GenSan declares state of calamity to provide relief to 2,000 workers displaced by Gaisano fire

Published October 24, 2019, 5:33 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Joseph Jubelag

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The local government has declared a state of calamity following a huge conflagration that gutted down the Gaisano Mall here last October 16.

QUAKE AFTERMATH — The fire at the Gaisano Mall in General Santos City started moments after the city was jolted by a magnitude-6.3 earthquake Wednesday night. (EPA-EFE / MANILA BULLETIN)
QUAKE AFTERMATH — The fire at the Gaisano Mall in General Santos City started moments after the city was jolted by a magnitude-6.3 earthquake Wednesday night.
(EPA-EFE / MANILA BULLETIN)mall

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council chaired by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera approved a resolution declaring the state of calamity to provide immediate relief assistance to some 2,000 mall employees who had been displaced by the disaster.

Rivera said the city government had allocated some P21 million from its calamity funds for the subsistence allowance of the displaced employees at P235.00 for the period of 45 days.

City social welfare and development officer Rebecca Magante said their office had conducted profiling on the displaced employees who will also be recommended for work with other local companies.

City Administrator Arnel Zapatos said the city government’s Public Employment Service Office had coordinated with the Department of Labor and Employment for possible job placement of the displaced workers of Gaisano Mall.

Mayor Rivera had asked Sen. Bong Go for possible assistance of the displaced workers who were also enlisted by the city government into its scholarship program.

Read more: Fire breaks out, engulfs mall when people run to safety as earthquake hits parts of Mindanao

 
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