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PIA Press Release
2006/10/13

DSWD succors fire victims in Bislig City

Quezon City (13 October) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is assisting victims of a recent fire which affected 2,782 families in Bongaitan District, Barangay Mangagoy, Bislig City in Surigao del Sur.

DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that as of October 9, a total of P2.99 million worth of relief goods coming from the local government, local donors and DSWD have been provided to the victims. These include food, used clothing, assorted goods and financial assistance.

She said that the DSWD, through its field office in CARAGA, has provided 2,000 family packs worth P655,080.00. The local government of Bislig has also allocated P5M for the relief and rehabilitation activities.

A Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) team has been deployed to the area to monitor, coordinate, validate and assess the on-going disaster relief operations.

In a report to Secretary Cabral, DSWD-CARAGA Director Araceli Solamillo said that two persons died and nine were injured in the fire. The local government unit (LGU) of Bislig City has provided medical, clothing and food assistance to the injured victims. It was also reported that the city government of Bislig shall conduct relief operations until October 15 after which relocation of the victims shall take place.

She said that the city government of Bislig is now preparing for the immediate relocation of the victims especially the 355 families who are staying in seven (7) evacuation centers. Used as evacuation centers are the Bongaitan Chapel, Mormons Church, St. Vincent de Paul College, Bongaitan Health Center, Bongaitan Day Care Center, Mangagoy Elementary School and Christian Assistance for Child and Community Development Center Foundation, Inc. The rest of the family-victims are staying with their relatives.

The victims who are mostly fisherfolks and small businessmen shall be relocated in a one-hectare site where temporary shelters made of tarpaulin shall be set up. They shall be staying at the relocation site until the LGU of Bislig shall have constructed core shelter units for them.

The DSWD field office in CARAGA will assist the local social workers in other relief and rehabilitation concerns.

Reports stated that the fire broke out from the kitchen of one of the houses in the area where a boy fell asleep while cooking food for lunch. Strong winds caused the fire to spread rapidly in the neighboring houses, to the public market and commercial buildings in the area.

Barangay Mangagoy is a coastal area along the Bislig Bay. (DSWD-Social Marketing Service) [top]

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