Pagadian struggles to solve crisis brought about by massive fire PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:08

By GIDEON C. CORGUE

PAGADIAN CITY,  – The city chief executive here expressed hope that the city government will be able to solve soon a crisis brought about by a conflagration on June 1 in barangays San Pedro and Santiago, that left two people dead, 7,000 homeless, and an estimated property loss of P20 million.

Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones said in a recent press conference that with the interventions of the Crisis Management Committee, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), this crisis would be resolved soon.

The city government gave an initial financial assistance of P1,500 for each family, conducted feeding program and provided relief goods to all fire victims.

Pulmones said he has also dispatched a technical team to conduct survey and assessment in the  area and to help private lot owners rebuild their houses, as well as provide relocation site for the rest of the fire victims at the soonest.

He said during the tragic fire, victims were immediately brought to the different evacuation centers.

“During the unfortunate incident, the city government immediately brought the victims to the city gymnasium, fish port, covered court in barangay Kawit, San Pedro Elementary School, and at the Pagadian City covered court for their safety,” he said.

“Atong giawhag ang mga katawhan nga motabang pag-ampo sa kahitas-an nga ang mga nasunugan maka-recover sa dakong kadaut nga gidulot sa dakong sunog nga unang nahitabo sa kasaysayan sa dakbayan (I am appealing to the public to help pray to the Almighty Father that the fire victims can recover from the damage brought by the huge fire, the first ever that happened in the history of the city.),” Pulmones urged.

“I also call upon generous and kind-hearted people to help the victims who have lost everything,” Pulmones added.

He said those who want to help  can send relief goods, food, water, canned goods,  and other basic necessities to the CSWDO at City Hall complex so that their donations will be properly acknowledged.  — ALT/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur