Valencia engineers estimate quake damage to properties at P7.7 million

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/10 November) A total of about P7.688 million worth of properties have been damaged by the November 7 earthquake in Valencia City, according to partial estimates of the City Engineer’s Office as quoted in the November 9 Disaster Progress Report of the Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The City Engineer’s Office estimated the damage to houses in Purok 6A, 17, 18, 20, 20A, and 21 all of Brgy. Poblacion at P7.149 million. The CDRRMC report cited additional damages to fisheries and agriculture at P47, 545 and additional P492,000 for houses in Brgy. Barobo.

The report cited a total of about 115 damaged houses.

Jovy Ellacone, Valencia CDRRMC operation point person, noted via telephone, however that they still could not release estimates for damages to commercial and other business establishments.

He cited lack of manpower amid the “big” scope of work they need to assess and validate the damage left by the5.2 magnitude quake last Monday.

He said, so far they were able to assess about 70 percent only of the work they need to cover to complete their assessment, which is needed for the plan for the use of the calamity funds.

Ellacone said in the CDRRMC meeting today, they proposed the release of an initial P750,000 for the victims’ hospitalization or medication, food assistance and shelter rehabilitation.

As of November 8, the CDRRMC accounted about 31 persons injured in the quake, with 14 confined in hospitals in what city officials described as the worst quake that hit the city so far in years.

Board member Ranulfo Pepito, from Valencia City, said earthquakes of the same magnitude and frequency occurred in the 1970s. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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