City plans to create road access in 3 villages

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Monday, April 7, 2014


THE City Government of Davao is planning to create road access in three barangays affected by fire to further avoid the same incident.

"Our team now is looking into possible alignments for access into Boulevards. Maybe, it is also possible to free the coastal area and make it as a road also," Engr. Mario Luis Jacinto, head of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), said during the department heads meeting held at the City Hall on Monday.

Jacinto said narrow passageways and houses built closely caused delay for the firemen to respond in the area.

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He said his team from the CPDO was on the area conducting an ocular inspection to identify possible access roads.

"Nobody from the area can claim the land. It's all government land. Nobody can claim ownership," he said.

Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon also said that road access and buffer zones are important in slum areas.

He said they are making it part of their recommendation to be presented before the City Council today, Tuesday.

Jaldon also said that the Central 911 lost its 200-feet fire hose and two-way radio during the incident last Friday, which they presumed to have been stolen.

"These are the minor problems when we responded in the situation. Although we understand the situation especially dun sa agawan ng hose," he said.

Meanwhile, City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) assistant head Liwayway Caligdong said that based on their data as of Monday, 812 houses were destroyed while 26 were damaged.

They were also able to interview 3,116 affected families, she said.

She also said there were 1,908 dependents. Of these, 1,378 were house owners and the rest were boarders, sharers, and renters.

However, Jacinto said he was not satisfied with the data since with the massive structures damaged, it is possible to exceed the number that was recorded by the CSSDO.

"Ang problema naman yan magkakaroon ng influx kung sino yung hindi kasali sa mga nasunugan," he said.

Jacinto, thus, said the CPDO will help the CSSDO in determining affected structures.

As of press time Monday, seven relocation centers were identified. These are Barangay 22-C Gym, Barangay 23-C Mini Forest, Quezon Elememtray School, Rizal Elementary School, Roxas Elementary School, Sunta Elementary School and Magsaysay Park.

Caligdong said after their validation process, they will still conduct revalidation process to properly determine affected families and individuals.

"Mahirap ma-determine ang structures. Mabuti sana kung sa lupa, kaso sa tubig yun," Caligdong said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 08, 2014.

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