Mayor orders full support to Sta. Catalina fire victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:22

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked all concerned city departments to extend the needed assistance to families displaced by the 4-hour blaze that engulfed over a hectare of land in barangay Sta. Catalina Tuesday night.

Initial profiling by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) recorded 894 families but subject for validation. Bulk of the families is temporarily housed at the covered court of the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial Elementary School in Sta. Catalina, 6 are housed at the covered court of the Tetuan Elementary School while 3 are housed at the Masepla Transitory Site in Mampang.

Per instructions of the mayor, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) together with the City Assessor’s Office conducted mapping activities to determine the extent of the damage by identifying the land owners affected in the conflagration.

The Housing and Land Management Division under the Office of the Mayor has started the conduct of census and tagging activities to determine the number of houses razed by the fire.

Assisting the CSWDO in the distribution of food packs and other relief goods are the office of the City Mayor, various individuals and private groups that have responded to the call for help and assistance. Teachers from DON GEMS have volunteered to help in the community kitchen set up inside the school premises.

Mayor Climaco thanked all those who responded specifically the Bureau of Fire Protection, the police, task force zamboanga, private groups and non-government organizations, volunteer groups, barangay officials, CDRRMO, CSWDO, CHO, CMO and the faceless others.

She likewise appealed for continuous support and assistance from people who have more in life and to course their donations through the CDRRMO.

According to City Fire Marshall FCI Clint Cha, the 4-hour fire incident that broke out at 6:45pm Tuesday involved residential houses and structures at Purok 4-A Sta. Catalina and spread through other areas. Cost of damage is placed at P4.5 million while the exact cause of the incident is still being determined.

At least 5 persons sustained minor injuries and were treated at the hospital.

At the height of the fire fighting operations Tuesday night, firemen had difficulty penetrating the area due to narrow and constricted roads.  The fire has reached general alarm.

City Caretaker and OIC Mayor Cesar Iturralde Wednesday afternoon convenes the Crisis Management Committee to assess the extent of the damage wrought by the Tuesday  night conflagration in Sta. Catalina and to discuss measures on how to help ease the plight of the displaced families. — Sheila Covarrubias