Rep. Paolo Duterte sends immediate aid to Davao City fire victims

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DAVAO CITY -- More or less 2,000 families affected by a recent fire here received immediate assistance from the Office of First Congressional District Representative Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte.

The families currently staying at Barangay 21-C Gymnasium in Piapi Boulevard, received heavy snacks and dinner from the lawmaker's office on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25.

Rep. Duterte's staff also distributed emergency food packs the following day, Feb. 26, as they assessed the situation of the fire victims. The office of the lawmaker also promised to provide hot meals in the next five days.

Three barangays, namely 21-C, 22-C, and 23-C, were affected by the fire. At least four families were affected in Barangay 23-C, while several families were affected in two other barangays.

"Boulevard is my second home. Dito ako namulat at natuto maging drag queen and entertainer for 18 years. Kahapon maraming bahay at pamilya lalo na ang aking ka-drag mother ang naapektuhan ng sunog," Lady Morgana Perez said on his Facebook page.

"Sadly, na apil jud tawon among balay ug kasunog (our house was among those gutted in the fire). Wala jud tawon koy nasalbar na gamit (I wasn't able to secure our stuff), especially identification cards, books, and everything needed in school, as my priority during the incident are my siblings," Junie Alivio, a college student, said on his Facebook page.

Alivio is asking for anyone's generosity for him and his siblings, and fellow students affected by the fire incident, especially since the examination period is fast approaching.

Rep. Duterte's office has been providing immediate assistance and food packs to the district's constituents and other residents in the city affected by man-made and natural calamities.

The Davao City Fire District noted that at least 1,200 houses were destroyed by the fire that hit a coastal area in Barangay 21-C Piapi Boulevard on Saturday at around 1 p.m.

Davao City Fire District spokesperson Senior Fire Officer 4 Ramil Gillado said that the houses destroyed were mostly made of light materials, with damage estimated at around P9 million. There was no reported injury or death from the incident.