City, NGOs pour out aid for Sta. Catalina fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2016 11:53

The City Government and non-government organizations are coordinating efforts to help families displaced by Tuesday night’s fire in Sta. Catalina.

A sum of P600,000 has been released by the City Government for food and basic needs of the fire victims, a bulk of which are temporarily housed at the covered court of the    Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial Elementary School in Sta. Catalina, according to OIC City Administrator and CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario.

On Friday, June 24, the City Housing Board will convene to discuss the possibility of including the displaced families in the government’s socialized housing projects upon negotiation with private land owners in the area. The board will likewise determine if any of the victims can qualify in any of the city’s resettlement housing program.

A total of 7 portalets based on the standard requirement by the WaSH cluster of 1 portalet for every 100 families, have been installed in the evacuation center.

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has set a schedule of water deliveries for the fire victims and these are 3-5am; 10am-12noon; 4-6pm and 11pm-12am.

Meanwhile, the City Social Welfare and Development Office with the help of DON GEMS teachers continue to man the community kitchen, as food packs are distributed to the families.

Non-government organizations and other well-meaning individuals continue to respond to the call for help for the victims. The donations come in the form of food packs, water, mats, slippers, rice, used clothing, milk and other items.

City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas said the City Government is doing its best to be able to meet the needs of the victims, the number of which has reached 894 based on initial profiling.

The names will be validated and assessed after which the CSWDO will recommend for the grant of other forms of assistance.

Rojas thanked all agencies, NGOs, people’s organizations and individuals who share their blessings to the victims by donating food and other relief goods. — Sheila Covarrubias