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Tangub doesn't need help
for red tide, Villarosa says

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Tangub Barangay Captain and Bacolod Councilor Noli Villarosa yesterday denied reports that he refused to cooperate with the City Agriculture Office in validating the total number of fisherfolk in his barangay affected by red tide.

Villarosa said his barangay does not need financial help from the city government.

He said the pronouncement of acting Mayor Greg Gasataya on the financial assistance the city is extending to the fisherfolk is not even true as he believes it is only suspended Mayor Monico Puentevella who is helping his barangay.

Villarosa said the city government under Gasataya is only misleading the people of Bacolod so that he can release funds he does not own.

Acting City Administrator Goldwyn Nifras said earlier that the City Agriculture Office sent letters to all the barangays captains of coastal barangays in the city to determine the number of affected fisherfolk in their areas so they can be extended assistance.

However, he was informed that Villarosa refused to accept the letter and was reportedly not interested to help his constituents until the return of his mayor, he said.

So some affected individuals from Tangub went to the City Agriculture Office Thursday to personally seek help, Nifras said.

Villarosa said he did not refuse the letter but only insisted that his constituents are not affected by the red tide and that such problem does not exist. He said he can help his constituents without seeking assistance from the government.

Meanwhile, Gasataya said the city is still finalizing the list of persons who will be given financial assistance. About 2,000 fisherfolk have been validated by the city as of yesterday and they will receive P2,000 each as aid, he said,

Gasataya said the initial list has already been validated and is part of the data base of the City Agriculture Office.*CGS

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