December 6, 2023

City officials recently granted financial assistance amounting to P1 million from the 2023 current appropriation under the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Quick Response Fund (CDRRM-QF) of the city government to municipalities of Oriental Mindoro declared under a state of calamity due to the oil spill from the sunken ship motor tanker Princess Empress.

Under Ordinance 66, s. 2023, the recipients of the financial assistance with the corresponding amounts include the towns of Naujan, P120,000; Bulalacao, P120,000; Pola, P120,000; Pinamalayan, P120,000; Mansalay, P120,000; Bansud, P100,000; Roxas, P100,000; Bongabong, P100,000; and Calapan City, P100,000.

The city council said it has been the practice of the city government in countless occasions of extending financial assistance to cities and municipalities and provinces which have been struck by natural or human-made calamities, which has been a tradition of support and to reciprocate what other local governments from various parts of the country had extended to the city when it was hit by the July 16, 1990 killer earthquake and other calamities.

The towns were declared under a state of calamity by the provincial board of Oriental Mindoro under Resolution 6340, s. 2023 following the oil spill that occurred when the MT Princess Empress sank off the coast of the province in February.

The council said the amount will be charged under the 2023 current appropriation of the CDRRMQF.

In a certification of availability of funds, the city’s Local Finance Committee certified P1M is available from the current appropriation earmarked under the CDRRMQF for the financial assistance to various local government units. – PIO release