P72M for fire victims’ temporary houses

THE Mandaue City Government will shell out P72 million for transitory houses for the fire victims in Barangays Guizo and Mantuyong who have been staying on the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) grounds.

Engr. Andres Suson of the City Engineer’s Office said five “collapsible” houses will be built on the road near the fire site.

These will be the temporary houses of the fire victims until the site development on the fire site is finished.

There were 2,222 families displaced when a fire hit Guizo and Mantuyong last March 12.

Most of them are staying in makeshift structures on the CICC grounds while the City is preparing for the site development, which include the clearing, re-blocking and opening of proper roads and construction of drainage systems.

Suson said a three-story transitory house, which can be easily dismantled, will have 45 rooms.

He said the budget for the houses was already approved by Mayor Jonas Cortes and was forwarded to the City Budget Office.

More than two months since the fire hit the two barangays, the clearing and re-blocking operations still have not started because of the alleged resistance of some residents who already started rebuilding their houses.


The filling materials, which were donated by the different contractors, were supposed to be placed at the fire site, but these were dumped at W.O. Seno St. and A.S. Fortuna Extension.

“The legal office already has a plan on how to proceed with the site development. The City will ask the help of the police officials once the site development starts,” Suson said.

Lawyer Jamaal James Calipayan, executive secretary of the Office of the Mayor, said they are just waiting for the heavy equipment that will transfer the limestone to the fire site.

In two weeks, Calipayan said they can start the site development and finish it in four months.

“The legal team told fire survivors not to go back to the fire site yet because we could not construct the housing units in the area if there is no site development,” Calipayan said.

He said the families staying on the CICC grounds have recently expressed their support.

Calipayan said the structures of the families who rebuilt their houses on the fire site will be cleared.

Last May 12 and 13, Guizo and Mantuyong fire survivors received their financial assistance from the City Government.

The renters and house sharers received P5,000 while house owners got P10,000.

Suson said that when the cash assistance was distributed, the beneficiaries signed a waiver that they will block any move of the City to develop the site.

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