Mayor Abby orders prompt assistance to fire victims in Laperal Compound, Makati City.
MAKATI Mayor Abby Binay has ordered the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) to provide prompt assistance to some 450 households consisting of 1,677 individuals who were victims of a fire that broke out at 1:14 a.m. earlier yesterday at Laperal Compound, Brgy. Guadalupe Viejo.
The fire victims have been temporarily sheltered at the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church in the barangay. Hot meals were immediately provided for them by the barangay and the Emergency Assistance Section of the MSWD.
The MSWD is currently preparing food packs for each of the families affected, which will include rice, instant noodles, canned goods, coffee, sugar, and powdered milk, among others. It will also distribute non-food items, such as blankets, mats, towels, hangers, basins, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, and dippers.
The Office of the Mayor will also distribute pails with cover containing toiletries, such as bath soap, shampoo and bathroom tissue, and other household essentials including laundry bar and dishwashing paste.
Additional food packs, hygiene kits and toiletries will also be provided by the Office of the Vice Mayor to the affected families.
A medical team from the Makati Health Department has been deployed to check on the condition of the fire victims, especially those who are pregnant, children aged five years and under, women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. They will also monitor water sanitation and mental health, among others.
The Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) has also set up mobile showers and portable toilets for their use while in the temporary shelter.
Makati City Fire Marshal Supt. Roy Quisto said the fire originated from the room of a certain Angelica Padilla, a tenant of a residential apartment with address at 4050 Laperal Compound, Brgy. Guadalupe Viejo. The fire which lasted for more than four hours and reached Task Force Bravo was declared under control at 4:20am. Fire out was declared at exactly 5:26 a.m.
Quisto also said three persons were injured during the fire incident. They were immediately given first aid by the responding ambulances. They are Rodido Villafrana (laceration on right wrist), Manuel Mojaica (swelling of left eye), and Miguela Burce (laceration in both knees).
The fire incident burned down around 300 houses situated at Bernardino and Romero Sts., and cost about P10,000,000 in estimated damages.