The Dumaguete City Government, through the Office of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and the City Social Welfare Office, has provided financial assistance to 5, 749 city residents totaling P 19. 9 million from January to August 2021.
Specifically, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Lilibeth Filipinas said that 3, 922 residents in emergency and crisis situations were granted financial assistance for their chemotherapy, laboratory, operations, maintenance, dialysis, etc.; 874 COVID-19 patients; 19 travelers whose expenses for RT-PCR tests were refunded; 67 families, who were victims of fire and 46 families, whose homes were destroyed by the typhoons received financial assistance at P 5, 000 for partially damaged homes and P 10, 000 for homes totally destroyed by the calamity aside from non-food items.
Meanwhile, 193 individuals were granted medical assistance through the City Health Office; 52 residents for their hospitalization refund to NOPH and Holy Child Hospital; 148 deceased residents who were given burial assistance to include casket, embalming and transportation and 447 deceased senior citizens whose next of kin were given mortuary assistance.
And to continue the grant of financial assistance to the needy residents for the current fiscal year 2021, Mayor Remollo requested the City Council through Councilor Lilani Ramon, Chairperson of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, to allocate an additional P 6 million to augment the Emergency and Public Assistance fund, which was subsequently approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Wednesday.