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No city cash aid for Asinan fire victims- CSWDO


City Social Welfare and Development Office Maria Socorro Rojas stressed Monday the families that lost their homes to the fire in sitio Asinan in Barangay Kasanyangan last July 26 are not entitled to financial assistance from the city government.

This is so, she explained, because they did not own the houses razed by fire as those were constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as part of the temporary shelters intended for internally displaced persons.

However, Rojas said, they will still receive the cash assistance that President Duterte gave to the Labuan fire victims, pending the release of funds from agencies concerned.

Rojas said the fire broke out at the transitory site with 292 temporary shelters, of which 108 were occupied by families displaced by previous fire in Kasalamatan, 59 families from Magay market fire, and some IDPs waiting for transfer to permanent shelters. At least 156 of those families lost their homes to the July 26 fire

The city government would normally give financial assistance to fire victims at P5,000 each house owner and P3,000 each sharer as a startup fund to begin or rebuild new homes.

But since, the Kasanyangan fire victims did not own the burnt houses, they are not anymore entitled to the financial aid from the city government.

Following the pledge of the president, the master list of Kasanyangan fire victims has already been submitted to the Presidential Management Staff and DSWD for funding purposes, Rojas said.

As of now, she said they are still waiting for funds from different agencies as committed by the President during his visit, for the first time, to Labuan last July 26.

As promised, the P15,000 per family will come from different agencies— P5,000 from the DSWD, P1,500 from PAGCOR, P1,500 from PCSO and P7,000 from the President.-(Vic Larato)

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