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Fire victims need help, DSSD says


The head of the Department of Social Services and Development in Bacolod City is appealing to the public to help the victims of two recent fires by sending them food and other things they mightneed.

DSSD head Pacita Tero said yesterday that they have already provided the fire victims food good for two days.

As of yesterday morning, there were 33 families from Purok Sto. Niño, Brgy. Sum-ag and four from Brgy. Singcang affected by two separate fire incidents in Bacolod City Tuesday, she said.

Tero said donations should be coursed through the DSDD Office or the DSSD desk at the site for proper accounting.

Those from Barangay Sum-ag are temporarily staying in the barangay gym, she said.

Based on the report submitted to them, 19 houses were destroyed andseven were damaged by the fire in Brgy. Sum-ag. There were 33 families affected which included seven sharer-families, Tero said.

In Brgy. Singcang, four houses were razed by fire, she said.

Tero said the fire victims need food stuff, kitchen utensils, clothing and other personal things.

Those whose houses were destroyed will be provided financial assistance by the city amounting to P10,000 while those whose houses were damaged will receive P5,000 per family, she said.

Tero said the fire victims are required to submit pertinent documents for the release of their financial assistance. If their ID’s have been burned, they could request the Commission on Elections to be issued a certification.

The DSSD Region 6 will also provide packages to the fire victims pending the submission by the DSSD Bacolod of its report, she said.

The city will also provide burial assistance to the family of Edison Hojilla, 80, who died during the fire incident in Brgy. Singcang Tuesday, she added.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on third and final reading an ordinance amending Section IX and Section Xll of City Ordinance No. 384, series of 2006, or “An Ordinance Establishing the Burial Financial Assistance Program for Paupers in the City of Bacolod.”

The ordinance authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa increases the burial assistance of beneficiaries, whose application has been approved according with the provision of the ordinance, from P1,500 to P3,500.

Under the ordinance, the city government is mandated to set aside a fund to be taken from the General Fund of at least P7 million annually forits purposes, that which will be replenished from time to time.*CGS


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