Sta. Catalina fire victims get food packs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 June 2016 14:19

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The City Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Friday afternoon distributed food packs to over 800 families displaced by Tuesday night’s conflagration in Sta. Catalina.

Facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the distribution of the goods was done based on the profiling record obtained by CSWDO personnel and volunteers.

The food packs consisted of rice, canned goods and noodles good for 3 days supply. Another ration will be distributed on Sunday to include pots and other kitchen utensils.

The distribution of the food packs was in addition to the other assistance earlier poured in by the local government through the community kitchen. The relief goods included 18 sacks of rice, cases of sardines, 1 case corned beef, 1 box noodles, 3 boxes of coffee and other items such as mats and slippers among others.

Aside from the assistance provided by the government, non-government organizations and well-meaning individuals also donate food items including water and other relief goods to the victims.

Profiling activities by the CSWDO recorded 896 families with 4,611 individuals –majority of which are housed at the Don Gregorio Elementary Memorial School (GEMS) covered court in Sta. Catalina while others are spread out in the covered court of the Tetuan Elementary School covered court and the Masepla transitory site in Mampang.    Access cards have been issued to those with tagging number.

City Caretaker and OIC Mayor Cesar Iturralde together with OIC City Administrator and CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario Friday morning convened the City Housing    Board to discuss the possibility of including some of the displaced families in the socialized housing project with the city government as originator or in the city’s resettlement program. The meeting also discussed the possibility of negotiating with owners of the land razed by the fire.

On Wednesday, the city released some P600,000 for the purchase of food and other needs of the displaced families. Water tankers are regularly dispatched to the evacuation center with the following schedule: 3-5am; 10am-12noon; 4-6pm and 11pm-12am. Portalets have also been augmented.— Sheila Covarrubias