Beng orders speedy transfer of fire victims from school PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 July 2016 13:22



Mayor Beng Climaco on Friday instructed the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to expedite the transfer of the 300 families staying at the Sta. Catalina Elementary School to another site to avoid the outbreak of diseases and other social problems at the evacuation center.

The mayor met with concerned agencies involved in overseeing the condition and situation of the July 21 fire victims now housed at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School in Sta. Catalina to discuss measures how to transfer the affected families to a new site. The timeline for the movement of the evacuees is set for Saturday, July 16.

The CSWDO is tasked to finalize by Tuesday, July 12 the tagging of the 300 families remaining at the Don Gems covered court and 6 others housed at the Tetuan Central School covered court. At about the same time, the City Engineer’s Office is to submit the plans/design of the temporary shelters that will be constructed at the 1,500 square meter Evangelista property also in Sta. Catalina that the owner offered for use by the evacuees. The Panel of Negotiators and the Appraisal Committee are to convene also on July 12 to negotiate with the owners of the properties that were affected by the fire.

The evacuees have a number of options: transfer to either the Masepla transitory site or the Tulungatung transitory site or the property offered by the Evangelista family for temporary use. Some of the families, if they qualify, can avail of the government’s Community Mortgage Program, that is, if the land owners would sell their property to the city at an acceptable price.

As of Monday, July 11, the fire victims have been occupying the evacuation center for 20 days and Mayor Climaco would not want their stay to extend to a month or more as the education of the students at the Don GEMS school is also affected.

She said movement has to take place as soon as possible otherwise health and other social problems such as prostitution and drug addiction would arise at the evacuation center.

The City Government along with other national agencies, private groups and individuals have been assisting the fire victims which number to 800 families based on initial list.

Present during the meeting with the mayor at the City Hall conference room were Councilor Jimmy Villaflores, former Sta. Catalina barangay chairmen and barangay kagawads, City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon, CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, CSWDO head Socorro Rojas, City Health officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, representatives from the Housing and Land Management Division, City Administrator’s Office, police and other concerned agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias