Mandaue mayor vows help for Looc fire victims

MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes appealed to residents affected by the fire that hit Sitio Paradise in Barangay Looc to not lose hope, as he assured them assistance from the City Government.

“Sa mga kaigsoonan nato sa Sitio Paradise ayaw lang gyud mo kawagtangi sa paglaom. Anaa ra ko ug ang tibuok dakbayan sa Mandaue nga mo abag kaninyo. Maka bangon ra kita ining maong grabe nga panghitabo,” said Cortes in a Facebook post Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

(To my brothers and sisters in Sitio Paradise, don’t lose hope. The City Government is here to assist you. We can rise from this tragedy.)

The fire hit around 11 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, and affected at least 250 houses, said the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in an interview with SunStar dawn of Wednesday, November 23.

Cortes said he was saddened with what happened. He said the affected residents have now been housed in a temporary evacuation center at the Mandaue City Central School.

“Gi butangan nato ang atong evacuation site og mga modular tents para komportable ug hamugaway ang pagtulog sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga nasunogan,” he said.

(We installed modular tents to provide the evacuees a comfortable place to sleep.)

The City Government also deployed a mobile kitchen to feed the fire victims.

Cortes said the profiling and validation of the fire victims have been ongoing to identify how many were really affected by the blaze.

The residents were also given disaster kits and food packs.

Cortes called for donations for the fire victims, saying those who would want to donate can send their donations through the City Social Welfare Office or the Barangay Hall in Barangay Looc. (LMY)