Fire vic­tims opt to stay at the barangay hall or with rel­a­tives

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Ben­jie B. Tal­isic COR­RE­SPON­DENT

OF THE 695 fam­i­lies ren­dered home­less by the fire that hit Barangay Duljo Fa­tima on Christ­mas day, only seven fam­i­lies trans­ferred to the des­ig­nated evac­u­a­tion cen­ter of the Cebu City gov­ern­ment.

The city had ar­ranged for two evac­u­a­tion sites for the fire vic­tims but only one was used, ac­cord­ing to vil­lage coun­cil­man Guian God­ofredo.

"Layoan na man gud daw sila sir," he said.

God­ofredo said that they just agreed with their de­ci­sion.

God­ofredo is chair­man of the Barangay So­cial Ser­vices and Liveli­hood as well as head of the barangay dis­as­ter management team.

"Wala man hi­noo'y prob­lema kay ma-cater man ang tanan ug maplas­tar ug gi­panig­u­rado sab namo nga mata­gaan tanan," he said.

(We can serve ev­ery­body and we have en­sured that ev­ery­one is given as­sis­tance.)

For now, some evac­uees are tem­po­rary liv­ing at the rooftop of the barangay of­fice and at the barangay gym.

Some of them are also stay­ing with rel­a­tives within the barangay as well as in the neigh­bor­ing barangays.

To en­sure that ev­ery­one gets the food ra­tions, barangay of­fi­cials go to the dif­fer­ent evac­u­a­tion sites to in­form them that food is avail­able.

They ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to all the in­di­vid­u­als and groups who gave do­na­tions for the fire vic­tims. For those who want to do­nate, they can go to the com­mand cen­ter di­rectly in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the record­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of their do­na­tions.

For now, the vic­tims need blan­kets, mos­quito nets, cook­ing uten­sils and potable wa­ter as the wa­ter pro­vided by the barangay is not enough.

Mean­while, the fam­ily of 12- year-old Cyrus John Fer­ras, who died in the fire, will bury his re­mains to­day.

An­gelina Fer­ras, the el­dest of the Fer­ras sib­lings, told CEBU

DAILY NEWS that a Mass will be held at the San Ni­co­las Parish church be­fore the burial at the Calamba ceme­tery where his body will be laid to rest.

She said the com­ing New Year cel­e­bra­tion would be the most painful cel­e­bra­tion for the fam­ily af­ter the tragic ac­ci­dent.

The Cebu City Fire Depart­ment is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire.

CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA

A partly burned im­age of the Sto. Niño seen at the fire scene in Barangay Duljo Fa­tima re­flects the Ce­buano’s de­vo­tion to the Child Je­sus.

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