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After assisting flood victims, next displaced families from fire needing aid

Cotabato City (15 October) -- The local government unit of Cotabato City has to face another challenge in rehabilitation efforts after attending to the flood victims. This time, the city government has to shed more than a million pesos for the victims to start anew.

The city government will release one million seventy four thousand four hundred pesos (P1,074,400) budget through the Office of Social Welfare Development for the victims of conflagration in the five barangays of the city on the second and third quarter of this year.

The city government of Cotabato had already extended food assistance to the victims of the fire incidents, providing five kilos of rice, three packs of noodles and three tins of sardines.

UNICEF, USAID-GEM and other NGO's also distributed food and non-food items such as clothes, mats and slippers.

There are total of 317 families affected by the conflagration in the five barangays namely Poblacion 7, Rosary Heights 2, Bagua 3, Rosary Heights 3 and the most recent fire incident last October 2, 2008 in Poblacion 4, Cotabato City.

In today's session of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), Vice- Mayor and Chairman of SP, Japal Guiani Jr. delivered his privileged speech addressing the concern agencies of the national government for the possible appropriation of fund for the acquisition of privately- owned lands for the relocation of displaced families whose houses were destroyed by the calamity in the city.

Though the city government has identified a possible relocation site for these fire victims, most of them are not willing to transfer due to the distance from their work place and the uncertainty of peace and order in the area. (AMAMPEN/RICC Cot. City) [top]

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