BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
About 61 families in Purok Neptune, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, who were affected by the April 26 fire, received additional cash assistance from the Negros Grace Pharmacy Tuesday.
The fire destroyed 46 houses and damaged nine others, and affected 61 families and five sharers.
Singcang Brgy. Capt. Rosinie Distrito thanked the city government and the private sector for the help extended, particularly the Negros Grace Pharmacy, led by Ian Lo, for the additional cash assistance, that he said, will greatly be of help to the fire victims in rebuilding their homes.
Every affected family received an additional P3,000 each which they will use to purchase construction materials, he said.
The fire victims have also received cash assistance from city officials, led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya.
Distrito said some of the fire victims have already started building their new houses while others just rented a place to stay.
Families whose houses were destroyed received P10,000 while those whose houses were damaged received P5,000. Sharers also received P3,000.
The City Government of Bacolod also allowed the fire victims of Purok Neptune to use a portion of the city’s property in the barangay that they have been occupying for years.
The city had purchased the property from the Arnaldo family several years ago when Leonardia was already the mayor of Bacolod.
Councilor Simplicia Distrito, a former Barangay Singcang-Airport official, also thanked the Negros Grace Pharmacy for helping the fire victims.*