Monday, January 31, 2011

Mayor Amante hopeful of Butuan’s full recovery after the calamity

Following the sporadic floods experienced by Butuan brought about by the heavy rains during the first week of January, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. is thankful that the city was able to withstand the threat and is now on the road to full recovery.
In fact, he stressed that it tests the readiness of the city in times of calamities and he is very grateful for the support of all line agencies and stakeholders for their dedication to help the people especially those belonging to the marginalized sector.
In his meeting with President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III on January 14 of this year, at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Office, Bancasi, this city, he was assured of the national government’s commitment to assist in the rehabilitation of the city as well as the support for all developmental endeavors in building for a stable and economically-viable city.
The President visited the city to see the damages brought about by the said calamity and Mayor Amante personally apprise the President of the extent of the damage, particularly the agricultural sector, affecting most of the 59 rural barangays. During the President’s visit, he turned-over initial relief goods to assuage the concerns of the farmers over the state of their fields with the following items: 50 bags of certified seeds; 3 units water pump engine sets; 2 boxes assorted vegetable seeds; requisition and issue slip for 1 set of assorted medicines and medical supply.
It is of great significance that the President personally evaluated the damages brought about by the bad weather condition which unfortunately affected many areas in Visayas and Mindanao and he is thankful to note that among all the areas in Caraga region, Butuan City is the least hit by the calamity.
The President lauded the efforts of the local government of Butuan for its disaster management readiness in its immediate response to control or lessen the impact of the damages, brought about by the calamity.
Mayor amante assured all Butuanons especially those who were affected by the calamity that the local government will continue to assist them and extend help in whatever means possible until the city will fully recover.
The goods and items received for the mitigation program will be given to the respective departments or offices for distribution to the identified beneficiaries.


NEHA JAIN                                                                                                                

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