By Nestor L. Abrematea
Ormoc City, Leyte — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Fourth Engineering District reported yesterday that damage to government infrastructure as a result of the 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Leyte last week has reached at least P271 million.
DPWH Leyte Fourth District Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez said that based on their assessment, the quake caused heaviest damage in this city and the nearby town of Kananga.
Gonzalez said the damage were P93 million on roads and P86 million on bridges but they are still passable.
The damaged school buildings were placed at P69 million and other infrastructures at P23 million.
Gonzalez said they will be seeking funding for its repair or rehabilitation from the DPWH and the Department of Education (DepEd).
He said they have also reported the cost of the damaged to the National Disaster Risk Management Council and the respective agencies.
Gonzalez said members of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) assisted them in the assessment of buildings and other structures which were damaged by the strong quake.
Meanwhile in Kananga, the provincial government has distributed cash assistance to the local government of this town and to the victims of the tremor that rocked the province on July 6.
Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla told reporters here that he distributed a total of P3,465,000 in cash as financial assistance to this town and to the earthquake victims. The distribution was held in this town’s multipurpose gym.
Petilla said his office has given assistance to Jerry Movilla, who died during the earthquake and is from Hilogtogan of this town. Movilla’s wife, Merlinda Pacquiao, received P20,000 as financial aid. He added that his office has also given P5,000 each to the 75 wounded survivors – P5,000 each per family or a total of P375,000.
The seven in-patients, who are still in the hospital for treatment, received P10,000 each.
Aside from the cash assistance, Petilla also distributed 950 food packs to each family, including the landslide victims in Barangay Rizal of this town. He also distributed checks as financial assistance to the barangay captains and a box of medicines.
Petilla also extended financial assistance in the amount of P5 million to Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla for the rehabilitation of various evacuation centers in the town. (With a report from Restituto A. Cayubit)