Fire victims ask for kitchenwares, blankets

By: Jhunnex Napallacan, Nestle L. Semilla May 08,2016 - 11:17 PM
7 DIED IN THE EARLY MORNING FIRE/MAY 7, 2016: Dried fish vendors save their merchandize from their burning store building and houses as Tabuan barangay San Nicolas. More than 70 houses were burn down at the back of the building on barangay Pahina Central which 7 people were killed  including 4 children after they were trapped inside their burning house.(CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Vendors of dried fish managed to save their merchandise during the fire that destroyed over 70 houses and killed four children and three adults in Barangay Pahina Central. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

ASIDE from clothes, fire victims in Barangay Pahina Central also need kitchenwares, blankets, mats and other necessities.

Sandra Chan, 43, said her family urgently needed kitchenwares so they can cook their own meals after the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) stops distributing food packs.

Chan, who works as a bookeeper in the barangay, said they were not able to save anything from the fire that hit their community Saturday dawn and caused the death of four children and three adults.

Chan was thankful that she, her husband and three children, were not injured.

“As of now, wala gyud mi. Nanghatag akong mga igsoon sa amo ug mga gamit. Mga sanina sa akong mga anak. Gusto unta namo hatagan mi ug luto-an aron kami na lang pud magluto sa among kan-on,” she said.

The Chan family is temporarily staying at the dilapidated One Citlink Terminal beside the fire site.

A total of 118 families displaced by the fire are staying at either the terminal, Barangay Pahina Central Gym, or Barangay San Nicolas Proper Gym.

Re-blocking of the fire site, which is normally undertaken by the Cebu City government after a fire, is not a priority at present, said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

The mayor yesterday said they will focus first on investigating the incident as well as providing social services and financial assistance to the victims.

Families of the fatalities will get burial assistance on top of the financial aid.

“I don’t want to make any final position yet. What is really primordial is the investigation nganong namatay ang pito ka buok (why the seven died),” he said.

Rama said he was able to go to the fire site immediately because he was on his way to attend the dawn rosary in Lahug when the fire broke out.

Ricardo Alvarez, Jr. , whose common-law wife Cindy Galvan and three young children perished in the fire, said he was trying to be strong for the family of Cindy.

“Sakit gihapon. Pinangga na nako sila. Ako gud ng tanang pamilya pero pagbuot na sa Ginoo dawaton nalang nako. Pasalamat ko nga gisuportaan ra sad ko sa akong mga ginikanan (It pains me a lot, but I will accept God’s will. I am thankful that my parents are giving me support),” he told Cebu Daily News.

As of yesterday, he said he has not received any financial assistance from the government.

“Pero ana man sila nisaad sila nako nga sila mo bayad sa burial expenses (ug) sa nitso,” he said.

Another fire victim, Gemma Lederos, 45, said she was not able to save any material things because she focused on getting her 83-year-old mother to safety.

“Dili naman ni katarung lakaw akong nanay. Tiguwang na lagi, hinay kaayo. Unya dako na kaayo ang kayo akong gisiguro gyud si Nanay,” she said.

Because of adrenaline rush, she was able to carry her mother by piggyback and run outside the site.

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