Hipo­dromo fire vic­tims can re­build homes


SOME of the 1,195 in­di­vid­u­als dis­placed by the fire that razed down 162 houses and es­tab­lish­ments in two sitios in Barangay Hipo­dromo, Cebu City last Septem­ber may be al­lowed to re­build their homes this month.

This de­vel­oped af­ter the Depart­ment of Wel­fare of the Ur­ban Poor (DWUP) an­nounced that they will be dis­tribut­ing the cer­tifi­cates of own­er­ship of 105 house lots to se­lected ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

DWUP Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer, Genevieve Al­coseba, told reporters yesterday that the city govern­ment is now wrap­ping up its con­ver­sion of ground zero into an area ready for oc­cu­pa­tion.

“Nag -fill­ing nami sa area didto. Hapit nami mahu­man. Unya naay tech­ni­cal team de­ployed para mag- con­duct ug home lot sur­vey sa area (The area’s been filled al­ready. We’re al­most done. And there’s a tech­ni­cal team de­ployed to con­duct a home lot sur­vey in the area),” said Al­coseba.

She added that the dis­tri­bu­tion of cer­tifi­cates will be on Novem­ber 20, af­ter which the af­fected res­i­dents will be al­lowed to re­con­struct their houses.

Each house lot is es­ti­mated to have an area of 24 square me­ters, and may house one to two fam­i­lies.

Al­coseba also said that the city’s Depart­ment of En­gi­neer­ing and Pub­lic Works (DEPW) will be plac­ing cul­verts around the prop­erty to avoid flood­ing by di­vert­ing rain­wa­ter to the nearby Hipo­dromo creek.

“Naa nasad ang Veco (Visayan Elec­tric Com­pany Corp.) ug ang MCWD (Metropoli­tan Cebu Wa­ter District) para mataod ang linya sa kuryente ug tubig (Veco and MCWD are also there to in­stall the elec­tric­ity and wa­ter lines),” she added.

On Septem­ber 28, over

100 houses, in­clud­ing the one owned by Rupinto Bacolod, Hipo­dromo’s vil­lage chief, were burned down by the fire which was blamed on a faulty elec­tri­cal wiring sys­tem. The dam­age was pegged at P2 mil­lion.

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