Bacolod, other LGUs deliver aid to La Castellana residents

Mayors Javier Miguel Benitez of Victorias City and Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of Bacolod  with Mayor Rhummyla Mangilimutan  and her constituents during their visit to La Castellana on Friday.*

More local governments delivered aid on Friday, June 7, to La Castellana town in Negros Occidental,   whose residents have been affected by the eruption of Kanlaon Volcano.

Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and his son Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez, president of the Negros Association of Chief Executives, on Friday, June 7, were among those who delivered aid.

The Benitezes met with La Castellana Mayor Rhummyla Mangilimutan, visited the evacuees and the lahar-hit areas in the town.

The Bacolod mayor brought P1 million worth of food and non-food relief assistance, his spokesman Caesar Distrito said.

The  assistance included rice, canned goods Jerry cans, water, rice, hygiene kits, blankets, towels, mosquito nets, bread and canned goods.

The Himamaylan team delivering water to La Castellana residents*

The mayor went to La Castellana to personally assess the situation and see the extent of damage, Distrito said.

The Victorias mayor said he gave  P100,000  in cash assistance  and water to La Castellana.

“Together with the Ilog and Sipalay Rescue Teams, Councilor Ralph Alvarez brought our water tanker to join in the water distribution efforts to aid those affected by the Kanlaon eruption,” Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) also said Friday.

“We stand with our sisters and brothers by taking action through rescue and relief. Our empathy is especially fueled by the time when we ourselves got the help we needed during Typhoon Odette. In times of disaster, we are one, “she said.

Toboso, Cadiz City   and Kabankalan City  have also delivered aid to  La Castellana.

Acting Cebu Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia on Friday also said they would provide cash assistance to the affected LGUs in Negros Occidental and Oriental.*CPG


 Himamaylan City through its flagship service, “MRTExpress”, also extended support to residents of La Castellana affected by Kanlaon Volcano’s eruption.

Mayor Raymund Tongson joined the team from Himamaylan that delivered 100 food packs, water, and face masks on Wednesday.

 “Our ‘bayanihan’ spirit will endure any disaster,” Tongson said.

 “We hope that life of our fellow Negrenses who live near the Kanlaon Volcano will return to normal soon,” Tongson said.*MLG

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