PGMA assures UP campus fire victims of shelter
Manila (25 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo brought cheers, comfort and assistance this morning to the 234 families who lost their homes in a fire at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, Monday afternoon.
The President, accompanied by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Lualhati Pablo, visited the fire victims now housed at the Barangay Hall of Pook Libis and broke the good news that the UP administration would not evict them from their temporary shelter.
The President instructed the DSWD, together with the local government unit, to "provide the immediate needs" of the fire victims such as food and water.
The Chief Executive also asked the Quezon City government to "help construct a medium-rise housing" for the displaced families from Barangay UP Campus, Botocan and Krus na Ligas.
The "BLISS" (Bagong Lipunan Improvement of Sites and Services) style housing would be constructed near the Sikatuna BLISS building.
The Monday afternoon fire lasted for about one hour, according to the Central Fire Department. A certain Ferdinand Abad was reported hurt when he accidentally stepped on the sharp edge of a rooftile.
The fire was placed under control at about 2:20 p.m. (OPS/PIA) [top]