Mandaue proposes giving cash aid to vendors displaced by earthquake-A A +A
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
VENDORS displaced when the new Mandaue City Public Market was declared unsafe for occupancy following the Oct. 15 earthquake may receive cash aid from the City Government.
The City Council yesterday approved on first reading a proposed ordinance granting P5,000 to about 1,300 stallholders.
Vendors vacated the market building in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which killed one female vendor and injured 36 others.
The ordinance, proposed by Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, was approved in a special session of the City Council yesterday morning.
Market Administrator Musoline Suliva said the financial assistance will help the vendors recover their loss.
“Many of the vendors resumed selling one week or two weeks after the earthquake,” he said.
The vendors have set up makeshift stalls on the sidewalks surrounding the market building.
The City Treasurer’s Office will come up with a guideline on the distribution of the cash aid once the ordinance is approved on third and final reading.
A few days after the earthquake, the council also adopted a resolution granting P50,000 to the family of 42-year-old vendor Jurinda Casul, who was killed after decorative glass on the ceiling collapsed on her.
The resolution also grants P25,000 to a vendor who was in critical condition and P5,000 to all other injured.
President Benigno Aquino III earlier ordered a probe on government buildings in Cebu that were badly damaged by the earthquake.
The construction of the new market building, which was financed through a P416-million bank loan, started in 2005 during the term of then mayor, now Provincial Board Member Thadeo Ouano.
The building was completed and started operating during the term of Mayor Jonas Cortes.
Earlier, Ouano expressed support for any investigation in the construction of the new public market.
Cortes also formed an investigating body to look into the structural integrity of the building.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 26, 2013.