By Rhaydz B. Barcia
LEGAZPI CITY--- Mayon Volcano Eruption Crisis Manager Francis Tolentino said the government has allotted a budget of P404M to cover and support the needs of Mayon evacuees for their stay for 100 days or approximately 3 months inside various evacuation centers while the restive volcano refuses to settle down thus far.
He said that of the P404M, at least P105M has already been released to the provincial government of Albay, including three cities and six municipalities affected by the Mayon eruption ssince January 13, this year.
“The government has an allocation of P404M to cover the 100 days stay of the families[inside evacuation centers] affected by Mayon eruption.
“But one-third of the budget will be shouldered by the local government units and the balance to be shouldered by the national government and private benefactors,” Tolentino told reporters in an interview here.
During his visit a few weeks ago here, President Rodrigo Duterte handed over P20M to Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara as initial assistance, plus P5M more from Director Sandra Cam of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Three days after Duterte’s visit, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) officer Amber Mirandilla handed over the P50M additional cash assistance as pledged by the President who wanted the money spent on food, sanitation, and other immediate needs of the evacuees.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Nelly Loyola, PCSO manager in Albay, said they would be releasing P30M more in favor of the evacuees.