Panabo City, Davao del Norte, April 16 (PIA) - - - The city government here gave relief goods and shelter assistance to the fire victims of Barangay Katualan.
Mayor Jose Silvosa, Sr. said that the city released shelter aid worth P 5,000 each to the 46 families, whose houses were ablazed during the fire incident in Purok 5, Brgy. Katualan last April 3.
Mayor Silvosa said that the city officials and employees, and civil society groups already extended relief goods to the victims.
According to investigations, Arson Investigator Fire Officer 2 Winston Ferrando said that the conflagration was ignited from unattended cooking using firewood in the house of Jimner Aguilar.
Reports stated that there were no casualties and injuries; however, the damage was estimated to reach to P 400,000.
Following the reports that the houses were burned down when the fire truck of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) arrived in the area, Mayor Silvosa said that there was no way that the truck could reach the Katualan in time when houses are still burning, “considering the distance of the barangay from the station and that the houses are made of light materials only.”
Reports revealed that the truck arrived in the area an hour after the alarm due to the rough terrain toward the area and since Katualan, the farthest barangay in the city, is 36 kilometers away from the nearest fire station.
Mayor Silvosa said that as part of the human development program of the city, Brgy. Katualan will be trained in fire fighting and other disaster management exercise to reduce the risk of any untoward incident. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)