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     The Local Government of Zamboanga, under the leadership of Mayor Celso L. Lobregat, granted financial assistance in the amount of Php 500,000 each to eighteen (18) LGUs of Central Luzon.  Mayor Lobregat extended the financial help to ease the sufferings of the constituents who have been badly affected by the heavy monsoon rains in the region.

     Among the LGUs granted with the financial aid are the municipalities of Dinalupihan, Mariveles, Orion and Orani in Bataan; Bocaue, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Obando and Paombong in Bulacan; Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin and Sto. Tomas in Pampanga; Capas, Concepcion and Paniqui    in Tarlac; and Iba and San Marcelino in Zambales.

     Turn-over of checks was led by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and Mayor Lobregat with DILG Region III Regional Director Florida Dijan and concerned Provincial Directors on August 16, 2012 at DILG Central Office in Quezon City.  Mayors and other local officials of the aforementioned LGUs personally received the checks.  

     These 18 LGUs were adversely stricken by flood brought about by the long-week monsoon rains or “Habagat” which also affected many parts of the country.