Investigation on-going on burned NIA equipment in Sarangani
Several equipment owned by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) that are intended to be used as irrigation canal in Malabod Small Irrigation Project were burned by unidentified person.
A statement showed that authorities are now investigating the fire incident that was caught by NIA’s equipment, which are crucial for building the irrigation canal in Malabod Small Irrigation Project. The total cost of damage is more or less P400,000.
The equipment, which are at Barangay Malabod, Sarangani Province, include six pieces of 18” High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipes (6 meters in length).
The fire incident was immediately reported to the Malungon Municipal Police Station and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 12 – Malungon Fire Station.
A further joint investigation by SFO1 Redentor C. Recoperto, BFP Fire Arson Investigator, Malungon Fire Station, and Local Government Units (LGUs) headed by Barangay Captain Estido Labuyan alleged that the incident was a result of misunderstanding between the contractor and the laborers hired in that project.
Other possible causes could be political issues and strategy for recruitment of the unknown rebel groups, NIA said.
The Fire Arson Investigator has taken residues from the scene as sample for chemistry examination to determine substances cause and origin in the incident of fire.
“As of now, they were still conducting in-deep investigation for the possible lead to ascertain the real motive and to identify of the fleeting perpetrator/s,” NIA said.