Rodriguez Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez is briefed by NDRRMC officials on the disaster response efforts in areas hit by the earthquake on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of NDRRMC)

PBBM orders immediate aid for Abra folk

July 27, 2022 People's Tonight 273 views
On-going clearing operation at the Saint Mark The Evangelist Chapel in Sitio Kamanggaan, Mayag, Bauko, Mt. Province.

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has ordered the immediate delivery of relief assistance to the victims of the strong earthquake that jolted Abra province on Wednesday morning.

“Sa kabila ng nakalulungkot na mga ulat tungkol sa pinsalang dulot ng lindol, ating sinisigurado ang maagap na pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang apektado ng sakunang ito (Despite this saddening news about the damage this earthquake has caused, we are assuring everyone of the immediate dispatch of assistance to our affected countrymen),” Marcos said in a Twitter post.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted the Lagangilang town in Abra on Wednesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake, which had a depth of 25 kilometers, struck 2 kilometers northeast of the municipality of Lagangilang at 8:43 a.m., according to a Phivolcs bulletin.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) received preliminary information on the damage caused by the strong quake that hit Abra.

In a press conference, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos is presently coordinating with NDRRMC, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and concerned local government units (LGUs) to ensure the speedy assistance to quake victims in Abra.

“He has ordered an immediate dispatch of rescue and relief teams to Abra. The President is also coordinating with local officials there, and all agencies involved in disaster preparation and relief, equipment for use all of these have been ordered dispatch by the president,” Cruz-Angeles said.

Marcos, Cruz-Angeles said, has also directed the telecommunications service providers to provide immediate assistance and free communication to all locations where towers have gone down “to keep these communication channels open.”

PBBM, family ‘unharmed’

The quake was also felt in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal ensured that there are sufficient relief stockpiles prepositions in the affected regions to support local government units’ relief efforts.

Marcos and his family are all “unharmed,” Cruz-Angeles said.

Asked about Marcos’ scheduled activities today, she said: “We will have to see. Right now, nakatutok siya dito sa ating (he is monitoring the) disaster relief and response.”