City Hall gives cash aid to calamity, fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:16

The city government yesterday released the total amount of P1.4 million in cash assistance to 394 families who were affected by the natural calamity and fire incidents that occurred in some barangays over the past few months.

First to receive the cash assistance were 381 families whose houses were totally/partially destroyed by flashfloods, strong winds and landslides spawned by the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) from Oct. 5 to 10.

Of the number, 127 families received P5,000 each for a total of P635,000 for their houses totally destroyed by the calamity, while 242 families received P3,000 each for a total of P726,000 for their partially-damaged houses, and 12 families at P1,000 (P12,000) who were classified as boarders.

To recall, the ITCZ brought heavy rains in the city, sending low-lying barangays under floodwaters, strong winds and landslides toppled several houses mostly made of light materials.

Hardest hit barangays were Sinunuc, Ayala, Recodo, Cawit, Talisayan, Patalon, Labuan, San Jose Gusu, Baliwasan, Camino Nuevo, Malagutay, Tumaga, Pasonanca, Sta. Maria, San Roque, Mampang, Lumayang, Putik, Tetuan, Huiwan, Talon-Talon, Lunzuran, Lumbangan, Tugbungan, Salaan, Mangusu and Vitali.

Assistant City Social Welfare and Development Officer Leonida T. Bayan, officer-in-charge of the office, personally handed over the cash to the families yesterday morning at City Hall Conference Room. She was assisted by her staff and cashiers from City Treasurer’s Office.

In the afternoon, 13 other families, this time their houses went up in smoke in fire incidents, received similar cash assistance amounting to P53,500 at P5,000 each for totally-damaged houses, P3,000 each for partially-damaged houses and P1,500 for boarders.

Of the total, 3 families received P5,000 each and 1 received P3,000 for P18,000 after a fire broke house in their neighborhood last Sep. 17 in Barangay San Roque.

On Sep 10, Oct. 17 and 19, a series of fire incidents occurred in Pasonanca and San Roque, leaving 9 families affected. Of these, 5 families received P5,000 each (P25,000), 3 families at P3,000 each for P9,000 and 1 boarder with P1,500. — Vic Larato