ORMOC CITY, Leyte, July 14 (PIA) – Various recommendations were presented on Thursday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) during the situational briefing at Ormoc City airport when President Rodrigo Duterte met with local government officials of the quake-hit areas.
In his situational briefing, Undersecretary Ricardo V. Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) laid down all the recommendations following an evaluation of the quake-hit areas.
Following the 6.5 magnitude it was known that barangays Tongonan and Lake Danao are situated near the epicentre and those living there are vulnerable to landslides, thus the relocation of some communities are being recommended.
The relocation of Lim-ao High School in Kananga, Leyte which was damaged by the earthquake and experienced liquefaction recently was given attention by authorities.
NDRRMC also recommended for an immediate release of the Php637 million quick response fund (QRF) to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the provision of emergency shelter assistance and other needs of quake-affected families.
Being affected by the quake and as a long-term intervention, construction of a water supply in the city was also given emphasis during the situational briefing.
Meanwhile, the power situation in Eastern Visayas has a big impact on the economy which was reportedly incurred Php2.1 billion total loss in 20 days.
Thus, NDRRMC recommended for an immediate restoration of power in the short term along with a comprehensive planning on the energy sector.
To date, rotational brownouts is being experienced by the electric cooperatives in Eastern Visayas.(ajc/cba/PIA8)