Duterte turns over P11M donation to typhoon-hit towns

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte visited before Christmas Day areas hardest hit by Typhoon Nona (Melor) and turned over P11 million (about $233,000) of financial aid to various municipalities. 

On December 23 and 24, the presidential candidate personally handed over P500,000 each to 22 towns in Sorsogon and Oriental Mindoro.

The Davao City Council on Tuesday, December 22, approved a resolution granting Duterte the authority to donate the amount.

The beneficiaries in Sorsogon province are the towns of Barcelona, Bulan, Bulusan, Casiguran, Castilla, Donsol, Irosin, Juban, Magallanes, Matnog, Pilar, Pito Diaz, and Sta Magdalena. The beneficiaries in Oriental Mindoro are the municipalities of Bacu, Calapan, Gloria, Naujan, Pinamalayan, and Pola.

Davao City was also the first local government unit which dispatched emergency and medical unit through its 911 program to Tacloban City and the Leyte provinces in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.

The city also assisted Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley provinces after Typhoon Pablo (Bopha), and also Bohol after the 2013 earthquake. – Rappler.com