Erap doles out P20m in building materials
Fulfilling a promise, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has donated P20 million worth of construction materials to hundreds of families who recently lost their homes in a huge fire at Parola Compound in Tondo.
Estrada led the distribution last Monday of hundreds of pieces of roofing sheets, lumber, nails and other building supplies to the first batch of 1,050 affected families at Apex Compound.
Each family received eight pieces of iron sheets, 23 pieces of lumber, five pieces of plywood, and assorted nails, all brand new.
It was Estrada’s second visit to the fire victims. He earlier went to Del Pan Sports Complex to comfort the affected families and hand over much-needed relief goods, and promised to help them rebuild their homes.
The Feb. 7 fire at the impoverished Parola community burned down 1,162 houses, and left 2,100 families or 8,555 individuals homeless.
Whenever a calamity or disaster strikes in Manila, Estrada’s topmost priority is to help the affected residents, he said. Last August, he distributed P3 million worth of construction materials to families in Baseco Compound and Quiapo who were hit by tornado and fire.
He also sent 100 City Hall workers to assist the residents in the repair and reconstruction of their homes.
In March 2016, Estrada also donated P7.3 million worth of construction supplies to families who lost their homes in separate fires in barangays 775 and 770 in Sta. Ana.
When a big fire razed 130 houses in barangays 155 and 160 in Dagupan Extension, Tondo on Jan. 1 last year, Estrada also helped the victims reconstruct their homes.