OFFICIALS of Misamis Oriental assured that fire victims in San Antonio, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental have been given help.
“They are getting sufficient aid and attention,” said Board member Gerardo Sabal, stating that the Provincial Capitol has been very efficient in the immediate response when the fire broke out at the Philippine Benevolent Christian Missionary compound late Tuesday afternoon, September 26.
The fire killed 11-year-old Nieljen Mark Daapong and razed 132 houses, displacing 154 families.
Sabal further there is no need to place the area under state of calamity.
"Ang maka-declare ana is ang munisipyo man and walay recommendation sa (Only the municipal hall can declare and there’s no recommendation from the) LGU to declare kay to declare such at least two to three barangays are affected," Sabal said.
"Ang mga personahe sa PDRRMC (PDRRMC personnel), Health office are the first to respond efficiently and there is sufficient help so no need to declare state of calamity," Sabal added.
Fernando Dy Jr., Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Officer, said the capitol had provided immediate assistance to affected families such as food, blankets, mats and mosquito nets including toiletries.
The capitol also sent a medical team to check and address health concerns of the affected individuals.
Governor Yevgeny Emano said Wednesday, September 29, that the capitol would further wait for village officials to ask for specific aid as more groups and individuals are extending help for the victims.
The PDRRMC is also waiting the findings of the incident from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
"Naghulat ta sa findings sa BFP kung unsay hinungdan gyud sa sunog. Ang papa pud sa namatay nga bata nagpirma og waiver nga dili na niya ipa-autopsy ang lawas (We are waiting for the findings of BFP on what is the real cause of fire. The father of the dead child signed a waiver not to have the body go under autopsy)," Dy said.