NEIGHBORHOOD RAZED BY BLAZE. A fire struck a neighborhood at Barangay Bolilao in this city’s Mandurriao district on Friday afternoon (March 22, 2019). The 71 families affected received food packs from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) on Saturday (March 23). (Photo courtesy of Eb Blair Surriga Peñaranda)
ILOILO CITY -- A fire that struck a neighborhood in Barangay Bolilao in this city’s Mandurriao district on Friday displaced around 71 families, according to the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO).
In an interview on Saturday, Donna Magno, City DRRM officer, said the fire razed 53 houses, partially damaging 13 others.
The Bureau of Fire Protection- Iloilo City reported that the burned houses were mostly made of light materials.
The fire alarm was received at around 4:06 p.m. and was declared fire out at 6:54 p.m.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“Right now, we have 21 families or 72 individuals inside our evacuation center in Bolilao Elementary School,” Magno said.
Food packs were already distributed by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to 69 affected families good for seven days, she said.
Food packs include a sack of rice (50 kilos), sardines, beef loaf, pork and beans, and 15 cans of sausage.
Personnel ffrom the City Health Office, headed by Dr. Bernard Caspe, were also deployed for the medical needs of the evacuees.
Hot meals were also given by Barangay Bolilao Development Council.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 6 (Western Visayas) assured that family food packs and non-food items are also ready in case the Iloilo City government will request for relief augmentation.
In a phone interview, Renante Lasay, program development officer III of DSWD 6, said they have been responsive in giving assistance to fire survivors in Iloilo City and other provinces in the region.
“We are mandated to always prepare food packs for relief augmentation. The DSWD 6 observes the protocol,” he said. (PNA)