ALBAY — President Duterte on 29 January provided P25 million to communities affected by the explosion of Mayon Volcano and ordered agencies to ensure that all the needs of displaced residents are addressed. Duterte said the assistance could be used to provide the food and sanitation needs of the evacuees.
“I’ll give you initially today P20 million and I will augment it tomorrow by sending you about P50 (million). For the operation, everything, for pagkain (food), and I’m interested in the hygiene or sanitation of the place,” the President said during a meeting with local officials in Albay.
The remaining P5 million came from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the agency that provides financial assistance to the poor. The President said he wanted the PCSO assistance to be increased to P30 million.