Davao City allots P45M for fire victims

Subscribe Now April 09, 2014 at 09:42am

The Davao City Council declared on Tuesday (April 9) two of three coastal barangays under state of calamity in the aftermath of fire that swept through them last Friday (April 4). The council also allocated P45 million to aid thousands who survived the fire.

At the same time, the Council declared two of the three barangays under a state of calamity after the huge six-hour fire destroyed 2,235 houses and damaged 44 others, causing damage worth more than P155 million.

The areas now under state of calamity are Barangays 22-C and 23-C, having the most number of affected families, at 3,547, according to data provided by the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO). Of this number, 3,024 families are in Barangay 23-C, while the 523 families are in Barangay 22-C.

Barangay 21-C was not declared as under state of calamity since the area damaged by fire was not as big as in the other two barangays.

The P45-million aid will be taken from the quick response fund, a portion of the city's entire calamity fund.

The CSSDO will distribute the money as follows:

P10,000 each to 2,279 house owners
P5,000 each to 883 renters and 228 boarders
P2,000 each to 145 sharers and 12 caretakers

The fire victims are sheltered in three evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 18 creating Task Force Isla Verde aimed at restoring order to the area.

The task force chairman is Duterte himself, with retired Gen. Francisco Villaroman as his vice chairman.

So far, the task force has fenced off the affected areas so that the delineation of spaces for roads, drainage, and buffer zones could start.

Source: solarnews.ph

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