City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian, along with members of Sangguniang Panlungsod, visited today the Cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro to bring assistance to these two cities greatly battered by tropical storm Sendong (international name Washi).
The Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Valenzuela tackled and approved Resolution No. 180, Series of 2011 before going on a Christmas break, authorizing Mayor WIN to release PhP 2 Million from the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRM) fund.
Valenzuela expedited the purchase of bottled water, canned goods and rice, which turned scarce in the areas devastated by Sendong. Donations of bottled water and canned goods were coursed through the Philippine Red Cross’ local chapters for distribution, while PhP 800,000 worth of National Food Authority (NFA) rice certificates or 640 sacks for each city were turned over to the respective Local Governments.
“We opted to distribute rice certificates rather than shipping bulk of sacks from Valenzuela because we want the affected residents to receive them immediately. Representatives from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro’s local government only has go to the nearest regional or district office of the NFA to claim the rice we donated,” Mayor WIN said.
The Valenzuela City delegates also brought with them PhP 30,000 and PhP 35,000 checks for Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, respectively, which the Rotary Club of Metro Valenzuela donated.
The team was also in the area to assess how Valenzuela City could be of better help to the two cities.
“Sendong,” one of the most devastating natural catastrophe to ever happen in the country, took thousands of lives and left hundreds missing, not to mention the more than a billion worth of properties destroyed.
It dumped an estimated of 400 millimeters of rainwater over Mindanao’s northwest coast, resulting to disastrous mudslides believed to have been caused by deforestation and weak structure construction in the areas hit by the storm, coupled with poor warnings.
It is the second worse typhoon-related calamity, next only to Storm Ondoy, which dumped around 459 millimeters of rainwater in Metro Manila in September of 2009.