Celso lauds Sta. Catalina officials on fire victims’ transfer to other sites PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2016 14:52

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat lauded barangay officials of Sta. Catalina headed by Chairman Boy Arabi for their strong determination to beat the July 15 deadline set for the moving out of the fire victims temporarily sheltered at Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (Don GEMS) Multi-Purpose covered court.

Arabi was in the forefront convincing one by one the 300 families at the temporary evacuation center.

On Friday, a day before the deadline, most of the affected families took initiatives to leave  Don GEMS and availed of the relocation sites designated by the local government in Tulungatung Resettlement site and MASEPLA in Mampang. Others preferred meantime to stay with their relatives in Sta. Catalina rather than move to places far from their livelihood sources.

Congressman Lobregat said that what the Sta. Catalina barangay officials doen indicates a sound leadership in addressing the situation, especially in times where others welfare is also being considered.

Recall that the parents and teachers of Don GEMS Elementary School have been worried about the health condition of their children in the school and the sanitation in area due to the big number of individuals sheltered in the covered court.

The solon said that he himself has anticipated the sanitation problem at the time when the evacuees moved to  the school, and it is the reason why Lobregat deployed some 40 workers picked from among the fire victims who has taken charge in the maintenance of sanitation while they are staying in the school campus.

Lobregat had employed utility workers under the emergency employment of the Congressional Special Project Fund dubbed as “Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantages Workers” or (TUPAD Program).

These workers were recommended by the barangay who helped in maintaining cleanliness and sanitation of the Don GEMS evacuation center, security and drainage system. They were directly supervised by the barangay council in their respective work assignments.

The beneficiaries of this program have worked in two shifts for the period of 15 days at P280 per day, with 20 workers per shift from 6am to 2pm and from 2pm till 10pm. They were also insured under the GSIS plus the issuance of their personal protective gears while performing their given tasks.

“Ever since, we were worried about the spread of common diseases in evacuation centers, and we cannot also compromise the health conditions of the students of Don GEMS, that’s why the transfer of the fire victims is just very timely,” Lobregat said.

The solon also lauded the local government and all other private individuals and organizations for extending necessary assistance. — Dexter Yap