LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The provincial government extended financial assistance to Abra in support of the latter’s relief operations for families affected by the July 27 earthquake.
Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas said the donation worth P500,000 was sourced from the DRRM Trust Fund to help Abra in their response as they recover from the damages they sustained during the earthquake.
Board Member Alexander Fianza, Sangguniang Panlalawigan chair on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Jessie Domeris, LDRRMO III; and Silver Pilo from the office of Governor Diclas turned over the said donation to the Abra provincial government on September 20.
Abra Governor Dominic Valera expressed his gratitude to the provincial government for the said donation as he shared that there are still some people setting up tent as they still fear going back to their homes after the earthquake.
According to Arnel Valdez, OIC Provincial DRRMO of Abra, those who are still setting up tent are those whose homes are near slide prone areas.
“Nag-crack jay bantay ‘jay ngato da… isunga ti panangkita dagiti Philvolcs di inmay da ditoy Abra ket anytime agbigay dajay nga bantay… gapwen ta ada ti makunkuna nga rain-induced landslides,” Valdez said. “They can go back to their fields [visit their homes to tend to their animals], but they cannot sleep there” with families having set up tent in areas adjacent to their barangay hall.
Abra is still experiencing aftershocks of the July 27 earthquake. Valdez said the province just recorded a 4.1 magnitude aftershock two days ago. According to him, the Philvolcs team who has earlier stayed in Abra for a week said it will take three-six months to one year “nga ada ladta aftershocks.”
Meanwhile, the Abra provincial government through their PDRRMO, PSWDO, and PHO are working together to provide assistance to the affected families. By SAP Jr.