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PRRD orders P40-M clinic built in quake-struck Batanes town

Pres. Duterte pledges P40-M for new Batanes hospital

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday ordered the construction of a new clinic worth PHP40 million in Itbayat, Batanes to replace the hospital in the said island-town that was damaged by a series of earthquakes on Saturday.

In his afternoon briefing with national and regional officials in the province’s capital town of Basco and aired live by the Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), Duterte said he is “not keen” on repairing the hospital because it would be costly.

“You are not also sure of its durability and viability,” he added. “I hope you put it into good use. It is a small clinic. (Like a) hospital. Hindi naman kayo marami rito (There are not so many of you living here)”.

Below video is the Aerial Inspection of the Earthquake Affected Sites in Itbayat, Batanes
July 28, 2019


The President also visited Itbayat and made an aerial surveillance of the damages caused by the earthquakes.

He assured the affected villagers of enough potable water, relief items, housing kits, and other amenities.

“We cannot predict when the earthquake will happen so we must be always ready,” he told the residents.

The first of the series of earthquakes struck Itbayat at 4:16 a.m. with a 5.4 magnitude, damaging several stone houses and other structures while most of the residents were still asleep.

A magnitude 5.9-earthquake again struck after three hours. A third earthquake struck at 9:24 a.m. with a magnitude of 5.8 while a weaker 4.9-magnitude tremor was recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology at 6:11 p.m.

Nine people were killed, 63 were injured, while 911 families or 2,963 people were evacuated to the town plaza after the tremors. (PNA / Villamor Visaya, Jr.)

Situation Briefing on the Effects of the Earthquake in Itbayat,Batanes
Basco Airport, Basco Batanes (July 28, 2019)

DISCLAIMER: The Presidential Broadcast Staff – Radio Television Malacañang (PBS-RTVM) mutes the audio of this video due to the privacy and confidentiality of the President’s engagement. (Presidential Communications)

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