Hipo­dromo fire vic­tims to start re­build­ing soon

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/FPL

Af­ter over a month since a mas­sive fire hit Barangay Hipo­dromo in Cebu City, fire vic­tims may al­ready start re­build­ing their houses this month.

Di­vi­sion for the Wel­fare of Ur­ban Poor (DWUP) Head Genevieve Al­coseba said each of the 100 fam­i­lies af­fected by the fire will get 24-square me­ter home lots by the end of Novem­ber.

“We plan to award the home lots to af­fected fam­i­lies this month. Af­ter the award­ing of home lots, they can re­build their houses,” she said.

On Septem­ber 27, a fire razed 121 houses in Barangay Hipo­dromo leav­ing at least 287 fam­i­lies or 1,250 in­di­vid­u­als home­less.

Part of the fire-stricken area is the Or­tega prop­erty in Si­tio Cahipa, which is over 2,000 square me­ters. The city will re­store the six-me­ter road in the area and will im­ple­ment the re-block­ing to en­sure ac­ces­si­bil­ity dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

Al­coseba said the city has al­ready ex­pro­pri­ated the prop­erty sev­eral years ago with the ini­tial plan to con­struct a five-story build­ing wherein a pub­lic mar­ket will be es­tab­lished on the first floor and the rest of the floors will be al­lo­cated for res­i­den­tial pur­poses.

But the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion yielded to the re­quest of Hipo­dromo of­fi­cials to award the home lots to af­fected fam­i­lies in­stead. The ini­tial plan is to let the fam­i­lies pay P312,000 for the 24 square me­ter home lot. Th­ese fam­i­lies will be given 15 years to set­tle the amount.

Al­coseba said Hipo­dromo Barangay Cap­tain Ru­perto Ba­colod is still ne­go­ti­at­ing with the owner of an­other pri­vate prop­erty where over 30 home lots are lo­cated for th­ese prop­er­ties to be pur­chased by the fire vic­tims.

As of yes­ter­day, Al­coseba said the fire-stricken area has been cleared from struc­tures af­ter the fire. She said there are ar­eas that needed fill­ing ma­te­ri­als to level the grounds.

Once the re­build­ing starts, Al­coseba said the city will co­or­di­nate with the Visayan Elec­tric Com­pany and Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cebu Water District for the elec­tric­ity and water sup­ply. The De­part­ment of Engi­neer­ing and Pub­lic Works is also work­ing on the drainage in the area.

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