SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go provided assistance to more than 80 families that were affected by two separate fire incidents in Barangay Old Capitol Site in Quezon City.
The senator distributed financial assistance and grocery packs to the fire victims on Monday. He also vowed to provide for the uniforms and school supplies of affected children.
Go was joined by representatives from concerned government agencies in giving help to the affected families. These include the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Department of Trade and Industry and the National Housing Authority.
“Ambag-ambag lang po, para pantawid ng mga pamilya (I asked them to contribute to help the families get by),” Go told reporters in an interview after the event, which was conducted in the barangay (village) hall compound, where the victims are currently staying.
To prevent similar tragedies and to help victims of disasters, Go filed Senate Bill (SB) 204 that aims to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection and SB 205 that seeks to establish a Department of Disaster Resilience, which includes a provision for the construction of permanent evacuation centers.
Go explained that part of the fire protection modernization plan is to improve the equipment as well as the capabilities of firefighters.
“Kayang-kaya nila dapat pasukin ang mga eskinita po at mabilis na magresponde para mapatay kaagad ang apoy at masagip ang buhay ng mga biktima (Firefighters are expected to be on the fire scene as soon as possible and to enter narrow alleys so they could immediately contain the fire and save the lives of the affected residents),” he said.
Go sympathized with the victims for being in an evacuation center that lacks sanitation and sleeping facilities.
“Kawawa sila, nandidito lang po sila habang nag-aantay na makabalik sa kanilang mga tirahan. Dapat magkaroon na tayo ng maayos na mga evacuation center na meron pong maayos na mga comfort room, sanitation at may higaan po sila at kumportable po hanggang hindi pa sila nakakabalik sa kanilang mga tirahan (It’s pitiful to see fire victims in their situation. It’s time to have better evacuation centers with the needed toilets, sanitation and comfortable sleeping facilities for the victims),” he said.
Four houses sheltering a total of 10 families were razed by fire on Rosal Street on September 12, while another 40 houses sheltering 80 families were burned to the ground on Masaya Street on September 14. A total of 274 individuals were displaced.
JAVIER JOE ISMAEL