On September 15, Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan and threatened Northern Luzon leaving at least 81 people dead.
While the Department of National Defense says Baggao town in Cagayan suffered the most damage, the number of casualties has climbed mostly due to the corpses recovered from landslides in the Cordillera Administrative Region, including the mining town of Itogon.
In response, the City Government of Muntinlupa donated 500,000 pesos each to ten municipalities in Cagayan, Benguet, and Kalinga that were affected by Typhoon Ompong.
Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Erwin Alfonso and Muntinlupa Social Service Department chief Analyn Mercado handed the donation amounting to five million pesos to local officials and Council members of the typhoon-sticken towns.
The ten municipalities include: Baggao (Cagayan), Iguig (Cagayan), Pamplona (Cagayan), Lasam (Cagayan), Claveria (Cagayan), Sta. Praxedes (Cagayan), Sanchez Mira (Cagayan), Itogon (Benguet), Kabayan (Benguet), and Pasil (Kalinga).
Leaders from the recipient municipalities expressed their utmost thanksgiving to the City Government of Muntinlupa.
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that this initiative is the city’s share in helping our kababayans who are in need. “In the spirit of bayanihan, the local government of Muntinlupa has been and will continue to lend its hand to towns in the country needing assistance,” the local exec added.
Fresnedi hopes that the financial assistance will help in the rehabilitation and recovery of the towns.
Recently, the local government also extended a humanitarian response to Marawi City by providing P5-M scholarship fund for the students in the war-stricken town. The city committed to donate P5-M scholarship fund to Marawi annually for five years to fill-in the critical gaps and provide for the educational needs of the displaced students.