Apas fire victims get gifts

SURVIVORS of a fire in Barangay Apas, Cebu City received yesterday their share of some promised help.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Head Bathazar Tribunalo said that around 200 victims were given 12x3 m. tents, standard sleeping mats, eight cans of sardines, 10 kilos of rice, and water sanitation and hygiene kits.

He said the supposed number of victims was only 177, but as a humanitarian group, the excess can be ignored to be as inclusive as possible.

Tribunalo also told the victims some good news, saying that although the relocation site in Kalunasan has not totally been prepared yet, there are already parts that are ready for occupancy. However, the prepared area is primarily intended for the PWDs who asked to be located in a place near the road.

The victims, when transferred to the Kalunasan relocation site, will be under the Community Mortgage Program, for which they will pay around P430 per month for 25 years to settle in a 40-sq.m. lot. Considering the price in relation to the size, Tribunalo said, “Dako na na oy (it’s already big).”

As of today, the site is still being developed and it set to be ready earlier than expected in 2017.

Tribunalo said there were many happy faces during the distribution of goods. However, he would like to remind the victims/settlers: “Hustisya sa pagpanghatag, hustisya sa pagpangayo (Justice in giving, and justice in asking). Dwight Devora, USJR Intern
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