Benguet Rep. Yap assures quick response, aid to quake victims

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BAGUIO CITY (July 27, 2022) – Following the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit Northern Luzon, Benguet lawmaker Eric Go Yap vowed a quick action response to victims while also seeking help from public works contractors to help clear debris and landslides along major road networks in the province.

“Sa mga nangangailangan ng mga relief goods,inaayos na po ng Congresional District ng Benguet ang mga pangangailangan at hinahanap na po namin yung mga naapektuhan na pamilya, mga bahay, na barangay at kame po ay magpapadala ng relief goods,” Yap said.

The solon will also hand out assistance to the family of the construction worker, identified as Aaron Cul-eteng, 25 years old, from Pilapil, Cervantes Ilocos Sur, and a resident of Pinsao Pilot, Baguio City.        Cul-eteng was pinned to death from a collapsed building when the quake struck with an epicenter located two kilometers southwest of Abra’s Lagangilang town and had a depth of 25 km.

“We grieve with the family of one confirmed casualty of the earthquake this morning. Hindi natin sila hahayaan and we will cover the burial expenses and extend immediate help to the family as well. For all we know, siya lang ang provider ng family niya so we will help them get back on their feet,” Yap said.

“We are still verifying reports ng iba pang damages at possible casualties in other parts of Benguet. We should have a clearer picture by this afternoon but our kailyan need not worry, our office will help and will assist in whatever way possible. I urge everyone to stay home and be alert. May God protect us all,” Yap said.

Artemio A. Dumlao