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Cebu News

CH disburses P276 million for typhoon victims

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  The Cebu City government has so far released over P276 million in financial assistance to city residents whose houses were damaged by typhoon Odette last December.

The city’s Public Information Office reported that an additional 19,811 residential owners from 26 barangays including Adlaon, Apas, Babag, Bacayan, Binaliw, Budlaan, Buot Taup, Duljo Fatima, Kalunasan, Kamputhaw, Kinasang-an, Lorega-San Miguel, Luz, Pahina Central, Pit-os, Pulangbato, San Nicolas Proper, Sawang Calero, Sta Cruz, Suba, Sudlon I, Sudlon II, Tinago, Lahug and Quiot were finally able to get the promised assistance.

Each structure owner with partial or total damage houses got P5,000 for a total of  P99,055,000.

All claims have been validated by the Department of Social Services (DSWS) to ensure that all affected residents get help.

In total, the city disbursed P276,575,000  in cash aid since December 30.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants the distribution of the financial aid done in time for the city’s Charter Day celebration on February 24.

DSWS head Portia Basmayor, however, noted some issues causing the delay in the distribution of financial assistance.

For instance, she said, the list of names provided by the barangay or MILO did not match the identification cards of listed recipients.

Basmayor advised those recipients with wrong details to get a barangay certification. The barangay will be the one to forward the corrected details to DSWS for another certification.

Unclaimed cash assistance is turned over to the City Treasurer’s Office. It is also up to the said department as to when the unclaimed aid can be released. — KQD (FREEMAN)

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