Governor Hilario P. Davide III believes there is no unequal distribution of post-typhoon relief in Daanbantayan.
“Mayor (Augusto) Corro is doing a good job there in Daanbantayan,” Gov. Davide told the media in an interview at the Capitol on Thursday, April 10.
The governor’s statement came after a meeting with Corro. The mayor submitted his report on the towns’ rehabilitation activities to the governor during the meeting.
“I told him that the provincial government is solidly behind him and his town’s efforts to rehabilitate and rebuild Daanbantayan,” the governor further stated.
Corro and four (4) other town officials were criminally and administratively charged before the Ombudsman-Visayas for alleged unequal distribution of relief goods.
Among the complainants were 10 barangay captains of Daanbantayan. He declared that this was politically motivated as the complainants are allies of former Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot.
“In fact, these barangays received more food packs and shelter kits than the rest,” said Corro.
The distribution of food packs and shelter kits was done following certain priorities. Corro said they give priority to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant and lactating mothers, and children.
On housing, they focused on those who reside in no build zones. The local government also formed an inter-agency committee to select the beneficiaries.
Of the 194,123 food packs that were distributed, Barangay Logon received most of it with 12,090.
Barangay Maya also received the most number of shelter kits with 1609. The barangay captains of these barangays were among the complainants of the suit.
For the financial assistance, the 20 barangays in the town were equally given P20,000 after typhoon Yolanda struck last November. Each of them will also get an additional P150 thousand financial aid.
Corro appealed to his political opponents to give his constituents a “break” from politics. He asked them to accept and move on from their defeat in the 2013 elections.
“This is not the time to play politics. We must instead unite and work together for the benefit of the people of Daanbantyan,” he said.
The mayor was also afraid that political bickering might eventually turn the donors off from his town.
“So it’s the people who will suffer. I hope they will be able to see that,” he added.
Corro admitted that there is still a large gap in terms of shelter intervention. Of the 21,500 houses that were damaged, only 13, 370 of them received shelter kits from different stakeholders.
Currently, there are more than 1,000 houses were being pledged and constructed in the town. Xerxes Alkuino