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Mindanao lawmakers have asked the Insurance Commission to order insurance companies to pay the proceeds for vehicles damaged by typhoon Sendong even if these claims are not covered by Acts of God, to hasten the recovery of the victims, a press release from Congress said.

In House Resolution 2022, Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao) said the IC should issue the directive, citing the tremendous damage, including the loss of lives and destruction of property and vehicles in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City brought about by typhoon Sendong.

"Typhoon Sendong flooded 29 barangays in Cagayan de Oro City and part of those submerged in water were the vehicles of the residents of these barangays," Rodriguez said.

There are still no reports of the actual number of vehicles damaged but it is safe to assume that they number into the hundreds, he added.

Rodriguez admitted that majority of these vehicles are not covered by Acts of God insurance and such are not entitled to compensation from insurance companies.

However, by paying them insurance proceeds, the insurance companies will help the victims recover and ease their already huge burden.

"The Insurance Commissioner should order the insurance companies to pay the insurance proceeds of the insured vehicles that were damaged by typhoon Sendong even if these vehicles do not have Acts of God coverage as an act of liberality and goodwill," Rodriguez also said.*

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