Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has ordered the Bureau of Fire and Protection to submit a comprehensive report on the recent fire incident that burned the La Libertad booth at the Sidlakang Negros Village along E J Blanco road of Barangay Piapi in Dumaguete City.
He also demanded an explanation from Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Abellana why the incident occurred when there are security guards assigned to the Sidlakang Negros Village. Degamo said he wanted to find out how the incident happened as an accident, or someone should be held responsible for it.
He said he was saddened by the incident as it might stir political intrigues and issues.
He also asked Berchmans Patrimonio to cordon the area and do not allow any attempt to rehabilitate the booth while the BFP is conducting its investigation.
He also said he wanted to know if the building was constructed with proper permits including the electrical connection.
Degamo said he is concerned over the fire incident because the LGU booths at the Sidlakang Negros are made of light materials that can easily be burned down. That is why the Provincial Government hired security guards to watch the booths round the clock.
The governor said he is still waiting for the result of the investigation which will become its basis for future actions over the lapses of those responsible for the incident.
The Sidlakang Negros Village LGU booths were constructed during the time of late Governor Emilio Macias II and is intended as a venue for the activities of the province like the Buglasan Festival that is held every year, Christmas and other special celebrations that are also held at the Sidlakang Negros Village.
The booths were encou0raged to use native and indigenous materials like bamboos and cogon.*MA