2.12.2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

PRC local chapters extend assistance to Surigaonons

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 12 (PIA) – Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters from Agusan del Norte-Butuan City, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte-Surigao City extended their assistance to the victims of the 6.7 magnitude quake in the city.

As a precautionary measure, hundreds of Surigaonons living near the coastal areas have evacuated Saturday night at the provincial capitol grounds as series of aftershocks can still be felt.

“To help the evacuees on their overnight stay at the provincial capitol grounds, we have installed eight large tents which serve as their temporary shelter,” said John Rafael Daño of PRC Surigao del Norte chapter.

Daño also said that a welfare desk was installed at the capitol grounds to provide basic medical services and counseling to traumatize victims of the earthquake and aftershocks.

Both the two Agusan chapters have provided medical services and transportation assistance to the victims.

Daño further said that the PRC Tacloban City chapter also confirmed that they would provide affected localities with water and sanitation services.

During the visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) in the city Sunday afternoon, PRC has also prepositioned teams/volunteers at the city hall compound to help provide assistance and services to the Surigaonons who welcomed the President.

PRRD during his visit extended his condolences to the families of the six casualties hit by the 6.7 quake. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


PRRD visits Surigaonons hit by 6.7 quake

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 12 (PIA) – Officials and employees of the national line agencies and local govenrment units, media, emergency response teams and earthquake-affected Surigaonons are expecting the visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte here on Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar will accompany the President who is scheduled to arrive at the city gymnasium at 10:30 a.m.

Some 3,500 family food packs composed of five kilos of rice, eight assorted canned goods, six sachets 3 in 1 coffee, and six liters water will be given to the Surigaonons hit by the quake Friday night.

The distribution of the family pack will be led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cusi: DOE overseeing earthquake power rehab efforts, fuel price freeze

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 12 (PIA) - In the light of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao del Norte on Friday, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi today joined President Rodrigo Duterte and other cabinet members in extending the necessary assistance to all affected communities and individuals.

“We are looking into the extent of the damages caused by the earthquake. We are addressing the immediate needs and concerns of our people on energy," said Secretary Cusi, who stressed "safety is the top priority."

"We have to ensure an adequate, reliable and secure supply of energy and to execute fair pricing of petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG),” added Cusi.

Cusi said his department is closely monitoring the power restoration efforts being conducted by the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURNECO).

According to a National Electrification Administration’s report, 95 percent of SURNECO’s franchise area has been restored by 11:00 p.m. last night.

The effort has so far energized the primary lines of Surigao City and all the municipalities of the province while the remaining five percent is still being addressed by the electric cooperative.

SURNECO also reported the damage on its main office building, necessitating the transfer to their old building and covered court.

Earlier, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines reported that there is no earthquake-related damage or sustained fault on transmission facilities.

For the petroleum and oil products, the DOE has reiterated the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10623 which imposes a "price freeze" on certain LPG and kerosene products being sold in the areas affected by the calamity.

“With the declaration of a State of Calamity, government will impose a price freeze on basic energy commodities for 15 days, particularly for kerosene and household LPG," said Cusi.

“In order to effectively ensure the supply of petroleum products, oil companies are obliged to update the DOE of the operational status of their depots and gasoline stations within the areas to stabilize the supply and reduce chances of individuals who are taking advantage of the oil situation,” he added.

“The DOE assures everyone that it will remain to be vigilant in protecting the interest of the public," Sec. Cusi concluded. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)