The Department of the Interior and Local Government – Bureau of Fire Protection distributed relief goods to four (4) evacuation centers in three (3) localities within NCR which were most affected by southwest monsoon brought about by tropical storm “Mario”.

After its landfall on Friday, September 19, 2014, the personnel of the BFP from the local units conducted preemptive evacuations and rescue operations to flood-prone areas. Early morning the next day, September 20, 2014, the BFP coordinated with DSWD, NDRRMC and PNP to plan the relief operation, headed by SUPT ROMEO MALTEZO JR, Officer-in-Charge, Directorate for Operations. The BFP formed a response team composed of 40 strong newly absorbed Fire Officers 1, who assisted in the loading and distribution of goods provided by the DSWD. The relief operations team composed of units from BFP and PNP proceeded to the evacuation sites in Marikina, Pasig and Quezon City for the simultaneous distribution of the relief goods to the evacuees.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, together with Palace Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, assisted by CINSP NOEL M GAGALAC, Chief of Public Information Services of the BFP National Headquarters distributed the seven (7) truck loads of relief goods to the designated evacuation centers in the three (3) cities accompanied by the Local Government Officials, including City Mayors, Brgy. Officials and Brgy. Health Workers. They checked the situation of affected families and helped in handing out the goods to the evacuees. The BFP used its Rosenbauer fire truck in refilling water containers utilized by the evacuated families for washing and sanitary purposes.

Brgy. Bagong Silangan in Quezon City was visited by Secretary Mar. He went down to Tumana River and walked around for a house-to-house visit. With him was Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, QC Fire Marshal SUPT JESUS FERNANDEZ, SUPT ROMEO MALTEZO JR, CINSP NOEL GAGALAC and Quezon City Police District Officials and members of the Brgy. Council.

All the families in the visited evacuation sites were provided with goods. Secretary Mar Roxas reassured the evacuees that the government was giving all effort to provide the services they needed especially during this kind of occurrence. The evacuees expressed their appreciation for the aid and assistance provided by the DILG Secretary and DILG agencies.