MANILA � Around 500 families affected by two separate fire incidents in Navotas and Quezon City received financial and humanitarian assistance from several government agencies led by the Office of the President (OP) on Saturday.
OP, through Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, and representatives from the local government, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Health (DOH) distributed the aid to the families.
In both cities, Go said President Rodrigo Duterte sent him to personally oversee the distribution and extend other assistance OP can provide.
"Narito ako ipinadala ni President Duterte para magbigay ng immediate solution," he said.
"May konting financial (assistance) from our office, from PAGCOR, and from the PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office), nag ambag-ambag kami. From DSWD nagbigay ng grocery packs, and hygiene packs from DOH, sa gobyerno naman po ito, ibinalik lang," he added.
Bridging people, offices
One of the main concerns raised during the visit was assistance on housing. In Barangay North Boulevard Bay North, Navotas, the property where most of the razed houses were built, still have no titles.
The property, then zoned for industrial development, was amended as residential. Navotas Mayor John Rey Tianco said they now need to secure a certificate of zoning compliance to have the area formally titled.
Source: Philippine News Agency