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Monday, June 8, 2015

“We will resolve the crisis soon,” says Pagadian mayor

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – The city chief executive expressed hope that the city government will be able to resolve the crisis soon.

Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones said the massive fire that broke out on June 1 in barangays San Pedro and Santiago, respectively left 2 dead, 7,000 homeless, and an estimated property loss of P20 million. 

In a recent press conference, he said with the interventions of the Crisis Management Committee, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), this crisis would be resolved soon.

The city government gave an initial financial assistance of P1,500 for each family, conducted feeding program and provided relief goods to all fire victims.

Mayor Pulmones said he has also dispatched a technical team to conduct survey and assessment in the  area and to help private lot owners rebuild their houses, as well as provide relocation site for the rest of the fire victims at the soonest.  

He said during the tragic fire, victims were immediately brought to the different evacuation centers.

“During the unfortunate incident, the city government immediately brought the victims to the city gymnasium, fish port, covered court in barangay Kawit, San Pedro Elementary School, and at the Pagadian City covered court for their safety,” he added. 

“Atong giawhag ang mga katawhan nga motabang pag-ampo sa kahitas-an nga ang mga nasunugan maka-recover sa dakong kadaut nga gidulot sa dakong sunog nga unang nahitabo sa kasaysayan sa dakbayan,” Pulmones urged.

(I am appealing to the public to help pray to the Almighty Father that the fire victims can recover from the damage brought by the huge fire, the first ever that happened in the history of the city.)

“I also call upon generous and kind-hearted people to help the victims who have lost everything,” Pulmones added.

He said those who want to help  can send relief goods, food, water, canned goods,  and other basic necessities to the CSWDO at City Hall complex so that their donations will be properly acknowledged.