Robredo orders BFP to deliver truckloads of potable water in quake-damaged areas in W. and C. Visayas

February 8, 2012 11:11 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 8 – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Wednesday ordered the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) officials to bring truckloads of potable water and conduct search, rescue, relief and rehabilitation in the earthquake-devastated localities in the Visayas region.

The DILG chief issued the directive in the wake of reports that many earthquake-struck areas in the cities of Guihulngan and Bacolod have either no potable water or their sources like water springs are emitting mud as a result of the strong quake.

Robredo accompanied President Benigno Aquino III in Negros Oriental to assess the situation and provide appropriate assistance to the victims, many of whom from landslides.

The DILG chief directed BFP chief Samuel Perez to bring at least 10 fire trucks with potable water in the hardest-hit area of Guihulngan and ordered the BFP chiefs of Escalante City, Cadiz City, Bacolod, which have two fire trucks each to join in the effort.

In carrying out their tasks, Robredo directed the Regional BFP officers in Region 6 and 7 to coordinate their efforts with the various local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils.

Perez had ordered his men in Regions 6 and 7 to coordinate with the local fire volunteers in Negros Oriental such as the Amity and Chinese volunteers to help in the various local government units’ efforts to address all earthquake-related problems.

“Guihulngan is currently in a very sad state. Walang pagkukunan ng tubig at lahat ng water system and electricity nila ngayon ay down. The residents badly needed potable water and we are doing all we can to deliver it to them ASAP,” Perez said.

“This situation is also similar in Bacolod City where the local disaster risk reduction management councils have reported that all water coming from their natural water springs are tainted with mud,” he said. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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