PBBM to fly to quake-stricken Abra

PBBM to fly to quake-stricken Abra

By Junex Doronio
July 27, 2022

MANILA — “Laging handa” or be always prepared is now the catchphrase for everyone as President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will fly to Abra immediately following the early Wednesday Magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the province and was felt in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said at a press briefing on Wednesday, July 27, that the 64-year-old President will fly to Abra “as soon as the all clear is given.”

Earlier, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the quake occurred at 8:43 a.m. and was located at 17.64°N, 120.63°E – 003 km N 45° W of Tayum in Abra. It had a depth of 17 kilometers.

This prompted the government’s first responders to assess the damage and consolidate other reports as electricity and internet service in Abra have been cut off following the quake traced from Lagangilang town.

“We are receiving preliminary info on damage from Abra-LGUs (local government units) but these are subject to verification,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC) spokesman Mark Timbal said.

For its part, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) Public Information Office shared they were also coordinating with their counterparts in the province but communication is sparse due to the power outage.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joseph Bernos of La Paz, Abra told Super Radyo DZBB that he has received reports of damaged buildings in the province, including churches.

“Sobra mga damages sa Abra,” Bernos said. (ai/mtvn)

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