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Fire damages: P100M for LMB, still undetermined for historical records

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FIREMEN battle the blaze that hit buildings at Plaza Cervantes in Binondo, Manila on Monday, May 28. — KRIZ-JOHN ROSALES/PHILSTAR

A FIRE that started during the first hours of May 28 at the Land Management Bureau (LMB)office in Binondo, Manila quickly spread to its neighbors, including the Juan Luna Building that houses the National Archives of the Philippines. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the head agency of the LMB, said the incident caused P100 million in damages, destroying digitized back-up files from regional offices and recently-procured equipment such as drones and computers. “The LMB building in Binondo serves as the back-up of the regional offices… if there is a problem, it will be minimal. There’s nothing to worry about because our records are intact in the regional offices,” Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda said in a press conference Monday, May 28. A technical working group has been formed to address operational issues. Damages on historical records at the National Archives, on the other hand, has yet to be assessed as of press time. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato with InterAksyon.com

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