Zubiri eyes supplemental budget for Odette-hit areas

BACOLOD CITY–Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is eyeing to file a bill for the provision of a supplemental budget to areas hit by Typhoon Odette.

“If needed, I will be the first to file the bill. I will study it and file it after the holiday break to help our countrymen victimized by the typhoon,” he said.

The supplemental fund will be utilized for the rehabilitation of the typhoon-hit areas, he said, adding that it will be coursed through the National Housing Authority or the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD).

It can be easily passed in Congress when sessions resume, Zubiri said.

Zubiri is in Bacolod City to turn over 450 sacks of rice to the provincial government, Bacolod City, Kabankalan City, Isabela, and Sipalay City.

The money for the procurement of the rice came from his personal funds, he disclosed.

“When I saw the pictures coming out of the news from the typhoon-hit areas, I was heart- broken. My hometown, Kabankalan City is badly-hit,” Zubiri, a native of Negros Occidental, said.

He said he is here as “a son of Negros”.

“I will extend support in whatever way I can. Whatever happens, let us always pray and not lose hope and faith,” he stated.

Zubiri also appealed to leaders to set aside politics.

“Right now there is no red, white, yellow, or pink. We are one nation, one country, one flag. Let us help our people rise up from this calamity,” the Ilonggo senator said, adding, “I believe in the resilience of Ilonggos; we will stand up again.”

Zubiri in particular thanked Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer for their immediate action and assistance to the affected areas.

For his part, Lacson asked Zubiri to help ask for additional personnel from the National Electrification Administration in order to fast-track the repair of downed power lines in southern Negros Occidental. In response, Zubiri said he was committed to aiding in the re-energization efforts. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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