Banago fire victims to get free housing materials

THE 172 families hit by fire in Zone 3, Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, last March 1 will get free housing materials from their barangay and from a private organization.

Pacita Tero, head of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), said Tuesday that the Barangay Council of Banago headed by village chief Arnel Benjamin approved the use of their calamity fund to purchase the materials so that the affected residents can already start rebuilding their homes.

The barangay will distribute six galvanized iron (GI) sheets along with other materials to each family, while an additional four GI sheets will be distributed by Focus Call center.

Seventy percent of the 172 families in the DSSD final list are still staying at Domingo Lacson National High School in Barangay Banago.

The fire destroyed the houses of 143 families. The houses of 13 others were damaged. The rest include 11 sharers and five renters.

Tero said the financial assistance to be given by the City Government is being processed.

Families whose houses were destroyed will get P5,000 each, while those with damaged houses will receive P3,000 each. Sharers and renters will be given P2,000 each.

The barangay has already started certifying that the fire victims are indeed residents of Zone 3, Purok Riverside, as a requisite in the processing of their financial assistance.

The fire victims are supposed to present their identification cards but because all their documents were destroyed by the fire, a barangay certification will do, Tero said.
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