Ronnie Gumimpin mourns the death of 23 pet dogs in a fire in Santa Mesa, Manila, Monday. He has only six pets left, and now he is worried because they were injured and experiencing dehydration.
“Masakit sa kalooban. Siyempre mahal ko. Kahit aso lang ‘yan, parang tao din ‘yan. Nauutusan mo. Kahapon, nagsaing ako tatlong kaldero, dalawa sa kanila. ‘Di ko alam, mapapahamak na pala kami,” he said.
(It hurts. I love them. Even if it’s just a dog, it is also like a human. You can teach them to do something. Yesterday, I cooked three pots of rice. The two is for them. I didn’t know that we are going to be in a tragedy.)
The fire victims in Santa Mesa in Manila asked for help on Monday, now that the fire has almost cleared their property.
Residents of Barangay 628 are now in a state of shock after the fire that broke out on Road 12, Anonas, Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Neighboring barangays first sheltered some of the evacuees, such as those in the now covered court of Barangay 629.
Santa Mesa fire left 300 families homeless
About 300 families were affected by the fire, so the neighboring barangays helped evacuate the families, especially since they still need physical distancing.
Today, there are six evacuation centers, including the Polytechnic University of the Philippines covered court, Barangay Hall 628, Barangay 629 Hipodromo, Barangay 627 court, Pio del Pilar ES, and Nuestra Señora de Salvacion Church.
According to the evacuees here in Barangay 627, they barely saved anything because the fire spread quickly.
Some have just got clothes and important documents, but they still need clothes, especially for children.
The Kabayan program also provided face shields to evacuees.
It is unknown how long they will stay in the evacuation centers, especially those who do not know anyone who can shelter them.
A huge fire also engulfed the houses of Barangay Sineguelasan and Barangay Alima residents in Bacoor City, Cavite, while they were in the evacuation centers due to typhoon Rolly.
As many as 500 families lost their homes in the incident. They are asking for help to recover.