PGMA visits Baseco fire victims

January 22, 2010 11:08 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 22 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday visited fire victims whose houses in the Baseco compound in Port Area burned down last Jan. 16. Some 328 families were affected.

The President’s original schedule was to turn over the portable toilets and bathrooms donated by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Alfonso Cusi to the Baseco compound.

But upon hearing the story of five-year old Erika Joy Valdez, who died in the blaze last week and whose body was still unburied, the President proceeded to the tented area where the coffin lay. She talked to the victim’s mother and the barangay officials.

The barangay officials, accompanied by Rep. Amado Bagatsing, requested the President to provide them with construction materials so the fire victims could build their homes in accordance with a uniform plan designed by City Hall.

They also requested the President for the asphalting and widening of their currently rough roads which are so narrow that no fire truck could get in.

The proposed new road would be asphalted all the way to the main road leading to Bonifacio Drive.

The President asked them to submit a request for the road and the proposed housing plans so that she could set aside the necessary funds.

MIAA donated two 20-foot vans that were converted into three toilets and two showers plus two wash tubs each for men and women. A converted van costs P300,000, Cusi said.

Two similar converted 20-foot vans were earlier donated by MIAA to the Marikina Sports Complex, initially for the typhoon Ondoy victims who were temporarily relocated in the sports center. (PNA) RMA/OPS/ssc

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