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Naga to give P150K to landslide victims


To decongest the evacuation sites, the city government of Naga offers to give the families affected by the landslide P150,000 each. There are at least 1,600 families housed in 11 evacuation sites.
(Mayor Kristine Chiong)
Mayor Kristine Chiong said they have initially identified 444 families whose houses were hit by the landslide. She said that since they could no longer go back to the site, it being identified as danger zone by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), they will have to build their new homes elsewhere. These families, she said, are in their priority list to get the financial assistance. She said these families can also choose to accept any of the two relocation sites offered by the National Housing Authority (NHA). The NHA has identified the sites at Balili property in Naga and Barangay Valencia in Carcar City as future homes of the displaced families. The mayor said they have to start decongesting the evacuation sites as the city’s resources are running out. The families have evacuated to the different evacuation sites in the city after the Sept 20 landslide in the upland village of Tinaan. Some of them still have their houses untouched but were still ordered to leave the area for safety. The mayor said the MGB has not allowed the families to go back to their houses pending the results of the surveys in the area. Chiong admitted that with what happened, it has left the city government “financially challenged.” There may be donations like food and clothing, but the city shoulders the electricity, water and other resources the evacuees need, she said. It was also the city who paid for the burial of the victims and medical bills of the injured. The cash aid, Chiong said, will be used to rebuild a house for the survivors. She added several families have already agreed to take the offer, while those who are not in the list, the city will have a consultation meeting with them in the coming days. - LGC

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