City releases cash aid for remaining 400 fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 July 2016 11:51

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Some 400 families displaced by the June 21 fire incident in Sta. Catalina trooped to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) complex in Zone IV to get their financial assistance provided by the City Government as part of its continuous social services program.

The distribution Thursday, July 21, came a week after the first batch of 248 families received their cash assistance that paved the way for their transfer from the Don GEMS School covered court to identified temporary relocation sites such as Masepla or the Tulungatung transitory sites.

The beneficiaries of the cash distribution yesterday are either temporarily staying with their relatives, renting houses or returned to their original location, some with permission from the lot owners, while others sans permission.

The clearing of the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (DON GEMS) normalized classes at the school effective Monday, July 18.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Maria Socorro Rojas said the amount is intended to help the families alleviate their plight following the tragic fire incident.

Based on the CSWD assessment and validation, some 661 families were affected by the fire.

The cash assistance is in addition to the food and relief assistance earlier given to the families by the local government including the national agencies as well as private groups and individuals.

For house owners, the cash assistance is P5,000 per family while house sharers and renters get P3,000 each. The amount released by the city reached over P2 million for the over 600 families affected by the fire. — Sheila Covarrubias