Helping the victims of the largest fire to hit Mandaue City, Cebu

Last month, a fire hit a densely populated area in Mandaue City particularly in Barangay Guizo and Barangay Mantuyong. It destroyed at least 500 houses and damaged P2.345 million worth of properties, but fortunately, the fire department did not get any report of anyone missing or dead according to fire investigator SFO2 Cipriano Codilla.

It was believed that the fire started with an unattended kerosene lamp in the house of Robinson Aljun, 53. He said his lighted kerosene lamp must have been knocked down by a stray cat. And it took the firefighters about 4 hours to put out the fire due to the difficulty in penetrating the narrow roads of the area. The fire which was considered the biggest to hit Mandaue since 2007 has caused 11,000 people homeless.

I went to the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) grounds yesterday along with the JCI Mandaue team to visit and donate food to the families who were affected of the devastating fire. JCI Kowloon donated several tents for the families to use.

JCI MANDAUE Mission & Vision & Creed

JCI Mandaue

Official JCI Mandaue logo (source: jcimandaue.org/)

MISSION

“To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”

VISION

“To be the leading global network of young active citizens”

If you want to make a donation for the fire victims, please contact JCI Mandaue.

 

children in their makeshift houses

Children in their makeshift houses

1st picture (left) shows the areas that were greatly damaged by fire, while 2nd image shows the temporary homes of the affected families

1st picture (left) shows the areas that were greatly damaged by fire, while 2nd image shows the temporary homes of the affected families

Photo opp with the volunteers from JCI and the Bantay Mandaue Relief Receiving Station as well as some of the children in the evacuation area

Photo opp with the volunteers from JCI and the Bantay Mandaue Relief Receiving Station as well as some of the children in the evacuation area