The City Social Welfare Development Office has already distributed on Monday, March 13, 2023, the financial assistance to families and individuals whose houses were razed by the February 25, 2022 fire in Barangay 21-C and Barangay 22-C.

CSWDO Poblacion B District Head Gina A. Molon in an interview with the City Information Office on Monday, March 13, said that more than 1,048 individuals received financial assistance.

Molon said that households or individuals with totally damaged houses received Php 20,000; partially damaged Php 15,000; renters/sharers/caretakers- Php 10,000; and boarders Php 5,000.

The recipients of financial assistance in Barangay 21-C are 349 owners of totally damaged houses; six owners of partially damaged houses; 67 renters, 222 sharers, 35 boarders, and a caretaker.

Meanwhile, the recipients of financial assistance in Barangay 22-C are 156 owners of totally damaged houses, 18 owners of partially damaged houses, 41 renters, 107 sharers, 45 boarders and three caretakers.

The financial distribution was conducted jointly with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which also gave a payout of Php 10,000 to each affected house owner, renter, sharer and caretaker. The families and individuals received welfare goods along with their financial aid.

She said that affected individuals in Barangay 21-C and 22-C and their families remain in their respective barangay gyms.

Molon said that in Barangay 22-C majority of the affected families continue to stay at the Barangay Gym in modular tents while some already returned to the affected area. Meanwhile, in Barangay 21, only mothers and children stay during the daytime while the head of the family or the father goes to the fire-razed area for rebuilding.

“Nagahatag pa kita pag nakita nato nga kinahanglan og tabang naa gyud ang atong workers on the ground sa operation center. Dili mawad-an og social worker didto until such time nga mabalik na gyud sila (We continue to give help as needed, our social workers remain at the operations center. We will have social workers in the area until such time that they will return to their areas),” Molon said.

She reminded donors that they are still required to coordinate with the CSWDO or the barangay so that the items donated fit the needs of the evacuees. CIO