Quake-hit Pampanga now under state of calamity
By Prince Golez
A state of calamity was declared in Pampanga province today.
Placing Pampanga under a state of calamity will enable the province and the people to immediately rebuild after Monday’s 6.1-magnitude earthquake, said Vice Governor Dennis Pineda.
The Department of Health said a total of 16 people dead, 112 injured, and 15 missing were reported in Region 3.
Pineda said the quake damaged not less than 10 churches and caused cracks on the lahar-catchment FVR Megadike.
Damages to public and private infrastructure are still being assessed, he added.
Pineda, also the vice chair of the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said he also directed the mayors of Apalit, Sto. Tomas and Guagua to order the temporary closure of Chuzon Supermarket branches in those town to give way to structural assessments, with people’s safety being the priority.
The four-storey Chuzon Supermarket building in Porac collapsed shortly after the tremor.
Pineda, who supervised rescue operations at the site until 5 a.m. today, shared rescuers have retrieved in Chuzon the bodies of four dead workers and eight injured workers as of Tuesday morning.
“We cannot account for all the more than 90 Chuzon workers. We have no information if they managed to run to safety or if they were trapped in the rubbles. We advised the management to make the survivors or their relatives report their situation until a full accounting of people is done,” the politiko said.
The vice governor, meanwhile, expressed his gratitude to several companies and persons for helping respond to the disaster by lending equipment like cranes and giving food supplies.
They include the Leadway Construction, Mr. Kim, Board Member Dinan Labung, Angeles Electric Company, North Luzon Expressway, Senator Richard Gordon and the Philippine Red Cross, and Bataan Governor Albert Garcia.
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