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Binay to check on
Negros needs

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Vice President Jejomar Binay is visiting Negros Occidental today to meet with local government officials and discuss the needs of families affected by super typhoon “Yolanda”.

A report from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office yesterday showed that “Yolanda” had destroyed 13,233 houses and damaged 48,144 in Negros Occidental.

The Negros Occidental provincial government has allocated P22 million to aid those whose houses were destroyed at P3,000 each, which is P17.6 million short of the amount needed.

Those with destroyed houses will also be given 10 kilos of rice each, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Liane Garcia said.

They are reviewing the 13,233 for double entries that could possibly bring the number down. She said priority assistance will be given to the worst-hit areas in Manapla, Cadiz and Sagay, after which other areas will be covered.

Assistance for those with damaged houses has been left to local government to cover, she said.

“Yolanda” affected 84,895 families of 399,840 individuals. The provincial government has extended food assistance to 53,710 families as others only briefly went to evacuation centers as a preemptive measure and returned home when the typhoon had passed, Garcia said.

The provincial government deactivated its relief operations center at noon Thursday.

Assistance sent out by the Capitol included 1,400 sacks of rice from the Negros Occidental provincial government and 3,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Office of Civil Defense also sent an additional 500 sacks of rice that could be used for food-for-work during the shelter assistance work, Garcia said.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is set to meet with the Vice President today to discuss typhoon recovery efforts.

At 12:15 p.m. today, Binay will also meet Mayor David Lacson atBrgy. Tuburan Plaza, Enrique B. Magalona, and at 1:45 p.m., with Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca at the Brgy. 9 covered court in Victorias City.

At 2:45 p.m., he will proceed to Manapla to meet with Mayor Lourdes Socorro Escalante at the Municipal Hall, and at 4 p.m., with Mayor Patrick Escalante at the Cadiz City Hall.*CPG

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