Vic­tims’ plea: Let us re­build our homes

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Morex­ette Marie B. Er­ram RE­PORTER

RES­I­DENTS of Barangay Kam­puthaw, Cebu City, dis­placed by the fire are now ap­peal­ing to the city gov­ern­ment to al­low them to re­con­struct their houses even if the prop­erty is owned by the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Cebu (UP Cebu). Clau­dia Atil, 49, told

CEBU DAILY NEWS that her fam­ily of nine can­not yet af­ford to look for a place where they can trans­fer.

Atil, whose fam­ily is stay­ing at Kam­puthaw’s Purok 8 gym­na­sium, said they would yield to rec- om­men­da­tions to re­block the fire site if it meant al­low­ing them to re­turn.

“Mas muuyon mi if i- re­block kaysa sa ipare lo­cate mi (We would pre­fer re­block­ing rather than be re­lo­cated),” said Atil, who has been liv­ing in Purok 3, Barangay Kam­puthaw, for more than 20 years.

She said that for now, they need clothes and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als so her fam­ily can start over. “Pasala­mat sad mi nga naay ta­bang gaabot. Amo lang gyung hangyo kay mak­a­ba­lik mi (We are thank­ful for the help we re­ceived. But we are re­ally

pray­ing that we can re­build our homes),” said Atil.

This was also the call of Danny (not his real name) whose two-storey shanty was turned into ashes after the fire.

Danny, 35, said his mea­ger in­come as a com­pany driver is not enough for him and his brother, who is still study­ing, to find a new place to stay.

Both are now stay­ing in­side Purok 8’s gym­na­sium, too.

“Lisud man­gita og kapoy-an run il­abi nga ma­halon sad ang mga pali­ton (It’s re­ally hard to find a place to stay es­pe­cially now that goods are get­ting ex­pen­sive),” he added.

As of 6 p.m. last Wed­nes­day, the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Ser­vices (DSWS) tal­lied a to­tal of 194 fam­i­lies or 716 in­di­vid­u­als af­fected by the fire which broke out ear­lier that day.

Dam­age was pegged at P1 mil­lion. This is the sec­ond fire that struck Barangay Kam­puthaw this year and fire au­thor­i­ties are still de­ter­min­ing the cause of the fire.

Last Au­gust, more than 200 fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in some por­tions of Purok 3 lost their homes to a fire.

Most of the houses dam­aged dur­ing Wed­nes­day's fire were board­ing houses, many of the rooms be­ing rented by some stu­dents of UP Cebu.

In a post on their of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count, the UP Cebu Univer­sity Stu­dent Coun­cil said that the univer­sity's guest­house was used to ac­com­mo­date UP stu­dents dis­placed by the fire.

"UP stu­dents af­fected by the fire in Kam­puthaw may now evac­u­ate to the UP Guest­house. Just present your ID or form 5," the tweet said.

Of­fi­cials from UP Cebu and the city's Divi­sion of Wel­fare and the Ur­ban Poor (DWUP) are yet to meet and dis­cuss the fate of the af­fected fam­i­lies.

CDN PHOTO/JUNJUIE MEN­DOZA

A fire vic­tim looks at what’s left in his house after last Wed­nes­day’s fire in Purok 3, Barangay Kam­puthaw, Cebu City.

CDN PHOTO/JUN­JIE MEN­DOZA

These three boys are try­ing to pry out the me­tal from a mo­tor­cy­cle that was burned down a day ear­lier, in a fire that hit Purok 3, Barangay Kam­puthaw, Cebu City on Dec. 5, 2018 .

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