In a magnanimous move, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City unanimously approved this morning the resolution of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the appropriation of Five Hundred Thousand pesos (P500,000.00) each for the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan devastated by Typhoon Sendong last weekend.
The CDRRMC is chaired by Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio.
She has also instructed the Office of the City Social Service and Development to accept donations for the survivors at their building beside the Oval Plaza. The CSWDO will be open 24/7 until December 31, 2011 for this purpose.
The first batch of donations will be transported by at least four trucks to Northern Mindanao early tomorrow morning, December 22, 2011.
The second batch will depart GenSan on December 26, 2011.
On a related note, Mayor Darlene Custodio has also issued a memo canceling the Christmas Party of the City Hall employees (numbering 3,500++) in deference to the victims of this recent calamity. Instead, a portion of the budget for the party will be used to purchase more relief goods for CDO and Iligan.
If you are truly a general, please help our sister cities by donating in kind or in cash and make them still feel the spirit of Christmas in their hearts.
Let us also show to the world that in our own small way, GenSan cares!