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Davao City allots P50M to aid flood victims

The city government of Davao has earmarked P50 million worth of assistance for the families in four barangays affected by the August 28 flooding.

Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) Operations and Warnings head Rodrigo Bustillo said that Talomo, Wangan, Los Amigos and Tugbok were placed under the state of calamity.

The budget, which would come from the Quick Response Fund, would cover the food, non-food, financial, agricultural and medical needs of the 3,559 families affected by the flooding.

Aside from the four barangays, which were under the state of calamity, the other villages affected by flooding were Balingaeng, Calinan and Catalunan Pequeño.

“We are very lucky that there is no casualty recorded due to the flood, but we have to instill in the minds of the people that these affected areas are considered as hazard and no build zones and hopefully they respond to our call to vacate the area,” Bustillo said.

He said that the rescue operation ‪on Thursday night‬ could have been avoided if only the residents responded to the call of the CDRRMO and the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) to evacuate.

“The City follows a no rescue policy that is why we strongly warn these people to conduct pre-emptive evacuation, but they do not cooperate with us. A rescue operation is not easy, even the rescuers are at risk,” he said. #

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