The Navotas City government has provided cash aid to five local government units severely affected by Typhoon Odette shortly before Christmas last year.
The P1.5-million assistance, coursed through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, was turned over to the local officials of Dapa, Surigao Del Norte; Ilog, Negros Occidental; Gingoog, Misamis Oriental; and the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Bohol.
“Although our budget and resources are also limited because of our two-year long battle with Covid-19, we are still fortunate that we have the capacity to help our fellow Filipinos in dire need of support and assistance,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said.
“Dati, tayo ang tinutulungan dahil binabaha tayo nang matindi. Ngayon, tayo na ang tumutulong sa iba. At nagpapasalamat tayo sa bawat Navoteño dahil sa kanilang pakikiisa, mas madali nating natutugunan ang pandemya, mas nagagamit natin ang pondo ng bayan di lang sa pagpaaangat ng buhay sa Navotas kundi sa pagtulong din sa kapwa natin Pilipinong higit na nangangailangan. (It used to be that we were the ones in need of help due to the perennial floodings in Navotas. Now, were are able to help others. We are grateful for every Navoteno for their oneness not only in pushing our progress but also in helping our countrymen who are in dire need of assistance),” he added.
Typhoon Odette hit the Philippines on Dec. 16, 2021 and ravaged many areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
In 2014, under the helm of then Mayor and now Navotas Representative John Rey Tiangco, the city also donated P2 million to two coastal municipalities in Eastern Samar devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.