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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sibulan receives P570,000 disaster aid from Cebu province

by Rachelle M. Nessia

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- The municipal government of Sibulan in Negros Oriental received a financial aid in the amount of P570,000 from the provincial government of Cebu.

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia personally handed over the monetary aid to Vice Mayor Antonio Renacia and Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Operations Head Concepcion Rosales on Jan. 10, 2012.

Gov. Garcia visited Sibulan town and some of the typhoon-hit local government units in Negros Oriental along with some mayors from Cebu province.

Vice Mayor Renacia thanked Gov. Garcia for her donation which will be used to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Sibulan and the repair of some of the damage infrastructure facilities in the town.

Rosales said the town is still under a state of calamity and will remain so until the displaced families are relocated.

The municipal government is currently taking care of seven families without homes and livelihood, she said.

Sibulan’s Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) earlier passed a resolution requesting the Sangguniang Bayan to enact an ordinance banning the construction of houses within 20 meters from the riverbanks.

“This is also in consonance with the provision of the Water Code of the Philippines,” said Rosales.

To date, the council has recorded 12 deaths due to the typhoon with 280 totally damaged houses and 322 partially damaged houses.

Rosales pegs the damage caused by the storm on government-owned infrastructure facilities at around P10 million.

The hardest hit barangay is Tubtubon.

The other barangays reported to be affected by the storm are, namely: Looc, Poblacion, Ajong, Bolocboloc, Cangmating, Maslog, Magatas, Maningcao, San Antonio, Tubigon, Balugo, Calabnugan and Agan-an.

“The council still continues with its tasks of rehabilitating the damaged areas, monitoring weather conditions, and making plans for quick disaster response,” added Rosales. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)

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