Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella turned over P100,000 as financial assistance to Bantayan Mayor Ian Christopher Gonzaga Escario yesterday at the Mayor's Ceremonial Hall at the Bacolod City Government Center.
Escario thanked Puentevella and the people of Bacolod for the kindness shown them.
He said Bantayan is slowly rising from the destruction of super typhoon Yolanda when 90 percent of the houses and poultry businesses were destroyed. It was among the top suppliers of eggs in the Visayas region and the country.
Escario said the volume of eggs they produced before reached 3.2 million a day but this has been reduced to P1.2 million a day after Bantayan was hit by typhoon Frank.
But they were able to recover their egg production and increased it from 2.4 to 2.6 million a day before Yolanda struck. After Yolanda, their egg production drastically reduced to about 600,000 eggs a day, he said.
Escario said egg production is the premier industry of Bantayan and he believes that they will rise again in due time.
He thanked the people of Bacolod and Negros Occidental who volunteered to come to Bantayan to extend help to the affected families there.
Puentevella said the city is helping Bantayan because it is where it gets its supply of eggs and want to help them recover.
He said the parents of Escario are from Bacolod City and the mayor himself was raised in the city and had studied in La Salle.
Puentevella is leaving for Tacloban to turn over to Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Rep. Martin Romualdez a check for P200,000 as financial assistance of the city government.
The city also extended financial assistance to Cadiz City that was also badly hit by Yolanda.*CGS