Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City led the 294 members of the House of Representatives in shelling out at least P10,000 from their monthly salary on top of his call to well-moneyed local government units to pour donations to aid the victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
The lawmakers made the move of earmarking their salaries under House Resolution 446 which provides assistance for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City, Deputy Speakers Henedina Abad of Batanes, Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela, Sergio Apostol, Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya, Roberto Puno of Antipolo, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong, House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan, Reps. Mel Senen Sarmiento of Western Samar, Enrique Cojuangco of Tarlac, Mark Llandro Mendoza of Batangas, Eleandro Jesus Madrona of Romblon, Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. of Dasmariñas City, Rolando Andaya of Camarines Norte, among others.
Under the Resolution, the lawmakers cited that merciless winds and storm surges caused by the typhoon battered Visayas and Southern Luzon caused massive damage to agriculture and infrastructure, collapsing homes and buildings and rendering airports, roads and bridges useless.
“Despite efforts of the local government units, rescue and relief operations have been unable to address the immediate needs of our affected countrymen given the magnitude of the situation. This [Resolution] is to recognize their need for aid and relief in this difficult time,” the Resolution stated.
Typhoon Yolanda has severely limited access to basic necessities such as food, water, clothing and shelter, as well as medical care, in the affected areas.
Belmonte, a former Mayor of Quezon City, then reminded well-moneyed local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to take the cue from the move of Makati City government which already poured P10 million for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
“Aside from [the cities of]Manila, Pasay and Caloocan, all the other LGUs here in Metro Manila are in good financial condition. Considering that these LGUs are well funded, we should boost the engagement of such LGUs in addressing catastrophes,” Belmonte added in closing. LLANESCA T. PANTI