Mayor mobilizes resources to help Manicahan flood victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:57

Mayor Celso Lobregat Tuesday mobilized government resources to assist victims of flashfloods that hit barangay Manicahan following heavy rains in the forests.

The chief executive quickly motored to Manicahan after being informed of the incident to personally look into the situation and to supervise evacuation and relief operations.

City Social Welfare Officer Francisco Barredo said at least 3 houses located near the Manicahan riverbank were totally washed away by the onrush of water. 22 other houses were partially damaged.

Of the total three houses totally damaged, one was located in Poso, Manicahan while the 2 others were in sitio Tabuk, also in Manicahan. Three families were left homeless with 15 dependents.

Twenty two families with about 63 dependents were also displaced as their houses were partially damaged, according to Barredo. All families were evacuated to the Manicahan Elementary School.

Barredo disclosed that his office is also verifying reports that several families were also displaced in Daap, Sangali and portions of Victoria—all in the east coast, due to flash floods.

While in Manicahan, Mayor Lobregat summoned all concerned department heads and agencies to Manicahan to help in the relief operations. 

According to Barredo, his office will also recommend the grant of financial assistance to the affected families after assessing the victims.

Meanwhile, Barredo said the city government in coordination with the Office of Cong. Beng Climaco has provided a P10, 000 burial assistance for the two victims in the San Roque quarry cave-in incident.  The burial aid is aside from other relief assistance given to the victims’ families.

Roderick Cabugsa and Miguel Gamores—all of Malagutay were buried alive when huge boulders caved in while they were quarrying materials for the construction of a house in San Roque Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Lobregat, who rushed to the area to personally supervise the retrieval operations, has ordered a probe of the incident and the grant of the necessary assistance to the victims and their families. — Sheila Covarrubias