Sibulan Mayor Marcela Grampon Bartoces of Negros Oriental said victims of tropical storm “Sendong” in the town will receive their financial assistance from the national government once the money is available.
Bartoces issued the assurance after some residents of Barangay Tubigon, whose houses were either damaged or destroyed, complained over a local radio that they were not given the assistance received by other victims.
The mayor explained that the funds released on July 24, 2012 came from the national government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development. She said residents whose houses were destroyed received P10,000, and those with damaged properties got P5,000 per family.
The released amount, however, was not enough for all the victims. Bartoces said residents of barangays Tubigon and Tubtubon will be given priority in receiving assistance.
She told those who have not received support from the national government to be patient and wait for the release of the money.*RA
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