City Hall reiterates: Stop outdoor fires PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 11:16

In the light of the continuing dry spell, City Hall has aired an urgent appeal to residents to avoid outdoor fires including slash and burn activities as this may cause lives and properties.

This, as the City Fire Department has recorded a total of 29 grass/bush fire incidents from January 1 to March 22, 2015. On Saturday (March 21) alone, four separate incidents were reported in barangays Culianan, Pasonanca, Tumaga and Tigbalabag.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in-charge Elmeir Apolinario said barangay officials should monitor, advocate and assist authorities in preventing such activities in their respective area of responsibility.

Grass and plants have withered due to drought and so people should stop outdoor fires as this may spread and cause lives and properties, Apolinario, who is the Assistant City Administrator, said.

He stressed that the city has suffered much from one calamity to the other thus, fire safety and prevention measures should be the concern of everybody.

The continuing dry spell has caused water and power shortages that led to water rationing and power curtailment in the city and other parts of Mindanao.

The City Agriculturist Office reported that a total of 8,469.2 hectares of land planted with various crops and fishery products have been ruined as of May 18. Damage to crops is estimated at P91.973 million.

Of the total 8,469.2 hectares ruined, 277 hectares are rice fields, 31 hectares are corn fields; 8,084.1 hectares planted with banana; 74.5 hectares planted with assorted vegetables; 9.3 hectares planted with cassava and .3 hectares are fishpond areas. — Sheila Covarrubias