BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Typhoon-affected residents in Kabankalan City and local government units in the 5th district of Negros Occidental are receiving financial assistance from the National Housing Authority, instead of roofing materials.
This after Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson disclosed yesterday that the P50 million budget for roofing materials have already been fully utilized, with 1,476 typhoon-affected residents of Candoni being the last recipients of roofing materials.
In the past several weeks, Lacson led the distribution of roofing materials, food packs and banana seedlings to residents of Hinobaan, Sipalay City, Ilog and Cauayan which were devastated by Typhoon Odette two months ago.
Assisted by former Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, Board Member Jeffrey Tubola, Vice Mayor Maejoy Lambot Gargar and Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, Lacson distributed P7 million worth of roofing materials, food packs, and banana seedlings to typhoon-affected victims in Candoni.
Representatives of the Citizens of Negros Fighting Against COVID-19 also donated roofing materials to 80 families in Candoni who are typhoon victims.
Lacson said that they will schedule the distribution of the P90 million housing assistance from NHA in Kabankalan City, and to the 5th district.
Each affected family is entitled to receive P5,000 financial assistance, Lacson said.
He however clarified that those who have not yet received assistance from their respective local governments, or the province, are beneficiaries of the financial aid.
Lacson said that they will still depend on the submitted lists of LGUs, as to the recipients of financial assistance.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang also led the PHO team in assisting the conduct of COVID-19 vaccination activities in the different clustered barangays in Candoni, where the distribution of roofing materials was held.*