Local News: Bacolod Rescue Group Arrives From Relief Operations in Guihulngan
Bureau of Fire Protection Chief in Bacolod City Chief Inspector Pamela Rojane Candido has arrived from rescue, relief operation in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental which was the center of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on February 6.
The Bacolod rescue group comprises the Bacolod Cares Project which rendered the relief and medical services to the victims of the quake.
Candido reported to the Bacolod City officials that there was no electricity, food and water in the area and the road and bridges were impassable due to cracks, breaks and collapse structures.
She said in Guihulngan there were 300 families were affected, 36 total structures damaged and out of the 29 missing persons only three were retrieved. Aftershocks continued to be felt in the area, she added.
Guihulngan City Mayor Ernesto Reyes had advised the residents not to stay inside their houses due to structural instability of the buildings.
A total of 7 fire engines, 26 BFP personnel and 6 civilian personnel coming from region 6 were recorded to help the city.
Relief goods received from Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) were delivered to earthquake victims on February 8.
The Bacolod team led by Candido has also distributed food packs from the Bacolod Cares program of the city to the people of Brgy. Planas composed of Sitios Moog, Kanyongao, Bolo and Palayan in coordination with Brgy. Captain Bienvenido Bautista, Jr. and DSWD Representative Rosannil Reyes.
Administrator of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Guihulngan Campus, Dr. Linnie Viernes, asked for the assistance of Bacolod City Fire Station Personnel to distribute five sacks of rice for 113 families of NORSU evacuees.
The Bacolod City Fire Engine 012 provided water delivery and refilled the Talisay and Victorias City fire trucks.
BFP and the government officials of Bacolod are reaching out to the people of Negros Occidental to help the affected areas at Guihulngan City.
Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson asked residents of Bacolod to deliver their donations to the Bacolod Cares at the New Government Center.
Sayson said the earthquake victims are in need of food, water, tents, and blankets.*