DAVAO CITY- The City Government of Davao will be extending financial assistance to areas hit by dry spell following the recent approval of P7.8 million aid by the City Council.
In a press release issued by the City Information Office (CIO), the P7.8 million aid will be extended to three provinces, 20 municipalities, and one city wherein each recipient-province will receive P1 million while each town will get P300,000 and P500,000 for the city.
Alfredo Baloran, the chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), said the city will give the financial assistance to the Philippine National Red Cross and not to the local government units because of the election ban.
Earlier, the city government extended P3.4 million in financial aid to eight municipalities in the Visayas and Luzon which were also hit by the drought.
Baloran said the city has enough money for disaster operations and that Davaoenos should keep on helping those who are in need. Unlike other cities, Baloran said Davao is fortunate for it is not seriously affected by the drought.
Baloran assured city residents the DRRMO is monitoring the situation in the city, particularly in the agricultural areas, to help farmers in case they will be affected by the extreme weather disturbance like the El Niño.