By Bonita Ermac
Sorties of C130 and C295 aircrafts were flown to deliver relief goods for the Sulu fire victims in Jolo, Sulu since after the day the fire was declared “out”.
Different organizations from all over the country coordinated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to transport goods and help distribute such to the Joloanon victims.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through its ARMM HEART immediately sent by C295 plane from Cotabato City 200 sacks of 50 kilos rice, 600 boxes of sardines, 1,020 local sleeping mats (banig), and other personal items a day after the fire broke out in Sulu that left families homeless.
GMA Kapuso Foundation also donated 80 sacks of 50 kilos rice, 80 boxes of sardines, and 139 boxes of noodles yesterday (July 26).
“The AFP in coordination with DSWD and other concerned agencies is currently doing its best to be able to help in all ways possible,” said General Carlito G Galvez, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“Currently, we are in close coordination with other stakeholders who have already expressed their intention to help and donate,” said Galvez.
The AFPs Joint Task Force Sulu is also directly involved in the different disaster responses organized by the Regional Government of ARMM and the Provincial Government of Sulu by facilitating and supporting distribution of relief, conduct of feeding programs and medical assistance activities, clearing of affected area and rescue operations.
Initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire indicates that the conflagration that started at 2:45 in the afternoon last July 24, was caused by overloaded electrical wirings.
The fire claimed hundreds of houses from two barangays in Jolo, Brgy Walled City, and Brgy Busbus, and left 20,278 persons homeless with 27 million of total estimated damages.
It was declared “fire out” at 11:30 in the evening on the same day.
Meanwhile, the governor of Lanao del Sur Bedjora Soraya A. Adiong in her letter dated July 26, expressed her regret and heartfelt sorrow upon hearing on the news regarding the fire incident in Sulu.
“On behalf of the province of Lanao del Sur, I wish to express our most sincere sympathy for and solidarity with local government of Sulu, family, and members of the victims and the entire province of Sulu”, Adiong said.
She also acknowledges how the people of Sulu have continuously provided her people, the support and assistance they needed and constantly with them during the Marawi siege.
“And now, it is time for us to double the effort and pay respect to the benevolent kind people of Sulu. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration”, Governor Adiong said.