P27-M worth of damages in Jolo fire Print
Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:15

By Remus Ong

At least P27-million went up in smoke during the conflagration which burned at least two villages  in Jolo Municipality last Tuesday, July 24.

This is based on a Western MIndanao Command (WesMinCom) report which said that the fire affected hundreds of houses in the villages of Busbus and Barangay Walled City.

The fire also left 20,278 persons homeless.

An initial investigation by the Bureau of Fire  Protection (BFP) in Sulu Province indicated that the 9-hour fire, which started at 2:45 p.m., was caused by overloaded electrical wirings.

Military troops, headed by Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) commander Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega,  immediately sent their C130 and C295 aircraft to deliver relief goods in the affected towns.

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through its ARMM HEART sent 200 sacks of 50-kilogram rice, 600 boxes of sardines, 1,020 sleeping mats and other items through a C295 plane from Cotabato City.

The AFP’s Joint Task Force Sulu is also involved in various disaster responses organized by the Sulu Provincial Government and the ARMM.

“The AFP in coordination with the DSWD and other concerned agencies is currently doing its best to be able to help in all ways possible,” said General Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines.