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In the wake of the typhoon devastation in the Visayas that cost thousands of lives and to sympathize with the victims’ families, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong decided to cancel some of the spectacles in the Inugyunay Festival in December, including the much-anticipated fireworks display.
On November 26, Mayor Lina Montilla and other city officials went to Iloilo to personally hand over to typhoon victims the cash assistance amounting to P800 thousand. Of said amount, P100 thousand each will be given to Passi City in Iloilo Province and Roxas City in Capiz. Twelve towns of Iloilo will also receive P50 thousand each. The city officials also brought the P20,000.00 donated by the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
Mayor Montilla was joined by Vice Mayor Joseph Lechonsito, Councilor Psyche Sucaldito, Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, Councilor Welson Ferrer and ABC President Silvestre Llanto. Tacurong City Employees Association president Amelia Bochorno also joined the group in their travel to Iloilo to hand over the association’s assistance amounting to P160 thousand.
Relief packs such as food, clothing, hygiene kits and wireless cellphone chargers donated by employees and private individuals and organizations have also been delivered to affected areas through the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
Meanwhile, the decision of the Inugyunay Festival Committee to cancel some of the big events in the Christmas festival in December is seen as a fitting way of commiserating with the families of typhoon victims who are still grieving the death of their loved ones and loss of their properties.
However, aside from the spectacular fireworks display, other events in the festival including the nightly presentations, will still push through.
Mayor Montilla said that observing the annual Inugyunay Festival without the lavish celebration is one of our simple ways of sympathizing with our fellow Filipinos ravaged by the super typhoon in the Visayas.
As of November 27 report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) 5,500 individuals were reported dead, 26,136 and 1,757 are still missing. (LGU Tacurong Information)