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LGUs in the quake zone are warned to be alert for aftershocks.

Following the magnitude 7 earthquake on Wednesday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged local chief executives (LCEs) in northern Luzon to keep an eye out for aftershocks and other related issues.

Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said in a statement that “LGUs in the hard-hit areas of the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera Administrative Region is on top of the situation and will continue to respond to the needs of our countrymen.”

According to the initial assessment of the authorities, the tremor completely destroyed 317 homes while only slightly damaging 3,177 others. 49 private structures suffered just partial damage, while two private structures sustained complete destruction.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and local government units (LGUs) were also requested by Abalos to mobilize response teams to assist volunteer groups in the transportation of aid and relief supplies.

Additionally, Abalos urged people to “assist the affected locate shelter, whether in our evacuation centers or elsewhere, and facilitate their safe transit to the homes of family or friends who are prepared to receive them.”

One province was also said to have experienced a mobile signal outage, while one LGU reported sporadic communication as power outages continue to disrupt electricity in 19 local governments.

“Any family or LGU can struggle to recover from the financial losses brought on by natural disasters. In order to help the afflicted citizens recover from this sad tragedy, we at the DILG, the PNP, the BFP, the national government, and our LGUs will do whatever we can, said Abalos.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. traveled to the province of Abra on Thursday with Abalos and other government representatives to inspect the damage caused by the earthquake.

They were joined by Secretary Antonio Lagdameo Jr., Special Assistant to the President, Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr., and Secretary Erwin Tulfo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

As he oversaw the distribution of aid supplies to the victims and attended a security briefing with concerned national and local officials, Marcos personally checked on the condition of the afflicted people.

218 of the 296 LCEs were present in the impacted LGUs, according to the first reports from the DILG’s field offices.

The red alert status has been activated, and our LGUs have already met as their separate Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs), according to Abalos.

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