Mayor Duterte & Davao City Gives P31.5 Million Calamity Assistance to Cotabato Farmers


The tough-talking presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the City Council of Davao City approves the P31-Million Aid for Cotabato farmers according to a news article posted by Manny Piñol on his official Facebook Page. 



The P31-million calamity assistance by Davao City was approved by the City Council to provide the calamity assistance needed by farmers. The money will be used to provide 15,000 sacks of rice to farmers from North Cotabato whose farms were rendered unproductive by the 4-month-long drought. 

According to the City Council of Davao City, the monetary assistance to the Kidapawan City protesters will be used to purchase the rice which will be distributed to the farmers of neighboring province of North Cotabato through the Philippine National Red Cross and the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) as confirmed by Davao City Council Information Officer, Leo Villareal. 

Aside from the P31-million calamity assistance to Cotabato Province, the City Council of Davao City also approved during the session an allocation of over P300-million as part of Davao City's own preparation for the effects of El Niño on the city's fisherfolk and farmers.

Here's the Complete FB Post of Manny Piñol:


Duterte walks the talk

DAVAO CITY COUNCIL APPROVES
P31-M AID FOR COTABATO FARMERS

By Manny Piñol

The Davao City Council today approved a P31-million calamity assistance to provide 15,000 bags of rice to farmers of North Cotabato whose farms were rendered unproductive by the 4-month-long drought.

Leo Villareal, information officer of Davao City, confirmed that the measure was approved in a session today of the Sangguniang Panglungsod.

The amount will be used to purchase 15,000 sacks of rice which will be distributed to the farmers of the neighboring province of North Cotabato through the Philippine National Red Cross and the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), Villarreal said.

Also approved during the session was an allocation of over P300-M as part of Davao City's own preparation for the effects of El Niño on the city's fisherfolk and farmers.

The approval of the P31-m calamity assistance for the farmers of North Cotabato affected by the drought came five days after Duterte was informed of the mass action staged by farmers and supported by militant groups in Kidapawan City.

The North Cotabato Provincial Government earlier said it could not provide the 15,000 bags demanded by the protesters and negotiations between the government and the protest leaders ended in a stalemate.

On April 1, on the day when Duterte was tentatively scheduled to meet with the rallyists, policemen dispersed the protesters.

A melee which turned bloody and deadly left two protesters and a bystander dead and dozens injured, including ill-equipped policemen who were ordered to disperse the protesters.

Villarreal said it will take a few more days before the rice calamity assistance would reach the beneficiaries as the city government will have to coordinate with he Commission on Elections (Comelec) first and then engage the Red Cross for the distribution.

He added that the rice assistance will not only be for those who participated in the protest in Kidapawan City but also for other farmers who were severely affected by the long drought.

Villarreal said details on the mode of the distribution will be announced later.

Davao City has earlier extended assistance to other areas hit by calamity, including the Leyte Provinces and Tacloban City which were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda.

The Local Government Code allows inter-LGU assistance in times of calamity and emergencies.

(Duterte image downloaded from Facebook page Sofia Ako.)
 


Source: Manny Pinol Facebook Page
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