The city government of Makati continues extending assistance to Marikina City by sending additional modern rescue equipment to help local authorities in rehabilitating communities devastated by Typhoon “Ulysses”.
In addition to the mobile kitchen and water tanker delivered to Marikina City Hall last Monday, Makati also sent another tanker, a penetrator fire truck, pick-up truck RV-13, and mobile water filtration system on Tuesday.
Last week, Mayor Abigail Binay ordered the deployment of a rescue team composed of nine personnel with two rescue boats, a search and rescue vehicle, and an ambulance to Barangay San Roque to assist in the evacuation of residents trapped in their homes due to rising floodwaters.
Meanwhile, to extend assistance for the recovery and rehabilitation of typhoon-stricken towns in Luzon, the local government of Muntinlupa will be donating P11 million financial assistance to the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Cagayan, and the City of Marikina.
Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) chief Erwin Alfonso announced the donation of Muntinlupa City to 21 local government units that were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses in the recent weeks.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that this initiative is the city’s share in helping our kababayans who are in need. “In the spirit of bayanihan, the local government of Muntinlupa will continue to lend its hand to towns in the country needing assistance,” the local exec added.
Fresnedi encouraged the local government’s department heads and employees to also donate, whether in cash or in kind, to help the victims of the recent typhoons.
Alfonso said that the Muntinlupa City Council approved the proposed financial aid from the City Government’s 2020 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund last November 16 as per recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and MCDDRM.
Muntinlupa City Government is set to extend P1,000,000 financial assistance to the City of Marikina, while P500,000 each will be given to the towns of Bato, San Andres, San Miguel, Baras, and Gigmoto in Catanduanes; Bato, Iriga, Calagbanga, Caramoan, Garchitorena, and Siruma in Camarines Sur; Tiwi, Ligao City, Camalig, and Malinao in Albay; Naujan and Gloria in Oriental Mindoro; Tingloy in Batangas; Alcala and Claveria in Cagayan.
During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, Muntinlupa City sent Rescue Boats and a Water Search and Rescue Team in Marikina to augment their rescue operations. Typhoon Ulysses triggered severe flooding in Marikina leaving residents stranded on top of the roof of their homes and neck-deep flood waters.
In a published tweet, Vice President Leni Robredo lauded Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for being one of the first LGUs to provide assistance to Marikina.
“We understand that our beleaguered neighbor needs all the help it can get to cope with this new crisis. We hope that in our own small way, we can ease the day-to-day lives of the typhoon victims while they are in temporary shelters,” said Binay.
Binay said the mobile kitchen is ideal for mass food production as it allows for the preparation of at least 800 meals per operation. With its weather protection features and built-in chimney, it also ensures food safety and quality, she added.
The mayor said the mobile water filtration system, which is capable of turning ordinary water into safe, clean, and potable drinking water, will help ensure adequate supply of drinking water for evacuees and other residents, including children and the elderly.
The water tankers will also be useful in the distribution of water to areas where the water supply has been cut in the aftermath of the typhoon.