Tagum City —Tagumenyos answered the call to “Oplan Hinabang alang sa Nalinugan,” and collectively sent some P1.8 million -worth of relief assistance to the provinces of Davao del Sur and Cotabato which were the areas considered to be severely hit by the strings of earthquakes that left thousands of its residents homeless and in shock.
In a special session, the 8th City Council approved the release of One Million Pesos from the city’s disaster risk reduction management funds as an assistance to the aforementioned provinces. Such amount was used by the local government in purchasing laminated tents, rice, and medicines, among others.
In a great proof of compassion from Tagumenyos, the City Goverment also collected an estimated P868,000 -worth of relief goods through its donation drive facilitated by the City Local Youth Development Office.
On November 10, Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo, together with the city councilors, city employees, and volunteers personally delivered thousands of relief packs to the affected areas of Davao del Sur and Cotabato after a series of magnitude 6 earthquakes hit the provinces last October 16, 29, and 31.
Gov. Douglas Cagas, who received the city’s donation, thanked Tagumenyos for its initiative.
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza echoed the same, while manifesting that they still needed help in restoring the lives of the victims back to normal. Some plans, according to her, include building affordable houses through Adopt-a-house project or the National Housing Authority scheme, and sustaining the relief assistance.
Mayor Rellon thanked the people of Tagum for taking part in the government’s initiative during these trying times. He also lauded the resilience of the two provinces and wished for their fast recovery. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum