Mandaue City distributes cash aid to fire victims in Brgy. Looc

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THE fire victims of Sitio Superior, Brgy. Looc, Mandaue City claimed their financial assistance from the Mandaue City Government at the Brgy. Looc Gym in the morning of Dec. 28, 2020.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes distributed the financial aid to the fire victims.

According to Dr. Maricel Yu, head of the City Social Welfare and Services (CSWS), 152 families have received the aid. House owners and those whose houses were burned down received P10,000, while renters and sharers received P5,000.

Yu said P2,500 will also be given to each boarder and lodger affected by the fire.

Other fire victims have left the evacuation center and celebrated their Christmas in their respective provinces.

However, Yu said, these fire victims can still receive their financial assistance as they have been listed as beneficiaries but some still have to undergo an interview for verification.

Myrna Prada, 50, told Sunstar Cebu that the financial assistance will be of great help to them as she plans to use it to rebuild their house.

On the other hand, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes urged fire victims to form a “Neighborhood Association” in Sitio Superior.

This is patterned after Brgy. Ibabao-Estancia wherein each house has a representative member in the association.

Each representative will also undergo Disaster Preparedness training at the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) so that if there are disasters that will occur in the area, the residents will know what to do.

Through this organization, Cortes said it will empower the communities in Mandaue City and can also closely coordinate with the city government.

“To build a strong city, we have to build a strong community,” said Cortes.

Cortes also urged Looc Brgy. Captain Alan Siazon to buy another set of fire extinguishers on top of the fire extinguishers provided by the city.

This idea was inspired by Brgy. Casuntingan where a fire hit last Christmas but was quickly controlled with the help of the 100 fire extinguishers purchased by the barangay on top of the efforts of the firefighters.

Cortes said the city will also provide financial assistance to the 16 families that were affected by the Christmas fire in Brgy. Casuntingan, in 2021. (KFD)