City of Mati officials led by City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Charlemagne Bagasol and former councilor Allan Andrada, who represented Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat, formally turned over the P800,000 financial aid to Bansalan and Magsaysay municipalities most affected by the series of strong tremors that hit Mindanao last month.

The Mati officials left for Davao del Sur Friday morning and immediately presented the P300,000 cheque to Bansalan and the P500,000 cheque to Magsaysay.

Magsaysay Mayor Arthur Davin personally accepted the cheque as he expressed gratitude for the generosity of the people of Mati and its officials led by Mayor Michelle.

“It gives us more strength and energy to hurdle the crisis we are facing right now every time we receive donations. We can rely feel a sigh of relief. Thank you City Government of Mati thru Mayor Michelle Rabat for the P500,000 cash assistance for the people of Magsaysay,” Mayor Davin said.

After Magsaysay, the Mati officials proceeded to Bansalan for the check turnover before heading back to the City of Mati.

Bansalan Mayor Quirina Sarte received the cheque and expressed gratitude to the people of Mati and to Mayor Michelle for the aid.

Mayor Michelle said that since Mati has not been affected much by the series of tremors that devastated the provinces of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, she deemed it proper for Mati LGU to share part of its calamity fund to the people of Bansalan and Magsaysay.

“It is but human nature for us to respond to our fellow Filipinos, Dabawenyos at that, who are in distress. Whatever little we may have, we deem it proper to share and help. Hope that this assistance would somehow alleviate the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in the two most-affected towns. If only we could give more, we would have,” Mayor Michelle said.

“The people of Mati is one with the people of Davao del Sur, North Cotabato and all other areas affected by the tremors. What we lack in logistics we will make it up in our prayers for their safety,” she added.

The City of Mati LGU sourced its financial aid from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund amounting to P600,000 while the remaining P200,000 came from the Stockpiling of Emergency Supplies Appropriation of the CDRRMO.

As of August 2019, DRRMF adjusted balance is P54,110,126.77. (CIO MATI)

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