Valenzuela City gov’t to give P30K to fire victims’ kin

The fire at a slippers factory in Valenzuela City has left 72 workers dead while more than 20 others are still missing.

MANILA, Philippines The Valenzuela City government is set to distribute this morning financial assistance to the families of 72 workers who died in a fire at a slippers factory.

Aside from the P30,000 each to be given by the city government, the victims’ families will also get financial aid from different government agencies and private individuals and entities.

Earlier, Mayor Rex Gatchalian said he is disappointed with the financial support that will be given to the fire victims’ families by the factory owner, Kentex Manufacting Corp., calling it “negligible.”

“The 15 days plus five additional days salary is negligible compared to what the families lost and went through. Though monetary amount can equal the lives lost, Kentex should have considered values that will help the families get back on their feet.

“These families lost breadwinners and it’s sad that Kentex is giving them once again the shorter side of the stick. This goes to show what type of employer Kentex is and how they treat their employees. These are the same people who lost their lives who gave them the huge business they had,” Gatchalian said.

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