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PBBM: The government would help earthquake victims repair their homes

After a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Abra and its neighboring provinces on Wednesday, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. promised to help the locals restore their homes.

“Tutulong kami, siyempre. The immediate — lalo na sa lindol, ang immediate concern is shelter kasi nga kahit na titingnan mo ‘yung bahay mukhang matibay, hindi mo malalaman hanggang nainspeksyon nang mabuti ‘yun (We will be helping, for sure. The immediate concern during earthquakes is shelter because if you look at those houses they appear to be sturdy, you wouldn’t know until you conduct a thorough inspection),” Marcos said when asked by reporters about government support during a press briefing in Malacañang.

Given the risks posed by the aftershocks, which might linger for days, he said officials would not at this moment permit anyone to go back to their homes.

According to Marcos, authorities must inform the populace of the need for extensive construction and house inspections before allowing them to return to their homes.

“We, the government, must provide refuge for them in the interim so that we can feed them while they are in the shelters. As well as to check their houses and places of business to “make sure they can now return to work as well as return to their homes,” he said. “And to make sure they can now go back and work as well as return to their homes,” he said.

The President declined to make such an order when asked if he would direct LGUs to regularly check residential buildings in their jurisdictions.

According to him, there is a process in place for routine evaluation of residential buildings and other structures. He added that LGUs typically struggle to undertake inspections due to a shortage of competent engineers or people.

“I believe that the best way to prevent people from building houses in hazardous areas and to ensure that they use standard materials to ensure that their homes are constructed solidly enough to withstand earthquakes and typhoons is to educate people,” says the speaker. “Huwag kayong magtatayo ng bahay sa delikadong lugar, make sure that maayos ‘yung mga materyales na ginagamit at maging matibay

“In that case, absolutely, it’s something we’d like to be able to do. The ability to do it extensively is still a ways off. He stated, “These are being done in metropolitan areas, but not nearly the same in rural regions. Sa urban areas nagagawa, pero sa rural areas hindi gaano.

Marcos claimed that despite the destruction caused by the earthquake, there is now no need to proclaim a state of national calamity because the tremor only hit the Cordillera Administrative Region and the Ilocos Region.

If a tragedy affects three different regions, a state of national calamity is automatically declared.

The tremor also impacted the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Benguet in addition to Abra.

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