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Iconic landmarks are destroyed by fire. Philippine Post Office

The famous Manila Post Office in Manila was severely damaged by fire late on Sunday night.

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire started at 11:41 on Sunday night and progressed to a general alarm before 6 a.m. on Monday.

Fire Superintendent Christine Doctor-Cula of the Manila Fire Department announced on Facebook that the fire was under control as of 7:22 a.m.

The Philippine Post (PHLPost) Office is in discussions with the Manila city government, which Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan leads, regarding any assistance, the city may be able to offer the national heritage property.

The PHLPost, on the other hand, instructed adjacent branches in Manila to help its customers.

Carlos also expressed his sorrow over the tragic occurrence that destroyed the Post Office, a historically significant building that is frequently visited by tourists.

“We convey our sorrow and grief over this regrettable event. We were unprepared for this but reassured the public that operations at all PHLPost outlets were unaffected. The public can send their mail and goods at adjacent post offices in Manila and other areas of Metro Manila, he said in a statement.

The PHLPost official continued, “We are closely cooperating with the Bureau of Incident (Protection) on the likely cause of the incident.

He said they would hunt for a temporary location and house our letter couriers in the local post office.

According to reports, the building’s basement was the fire’s origin that spread to the remainder of the structure.

The fire injured a volunteer firefighter, age 43.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the authorities.

β€˜Disheartening’

Richard Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), bemoaned the extensive damage to the Neo-Classical structure in Liwasang Bonifacio.

He stated in a news release that “it is disheartening that a national treasure now lies in ruins.” I wish to express my deepest sorrow and dismay over the loss of this historical asset.

According to Gordon, who served as the department’s tourism secretary at the time, “We were at a crucial stage where the owners of the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore were going to convert it into a 5-star hotel, similar to what they did with the old post office of Singapore.”

“However, the 2003 events hindered the agreement and failed to establish the country’s stability. I’m hoping we can still restore it, like the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” he continued.

The PRC Operations Center dispatched a fire vehicle, a fire tanker, four ambulances, 12 firefighters, and personnel as soon as it learned about the fire.

Gordon added, “I applaud our volunteer responders who are constantly prepared to be on the scene, working tirelessly alongside the BFP.”

“Certifiable catastrophe”

According to a news release from Deputy Speaker and Batangas 6th District Representative Ralph Recto, the central Post Office building must rise once more as a historical landmark.

“The government should rebuild the National Post Office Building. swiftly, not like a snail mail delivery. Therefore, the postmen must not ring twice when they knock on Malacaang’s doors for assistance, Recto stated.

Recto cited the PHP13 billion contingent fund, the president’s controllable national emergency fund, as a potential funding source.

The NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) or Calamity Fund, which has a starting accessible balance of P19.03 billion for 2023, is another option, according to Recto.

By Section 35 of Republic Act 10066 (Philippine Registry of Cultural Property), donations made by taipans can also aid in reconstruction and “shall be exempt from the donor’s tax and the same shall be considered as an allowable deduction from the gross income in the computation of the income tax of the donor.”

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