Provincial Government rolls out fire relief aid

Fire burned down business establishments and houses at Poblacion, City of Mati yesterday

Fire burned down business establishments and houses at Poblacion, City of Mati yesterday

City of Mati, Province of Davao Oriental—The Provincial Government rolls out relief aid to the families who have been affected by a huge fire that broke out yesterday afternoon at Quezon Street, Poblacion in the City of Mati.

As early as last night, the Provincial Government immediately responded bringing the affected families cooked meals and food packs. Each food packs contained 6 kilos of rice and 6 cans of sardines. The Philippine Red Cross also distributed sleeping kits to the victims.

Gov. Corazon Malanyaon and City Mayor Carlo Rabat at the site

Gov. Corazon Malanyaon and City Mayor Carlo Rabat at the site

Last night’s distribution will be followed by another wave of distribution today as truckloads of blankets and cooking wares, such as pots, ladles, and other kitchen utensils were sent by the Department of Social Welfare and Development here. ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya also turned over to the Provincial Social Welfare Office sacks of used clothes.

Also, to be distributed today by the Provincial Government is an initial cash assistance of  P10, 000 for each family affected.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, during her visit to the victims at the evacuation center in Barangay Central last night, offered her sympathies to the families affected. She told them to be strong. She also assured them that the provincial government will continue to work with the City Government of Mati to ensure that their lives will be rebuilt and all necessary assistance will be provided.

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She said that the Provincial Government is also working to help families settle on a permanent relocation site.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, as of the latest report, 149 families totally lost their homes or more than 600 individuals were affected. No fatalities were reported and all those who were injured were given immediate medical care.

As of writing, no cause of fire was officially stated. By Karen Lou Deloso/ Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

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