BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) disbursed another batch of received financial donations for the fire victims that transpired in Barangay Poblacion of this town on April 11, 2023, amounting to P581, 961.10.
According to Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Araceli Shane Bayanos, 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 the 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, totalling P32, 400. The said amount was equally divided among the 27 owners of totally damaged structures; thus, each received an additional P1, 200.
In his message, Mayor Tudlong encouraged the recipients to look past the devastation of yesterday and set anew today.
“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, neighbours, people from abroad and from various people who want to help,” Tudlong further said.
It is to be noted that since the start of the donation drive for the 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 November 14, 2023, at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol lobby was facilitated by the MSWDO and the Office of the Municipal Treasurer. Also in attendance is Municipal Administrator Eric Fulangen, Sr. By Alpine L. Killa- Malwagay & Kayna Casey Shalou Ubongen