By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government will give financial assistance amounting to P10,000 to each resident whose house was razed by the fire that hit Barangay Vasra last December 31.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government was conducting comprehensive interviews, and assessment to ensure that only legitimate fire victims will receive the cash aid on Monday, January 6.
She noted that sharers and renter fire victims were set to get P5,000 cash aid.
Previously, house owners received P2,000 and P1,000 for sharers and renters from the local government during fire incidents.
Contrary to online reports, the QC government quickly dispatched a team from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) and the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) to the site before 12 midnight, or shortly after the fire broke out on Dec. 31.
The team immediately extended necessary assistance to all fire victims, including food packs, partition tents and mobile shower facility, food, portable toilets and potable water, care of Manila Water.
Records show the city government has provided assistance to around 165 families as not all are directly affected by the fire.
Based on its initial investigation, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) determined that faulty electrical connection was the cause of the fire.
According to DRRMC head Mike Marasigan, other city offices are also on deck with the QC Health Department providing medical assistance and the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) and the Engineering Department leading the way in cleanup and assessment.