Mayor Binay sacrifices holiday party to help victims of ‘Ruby’


MAKATI City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. has decided to cancel the New Year’s Eve countdown party, usually done with an impressive fireworks display and a free concert, and instead use the P30-million budget for it to help those affected by Typhoon Ruby (international codename: Hagupit).

Binay on Wednesday asked the city council to pass an ordinance authorizing the city government to extend help to the typhoon victims.

He noted that P30 million can go a long way in assisting rehabilitation efforts done by local government units.

This is the fifth time that the city scrapped the party to help those affected by disasters.

Last year, the event was canceled to sympathize with victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), especially those who resided in localities identified as Makati’s sister cities. The council allocated P50 million for relief assistance in 2013.

In 2010, the New Year’s Eve party was also called off to focus Makati’s resources on resolving the West Tower oil leak crisis in Barangay Bangkal in the city. A year before that, Mayor Binay shelved the event to give assistance to victims of a big fire in the city and the twin disasters wrought by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in several parts of the country.

It was also canned in 2005 at the height of the economic crisis.

The city government has been holding the countdown since 2004, making it a tourist attraction.

“We hope the residents and visitors of Makati, especially those who were looking forward to the countdown, would understand and support our decision to again forego it this year. So many of our fellow Filipinos are suffering and they need all the help we can give,” the mayor said.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has identified parts of Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region and Southern Luzon as among those damaged by Ruby. The towns of Dolores and Borongan in Eastern Samar were tagged as worst-hit. The NDRRMC had said 456,386 families or 2,086,562 people were affected by the typhoon.


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  1. One can really never win….can we not see it as it is…it’s a hefty fortune going to help our kababayans in need and Mayor Jun Jun Binay should not be demonized for this. It might just be a small window of sincerity but it is and should be taken as it is no ifs and buts. HE IS DOING SOMETHING GOOD, so don’t make him look bad.

  2. They should not let go the tradition. They can be apppreciated if the gifts given by the contractors are spent for the countdown.

  3. Its nice for Binay to pay attention to typhon Ruby’s victims than to attend to an extravagant party. This move can be interpreted in several ways. One is for political gains for upcoming presidentinal election. He will be more credible if he attends the senate hearing and fulfill his debate challenge of Trillanes.

  4. Why don’t the Binays just give back the amassed wealth they took from the Makati taxpayers’ money to the Makati government and spent it for the poor? Mayor Binay will do a good Christmas to the people if he will just be humble enough to return the money they corrupted from the government. The same to your father, nancy and Abigail and also your mother. Pag ginawa ninyo yan ay sakaling patatawarin kayo ng Diyos sa pagnanakaw ninyo ng pera ng bayan.