Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the city government of Bacolod is set to donate P2 million in financial assistance to several Luzon provinces badly affected by super typhoon “Rolly” and typhoons “Quinta” and “Ulysses”.
Leonardia said it was by God’s grace that Bacolod was spared from these calamities wrought by climate change and “it is our civic duty to reach out and help in whatever way we can those LGUs in Luzon that have been hit hard by these typhoons that struck one after another”.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, chaired by Leonardia, approved the financial assistance during its 4th Quarter Regular Meeting on Nov. 19, a press release from the city said.
The meeting was also attended by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairs the Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, executive assistant Jose Ma. Vargas, and Bernadeth Montelibano, administrative officer of the City DRRMO.
The council also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic situationer report, 4th revision of DRRM AIP 2020 for approval, update of the Bacolod City DRRM Plan for 2020-2022, inventory of available evacuation centers for non-COVID emergencies/disasters, and other matters.
The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), led by Leonardia as national president, will determine which LGUs will avail of the Bacolod donation after it will be combined with donations from other cities that will participate in the nationwide fund drive now being undertaken by the LCP.
Aside from financial assistance, the city government has also organized a drive to facilitate private sector donations in kind for typhoon-struck provinces, particularly Isabela, Cagayan, and Tuguegarao.
This is through the Bayanihan Center located at the Tourism Satellite Office near SM City.
City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora, who chairs the Food Committee of the Bayanihan Center, said donations in kind can be dropped off at the Bayanihan Center from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For inquiries, those interested may call the Bayanihan Center at (034) 2139332 or 09777187274.
Meanwhile, Councilor Ayesha Joy Villaflor, president of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Bacolod, with the help of Councilor Cindy Rojas, has organized a multi-sectoral donation campaign for victims of the recent typhoons.
Villaflor has partnered with Saranggola Dream Project and PassFast, with the latter providing free shipping for the donations.
The donation drive of the Bacolod SK Federation is strengthened by participating groups, such as Akbayan Youth Bacolod-Akbayanihan, Samalaya-Sages USLS Bacolod, Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health, Dakila, TUP-V Student Council’s #Amliganay, Bar Café, Tao Gamma Phi, Rotaract Club Marapara, Rebolusyonaryong Alyansa Makabansa-Jhaguar Bacolod Chapter, Negros Unity Riders, NMRA Negros Motorcycle Riders Alliance, Bacolod 143 Alerts, Golden Hearts Movement, and Guinpana-an National High School-Poblacion Extension Supreme Student Government.
Donations in kind can be dropped off at Villaflor’s office at the 2nd floor of the Bacolod City Government Center.
Villaflor said they will ship the next donations today.
For inquiries on how to donate or for donations to be picked up, those interested may contact 0908-546-7135, the press release added.*