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Bacolod gov’t validating
‘Yolanda’ damage: SSD

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The extent of damage caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” has been validated in 20 barangays in Bacolod City as of yesterday and validation is still ongoing, Bacolod Social Services and Development head Linda Ablanque said.

Some barangays have to be revalidated, like Barangay 35, where it was reported that 36 houses were affected by the typhoon. They found out, however, that no houses were damaged or destroyed by the typhoon in the barangay.

Reports said some residents have already repaired their houses in preparation for typhoon “Zoraida”.

The barangays to be revalidated by the DSSD are Alangilan, Estefania and Alijis.

Ablanque said those whose houses were damaged will receive P5,000 financial assistance from the city, and those destroyed will get P8,000.

They will also be required to submit pictures of their damaged structures and a certification from the barangay.

Meanwhile, Bacolod councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr. and Claudio Puentevella have authored a resolution for the Sangguniang Panlungsod to recognize the humanitarian efforts of private and public organizations in aiding in the rescue, security and the delivery of relief goods to the victims of “Yolanda”, a press release from City Hall said.

Puentevella also authored an ordinance providing sports and cultural scholarship grants to the students of the Bacolod City College, that was passed on first reading by the SP on Oct. 16, and another institutionalizing an Alternative Learning System at the barangay level, co-authored by Gamboa, that was passed on second reading, a press release from City Hall said.

The SP also approved a resolution authored by Puentevella, requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways to check and ensure the proper operation of early warning devices installed on ongoing road constructions and repairs, the press release also said.*CGS

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