Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has announced that the city government was giving P5 million as assistance to the Local Government of Marawi for the rehabilitation of the city, which suffered from the 5-month siege laid by the Islamic State-inspired militants.
Mayor Inday said that the PHP5 million assistance will be drawn from the city’s disaster fund.
“I have asked the city council to allocate PHP5 million from the disaster funds to be given to Marawi City,” she said. “Last Saturday, I talked to the Mayor of Marawi (Majul Usman Gandamra) and he said that they already declared the city under state of calamity.”
The City Council had immediately approved the PHP5 million fund assistance request from Mayor Inday during its regular session, also on Monday.
As of Tuesday, Davao City has a total disaster fund of PHP91 million, earmarked as disposable within the last two months of 2017.
Mayor Inday said that initially, she had planned to give Marawi more.
“I initially planned to give P10 million, but we still have two months left. My priority is still Davao City. Maybe mid next year or the same period, we will look at how they used the PHP5 million and we can give them more,” she said.
Mayor Inday also encouraged other local governments to extend help to Marawi City.
“I encourage other local governments to also help Marawi, even a small amount will be a big help to them,” she said.
“It is within our duty as elected officials to help other cities who are in need of our help,” she added. (CIO)
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