Capitol, private sector to help Seniang-affect victims

Engr. Alfredo Quiblat clarified at a meeting last Jan. 7 that the massive flooding in the southern part of Cebu during typhoon Seniang was caused by a “cloud burst”.

He explained that a cloud burst is a sudden downpour of a heavy rainfall. Quiblat reported at the meeting that the volume of the rain during the typhoon was equivalent to a one-month volume of rain.

Mayors from the southern part of Cebu and some representatives of the affected LGUs with Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head Baltazar Tribunalo and Gov. Hilario Davide had an assessment meeting regarding typhoon Seniang at the Municipality of Moalboal Session Hall.

Regional and Provincial representatives from the Department of Social and Welfare Development-7 (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industries-7, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) were also present at the meeting.

Private sectors like Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu Relief and Rehabilitation Unit also sent their representatives to the meeting to present additional help depending on the reports.

During the meeting, Davide announced that the province will give financial assistance to the affected families.

He added that the financial assistance is also available for those whose houses were affected from the tropical depression Queenie and typhoon Ruby.

The province will provide P10,000 for families whose houses were totally destroyed and P5,000 for those partially damaged houses.

Mayors are requested to submit a report or list of owners of houses that were destroyed or damaged. PDRRMO will receive the reports for processing.

Mayors from Samboan, Alegria, Barili, Ronda, Alcantara and some representatives from Dumanjug, Aloguinsan, and Malabuyoc raised their concerns regarding on the status of their respective town’s infrastructures, schools, livestock, and crops.

Mayor Blanco of Ronda, during his report, recommended that their rivers will have dikes which can help prevent flooding.