Evac center at Don GEMS decommissioned PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:20

The evacuation center at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (Don GEMS) in Sta. Catalina has been decommissioned, as the City Government Tuesday, September 12 has relocated all families displaced by the Kasanyangan fire incident to the Buggoc transitory site.

This, following Mayor Beng Climaco’s instruction to City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Socorro Rojas to expedite the transfer of the families as the existence of the evacuation center has been observed to be hampering school activities and in a way posing health and security risks on the school children.

The mayor thanked the school administration led by Principal Dr. Besas  and the parents for accommodating the displaced families who have been housed at the covered court since September 1 when the fire broke out in barangay Kasanyangan.  She assured that the City Government will shoulder the repairs.

The City Engineer’s Office (CEO) has also been tasked to do the cost and estimate for the repairs in the facility, as the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (OCENR) has been directed to spruce up the area.

Apolinario said a total of 173 families with 904 individuals have moved to Buggoc temporary shelters over the week paving the way for the decommissioning of the evacuation center at the Don GEMS covered court.

The September 1 fire incident in Kasanyangan claimed two lives and gutted down some 200 houses in the area. Damage to properties was estimated to have reached P1 million. The displaced families were assessed and validated and later tagged as well as provided with the necessary assistance by the local government and national government agencies including private individuals. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)