Mayor orders assistance to Pasonanca fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:56

Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), City Health Office (CHO) and other concerned departments of the city government to ensure necessary support and assistance to families displaced by fire in Pasonanca Saturday afternoon.

The mayor personally proceeded to the fire scene Saturday afternoon to oversee response and relief efforts undertaken by the Bureau of Fire Protection- City Fire District and other volunteer fire brigades, personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and staff from the CSWDO, City CHO and other departments concerned.

City Fire Marshall Dominador Zabala Jr. said the big fire struck Senteno Subdivision in Lacasteville, Pasonanca around 4:25pm Saturday razing some 40 houses made of semi-concrete and light materials. A paralytic, Virgilio Nunez, 80 years old, was trapped and perished in the blaze.

Damage to property was estimated at P1.2 million. The cause of fire is still under investigation but fire probers said it originated from the house of Robert Calapis.

Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas said 90 families were recorded to have been displaced, 40 of which are staying at the Pasonanca Elementary School. Of the total number 56 are house owners while the others are either renters or sharers.

The CSWD after validation and assessment of the affected families distributed relief goods that included mats, used clothing, mosquito nets and foodstuff. Mayor Climaco distributed bread and water and slippers while other agencies like the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also distributed relief items. The Ateneo de Zamboanga University was expected to sponsor the families’ dinner last night, according to Rojas.

The CSWDO will make revalidation and reassessment of the affected families and is expected to recommend for the grant of other forms of assistance.  — Sheila Covarrubias