BAGUIO CITY – The city government here through the City Social Welfare and Development Office is doing its best effort in giving assistance to the victims of fire which razed several residential and boarding houses in Engineer’s Hill last week.
The CSWDO has been giving assistance particularly in the basic needs of the victims like food, clothing, hygiene kits, and temporary shelter, among others.
It is unfortunate that one factor why the Bureau of Fire was not able to respond to the catastrophe at once and effectively is because of the obstruction brought about by some vehicles parked along the roads, disclosed mayor Mauricio Domogan.
Because of this, Domogan urged vehicle owners not to park at the sides of the road.
He also reminded the public of the existing city ordinance 7, series of 1984 also known as the Ordinance Adopting a Comprehensive Transportation and Traffic Regulations in the city provides for the towing of vehicles parked in undesignated parking areas
“There are also existing city ordinances prohibiting “on-street parking” and signs are installed but these are ignored,” added Domogan.
Thus, he urged barangay officials as well as police personnel to apprehend violations of the said ordinance.
On the other hand, Domogan encouraged barangay officials to look for vacant areas in their respective barangays and reserve the same to be utilized as parking area for their constituents.
For the meantime, CSWD officer Betty Fangasan disclosed that their office is on the process of preparing financial assistance to the said victims.
“Under existing rules and regulations, victims whose houses were totally damaged during the onslaught of calamities will receive cash assistance amounting to P20,000 from the city government while those whose structures were partially damaged will be receiving a cash assistance of a maximum of P10,000 depending on the extent of damage inflicted to the structures,” added Fangasan.
By Jho Arranz