Fire victims can’t rebuild, to stay in gym
The 187 families displaced by last week’s fire in two barangays in Mandaue City can no longer rebuild their houses in the fire site.
Ibabao-Barangay Captain Carmelino del Mar Jr. said the lot owners have decided to sell their properties to a private buyer and want the fire victims to move out from the area not later than today.
“They sent a letter to the city government suggesting (that) we should transfer (the victims) not later (today) or else they will file appropriate charges against the city government,” del Mar said.
The affected families would be moved to the gymnasium of Barangay Ibabao Estancia, he said.
“We will meet with (the fire victims) and tell them that they cannot avail of assistance until they move to the gym,” Del Mar said.
Since the gym is located inside the Ibabao-Estancia Elementary school, del Mar said the families could stay in the gym for two weeks, after which they have to move out in order not to disrupt classes.
Of the 86 households that lost their homes in the Jan. 29 fire, only 66 were previously allowed by the Amigo-Batiller family to rent lots and build houses in their 3,000-square meter property.
The rest were informal settlers.
Thus, only the 66 house owners would receive a P25,000 cash assistance from the Amigo-Batiller family, he said.
Felix Suico, Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction management council (CDRRMC) head, however said that all of the fire victims would get financial assistance from City Hall, to be taken from the city’s calamity funds.
He said each house owner would get P10,000 while renters and sharers would receive P5,000.
Data from the City Social Welfare Office showed there were 187 families affected by the fire – 46 renters, 55 house sharers and 86 house owners.
Suico said an overheated electric fan from the house of Jonathan Visitacion Lucernas caused the fire.
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