TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Aug 7 (PIA) - Vice President Leni Robredo visited in Friday, August 4, quake victims in Kananga, Leyte, who were displaced by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake last July 6, 2017.
The second highest official of the government held an informal dialogue with some 80 families who are temporarily living in makeshift tents as their homes in Barangay Rizal in said municipality.
In her short message, VP Robredo explained why the government is preventing them from going back to their homes and asked them to understand as their safety is a priority of the government.
“Alam ko na iyong ganito, kahit pa naasikaso tayo, yung pangamba nandiyan pa din. Lalo pa kasi noong ini-evacuate kayo, syempre iniwan ninyo ang inyong kabuhayan sa taas, isang bagay pong mahirap, mahirap harapin-pero syempre po yung ating pamahalaan ang iniisip ang kapakanan ninyo, hindi naman kayo papabalikin pag delikado,” Robredo said.
Some 268 families from four (4) sitios in said barangay are due for relocation because of the imminent danger that the residents might face in case another natural calamity occurs.
While Robredo understands the apprehensions of the quake survivors, she, however, told them that the government is doing its best to help them.
Robredo has committed to provide more than three thousand GI sheets to quake victims to augment their needs in the construction of temporary shelters. This is the second time that VP Robredo visited Kananga, Leyte.
To date, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Kananga, Leyte reported that a total of 3, 183 houses were either partially or totally destroyed by the quake.(ajc/cba/PIA8)