A total of 638 families composed of almost 3,000 individuals recently lost their homes due to a fire that struck Brgy. Suba, Cebu city at around 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2020.
The fire torched around 312 houses, of which 271 were totally damaged while 41 were partially burned.
Sen. Cristopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited the fire victims on Feb. 28, 2020 and distributed food, medical and financial assistance to the victims.
He also reached out to the affected students and promised them new sets of uniforms and school supplies.
“Hindi lahat ng Pilipino mapupuntahan kami sa Senado. Kaya ako na po ang lalapit sa inyo,” he said.
The evacuees are currently staying in nearby evacuation centers, namely: Pasil Sports Complex, Suba Sports Complex, and a covered court owned by the barangay.
Representatives from concerned government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Health (DOH), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), National Housing Authority (NHA), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) were also present to give additional assistance to the fire victims.
Go also explained the purpose behind the Malasakit Center as he encouraged the fire victims to avail of the center’s services.
He said the process of seeking financial assistance through the center is now simplified.
Malasakit Centers cover patient services and expenses such as laboratories, medicines, surgeries or operations, with the exception of professional fees and private room accommodation.
This is the senator’s second visit in Cebu province this week.
On Tuesday, the senator also extended assistance to fire victims in barangays Barrio Luz, Kasambagan, Duljo Fatima, and T-Padilla in Cebu City.
He also attended the launching of the 66th Malasakit Center at the Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital in Mandaue City. (Patty Candaza, PIA)