BORACAY ISLAND—The pre-Christmas fire that hit popular beach destination Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan caused approximately P10 million in damages.
Senior Fire Officer Oscar de Borja Jr. of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-Boracay) said over 40 houses were totally burned, and partial damages were obtained by several business establishments, office of the Philippine Red Cross, and mosque of the Muslim community.
Muamar Faisal Arumpac, president of the Boracay Muslim Community Association, is saddened that a portion of their mosque was damaged by the fire. Despite being partially damaged, some Muslims who lost their homes took shelter at the mosque.
During the December 24 fire, several foreign residents of this resort island also responded, including Lieutenant Commander Randall Parker, an American volunteer for the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.
“Some of us foreigners residing here wanted to preserve the beauty of Boracay. That’s the reason we did our part in putting out the fire,” Parker said.
The local government of Malay under Mayor John Yap is assisting the needs of fire victims.
Meanwhile, business group Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI) is also appealing for donations in order to extend help to the fire victims.
“In the true spirit of Christmas, let us all help our community members who lost their homes and all their belongings during the fire that hit Ambulong area,” urged BFI Executive Director Pia Miraflores.