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Guv acts on bloated figures

The Negros Occidental provincial government will provide assistance to residents, whose houses were destroyed by super typhoon “Yolanda”, based on lists provided by local government units on Monday, its Social Welfare and Development Officer, Liane Garcia, said yesterday.

Garcia said the decision was made after it was discovered that, after Monday, it appeared that some areas had bloated the number of houses destroyed in their reports.

The provincial government is providing P3,000 each in assistance to owners of houses that were destroyed in Negros Occidental.

Figures submitted to the PSWDO as of Monday showed 6,347 houses destroyed and 24,971 damaged.

Garcia said they will include the damage report submitted by Escalante City after Monday, as the area had also been hit by the typhoon.

Figures received by the PSWDO as of Wednesday showed a drastic increase in the number of houses reported to be destroyed, which rose to 11,083 and those damaged to 42,955.

Garcia noted that one town in the south had reported only four houses destroyed and they were surprised when the figure suddenly leaped to 700.

Marañon said yesterday they that will only honor the reported destruction as of Monday for financial assistance coverage.

Those found to have bloated their figures will face penalties under the law, Garcia said.

Meanwhile, Marañon, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday thanked the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.-Bacolod for donating relief goods for typhoon “Yolanda” victims in northern Negros.

The governor thanked PAGCOR-Bacolod Manager Andy Lizares and Senior Marketing Officer Raymund Gatuslao for the help.

Garcia said she is grateful for the outpouring of help from public and private entities.

Donations are packed daily by volunteers, the Army and police at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center, and delivered to affected areas, Garcia said.

As of yesterday, about 21,700 family packs had already been distributed to the affected LGUs, she said.

She said they are in need of 3,000 sacks for packing of relief goods and will appreciate donations from the public.*CPG



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