Fire-hit families appeal to return to their village

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


THE 97 families, who were affected by a fire in Bacolod City last Monday, continued to appeal to the owners of a lot they occupied at Purok Masinadyahon to allow them to go back to the area so they can build temporary shelters.

ABOUT 60 houses were destroyed in a fire that hit Purok Magti-ayon, Barangay 10 in this city Monday morning, leaving an estimated damage of P1.5 million, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said. Read more here.

The affected residents said they have not decided on whether they will transfer or not to Purok MKK at the city’s Abada-Escay relocation site in Barangay Vista Alegre.

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Most of them are staying at the Bays Center situated near their barangay and being provided with relief ssistance by the City Government and other groups.

Residents whose houses were destroyed will receive a financial assistance of P5,000 per family, while those whose houses were damaged will receive P3,000. The nine affected boarders will be given P1,000 each.

A portion of the property the houses used to occupy is owned by Boy Montalbo, while Lots 3 and 4 are owned by Julius Esmeralda and Rommel Agupitan, respectively.

Barangay 10 village chief Dexter Yap said they have started negotiating with the property owners, and the Agupitan family may reconsider on condition that a memorandum of agreement will be signed by the informal settlers that in case the property owner needs the land, they will agree to vacate.

Meanwhile, the GMA TV 13 and 30 in Western Visayas extended food assistance to 70 families on Friday.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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