Bontoc fire victims receive another batch of financial donations

>> Monday, November 20, 2023

By Alpine L. Killa- Malwagay and Kayna Casey Shalou Ubongen

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Bontoc local government disbursed another batch of financial donations worth P581,961.10 for victims of fire that burned several houses and buildings here in Barangay Poblacion on 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.
    Aside from the P581, 961.10 that was divided and distributed to 35 owners of partially and totally damaged structures, Bontoc Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., turned over the donation of International Igorot Organization (IGO) through Lyn Madalang amounting to P29,000.
    The mayor added P3, 400 from his pocket, thus, totaling P32, 400.
    The said amount was equally divided among the 27 owners of totally damaged structures with each receiving additional P1, 200.
Mayor Tudlong urged recipients to look past the devastation and set life anew.
    “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 from various people who want to help,” Tudlong added.
    Since the start of donation drive for fire victims, the mayor assured that every single centavo of the donations received by the Bontoc LGU 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. 


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