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No cash! Cebu City to send help to quake-hit Mindanao areas

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Mayor Edgardo Labella said the Cebu City government will not provide cash aid to the victims of the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Mindanao.

The P10 million fund will be used to buy the primary needs of the victims, said Labella.

Last Monday, an assessment team headed by Councilor David Tumulak visited the municipalities affected.

The local chief executive said the help will be sent to worst affected areas, namely Magsaysay, Davao del Sur; Makilala, North Cotabao; and Tulunan, North Cotabato. (https://bit.ly/2oUpmpD)

During the assessment, the immediate needs of the victims were laminated sack, trapal, canvass; food, relief goods, water; mosquito nets; sleeping mats; medicine; cooking utensils; hygiene kit; undergarments; and over the counter drugs.

The city government will also send manpower and support vehicles such as dump trucks, ambulance, and water tankers, said Labella.

“Time is of the essence. We can have these goods, that they really badly need, be brought to them as soon as possible,” he added.

Labella, Councilors Tumulak, Donaldo Hontiveros, and Prisca Niña Mabatid, some city department heads, and doctors are scheduled to visit the affected areas on Saturday.