BONTOC, Mountain Province – The municipal government disbursed another batch of financial donations amounting to P581,961.10 for the victims of the fire that hit Barangay Poblacion last April 11.
Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Araceli Shane Bayanos said eight fire victims with partially damaged structures received P8,000 each while the 27 owners of totally damaged structures received P20,000 each.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. also turned over the donation of International Igorot Organization through Lyn Madalang amounting to P29,000, to which the mayor added P3,400. The combined amount was equally divided among the 27 owners of totally damaged structures.
Tudlong encouraged the recipients to “look past the devastation of yesterday and set anew today.”
“God did not give us a burden that we cannot carry. The tragic incident is not a test of our faith in God. It strengthens our faith in Him. We are with you, as you get back on your feet and recover from the effects of the tragic fire incident,” the mayor added.
“We are thankful for all the in-kind and monetary donations which came from the help and love of our fellow community members, neighbors, people from abroad, and those who want to help,” Tudlong said.
Since the start of the donation drive for the fire victims, the mayor has assured every centavo of the donations received by the municipal government will go to those affected.
The disbursement of financial donations on Nov. 14 at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol lobby was facilitated by the MSWDO and the Office of the Municipal Treasurer.
Also in attendance was Municipal Administrator Eric Fulangen, Sr. – Alpine L. Killa- Malwagay and Kayna Casey Shalou Ubongen