Zambo mayor: Expedite transfer of fire victims

ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Ma Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to expedite the transfer of the 300 families staying at the Sta. Catalina Elementary School to another site to avoid the outbreak of diseases and other social problems at the evacuation center.

Salazar met with concerned agencies involved in overseeing the condition and situation of the June 21 fire victims now housed at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (Don Gems) in Sta. Catalina to discuss measures how to transfer the affected families to a new site.

She said the timeline for the movement of the evacuees is set for Saturday, July 16.

She has tasked the CSWDO to finalize by Tuesday, July 12, the tagging of the 300 families remaining at the Don Gems covered court and six others housed at the Tetuan Central School covered court.

Also, the City Engineer’s Office is to submit the plans/design of the temporary shelters that will be constructed at the 1,500 square meter Evangelista property also in Sta. Catalina that the owner offered for use by the evacuees.

Salazar said the Panel of Negotiators and the Appraisal Committee are to convene on Tuesday, July 12, to negotiate with the owners of the properties that were affected by the fire.

The evacuees have a number of options: transfer to either the Masepla transitory site or the Tulungatung transitory site or the property offered by the Evangelista family for temporary use.

Salazar said that some of the families, if they qualify, can avail of the government’s Community Mortgage Program, that is, if the land owners would sell their property to the city at an acceptable price.

As of Monday, July 11, the fire victims have been occupying the evacuation center for 20 days and Salazar would not want their stay to extend to a month or more as the education of the students at the Don GEMS is also affected. (Bong Garcia)
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