Fire victims need more assistance

FIRE victims of Barangays Singcang-Airport and Sum-ag in Bacolod City are asking for help to sustain their daily needs, the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) said.

On Wednesday, the first incident happened in Barangay Singcang-Airport.

It killed 80-year-old Edison Hojilla after he was trapped inside his house during the fire caused by an unattended live ember, a glowing charcoal.

Thirteen hours later, another fire broke out in Barangay Sum-ag.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, DSSD recorded a total of 19 houses destroyed and seven damaged in Barangay Sum-ag with 33 affected families, its head Pacita Tero said.

All of them are temporarily staying at the village gymnasium.

In Barangay Singcang-Airport, four houses were destroyed while four families were affected.

Tero said the 37 affected families need food, clothes, kitchen utensils, beddings, pillow and personal cares.

"We are appealing to those who are willing to give or donate assistance to the victims so they can sustain their daily needs. They really need our help, especially for their foods, clothes, and kitchenware," she said.

She added they are accepting donations at the Government Center and the social workers assigned in Barangays Singcang-Airport and Sum-ag.

Tero said those whose houses were destroyed will receive P10,000, while those whose houses were damaged will receive P5,000. The victims are requested to present a certification from Commission on Elections.

She said Hojilla's family will also get P3,000 burial assistance.
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