By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Seeing the firm resolve of some 80 families whose homes were swept away by typhoon Vicky, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan on Monday lauded his constituents for having a fighting spirit akin to the country’s first warrior hero Datu Lapu-Lapu.
“Nakadayeg ako sa 80 ka mga pamilya kay sa ulahing pagbisita nako kanila akong nakita sa ilang mga mata ang ka-isog ug pagkamadasigon nga dili mo-surrender sa bisag unsang hagit sa kinabuhi nga sama sa dugo sa atong apohan nga si Lapu-Lapu (I praised the 80 families when I last visited them because I saw in their eyes their bravery and energy that they will not surrender to whatever challenges in life just like the blood of our grandfather Lapu-Lapu),” Chan said upon visiting the typhoon Vicky victims in their temporary shelter at Ibo Elementary School.
According to the Lapu-Lapu City Public Information Office (PIO), 76 seaside houses in Barangay Ibo were swept away by the strong waves and heavy rains affecting 80 families when typhoon Vicky ripped through the coastal areas of Mactan and Cebu islands on Saturday, December 19.
Two days after the tragic incident, Chan visited the 80 families in their temporary shelter at Ibo Elementary School.
The energetic mayor brought some relief packages and announced that some private institutions have donated some materials for the victims to build their homes anew.
He also promised to speed up his socialized housing project in Barangay Canjulao.
Earlier, Chan said that in partnership with a private investor, a socialized housing would be constructed in a 25-hectare property in Barangay Canjulao.
He noted that the socialized housing project should have started in 2005 during the term of Congresswoman Paz Radaza’s husband, Arturo “Boy” Radaza who tried to make a comeback in 2019 polls but lost to Chan.
The Radaza political dynasty had reigned this city for 18 long years and Chan was once their protege.
Chan had vowed that there would be “no demolition without relocation.”
He assured that socialized housing projects would also be rising in Barangays Pusok, Pajac and Suba-Basbas. (AI/MTVN)