Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez expressed her gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte and the members of his Cabinet for their quick response to the emergency caused by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit the province last Thursday.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza on Monday presided over a briefing attended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla, and Torres-Gomez, among others.
Gomez and Codilla gave briefings on the situation in their respective areas of responsibility.
It was determined that both Ormoc City and Kananga would be placed under a state of calamity.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) noted that the energy situation should be addressed as soon as possible.
Torres-Gomez also reiterated their need for clean, potable water.
A full report on the meeting will be submitted to President Duterte by Lorenzana.
The province was struck by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake Thursday afternoon.
Another magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook Leyte and nearby provinces on Monday morning.
The quake, recorded at 9:41 a.m., was an aftershock of Thursday's quake, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Two immediate aftershocks, magnitude 3.3 and 3.2, respectively, were also recorded after the quake today.
Last Thursday's quake has left over a thousand houses partially damaged while 700 were completely ruined.
The NDRRMC has also recorded at least 2 deaths and 200 injuries due to the quake.