Celso releases cash aid to warehouse blast, fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 February 2011 14:24

Mayor Celso Lobregat Saturday morning distributed financial assistance to families and individuals hit by the series of explosions and fire at the Pacific Hardware warehouse in Nunez extension January 28.

The cash aid is apart from the emergency food assistance that that the city government provided to the victims in line with the relief assistance program or assistance in crisis situations.

Records from the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Francisco Barredo showed that the January 28 incident destroyed 25 houses displacing some 30 families. Nine individuals— apparently warehouse workers who were staying in vehicles inside the warehouse compound were also given cash assistance.

The city government likewise provided in the medical needs of the injured victims as well as provided stress debriefing sessions to those affected.

Families whose houses were totally damaged received P5,000 each while those with partially damaged houses got P3,000 each. Shares and renters received P1,500 each. These rates are based on guidelines set by the City Disaster and Coordinating Council guidelines. 

Mayor Lobregat said the financial assistance that the city government provides is intended to help alleviate the plight of the victims.

The distribution of the financial assistance was done at the City Hall conference room in the presence of Camino Nuevo barangay chairman Antonio Deles and the members of Task Force Pacific, the special body tasked to investigate the incident. 

The city government has mobilized all resources to undertake rescue and relief operations at the height of the Pacific Hardware explosions and fire. Mayor Lobregat immediately convened the Crisis Management Disaster Committee Friday night in City Hall where a special body was created to probe on the incident.

Meanwhile, the task force headed by City Fire Marshall Col. James Ramirez Saturday morning submitted to Mayor Lobregat its report and recommendations related to the investigation on the Friday blasts and fire at the Pacific hardware. — Sheila Covarrubias