Fire victims get cash assistance, relief aid

Families, whose homes were consumed by a blazing fire last week in the City of Mati, get cash assistance and relief goods from the Provincial Government on Dec. 24, a day before Christmas.

Families, whose homes were consumed by a blazing fire last week in the City of Mati, get cash assistance and relief goods from the Provincial Government on Dec. 24, a day before Christmas.

Province of Davao Oriental—All 214 families, whose homes were reduced to ashes by a huge fire that occurred in the City of Mati last week, had received cash aid and relief goods from the Provincial Government.

Distributed at the Provincial Capitol on December 24, a day before Christmas, recipients say they are truly grateful to the Provincial Government’s quick aid.

Home owners and renters received P10, 000 each while home sharers received P6, 000 each. Sharers refer to families sharing a home with the original owners. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Head, Engr. Jesusa Timbang, said the cash assistance handed over was above the standard amount supposed to be dispersed.

“Any amount could never console for your losses,” told Engr. Timbang to the fire victims. “But, we assure you that the Provincial Government is doing all it can to help you recover as quickly as possible,” she added.

Aside from the cash aid, the families also received food packs containing 5 kilos of rice, 1 dozen coffee, 6 packs noodles, 3 cans sardines, and 4 cans of meat loaf. 

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This assistance is the second wave of aid the Provincial Government had started to roll out last week. Right after the incident, the Provincial Government immediately responded by bringing affected families cooked meals, food packs and non-food items, such as cooking utensils, blankets and used clothes.

To date, the Provincial Government is working closely with the City Government of Mati to help the families settle on a permanent relocation site.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, during her visit last week to the victims at the evacuation center in Barangay Central, offered her sympathies to the families affected. She told them to be strong and help each other get pass this crisis. She also ensured them that their lives will be rebuilt and all necessary assistance will be provided. PIO/Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

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