Woman rescued after four-story building collapses in Malabon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — Authorities rescued a 22-year-old woman after a four-story residential building in Brgy. Longos, Malabon City collapsed on Sunday, trapping her under fallen debris.

According to the Bureau of Fire of Protection (BFP) National Capital Region, Ronalyn Tombukon was rescued shortly before noon and was transported to the Ospital ng Malabon for treatment.

Authorities said she was conscious and did not suffer any severe fractures.

Malabon City Fire Marshal Supt. Josephus Alburo said responders had difficulty rescuing the woman as the house was made of light materials.

Tombukon’s father Orly said hollow blocks and pieces of wood were found near the woman’s neck.

Ronalyn was asleep when the building collapsed, he added.

The BFP reported that it received a call at 7 a.m. about a building collapse in Orchid St. and its personnel arrived at the area five minutes after.

It also reported two injuries.

Barangay Captain Angelika dela Cruz said they are prioritizing the evacuation of families in the area, as the situation remained unsafe.

Kasi mukhang babagsak pa eh, may iguguho pa 'yong bahay, baka maapektuhan pa 'yong iba,” dela Cruz said.

[Translation: It looks like the building could still crumble and families near the area may be affected.]

Authorities said it was the first such incident in the area, citing the lack of construction permits issued to its informal settlers.

Vice Mayor Bernard “Ninong” dela Cruz said the previous administration failed to relocate the residents, despite its efforts to tackle issues regarding informal settlements.

May creek sa ilalim niyan baka hindi na-identify na creek siya kasi sementado na siya. ‘Yon ‘yong naging tingin ko na lapses diyan,” Dela Cruz added.

[Translation: There used to be a creek here, maybe it was not identified because it was already paved over. I think those were the lapses.]

Mayor Jeannie Sandoval said they will investigate the incident, which has affected 14 families.

She added that they would be checking the integrity of nearby houses and determine the number of families that may be displaced pending demolition operations.