Mandaue’s fire victims get cash aid from CH

MORE than 1,000 families who survived the fire in Barangay Guizo, Mandaue City finally received financial aid from City Hall, exactly two months after the fire struck.

Today, the 1,205 families from Barangay Mantuyong will get their cash aid.

The City Government allocated P18.9 million as financial assistance to families who were affected by the fire last March 12.

A total of 2,222 families were displaced by the fire in Mantuyong and Guizo.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Felix Suico said renters and house sharers received P5,000 while house owners got P10,000.

The release of the assistance was delayed due to the ban on the disbursement of government funds during the election period.

Based on the City Social Welfare and Services’ data, there are 1,533 house owners, 481 house renters and 208 house sharers or extended families that were affected by the fire.

Most of the families have been staying in tents set up at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) grounds.

Yesterday, 1,017 beneficiaries from Guizo gathered at the Norkis Park on D.M. Cortes St. (formerly known as Plaridel St.) in Mandaue City, where the distribution was done.

Alvidita Noynay, 55, said she is grateful to the City for the cash aid.

She said the distribution was timely because her 63-year-old husband died last Wednesday.

Noynay said she will use the money for the burial of her husband.

Gina Arnilla, 37, said she and her family continue to stay at the CICC despite the heat.

Init kaayo. Ganahan na gani mi sugdan ang pagpatukod sa among balay ug kana among madawat dako na og ikatabang  (It is very hot at the CICC grounds. We want to start rebuilding our house and this cash assistance will reall help),” she said.

Arnilla used to work as a store attendant. She stopped working because no one can take care of her children at the CICC.

She has four children and is separated from her partner.

She now lives with her father, a trisikad driver. She will use the P10,000 she received to rebuild their house once the City finishes re-blocking the site.

As for the progress of the re-blocking, Suico said filling materials are now available for the site development.

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