Outgoing village chairman Mario Cruz of Brgy. Catmon, Malabon appeals for assistance from President Rodrigo Duterte after the fire last May 25 left more than 1,000 families homeless.
According to Cruz, 1,111 families, or more than 2,500 residents, are affected by the fire and are temporarily staying either at a covered basketball court, a tennis court, or vacant residential lot owned by the incoming village captain.
The Malabon city hall has also been providing food, and has promised to distribute mineral water to the evacuees.
“Nagpadala sila ng pansamantalang makakain. Dahil sa totoo, hindi namin inaasahan na may ganitong mangyayari,” Cruz explained during DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan. “Hindi food pack. Nilutong miswa, sopas.”
A breastfeeding center, public toilets, and faucets for bathing and washing clothes are also placed in the make-shift evacuation centers.
However, the village chairman insists that it is not enough for the daily needs of the affected families, and that they need additional blankets, sleeping mattresses, and milk for the babies.
Furthermore, the village official added that the evacuees are also being pestered by mosquitoes and are at risk of acquiring dengue.
“Kung tutuusin kahit na malayo kami sa mga may bundukin na lugar, napakarami naming lamok.” Cruz added.
The fire lasted for more than four hours, and reached up to Task Force Bravo before it was declared under-control at 4:15PM.
Due to the incident that destroyed about 450 houses, the Malabon local government has declared a state of calamity over the destroyed residential area.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa konsehal ng Malabon, at mayor ng Malabon na pinasa nila agad nung gabi na iyon.” Cruz said.