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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 22, 2016
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Fire victims need help

Fire survivors in Purok Langis, Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, who lost their homes to fire Wednesday, need cooking utensils, sleeping mats, and sanitary kits, among others.

Some of the residents are temporarily staying at the day care center in the barangay and some are sharing with their neighbors, whose houses were spared by the fire.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he is planning to increase the financial aid to be given to the residents whose houses were razed by fire.

Leonardia said he has requested the Department of Social Services and Development to check the budget and the existing rules and regulations with regards to the giving of financial aid.

The city government usually gives P5,000 for those who have destroyed houses and P3,000 for those with damaged ones.

Leonardia said that if the budget permits, and all necessary legal matters are cleared, he will increase the financial assistance to P10,000 for destroyed houses and P5,000 for those with damaged houses.

Aside from individuals displaced by fire caused by an unattended lighted candle, the blaze also claimed the life of Roland Envidiado, about 40, and injured siblings Randy and Flordeliza Barroquiña, both 43 years old.

The Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection said 25 houses were destroyed and four were damaged by fire. They also placed the destroyed properties at P700,000.

The fire ensued while the area was experiencing a brownout.*SGG



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