Urban poor communities in Davila, Barangay Navotas West, and Pitong Gatang, Barangay Sipac-Almacen, were almost burned down to the ground, after a six-hour fire razed the homes of around 4,000 families on August 28.
Affected residents, mostly fisherfolks, porters, vendors, tricycle and pedicab operators, are now staying in evacuation centers, relying on relief goods to surive. Local government officials discouraged them to return to their communities and offered them ‘Balik Probinsya’ packages.
Private claimants have already placed barbed-wire fences around the burned communities, believed to be the areas where the North Bay Business Park will be situated, as well as a dike and the extension C-4 road.
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