Loon, Bohol— President Benigno Aquino III spent his Wednesday night in Loon, Bohol, one of the worst-hit towns of the 7.2 earthquake.
The president himself decided to spend the night in the disaster-stricken town inside a tent that was set up for him and his party to assure the residents that the place wasn’t in immediate danger.
“Dinesisyon po namin na ipakita sa inyo kung paano paniniwala, ‘di siyempre wala pong mas magandang pruweba ‘yan kung hindi ‘yung makiisa kami sa inyo ngayon, dumamay ngayong gabi,” Aquino said.
Rumors spread that a sink hole will swallow the province thus causing fear to the evacuees.
However, Aquino assured the residents that the government has an ongoing program using ground penetrating radar to determine if there is danger under the grounds of Bohol.
Moreover, the presidents ensured that the necessities of the residents will be provided. 180 family food packs were distributed to about 170 families temporarily staying at the Loon Elementary School.
On his visit, Aquino also checked the towns market and Cong. Natalio P. Castillo Memorial Hospital. Patients are currently staying at makeshift tents set up at the open basketball court.
Meanwhile, the president urged the local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) to focus their efforts in getting the evacuees back to their homes.
Secretaries Dinky Soliman of Social Welfare, Mar Roxas of Interior and Local Government and Rogelio Singson of Public Works and Highways also went to Bohol together with the president.
On the other hand, aftershocks continue to shake the province.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), 3,000 aftershocks rocked Bohol a week after the quake. Phivolcs also disclosed that aftershocks would last for 2-3 weeks more.
Encarnacion Gerian H. Salazar
AbCom Intern/ Leyte Normal University