Mayor Inday OKs P5M aid for Marawi

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. (PNA photo)

DAVAO CITY — Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has announced that the city government will give P5 million in assistance to the local government of Marawi for the rehabilitation of the city damaged by fighting between troops and Islamic State-inspired militants.

Mayor Inday said that the P5 million assistance will be drawn from the city’s disaster fund.

“I have asked the city council on Monday to allocate P5 million from the disaster funds to be given to Marawi City,” she said. “Last Saturday, I talked to the Mayor of Marawi (Majul Usman Gandamra) and he said that they already declared the city under state of calamity.”

The Davao City Council had immediately approved the P5 million fund assistance request from the mayor during its regular session on Monday.

As of Tuesday, Davao City has a total disaster fund of P91 million, earmarked as disposable within the last two months of 2017.

Mayor Duterte said that initially, she had planned to give Marawi more.

“I initially planned to give P10 million, but we still have two months left. My priority is still Davao City. Maybe mid next year or the same period, we will look at how they used the P5 million and we can give them more,” she said.

She encouraged other local governments to extend help to Marawi City.

“It is within our duty as elected officials to help other cities who are in need of our help,” she added.