VP Binay appeals for help for Sendong victims

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Monday appealed for aid for victims of flashfloods brought about by Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City and Iligan City.

Binay said any kind of relief assistance would greatly help the victims.

“Our kababayans in CDO and Iligan are in dire need of our help. Donations, whether in cash or in kind, would go a long way towards easing their suffering,” he said.

Binay said that Christmas is the season of giving and hoped that the spirit of the holiday season “touch would touch generous hearts to help those in need.”

He also asked for prayers for those who died in the floods.

The Vice President flew to CDO early yesterday morning and personally distributed 2,880 bags of relief goods to Kagay-anons staying at the evacuation centers in Macasandig, City Central Elementary School and West City Elementary School.

He also went to funeral homes and extended cash assistance and his condolences to families who lost their loved ones in the wake of the massive floods.

Meanwhile, Binay ordered the Office of the Vice President distribute 5,000 bags of relief goods to victims in Iligan City; 5,000 to Dumaguete City; and another 10,000 bags to CDO.

“The relief goods will be available on December 22nd,” Binay said.

In another news, Binay on said that the National Housing Authority (NHA) has already formulated a relocation plan for victims of tropical storm Sendong in Cagayan de Oro (CDO).

Binay, chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, said that the local government of CDO has allocated 34 hectares of a 64-hectare lot in Calaanan town for development as relocation site for families affected by the floods brought about by Sendong.

“The land development of the site plus housing construction is estimated to cost around a total of P412.5 million,” Binay said.

“This will benefit some 2,265 families,” he added.

The lot was bought by the local government of CDO in 1996 as part of its participation on the Resettlement Assistance Program for LGUs.

Binay said that according to NHA reports, a total of 4,771 families were affected by Sendong, including 464 families whose houses were totally damaged by the floods.

Meanwhile, upon the instructions of the Vice President, the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund) has pledged to extend all possible assistance to the victims of Sendong.

Pag-IBIG branches in areas heavily affected by tropical storm Sendong will remain open to extend all possible assistance Pag-IBIG members affected by the floods.

Pag-IBIG Chief Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe said that the agency’s branches in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Iligan City – areas hit hardest by the storm – opened their doors earlier than usual at 7 am to accept applications for calamity loans from affected members.

“The Pag-IBIG Fund branch in Iligan City is open for business even as the local government there declared Monday a non-working day due to the typhoon. While many of our Iligan Branch employees were themselves severely affected by this calamity, all have expressed their willingness to report to work and serve our Pag-IBIG members in this time of great need,” Berberabe said.#