Fire damages reach P1.5M


ROXAS City — The damages of the fire that razed two houses early Wednesday morning here reached about P1.5 million, an arson investigator of the Roxas City Bureau of Protection said.

These still exclude the damages on the appliances and other properties in the houses of Marilyn Pantallon and Andrie Baticados, Fire Officer 2 Marlon Garbo told reporters.

The said houses on Hemingway Street here were made of wood.

Pantallon’s 15-year-old daughter Jacky died while the latter’s elder sister Mary Jane, 22, was injured, Garbo said.

Jacky, a third-year high school student at the Filamer Christian University, was supposed to attend her Junior-Senior Prom yesterday night, reports said.

Pantallon and other members of her family were asleep when their boarder, Rosalie Saryoso of Cuartero, sounded the alarm at about 2:40 a.m.

Marilyn and Mary Jane, who attempted to rescue Jacky, sustained second-degree burns on the hand and body.

Jacky was sleeping in her room on the second floor of the house, which was made of wood and had iron grills on the windows.

Her mother and her sister, on the other hand, slept on the houses ground floor.

It took firemen and volunteers 30 minutes to put the fire under control.

The city government conducted relief operation for the fire victims.

The relief operation was led by City Social Welfare officer Lorelie Suelo and Executive Assistant to the Mayor Jericho Celino./PN


3 coops invest P12M to help coop bank


ROXAS City — For investing P12 million in a cooperative bank here, three cooperatives were commended by the Provincial Board through a resolution passed recently.

These cooperatives were the Philippine Cooperative Central Fund Federation (PCCF) in Cebu City, National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) and the Barbasa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BMPC).

PCCF invested P5 million while the NATCCO and the BMPC each invested P3.5 million to the Capiz Settlers Cooperative Rural Bank (CSCRB).

CSCRB suffered liquidity problems and high delinquency rate after typhoon Frank hit the province in 2008.

Board member Jonathan “Sonny” Besa, chair of the Committee on Cooperatives, said the amount extended by the three cooperatives would be of great help in rehabilitating the bank for it to continue its operation.

The three cooperatives also provided management assistance by sitting as board of directors of CSCRB.

It can be recalled that during last year’s cooperative month celebration held in Dumalag, Capiz, officials from the NATCOO and BMPC attended as guests of honor.

Besa said it was unexpected for the three cooperatives to extend assistance to the cooperative bank.

Meanwhile, Besa is also proposing to create the Provincial Economic and Cooperative Development Office or PECDO.

PECDO, the Board member said, will take charge of all the economic enterprises of the provincial government and the development of cooperatives and small entrepreneurs./PN

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