Sta. Catalina declared under state of calamity PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:00

By BHONG SIMBAJON

The Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) has passed a resolution declaring Barangay Sta. Catalina in a state of calamity.

The resolution approved unanymously comes upon the request of the Barangay Council of Sta. Catalina seeking the intervention of the Council to enable them to utilize their calamity fund to address the present situation in the barangay where the 896 families with 4,611 dependents were affected by the June 21,2016 conflagration.

Through a motion made by majority floor leader Charlie Mariano, the resolution was jointly and severally seconded by all the 13 councilors present during yesterday’s regular session.

Councilor Mariano said this declaration of calamity is an emergency measure and necessary to enable the barangay officials to initiate remedial assistance and immediate solutions to the crisis they are facing at present at the evacuation center.

In the declaration of state of calamity, the barangay council can now utilize their resources without going through the regular bidding process and procedures mandated under the local government code.

“We have seen the necessity as of the moment for this declaration, that’s is why we have supported this request in totality to help the thousands of fire victims in Sta. Catalina,” Mariano said.

At present, health and sanitary issues have surfaced in the evacuation center where a large number of individuals take refuge in an open area of the multi-purpose covered court of the Dn GEMS school.

Children, elderlies and pregnant women are struggling with the present situation as the place is jampacked.

Sta. Catalina Barangay Chairman Jimmy Villaflores expressed gratitude to the members of the  Council  for responding to their urgent request at a very short notice.

“Ta rindi yo gracias con el consejo, cay ya toma sila accion ensigidas con el de amon request. Bien necesita gayot came fondo y ayuda para con el maga victima del quema,” Villaflores said.

As this developed, Villaflores and the Crisis Management Committee of the city government convened yesterday afternoon to look into a negotiation with the lot owners of a  2-hectare lot where the fire victims’ houses were located.

Villaflores said the lot owners are willing to negotiate with the government with regard to the possible sale of the property for the fire victims themselves to purchase and reside in the same location.

Recall that the city government has offered Masepla Transitory Site in Barangay Mampang and Tulungatung Resettlement Site for the Sta.Catalina fire victims, but most of them declined the offer, thus, enabling the local chief executive to convene the CMC and directed them to look for alternative government sites where these fire victims can be relocated the soonest possible time in order not to disturb the regular classes of Don GEMS Elementary School. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News Attachments area