Following a fire in Mandaue City that rendered some 2,000 families homeless, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) team members and volunteers distributed relief packs in Barangays Mantuyong and Guizo last March 18.
RAFI team members, civilian volunteers, and personnel from the Philippine Air Force came together to put the relief packs together, which included a pail, sleeping mat, hygiene kit, detergent powder, and rubbing alcohol as well as 16 family-sized tents shortly after the blaze.
Joan Camargo, 51, shared how she still clearly remembers the fire and how they all fled from what seemed like the mouth of hell. The families, she said, have been praying for financial assistance and housing materials so they could rebuild their homes. She and other affected residents are temporarily taking shelter at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) grounds because the Mandaue City Government is still re-blocking the fire scene, which would take months.
“What we need most is a decent place to stay. We really hope we could be given housing materials so we could start rebuilding our homes,” Camargo said.
The blaze, considered the biggest to hit the city since 2007, struck three sitios in Guizo and Mantuyong.