Cotabato City (July 30, 2018) – The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) through its flagship program Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART) has immediately extended initial assistance to families affected by the fire in Jolo, Sulu that destroyed 5,200 homes.
Jo Henry, ARMM-HEART Communications Officer, said the fire started Tuesday afternoon, July 24, leaving almost 30,000 individuals homeless. The affected barangays are Walled City, and Busbus. Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman visited the fire scene and immediately ordered the distribution of an initial 25 kilos of rice per family plus cash.
As of Thursday, July 27, Henry said her office has also provided the victims relief goods, which include food, clothes, prayer garments, and kitchen essentials amounting to approximately P5 million. Henry described the fire incident as the biggest her office has responded to since its establishment.
“With the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, by lending C130 planes, we have responded within 12 hours since the fire started,” said Henry. Teams from the emergency action and response office are continuously being deployed in the area to monitor the situation on the ground.
With rice shortage currently experienced in the province, ARMM-HEART is coordinating with other government offices for continuing food assistance. The ARMM Liaison Office in Metro Manila has launched Tabang Jolo, a drive aiming at gathering donations from civilians who want to help the victims of the fire.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
July 30, 2018 @ 13:30