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Assessing earthquake damage and requirements in Central Luzon is ordered by DPWH and DSWD.

To analyze the potential consequences of the magnitude 7 earthquake that shook Abra and other areas of Luzon on Wednesday morning, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Central Luzon (DPWH-3) promptly ordered a damage assessment of infrastructure.

In a Viber message to the district engineers in the area, DPWH-3 Regional Director Roseller Tolentino stressed the urgency of doing a rapid physical assessment of any potential damage to public structures.

Tolentino also directed a detailed examination of the region’s main road networks’ bridges’ structural soundness. To protect the general public’s safety, he stated, an assessment and evaluation must be conducted to ascertain the amount, if any, of the damage.

The district maintenance engineers have not yet reported any unfavorable situations, according to DPWH-3 Regional Maintenance Engineer Rodolfo David.

Marites Maristela, the regional director for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Luzon, issued a memo instructing all provincial team leaders, city/municipal team leaders, and center directors in the area to assess the needs of families who may have been impacted by the earthquake in collaboration with the local government units (LGUs).

According to Maristela, action is being taken to ensure that affected families, communities, and individuals receive quick attention and intervention. She stated that in order to provide prompt support to the earthquake victims, the DSWD-3 is regularly communicating with its satellite offices in several provinces.

In order to be prepared for any disaster or tragedy that may come, the DSWD had prepositioned around 23,888 family food packs and 4,049 non-food goods at its warehouses in various locations throughout Central Luzon.

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