MANILA - Malacañang said it is closely monitoring areas affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Luzon Monday afternoon.
"We assure our people that concerned agencies of the government are already responding and assisting those in troubled conditions and shall continue to do so for as long as necessary," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Malacañang urged government agencies and local government units to look after the needs of affected citizens.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Energy (DOE) are also on full alert to address disruption of services.
"We ask the public to remain calm but vigilant and we urge them to refrain from spreading disinformation in social media that may cause undue alarm, panic and stress to many people," Panelo said.
"We call upon our citizen's innate Bayanihan spirit and request their cooperation, patience and understanding in this time of need."
The quake struck near Castillejos, Zambales at a depth of 21 kilometers past 5 p.m.
At least 2 people were reported killed in Pampanga while dozens were reported trapped after a four-storey building also gave way.