During the turn-over ceremony last March 14, 2018 at City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Mayor Carlo assured the relocation of the identified homeowners to Batman Village, Dahican, City of Mati.
He announced also the available slots on Summer Job or Special Program for Employment of Students and Out-of-school Youth (SPESOSY) and Emergency Employment intended for qualified victim-beneficiary. The opportunities are under the City Mayor’s Office – Public Employment Service Office in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office will also give Cash for Work opportunities before the relocation site operation commences this April 2018. Inigo Cani, one of the fire victims expressed his deepest thanks to the government specifically to the Local Chief Executive who had led the immediate response of the people’s dire need of help.
According to the 71 year-old man, he used to own a simple sari-sari store just outside of his mostly wooden-made home. Now turned to ashes, he said that he will utilize most of the cash assistance to rise up again by re-establishing first his sari-sari store.
On the other hand, Welma Ontong, an OFW from Kuwait had also expressed his gratitude to the City Government’s quick response. She said that any amount could never console their losses but she believed that the city government is doing all they can to help them recover as quickly as possible.
According to the CSWDO, the city government had started to roll out supports since the day of the incident by bringing affected families cooked meals, food packs, non-food items such as cooking materials, blankets, toiletries and used clothes to name a few.
The office with the City Health Office and Sanitary Inspector are regularly visiting the evacuation site at Mati School of Arts and Trade since their first day to check the conduciveness of the area, sanitation, and other logistical needs.
As of now, the city government is working closely with other government agencies to fast-track the operations of the permanent relocation site.
Mayor Carlo P. Rabat offered his sympathies to the affected families. He told them to be resilient, as what Filipinos are famous for, and help each other overcome this crisis. She also ensured them that their lives will be rebuilt and all necessary assistance will be provided. | By Van Jorain O. Rufin