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Parang walang jet lag! Fresh from US trip, Joy Belmonte gives financial aid to 1K fire victims

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte showed no sign of jet lag as she buckled straight to work Wednesday after returning to the country from an international forum in New York.

Belmonte led the distribution of financial assistance at the Quezon City Circle to the estimated 1,074 families that were affected by previous fire incidents that occurred from January to March 2019, in Barangays Commonwealth, Culiat, North Fairview, San Antonio, and Baesa.

“Kahit na anim na buwan nang nakalipas matapos ang sunog na nangyari sa mga bahay-bahay ninyo, nais parin namin iparating ang tulong na ito. Pag-aaralan pa rin namin kung paano pa kami makakatulong sa inyo,” she said.

Belmonte was in New York from July 13 to 16 for the Mayors’ Migration Council to speak about cities’ role in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The mayor vowed to speed up the release of financial assistance to fire victims under her administration. She said needy residents only need to wait for three to five days after the fire to receive help from the government instead of the existing setup, in which they have to wait for several months.

“Marami pong nagmungkahi sa akin na sa sobrang tagal ng tulong ng gobyerno sa mga nasunugan kaya napipilitan silang manghiram, at pagdating nito [cash assistance], pambayad nalang nila ito sa kanilang utang, ngunit madalas ay kulang pa. Ito po ang ating dapat iwasan,” she said.