Caraga gets bulk of P68.7-M government fund for ‘Crising’ impact

Subscribe Now February 24, 2013 at 09:45pm

THE Caraga region received the bulk of what the Philippine government spent totaling P68.7 million as Tropical Depression (TD) Crising hit on Monday last week, based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report. This comes as the NDRRMC said a total of 51,458 families or 261,570 persons were affected by TD Crising in 189 barangays of Mimaropa, Central Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Of the total, only about 47,120 families or 226,867 persons were being served inside and outside 47 evacuation centers in Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga and ARMM.

As of early morning of Saturday, the NDRRMC declared four deaths were directly attributable to TD Crising, which exited on February 21.

The confirmed casualties were identified as Francisco Digaynon and Erwin Campana, 43, both of Compostela Valley; Nelson Jeminez, 40; and Namatyagan Namones, 12.

Four were declared injured while two were still declared missing as of early morning of Saturday, according to the NDRRMC report. Missing were Percela R. Apolinario, 63, of Aklan; and Suden Abdullah of Sarangani province.

About 1,842 families and 9,075 persons were reported to have been affected in 15 villages of the two areas of Caraga: Agusan del Norte and Butuan City.

A total of 189 villages, 25 municipalities, five cities, 13 provinces and nine regions were reported to have been affected by TD Crising, based on the NDRRMC report.

However, Davao had the highest number of villages (76), families (26,156) and persons (133,213) reported to have been affected.

The village of Asuncion, Davao del Norte, in particular, reported damage in agriculture worth P11.242 million.

Second to Caraga, the government spent nearly P22.7 million to Davao.

Soccsksargen follows, with four areas affected, composed of 47 villages, and 12,920 families and 67,958 persons.

Soccsksargen, or Region 12, received the fourth-largest allocation of government funds for TD Crising, at P5.54 million.

The ARMM, which had 11 villages, 5,432 families, and 27,116 persons affected by TD Crising, received the lowest at P500,000.

The NDRRMC report said a total of P3.123 million worth of relief aid has been provided to the affected families in Northern Mindabao (P181,500) and Davao (P2.942 million) coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (P2.25 million) and local government inits (P873,000).

Source: businessmirror.com.ph



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