THE City Government of Zamboanga has given assistance to the victims of fire that hit a slum community Sunday dawn in an east coast village of the city.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, assisted by personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), led the distribution of food packs and other relief goods to the displaced families on Sunday.
Salazar said that part of the relief goods given to the fire victims were donated to the local government by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr., Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) fire marshal, said 20 houses were razed in a fire that broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday at Kilometer 4 in the village of Talon-Talon.
Investigation showed the fire, which was caused by an electrical short circuit, started at the house of Eric Bulagao.
Zabala said estimated damaged to property was about P720,000.
Salazar, meanwhile, has ordered the assessment and validation of the affected residents for the grant of assistance the soonest possible time.
She also ordered the conduct of health check-ups on the fire victims particularly the children, women and senior citizens.