Fire victims to return home

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Monday, August 11, 2014

THE Cebu City Government yesterday assured that the 278 families displaced by fire in Barangay San Roque will return to their place and rebuild their homes.

Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said the families can go back because records by the Land Management Council, headed by Janesis Ponce, showed that the lot razed by fire is owned by the government.

“The property is titled under the Republic of the Philippines. There is really no problem,” he said.


In a news conference yesterday, Labella said the City will make sure all the displaced families will be accommodated despite the re-blocking of the lot and the restoration of the area’s three-meter easement.


“It is the policy of the mayor that nobody should be displaced due to fire,” he said.

On when the re-blocking will start, Labella said it will be as soon as possible since it is important.

“Re-blocking makes a difference. It might spell even the difference between life and death of a resident, spell the difference of a house being a burned or not,” he said.

In a command conference yesterday, the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) said it has started clearing the area.
The clearing operation is already 70 percent finished.

Once the area is cleared, DEPW and the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor will start the re-blocking.

By that time, the Department of Social Welfare and Services shall already have distributed housing materials for the affected families so they can start rebuilding their homes.

Labella said the displaced families will temporary stay at the barangay’s sports complex.

The fire in San Roque last Friday destroyed a total 158 houses and damaged two houses. PDF

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 12, 2014.

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