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There won’t be any new construction at the burned-out Manila Post Office.

On Monday, the Manila city government allayed worries that a new building would be built where the Manila Central Post Office is now in Liwasang Bonifacio.

Mayor Maria Sheila “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan assured that the current location of the post office, which was damaged by fire late Sunday, is protected by municipal and federal declarations in a five-minute live video message released online.

For those who are unsure whether someone else could want to construct near the Manila Central Post Office, the location is an institutional zone, according to the municipal ordinance. Additionally, the National Museum designated it as an important cultural object in 2018. It was designated a heritage zone by the National Historical Institute,” she stated.

“Since it is a heritage zone, only the Manila Central Post Office may be developed. The zoning regulations safeguard it. She continued that only the Manila Central Post Office may be built by the municipal and federal governments.

Lacuna-Pangan added that the city is open to cooperating with the federal government on the historic building’s quick renovation and restoration.

The Manila Central Post Office building needs to be promptly repaired and restored, and the local administration is prepared to work with the federal government on this.

According to reports, the fire broke out in the basement-based General Services Department around 11:41 on Sunday night.

At 5:54 in the morning, the fire reached the general alarm; at 7:22, it was deemed under control.

According to Lacuna-Pangan, mapping efforts are currently being carried out to ensure no new fires start.

She added that the administration of the Post Office has decided to temporarily relocate to their Foreign Mail Distribution Center in Delpan, Manila.

“We are hoping they will be operational in the upcoming days,” she continued.

The destroyed iconic building sustained damage that the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) pegged at about PHP300 million.

According to the BFP National Capital Region Public Information Service, the fire injured seven people.

Fire Officer (FO) 2 Joel Libutan, FO1 Carlo Abrenica, SFO2 Julio Erlanda, FO2 Jeremy Roque, FO1 Josaphat Arana, fire volunteer Toto Doslin, and civilian Elain Dacoycoy are among those hurt in the fire event.

42 BFP fire vehicles and 40 private fire trucks responded to the blaze, according to SFO4 Domingo Mendoza Jr., the case’s fire investigator. Seven ambulances were on standby during the blaze.

The building, regarded as a national historical landmark, is no longer useful due to the degree of the damage, according to Chief Supt. Nahum Tarroza, head of the BFP-NCR.

The building’s construction began in 1926, under the direction of Filipino architects Juan Arellano and Tomas Mapua.

During the Battle of Manila in World War II, the structure was damaged, but it was reconstructed in 1946.

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