PDRRMC okays P54.9 M for quake victims in Pampanga

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has approved the allotment of P54.9 million to address the impact of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit the province of Pampanga particularly the towns of Porac and Floridablanca.

Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, PDRRMC chair, said the provincial government is set to utilize a portion of the 30 percent Quick Response Fund in the amount of P44,643,345 and the unprogrammed donations for the victims of calamities in the amount of P8,322,219 for the immediate needs of the quake victims.

Angelina Blanco, head of PDRMMO, said Governor-elect Dennis “Delta” Pineda, as vice chair, has recommended the approval of the rehabilitation and construction of damaged facilities in Barangays Nabuclod, Camachile, San Ramon all in Floridablanca; and Barangays Camias, Diaz, Inararo, Sapang Uwak and Villa Maria in Porac town.

Blanco said the council has also approved the purchase of relief goods amounting to P4.8 million; construction of 150 houses, P16.5 million; construction of 10 units of comfort rooms and bathrooms, P5 million; electrical main lines, P5 million; water system and drainage control, P15 million; and purchase of lot at Babo Pangulo, Porac as relocation site in the amount of P8.6 million.

With this, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), member of the council, recommended for approval the provision of mattress, pillows, blankets, drinking water, goods, clothing, tents and construction materials and repair kits such as nails, hammers, among others.

It can be recalled that six towns in the 2nd District of Pampanga including Barangays Calibutbut and Maliwalu in Bacolor were declared under state of calamity by the provincial board.

Based on the assessment of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO), the cost of infrastructure damages reached P140,600,000 and the infrastructure repair is estimated to reach P886,746,233.

According to the final report of the PSWDO, 164 houses from barangays Nabuclod, Camachile and San Ramon in Floridablanca were totally damaged, while in 5 barangays of Porac including Camias, Diaz, Inararo, Sapang Uwak and Villa Maria, around 852 houses were totally destroyed.

The recent quake has also resulted to 16 deaths (12 in Porac, 2 in Lubao, 1 in Floridablanca and 1 in Mexico), 183 injured, and 5,933 affected persons.