Congressmen shell out P5k each for 'Pablo' aid

Posted at 12/12/2012 10:35 AM | Updated as of 12/12/2012 5:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the House of Representatives are set to give P1.4 million to help victims of Typhoon Pablo in the Southern Philippines.

House Resolution 2938 states that each of the 285 members of the House of Representatives will be donating P5,000 from their monthly salary to victims.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. appealed to the public to help the victims of the typhoon, saying anything valuable could mean a lot for those in the devastated areas.

"The situation needs an immediate response. Small things drawn together would mean so much for the needy, thus we decided to launch the campaign for individual efforts to help devastated areas," Belmonte said in a statement.

Belmonte, principal author of the resolution, said the calamity left a trail of incalculable damage to homes, properties, infrastructure and agriculture and a lot of lives were lost due to typhoon Pablo.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the death toll from Typhoon Pablo has risen to 740 as of December 12. A total of 1,947 people were injured while 890 remain missing.

Estimated cost of damage to property is at P14 billion.