Davao gov’t to assist families hit by recent flooding

DAVAO CITY – The city government here will assist families whose houses were damaged during the recent flooding.

Heavy downpours that hit the city last month caused flooding incidents in different residential areas after the rivers in Lipadas, Matina, Bunawan, and Aklihan and the Mintal Creek overflowed.

Lawyer Marlisa Gallo, the Head of the Davao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) said that her office will give aid to the owners of the two totally damaged houses – one at Barangay Cabantian and one at Matina Crossing, and 15 partially damaged houses at Barangay Talomo Proper.

“Owners of totally damaged houses will receive maximum of P20,000 each while for partially damaged maximum of P15,000 each,” Gallo said.

As of October 29, 2021, CSWDO already validated a total of 4,149 families or 13,474 individuals affected by flooding incidents in Barangays Cabantian, Communal, Angliongto, Matina Crossing, Matina Pangi, Matina Aplaya, Bago Aplaya, and Talomo Proper.

Gallo added they are still looking into other affected areas.

The total estimated cost of damages due to the flooding incident in the city is estimated at PHP3.43 million.

Alfredo Baloran, the Chief of the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said in a previous interview, that no deaths were reported in the aftermath of the flooding incidents.

“Families were able to conduct pre-emptive evacuation before the water from overflowing creeks and rivers reached them,” Baloran said.

He earlier advised the public to be more cautious and mindful as La Niña will bring heavy downpours which could possibly cause flooding.

He added that La Niña is expected to stay until the first quarter of next year, 2022. (NW)