The city government of Makati on Friday donated some 5,000 relief packs and provided free medical services, medicines and safe drinking water to fire victims at the Parola compound in Tondo, Manila.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, who met with former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at the compound, led the distribution of relief goods to the families affected by two successive fires that struck the compound last Monday and Tuesday.
“We feel for the families who have lost their homes and possessions. Right now, they need all the help they can get to cope with their difficult situation, including food, safe drinking water and medical services,” Binay said.
The mayor, after noting many barefoot residents walking around, has instructed the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) to deliver 15,000 pairs of slippers for distribution later in the day.
The MSWD had prepared 5,000 relief packs, each containing rice, canned goods and noodles. For potable water supply, the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office brought a portable water filtration system installed on a trailer, which processed water supplied by a fire truck of the Makati Fire Department.
At the same time, the mayor also mobilized a medical team to conduct a medical mission in the area to help address health concerns of the residents through free outpatient services and medicines. The team, which consisted of 22 doctors and 13 nurses from Ospital ng Makati and Makati Health Department, also brought medicines and medical supplies for cough, colds and fever, antibiotics, anti-hypertension drugs, burn ointment, antiseptic and bandages, among others. An ambulance was also deployed with the medical team.
The relief and medical teams from Makati were accompanied by uniformed personnel from the city Public Safety Department and Makati Police Department in their patrol cars.