City doles out over P100T for fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:07

Fulfilling its commitment to exert efforts to help alleviate the plight of the constituents particularly those victims of circumstances, the city government yesterday released some P113,000 as financial assistance to families affected by fire that hit some barangays the recent months.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Councilor Abdurahman Nuño handed over the cash assistance to representatives of the 29 families whose houses were either razed to the ground or partially damaged by fire incidents. They were assisted by staff from the City Social Welfare and    Development Office and City Treasurer’s Office.

Also present during the distribution rite, held at the City Hall conference room yesterday afternoon was Tugbungan barangay chairman Jun Graciano.

House owners whose houses were reduced to ashes received P5,000 each while those whose houses were partially damaged received P3,000 each. House sharers and house renters also received P3, 000 each.

Mayor Lobregat said the amount distributed is intended to help the fire victims alleviate their plight and not necessarily to help rebuild their dwellings.
He said the financial assistance to calamity victims, forms part of the city’s continuing thrust in social services.

Councilor Nuño for his part urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the cash assistance.    He likewise called on the affected families to be extra cautious to prevent a similar fire incidents or calamities in the future.

He said fire incidents are unfortunate occurrences but can be prevented if people will take extra precautionary measures.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo facilitated the distribution of the cash assistance. He also takes charge in the assessment of the beneficiaries or recipients of the cash assistance.

Beneficiaries of the cash assistance yesterday included 3 families affected by fire in Tugbungan last June 6 and 26 families affected by fire in Talon-talon last July 23.  Of the total 29 house owners —13 received P5,000 each as their houses were totally damaged while 16 received P3,000 each as their houses were either partially damaged or they were considered house sharers or house renters.

Total cash assistance released yesterday amounted to P113,000, which was taken from the city’s emergency fund. — Sheila Covarrubias