City sets May 15 deadline for the Isla Verde reconstruction

Apr. 27, 2014

By Roxan Vee Tampos­­­­

Davao Today intern

DAVAO CITY – The city government here decided that May 15 will be the target date of the end of their restoration in Isla Verde along the southern boulevard, formerly a cramped community that was flattened by a huge fire last month.

City Hall officials decided on May 15 to be timed with the start of the Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education, which also raised the alarm that its books and other school materials have been used as pillows and covering materials by the fire victims.

The Brigada Eskwela, a Bayanihan concept of school cleaning and preparation, required parents of pupils to render voluntary work prior to the school opening.

Mr. Leo Villareal, city information chief, announces that Barangay Los Amigos will be the temporary place of refuge for the fire victims from Barangay 23-C in Isla Verde of Quezon Boulevard.

The April 4 fire was one of the country’s biggest this year, razing to ashes 1,000 houses and rendering homeless more than 2,000 families.

Mr. Ryan Rigor, acting chief of the city housing and homesite development, said “there is no specific structure of the house that they we’re going to build but they will make sure that the people will stay comfortable”.

People whose houses were partially destroyed would also get assistance from the city government. “Muhatag og financial assistance para sa renovation sa lugar si Mayor Duterte”  Villareal said.

While doing the restoration in Isla Verde, the place will be temporarily fenced and a drainage system will be installed.

The DepEd appealed to government to finish the reconstruction because the classroom stuff like books and other reading materials were used by the people for their personal necessities.

The city officials said they were giving their best shot to finish the reparation to avoid the outbreak of  diseases and deaths due to various diseases.

Some of the victims were already in Los Amigos but there are still other families who decided to stay in the area in makeshift tents and in nearby Magsaysay Park. The city government said it has established relief distribution centers for these displaced residents. (

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