DAVAO CITY—The city government of Davao, through Mayor Sara Duterte, will give P5 million in assistance to the city government of Marawi for the development of the city after the five-month siege launched by the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group.
Duterte said the assistance will come from the city’s disaster funds.
“I asked the city council on Monday to allocate P5 million from the disaster funds to be given to Marawi City,” she said. “Last Saturday, I talked to the Mayor of Marawi [Majul Usman Gandamra] and he said that they already declared the city under a state of calamity.”
The City Council immediately approved the allocation during their regular session on Tuesday.
Davao City still has a total disaster fund of P91 million, disposable within the last two months of the year.
Duterte said she plans to give more next year.
“I initially planned to give P10 million, but we still have two months left (and) my priority is still Davao City. Maybe mid next year or the same period, we will look on how they used the P5 million and we can give them more,” she said.
The mayor said that the check will be delivered to Mayor Gandamra as soon as possible for Marawi’s use and depending on its needs.
Duterte also encouraged other local government to extend help to Marawi City.
“I encouraged other local governments to also help Marawi, even a small amount will be a big help to them,” she said.
“It is within our duty as an elected official to help other cities who are in need of our help,” the mayor added.