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Mayor: Sipalay’s priority rehabilitation, livelihood

Mayor Gina Montilla Lizares (left) with Vice President Leni Robredo in Sipalay City Saturday, Feb. 5.*

SIPALAY CITY – Mayor Gina Montilla Lizares said the priority of the Sipalay City government in Negros Occidental is rehabilitation following the devastation brought by Typhoon “Odette” in December.

“We will not refuse anybody who will send us relief goods but our priority now is to rehabilitate,” Lizares said Saturday, January 6.

They are rebuilding and fixing houses, roads and everything that was destroyed, she said.

They aim to finish the rebuilding in six months but their recovery plan is set for three years, and she hopes they won’t have to take that long, Lizares added.

She said about 3,000 houses were destroyed and more were damaged affecting 18,000 Sipalaynons, but a lot of residents have already started to rebuild.

What they need is building materials, Lizares said.

Donations for inside the house like kitchen utensils are what the typhoon victims need now, she said.

The city government is also purchasing livestock, poultry and seeds to replenish the livelihood needs of residents who lost their farm animals and crops during the typhoon to enable them to become self-sufficient again, the mayor said.

Lizares said about 60 percent of the electricity in Sipalay City has been restored since the typhoon hit on December 17.

The typhoon left 18 dead and four missing in Sipalay City, she said.*

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