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Ormoc City, Kananga under state of calamity after series of quakes

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Ormoc City and the municipality of Kananga have been placed under a state of calamity after a series of quakes jolted eastern Visayas since July 7.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the announcement on Monday (July 10) following a meeting with Cabinet officials and local politikos of Ormoc City and the municipaplity of Kananga.

“It was determined that Ormoc City, along with Kananga, a Leyte municipality, would be declared under a state of calamity,” he said in a statement.

Present during the meeting in Leyte were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla briefed the Cabinet officials about the situation in their respective areas.

Earlier in the day, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake hit Leyte, causing panic among residents who were still reeling from the magnitude-6.5 earthquake they experienced last week.