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Authorities to focus on rehabilitation of hospitals, other public buildings in quake-hit Bohol and Cebu

President Benigno S. Aquino III visits Bohol to assess the extent of damages in the quake ravaged province. Bohol is the hardest hit province by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Central Visayas Tuesday. It is also the strongest tremor that hit the province in the last 400 years. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III visits Bohol to assess the extent of damages in the quake ravaged province. Bohol is the hardest hit province by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Central Visayas Tuesday. It is also the strongest tremor that hit the province in the last 400 years. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday said they would focus on the rehabilitation of public buildings – including hospitals and evacuation centers – in quake-hit provinces of Bohol and Cebu to accommodate victims.

Well, ang pinasisiguro ng Pangulo ay ang kaligtasan ng mga gusali. Nagpadala ng structural engineers at in coordination with LGUs, (pinasisiguro) na itong mga public buildings, hospitals, arenas, gyms, na ginagamit na panglikas, at schools, ay ligtas. Iyon ang pinaka-priority,” Roxas said.

He noted that some homes in affected areas collapsed, and residents are in need of temporary shelter.

Physically, bumabalik na sa normal ang mga bagay na ito. It’s really the rehabilitation, lalung-lalo na sa mga gumuho ang kanilang mga bahay, mga tirahan, kung saan magkakaroon ka lang ng temporary shelter, bago mabalik sa permanente ang kanilang mga tahanan,” he said.

He added that in Cebu City Medical Center, patients are still being served at an open area as authorities are still determining if the hospital building is safe enough for operation to continue inside.

Ang problema kasi, itong Cebu City Medical Center, hindi pa nasisiguro kung ligtas ang gusali mismo. Mayroong mga bitak, mayroong crack, at malakas ang tama ng lindol rito, kaya hindi naman pwede ibalik sila sa loob,” he said.

Roxas, however, said some patients now are being transferred to other private hospitals.

Nilipat sila sa private hospitals unti-unti. Unti-unting nababawasan natin ang bilang ng mga pasyente rito na nasa open air na halos,” he said. “From yesterday’s 107 patients, ngayon 84 na lang.”

Passable but limited operations

Meanwhile, Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya noted that there are no problems in communication and transportation in affected areas.

He said though some parts of Tagbilaran port were damaged, “may ilang portion roon na nananatiling bukas, so ang mga relief goods nanggagaling mula sa Manila, may mga galing sa Cebu, and in fact mamayang alas-syete, nandoon na ang relief goods ng DSWD. Magagamit po natin ang Tagbilaran (port).”

Passable naman, pero limited lang ang operation,” he added.

Meanwhile, Roxas said no areas in Bohol were isolated as they used detours to reach places.

Halimbawa, may dalawang bayan, Maribojoc at saka Tagbilaran, na usually 45 minutes lang ang takbo, now it will take about three hours mahigit. Nakarating naman ang relief goods, except iikot lang talaga,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Cebu, the airport resumed operations within a few hours after the quake following the checking of facilities.

Ang Cebu ports remain open. May cracks tayong nakikita pero nung chineck structurally, wala namang problema,” he added.

Number rising

Roxas noted that as power returned in most areas in the affected provinces, they have received more reports of victims of the quake.

Ngayon pa lang nagkakaroon ng power. Ngayon lang nakaka-recharge na mga kababayan natin. Marami ang pumapasok ngayong mga text na mga dagdag reports ng napinsala o namatayan, o missing, na ngayon lang pumapasok dahil ngayon lang nakaka-text, nagkaka-communication,” he explained.

Sa Bohol, as of last night nasa 75 percent na ang energization, and the next day or so, magiging 100 percent na,” he added.

Roxas said they are to return to Bohol to focus on the search and rescue operations in the area. (MNS)

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