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Palace assures assistance to quake-hit Masbate; affected residents told to observe health protocols

Malacañang assured residents of Masbate that help is forthcoming but reminded them to still observe social distancing if they are staying in evacuation centers.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake shook the island of Masbate on Tuesday, followed by a magnitude 5.2 aftershock early Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

In an interview with CNN Philippines Wednesday morning, presidential spokesman Harry Roque assured the people of Masbate that help is ready for them.

“We’d like to assure our Masbateño brothers and sisters that help has been prepositioned and further assistance is on the way,” he said.

“We’re talking of food packs, bottled water, blankets, things that they would need in resettlement areas,” he added.

According to Roque, the Palace already has a direct line with the local government of Masbate, especially in Cataingan where the quake was felt the strongest.

“The coordination effort to deliver what is needed by the residents of Cataingan is in full blast,” he said.

“Whatever help Masbate needs is forthcoming,” he added.

Social distancing

Roque reminded affected residents, especially those who were forced to stay in evacuation centers, to still practice social distancing. He said there will be manpower deployed to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are followed.

“There will be manpower also to ensure that even in temporary evacuation areas there will be social distancing because of the threat of COVID-19,” he said.

Even though Masbate has a low number of COVID-19 cases, Roque said residents should not be complacent.

“One thing going for Masbate is that it has low cases of COVID-19 but nonetheless, they should not be too complacent,” he said.

“Even if they will be staying in the temporary shelters, they have to observe social distancing,” he added.

Based on the COVID-19 tracker of the Department of Health (DOH), Masbate has recorded 143 cases of COVID-19 as of August 18, 59 of which are active cases.

The entire Bicol Region, on the other hand, has a total of 1,117 COVID-19 cases as of August 18.

Duterte visit

Roque, meanwhile, is unsure if President Duterte will be able to visit the residents of the quake-hit area. He, however, said Duterte would want to go there.

“The President would want to go but I don’t know if he can actually go because of restrictions on his movement right now,” he said.

“I’m sure that the President really wants to go but whether or not he will make it, I will find out later in the day,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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