February 29, 2020 - Saturday
Website Name Image
Weather icon
27.85 ℃, Overcast clouds
Davao City, Philippines

Bankerohan fire victims get financial aid from City Hall

January 26, 2020 - Sunday 6:01 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image BANKEROHAN FIRE. In this file photo dated January 15, 2020, a fire is seen razing dozens of houses in a community along the banks of the Davao River in Bankerohan, Davao City. CADO NIÑAL / MINDANEWS FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY -- The City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) distributed financial assistance to the victims of the Bankerohan fire that razed at least 200 houses on January 15, 2020.

CSSDO head Maria Luisa Bermudo said the city government allocated P2.3 million for the financial assistance for the fire victims so they can start over.

“We have validated all the house owners, renters, sharers, and borders to match them with the right financial assistance that they should receive,” she said.

Bermudo said the owners of 139 totally destroyed houses received P10,000 each while the owners of three partially damaged houses received P5,000 each.

Bermudo said the the residents can use the money to buy materials to build their houses again. They have been allowed to return to the area by barangay officials, she added.

“The barangay allowed them to go back so there is no problem. They can go back to their places,” she said.

Meanwhile, each of the 122 renters received P5,000 each while 86 sharers received P3,000 each. Twenty-eight boarders received P2,000 each.

Acting Mayor Sebastian Duterte asked the residents to listen to the advice of the barangay and the CSSDO to avoid a similar incident.

“They need to be careful with their electric wirings since it is one of the most common causes of fire,” he said.

Aside from the financial assistance the residents received, the Chinese Consul General Office in Davao City also gave food packs to the victims.