Guv, SGMA assure aid to quake-hit victims in Guagua

GUAGUA, Pampanga- Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assured assistance to the affected families in Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town which was affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that jolted Luzon on Monday.

Pineda and the House Speaker together with Second District Board member Anthony Torres, Lubao Mayor Mylyn Cayabyab- Pineda, Guagua Mayor Dante Torres, Vice- Mayor Sajid Eusoof, and other local government officials and units of Guagua went to the area on Wednesday, April 24 to check the situation of the residents there.

REHABILITATION. Governor Pineda and House Speaker Arroyo ordered for the immediate rehabilitation of the damaged houses in San Rafael, Guagua. –Jun Jaso

The leaders assessed the conditions of roads and other infrastructures to see the extent of the damage by the earthquake.

HOPE. Residents were seen sifting through the rubbles, hoping to make the most out of the things that were left by the quake to rebuild their houses. –Jun Jaso

Some houses were partially destroyed. Some were also totally devastated leaving a lot of residents homeless. 

Others were seen sifting through the rubble, looking for salvaged items left by the tremor with the slightest hope to rebuild their houses.

In response to this hopeless situation, Pineda and Arroyo vowed to help the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Guagua for the immediate rehabilitation of the damaged houses, bridges, and roads.

Barangay San Rafael in Guagua is among the towns in the province which was severely devastated after the quake.

According to the initial report from Engineer Diosdado Cruz, Assistant Municipal Engineer of Guagua, nearly 34 residential houses were identified affected as of Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, on-going embankment assistance in the area was already provided through the initiative of the Provincial Government and LGU of the municipality. – LUISSE GABRIELLE  RUTAO

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