BORONGAN CITY, August 23 (PIA) -- Some eight families of Giporlos town who were victims of the fire that destroyed their houses received each some P25,000 from the office of Representative Maria Fe Abunda on August 22, 2019.
The congresswoman personally distributed the cash and bags of rice to the victims.
Similarly, Gov. Ben P. Evardone, earlier also allocated P 207,000.00 to assist the victims.
The victims were relieved that they could start to build their homes anew with the generous assistance from the governor and congresswoman.
It will be recalled that on August 11, 2019 in the morning, fire rapidly spread out in the residential area in Brgy 8, Giporlos, Eastern Samar.
Officer in Charge Senior Fire Officer 1 Artemio Gajelan said that the day was windy and the houses were made of light materials that the fire readily spread.
He added that five houses were razed to the ground, while one was partially damaged.
The fire call that reached the second alarm brought the fire stations of adjacent towns, Quinapondan and Balangiga.
"I am also thankful to the well-meaning residents who volunteered the balde-balde style of putting the fire off," Gajelan said in a phone interview today.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation though but he said the damages could be around Php250,000.
The fire officer is relieved too that no one was injured in the fire.
He recalled that in March 2, fire sparked in Brgy. 8 and Barangay Coticot.
Gajelan is asking the cooperation of Giporlosanons to be alert, to make sure that kids do not play with matches and that elders tend to their cooking.
He also admonished them from burning their garbage as this is a violation of Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act) and Republic Act 8749 (Clean Air Act) two major environmental laws banning open burning.
Presently, the local government is reportedly fixing the fire hydrants around town. (NBQ/PIA 8-E. Samar with reports from Baysay Eastern Samar and Penelope Pomida)