Saturday, 20 October 2018
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HUMANITARIAN MISSION  |  AFP hauls relief goods for Sulu fire victims

JOLO, Sulu (DWDD) – 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.

 “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.”

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 baranggays 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. 1DPAO / MCAG

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