Aftershocks continue to cause fear-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
BOHOL - Renelyn Monreal has decided to skip class today.
“Basig linugon na pud (There might be another earthquake),” said the 13-year-old sophomore high school student.
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15 damaged her school in Barangay Napo, Loon, Bohol.
Her family’s house, which sits near the shore, was also damaged. Her school uniform, books, notebooks, and other school items were buried in the mud.
Monreal, who always lands in the top ten, said she will help her mother at home. Her mother, Leodelyn, gave birth to her sister, Rose Marie An, on the day of the quake.
“I’m not ready to go to school yet,” she said.
Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Director Carmelita Dulangon confirmed last night that classes in all schools in Bohol are suspended today due to the typhoon.
Local officials are reportedly worried that continuous rains may cause landslides in areas hit by the earthquake.
“Gov. (Edgardo) Chatto decided to call off classes because of the typhoon,” she told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview last night.
In an earlier report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 72 deaths in Loon. The youngest was an 11-month-old boy who, NDRRMC said, got hit by a hard object. The oldest was a 101-year-old man who slipped.
The education department is asking organizations to work with the Bohol Provincial Government in fixing or replacing more than 2,700 classrooms in Bohol alone.
The Bohol Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said that of 7,169 classrooms in Bohol, at least 852 were destroyed and 1,912 classrooms were damaged.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has announced that they have distributed 4,186 food packs to the people of Sagbayan, Bohol, the epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
The distribution of relief goods in Sagbayan started last Saturday in coordination with the Australian Aid (AusAid) and World Food Program (WFP).
Kerwin Macopia of DSWD 7 said that Gov. Chatto, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, WFP Country Director Praveen Agrawal, Australian Ambassador Bill Twedell and AusAid Minister Counselor Layton Pike visited Tubigon town where the DSWD warehouse is
located and observe the repacking of goods.
They were also present during the distribution of family food packs in Sagbayan.
“Hats off to the Filipino people for their resilience, smiles and joining hands with each other, it makes our effort easier,” Agrawal was quoted as saying by the DSWD press statement.
The distribution last Nov. 2 will be good until Nov. 15. Another distribution of food packs will be conducted on Nov. 16 which will good until Nov. 30.
The distribution on Dec. 1 will be good until Dec. 15 while the relief goods to be distributed on Dec. 17 will last until Dec. 31.
Macopia said this system of relief goods distribution will lessen the trips of trucks.
“We prioritize 17 towns and the mayors already have municipal distribution plan for smooth delivery of goods to the people,” Macopia said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2013.