Cortes asks council for P165M budget for typhoon victims

Mandaue City Administrator Jamaal James Calipayan.

Mandaue Municipality will allocate an additional budget of 165 million pesetas to provide financial support to families affected by Typhoon Odette whose homes were damaged last December.

Attorney Jamaal James Calipayan, Mandaue City Manager, noted that the national government gave just 52 million pesos, which would be distributed to around 12,000 families badly affected or whose homes were destroyed by the typhoon’s attack.

Calipayan said Mayor Jonas Cortes has requested an additional budget for the partially or mildly affected families or those with damaged homes to also receive financial assistance.

He noted that there are over 48,000 families in the city whose homes were damaged who were not eligible to receive help from the national government, which only helps those identified as severely affected.

Subject to certain qualifications, e.g. For example, if the family income is 18,000 or less, the city manager said they only get 3,000 pesos each, slightly less than the national government’s 5,000 pesos subsidy. | MKG

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