About 18 families in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, are now homeless after fire hit their neighborhood at dawn Tuesday.
No one was reported hurt in the fire that damaged at least 16 houses and about P320,000 in properties.
Police reports quoted the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tanjay City as saying a lighted cigaret butt thrown by an unidentified person is believed to have set an abandoned house made of nipa and other light materials on fire.
A victim, Rosita Borinaga, said she was going to the bathroom when she saw the abandoned house on fire, so she shouted out to her neighbors.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office of Tanjay City has provided relief goods and foodstuff to the dislocated victims, who are now camped out in tents.*JFP
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Meanwhile, 150 civilian volunteer recruits completed the basic CAFGU Active Auxiliary military training yesterday at the headquarters of the 302nd Brigade at Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City.
Governor Roel Degamo asked the graduates to be emissaries of peace as insurgency and other problems cannot be solved by the military approach alone.
The 45-day training provides basic military knowledge and combat skills, and introduces trainees to the regimented life in the military, Maj. Conrado Evangelista of the 302nd Infantry Brigade said.
Evangelista said the new graduates came from different municipalities and will be deployed in the CAA detachments to augment the regular forces of the Philippine Army.*
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