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Rehab plan for quake-hit Leyte underway

By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star)

President Duterte meets with Cabinet members, Leyte lawmakers and local government officials yesterday at the airport in Ormoc, one of the areas hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake last week.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday assured residents that the government has in place a rehabilitation plan for earthquake-hit Ormoc City and other areas in Leyte province after the magnitude 6.5 tremor last week.

“We are here to help you,” the President in Filipino said after arriving in Ormoc City.

The President said the government has a program to help residents as well as for the rehabilitation of damaged establishments and infrastructure.

He said there is a program on how to manage the aid and all the other help that would arrive.

Duterte said he discussed the plans with Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla.

The Ormoc City social welfare and development office has identified 536 totally damaged houses and 62 partially damaged houses in Barangays Cabaon-an, Tongonan, Milagro, Danao, Cabintan, Gaas, Liberty, Bagong, Nueva Vista, Quezon Jr., San Jose and Hugpa.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 8 said two persons were killed when a building collapsed in Kananga, Leyte and another was killed in Ormoc while 220 people were injured during the earthquake.

Most of the victims were hurt when they panicked and scampered in different directions at the height of the tremor.

OCD Region 8 director Edgar Posadas said those injured were brought to different hospitals in Ormoc and other district hospitals in Leyte. – With Lalaine Jimenea

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