Philippines

Alaminos donates P1-M to Cotabato quake victims

Alaminos donates P1-M to Cotabato quake victims
By Hilda Austria

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan (Philippines News Agency) — The city government here has donated PHP500,000 each to the municipality of Makilala and Kidapawan City in Cotabato province, which were devastated by consecutive earthquakes last October.

“The assistance was handed over by representatives of the city to the officials of Makilala and Kidapawan,” Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste said in a phone interview Friday.

Celeste said the cash assistance, which will support both post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the local government units (LGUs), was sourced from the trust fund of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

“I have seen a lot of catastrophes that happened during my youth even just through television and I felt powerless since I cannot do anything to help at that time. The city of Alaminos will always be more than willing to help our fellow countrymen in need,” he said.

Celeste said the resolution granting the financial assistance to the quake-struck areas was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) last week.

“Many times in the past, the city also rose and recovered from the devastating typhoons because of the Alaminian’s resilience and bayanihan spirit. In those trying times, the city government was also very grateful for all the assistance extended to them by the national government, LGUs, benevolent groups, and individuals. Now, with a happy heart, it’s the Alaminians and its local government’s turn to give back and pay it forward,” read the resolution.

In October, Cotabato province was struck by tremors leaving some casualties, damaged or destroyed houses and buildings.

On Thursday, it was again hit by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake. (PNA)

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