More private entities help rebuild lives, communities in Alaminos
Assistance continues to flow in for the typhoon victims here more than two weeks after Cosme struck the province.
Team Energy, formerly Mirant Philippines has recently offered a total P 100, 000 to help finance the city’s priority reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the barangays.
Nepo Mart has earlier contributed P 50, 000 to augment the city’s emergency relief funds.
A-100, an aggrupation of Alaminian executives and professionals working in Metro Manila and in the city, also distributed 250 bags of good and medicines to their kabaleyans last Saturday.
Jollibee-Alaminos, ABS-CBN Corporation and the Diocese of Alaminos including the Philippine National Red Cross, the Alaminos Water District and the Iglesia ni Cristo likewise handed thousands of bag of groceries to the typhoon victims.
While, Alpha Phi Omega International (Phils) Inc. and the Pantalan Alumni Association conducted just recently a medical and dental mission in the city.
Around 400 city residents availed of the free medical check-ups, assorted medicines and dental services.
“We are gratified by the generosity, compassion and the swift actions taken by our citymates and friends from the private sector for us to address the city’s pressing problems,” said Mayor Hernani A. Braganza.
“We really appreciate your benevolence and commitment in helping us rebuild the lives, the livelihood of our people and our community.”
Upon his arrival from an official trip in the US where he attended the Gawad Kalinga World Summit, the hardworking mayor immediately went to the barangays “to see the clearer picture of what kind of assistance is direly needed.”This, to map-up plans with the barangay leaders, educators, and the parents-teachers association to speed up the clearing operations, repair, demolition or reconstruction of damage classrooms in time for the opening of classes.
Braganza assessed the extent of damage brought about by the typhoon in the city’s 39 barangay which has now reached P 238 M.
He devoted though most of his time visiting all the affected public schools.
The Mayor also spearheaded efforts to bring more aid to the victims and ordered the lined-agencies concerned to step-up the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in areas hit hard by Cosme.
Braganza noted that various Alaminian communities abroad have already pledged financial assistance to the city.
“They are really committed (to help),” he added which is on top of their support to the city’s show-for-a-cause.
The city government will be staging a fundraising activity dubbed as “Show for Life” next week in Manila to garner more money for the typhoon victims.
The city, during the administration of acting city mayor Teofilo G. Humilde Jr., had so far distributed a total of 150 sacks of rice and P .4M worth of canned and dry goods and medicines.
It was learned that the said initial relief operations served more than half of the total 6, 626 affected families.
An estimated 33, 130 Alaminians or 42% of the city’s total population have been affected by the recent typhoon.
Braganza said the city government will purchase more relief goods this week for the remaining families who have not yet received any assistance.
“At the same time, we will continue to appeal to our citymates here and abroad for more contributions and commit themselves in sustaining collective efforts in rebuilding the city from the devastation caused by Cosme.” (CIO)