PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Sept. 15 (PIA)- At least 136 families who have been displaced by fire that razed Barangay Dumagoc, in Pagadian City recently received relief goods and cash assistance from the government.
Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go led the distribution of relief goods to the families at a covered court here. He was assisted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Mayor Samuel Co and other City officials.
The recipients of the relief assistance lost their homes to a fire last August 30 and were temporarily taking shelter at the covered court.
They received cash assistance, food packs, kitchen utensils, among others, from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, National Housing Authority and the City Government.
"Mohatag ako ninyo ug food packs ug cash assistance. Ania usab ang mga national government agencies ug ang city government para mohatag kaninyo ug tabang. Ang matag-pamilya makadawat ug P30 thousand gikan sa National Housing Authority," said Senator Go
(I will give you food packs and cash assistance. The national government agencies and the city government are here to give you assistance.)
Cistina Regis expressed her gratitude to the national and local government's support saying, "we experienced so many hardships due to the fire incident that happened, but the government's presence gave us comfort. They have shown their deep concern for us - the fire victims."
Meanwhile, Joel Malalis, Jr., grade 7 pupil of Dumagoc Elementary School thanked Senator Go for providing free school uniform to the school children who are affected by the fire.
"I am now inspired to attend classes with my new school uniform," he said. (EDT/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)