Valenzuela City brings its disaster relief mission to quake-ravaged Bohol by extending financial aid to its 32 local government units (LGUs) amounting to PhP 6,450,000.
Valenzuela City 1st District Representative, Congressman Sherwin T. Gatchalian spearheaded the mission together City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Head Dorothy Evangelista.
In a brief ceremony at the People’s Palace in Tagbilaran City, the officials personally turned over the checks intended to be given away to recipient-LGUs in the presence of Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto, October 26.
Congressman WIN Gatchalian told local officials that the financial aid is “one way of giving back” all the assistance and help Valenzuela City had received before in times of need. “The amount may be small but may this help you in your local relief and rehabilitation efforts,” he said.
Governor Chatto expressed his gratitude to the city’s humanitarian gesture. He cited that Valenzuela was among the first LGUs to send a search and rescue team after the quake struck.
The city council, through Approved Resolution No. 369 dated October 21, authorized City Mayor REX T. Gatchalian to release the amount from the city's Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF).
The Provincial Government of Bohol received P500,000 while the capital city of Tagbilaran received P400,000. Towns of Ubay and Talibon got P350,000 each; towns of Carmen, Dauis, Inabanga, Loon and Tubigon received P300,000 each; municipalities of Calape, Guindulman and Jagna received P250,000 each.
Meanwhile, the towns of Buenavista, Jetafe and Panglao received P200,000 each and P150,000 each for the municipalities of Alicia, Catigban, Clarin, Sagbayan, San Miguel and Sierra Bullones. Valenzuela City also donated P100,000 each to Antequera, Baclayon, Balilihan, Bilar, Cortes, Danao, Dimiao, Duero, Loay, Loboc and Maribojoc.
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Central Visayas with Sagbayan in Bohol island as the epicenter on October 15. It claimed, as of writing, 198 lives, injuring 640 with nine others missing. Based on figures released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) obtained by Valenzuela CSWDO, the quake affected 188,897 families or 938,728 individuals.
Significant numbers of vital infrastructures like seaports, roads, bridges, municipal buildings and police stations were damaged. Authorities placed 639 classrooms either completely or partially damaged while 13 hospitals are either completely or partially damaged.
News reports say that Bohol lost six “national cultural treasures” declared by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts namely San Pedro Apostol Church in Loboc, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Baclayon, the Church of Our Lady of Light in Loon, the Diocesan Shrine of Saint Vincent Ferrer-Holy Cross Parish in Maribojoc, the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Dauis, and the Church of Santisima Trinidad in Loay.
The famed Chocolate Hills were not even spared with landslides chipping off its surface.
Other news sources quoted Governor Chatto placing damages in the province at P2.5 billion. Bohol has been placed under state of calamity.
The international community led by United Nations, as well as the private sector have come to take part in #tabangbohol relief and recovery efforts. Makati City initially sent a rescue team with Philippine K9 Belgian Malinois sniffer, while Manila and Quezon City sent financial aid amounting to PhP2 million each. Pope Francis also asked for prayers to unite the Filipino people.