Beng wants early transfer of Sta. Catalina fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:00

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday ordered concerned city departments to exhaust all possible means to identify and prepare a relocation site for the families displaced by the    Sta. Catalina fire now temporarily housed at the covered court of the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School.

Climaco has tasked OIC City Administrator and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Dr. Elmeir Apolinario to meet with the lawyers of the owners of the land that was razed by the 4-hour fire last Tuesday night “to discuss mechanisms if people can be returned to their area subject to the negotiation of government”.

Sta. Catalina Kagawad Jordan Evangelista has offered a 1,500 square meter property located in Sta. Catalina for the use of the evacuees. In this aspect, the mayor has tasked the City Legal office to work together with the Commission on Audit to resolve whatever legal impediments there might be should the government accept the offer and undertake site development and other improvements for the transfer of the fire victims.

“We will secure an area that is acceptable tot eh people so they can live comfortably,” the mayor said during her regular Monday press briefing in City Hall.

The instructions were issued when the mayor Monday morning visited displaced families to check on their condition at the evacuation centers—the covered court of the Tetuan Central Elementary School where 6 families are temporarily housed and at the covered court of the Don Gems school where some 660 families are staying.

Other instructions were also issued for implementation by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Office of the City Engineer, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources and the Sta. Catalina Barangay Council to ensure the safety and security of the displaced individuals especially the children.

Recall that the over 4-hour fire in Sta. Catalina last Tuesday night razed to the ground approximately 1,000 houses per initial assessment of the Bureau of Fire. Estimated cost of damage was placed at P4.5million. — Sheila Covarrubias