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Davao City continues to aid dry spell-hit areas

May 11, 2019 - Saturday 3:05 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

DRYING UP. A farmer in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte has to reach deeper to get to the water source as a drought affects his farm. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- The city government of Davao continues to extend its assistance to areas hit by the dry spell in Mindanao and Visayas after its first wave of assistance in Luzon and some parts Visayas during the last week of April.

Earlier this month, a team headed by City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) chief Alfredo Baloran distributed financial assistance to another 20 municipalities in the different parts of Mindanao and Visayas.

The aid to the 20 municipalities was part of the P9.4 million financial assistance approved by the City Council on April 30.

The financial assistance came from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the city.

Baloran said the distribution of assistance is still ongoing and it will take time since his team is traveling by land.

“We are yet to finish our distribution. We still have a few more municipalities to go to before we can finish the second wave of assistance,” told the Mirror on Saturday.

Baloran also said the CDRRMO team cannot just go out of the city without securing a permit from different offices due to the travel ban brought about by the midterm election.

“We cannot just go out of the city and even if we reach the area we cannot give assistance to the local government. We course it through the Red Cross with the presence of the Commission on Audit,” he said.

Baloran said despite the difficulties in extending the assistance, the city is committed to giving aid to the municipalities that are in need of help.

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