TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 10, 2012, (PIA) –The day Bohol, through Governor Edgar Chatto responded to the calls from its distressed neighbor victims of flashfloods in nearby Mindanao, another desperate wail sounded from Negros Oriental.
That day, February 6, before the Governor stepped foot in Mindanao to hand in two separate checks worth a little over P3 M for Iligan, Negros Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City, another natural calamity shook most of the Visayas.
That day, at around 11:49 AM, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake with an epicenter traced to a blind fault offshore Tayasan and Guihulngan in Negros Oriental shook most of the Visayas leaving a trail of damaged public infrastructure, countless lives and causing massive landslides that buried villages.
Until this time, rescuers have been reportedly working day and night to recover trapped survivors or at least recover bodies for a decent burial.
The tremor also left villages isolated as bridges were rendered impassable, road networks blocked by land movements and stopping government relief operations dead on its tracks.
With reports of dwindling supply of food, water, clean blankets and medicines surging, the operations are expected to shift to rehabilitation anytime soon.
Over the development and the dire need for more help, the governor again appealed to local government units and Boholanos in general to look at Negros and pitch in any amount that can help the people recover from the disaster.
Fresh from a speaking engagement at the Regional Police Office, Chatto and his small entourage of Boholanos was set to deliver the P 1,228,000 to Iligan City and P 1,301,530 to Cagayan de Oro City when a magnitude the tremor that altered the landscapes in Guihulngan and Tayasan in Negros Oriental.
Weeks before that, the governor issued calls to Bohol local government units and well meaning Boholanos to spare a little amount that would be helpful in the rehabilitation of the flashflood victims of the two cities and Valencia and Sibulan of Dumaguete City.
The governor also instructed Capitol Finance Team to set up a mechanism where local government contributions can be facilitated so that they can be spared from the normal government auditing procedures.
Putting in an initial P600,000, Bohol led the LGUs giving financial assistance to Iligan. The amount was propped up with Panglao (P100K), Dauis (P60K), Batuan, Guindulman, Trinidad (P50K each), Jagna (P40K), Valencia and Garcia Hernandez (P30K each), Antequera and Sagbayan (P25K each), Alburquerque, Balilihan, Calape, Mabini, Talibon and Tubigon (P20K each), Sevilla (P18K), Clarin, San Isidro and San Miguel (P10K each), attested Provincial Treasurer Eustaquio Socorin.
For Cagayan de Oro, Bohol again allocated P600K, followed by Panglao (100K), Dauis (P60K), Batuan, Guindulman, Jagna and Trinidad (P50K each), Valencia (P40K), Garcia Hernandez and Mabini (P30K each), Antequera and Sagbayan (P25K each), Alburquerque, Alicia, Balilihan, Bilar, Calape, Sevilla and Tubigon (P20K each), Clarin, San Isidro and San Miguel (P10K each) and Baclayon.
Cash donations from Batuan (P2,800), DepEd Bien Unido (P11,300) Mabini P5K) and Sevilla (P430) totaled the aid to Cagayan de Oro at P1,301, 530.00.
Meanwhile, Jagna town gave Opol Misamis Oriental P20K as its financial assistance to the flood ravaged towns barangays.
For Negros Oriental, Bohol also gave P300K and several local government units also pitched in to round up P526 K.
Responding positively to the calls are Guindulman (P50K), Dauis and Garcia Hernandez (P30K each), Calape, Jagna and Valencia (P20K each), Sevilla (P16K), Alburquerque, Balilihan, San Miguel and Tubigon (P10K each).
The amount was transmitted January 24, according to records from the Office of the Provincial Treasurer. (30)