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Valenzuela City Donates PhP 5 Million worth of Rice to Mindoro Oil Spill Victims

VC rice for oil spill victims

The City Government of Valenzuela through the VC Cares Plus Program, grants PhP Five (5) Million worth of rice to Province of Oriental Mindoro and several municipalities which are highly affected by the recent oil spill, March 17.

The VC Cares Team, led by Senator WIN Gatchalian, Vice Mayor Lorie Natividad-Borja, and City Social Welfare Operations Chief of Staff, Ms. Dorothy Evangelista, flew all the way to Oriental Mindoro to formally turnover the rice donation, and to personally assess the situation of the province. They were welcomed and assisted by Oriental Mindoro Governor, Humerlito Dolor, Vice Governor Ejay Falcon, and Pola Mayor Jennifer Cruz.

The Valenzuela City Council, on March 10, passed the Resolution No. 2748, Series of 2023 which authorizes City Mayor WES Gatchalian to release the said amount as assistance to oil spill affected areas.

This was after a deliberation meeting convened by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council last March 9 which ended with a recommendation to pass a resolution that will help alleviate the situation of the affected provinces and its residents.

VC rice for oil spill victims

The following affected municipalities will receive the said rice donation:

  1. Province of Oriental Mindoro
  2. Municipalities of Naujan
  3. Municipalities of Pola
  4. Municipalities of Pinamalayan
  5. Municipalities of Gloria
  6. Municipalities of Bansud
  7. Municipalities of Bongabong
  8. Municipalities of Roxas
  9. Municipalities of Mansalay
  10. Municipalities of Bulalacao

The motor tanker Princess Empress, which carried 800,000 liters of industrial oil, capsized in the waters off Naujan town in Oriental Mindoro on February 28. This unfortunate event resulted in health hazards of the residents, disrupted the livelihood of more than 15,000 fisher folks, resorts, and other business establishments, and caused serious damage to Marine Protected areas in the province — placing them under the state of calamity.

According to the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), it is estimated that the oil spill may affect about 20,000 hectares of coral reefs, 9,900 hectares of mangroves and 6,000 hectares of seagrass in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Antique and Palawan, depending on its trajectory.

Moreover, Valenzuela City has been extending assistance to the victims of calamities through the City’s program, the VC Cares Plus Program which aims to look after the welfare of its constituents but also of its brothers and sisters in other municipalities and cities who are in need.

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