CSWDO assists, validates Campo Islam fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:14

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) continues to assist families displaced by the 4-hour fire in sitio Riles, Campo Islam Wedneday night.

At the same time, validation of the 255 house owners, renters and sharers listed or recorded by the CSWDO at the John Spirig Elementary School where they are temporarily housed, also continues.

City Social Welfare Officer Ma. Socorro Roxas said initial assistance by the City Government to the fire victims included milk and feeding bottles for children one year old and below, mats, slippers and bread.

Yesterday morning, the CSWDO distributed cooked food while the College of Social Work of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) also provided food assistance, as Campo Islam is the college’s adopted community.

Roxas said the city is also distributing used clothing and relief goods. Hygiene kits courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were also provided.

Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday night personally led city department heads and personnel in coordinating efforts and in assisting fire victims.

Mayor Climaco thanked all those who responded to the fire call and assisted the City Fire District personnel in fire fighting operations and later in the rescue and relief operations.

Initial investigation by fire probers showed that the fire, which reached the third alarm, originated from an unattended candle at the house of a certain Hadji Salip citing testimonies from neighbours.

Two persons including a fireman FO1 Edward Natividad sustained injuries while conducting fire fighting operations. Between 80-100 houses were razed to the ground and estimated damaged is between P3-4 million.

Those who wish to donate goods or clothing for the victims can send it to the CSWDO in Pettit Barracks or directly at the John Spirig Elementary School. — Sheila Covarrubias