their colleagues whose areas were ravaged by Sendong.

“I ask the Good Samaritan sense of ULAP president, Governor Boy Umali, League of City Mayors president, Mayor Enrico Echiverri of Caloocan City and League of Municipal Mayors president Mayor Strike Revilla of Bacoor to rally their officials and employees to conduct a similar voluntary fund-raising campaign in their respective areas for the benefit of typhoon victims of Northern Mindanao,” Robredo said.

“Since they have just received their 13th month pay and Christmas bonuses, I think a voluntary contribution of P100 from each of them won’t be too much. I assure them that the funds that would be raised would all be brought to LGUs in Mindanao where they are needed most,” he added.

The PNP has a total regular manpower of 143,000; the BFP with 10,000; the DILG central and regional offices with 5,000; and the National Police Commission with 2,000.

The ULAP, on the other hand, has a membership of 80 governors; 80 vice-governors; 1,498 municipal mayors; 120 city mayors; 1,631 vice-mayors; 16,718 councilors; 41,995 barangays; and 335,960 Sangguniang Kabataan.

Majority of the fatalities, who are residents of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City died of drowning as 12 hours of continuous rains swelled rivers and sent muddy floodwaters cascading down from nearby mountains.

Reports said most of the victims were asleep when heavy rains started to pour in at 10:00 p.m. Friday causing massive flooding. They were all caught flat-footed and swept away by floodwaters from their homes early the next day. (DILG/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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