ORMOC City Mayor Richard Gomez appealed for food donations for the victims of the strong quake that hit his province last week, saying that the available stock in the city was only good for two days.
In a television interview, Gomez also asked for bottled water because the quake also damaged the city’s water supply.
“I’m really asking for the help and support of the people, if you could continue helping us here in Ormoc City. Ang dami talagang mahihirapan dito sa evacuation centers (many people are having a hard time in evacuation centers) and the last thing we want to happen is for them to run out of food and water,” he said.
Gomez designated civic groups, including the Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay and the Lions’ Club, to receive donated goods.
The Ormoc City Chamber of Commerce will receive cash donations, he said.
Donations can be deposited to the chamber’s Security Bank account, CA-0000-006654-493, he said.
Gomez said the initial cost of reconstruction was estimated at P240 million.
The 6.5-magnitude quake that hit Eastern Visayas and its 5.4- magnitude aftershock also damaged the region’s primary source of electricity and power transmission lines.
Power has yet to be restored in the region as the transmission line of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is still being repaired, the Department of Energy said.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Tuesday they are finding ways to speed up the mobilization of the available power barges that will provide electricity to some areas.
The total electricity demand for Samar, Leyte, and Bohol is 291 megawatts (MW). All distribution utilities for the said provinces are prepared to receive power supply.
An initial report by the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) said all transformers in the Ormoc Substation sustained severe damage.
The EDC added that 40MW of power from the Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant can be delivered by July 16. However, it will not pass through the Ormoc Substation.
Also, 160MW of the electricity requirement can be transmitted by July 31, as the NGCP started removing the 150 mega volt amp (MVA) SS Transformer on Wednesday in Cebu and this will be transfer to Ormoc.
with Jordeene Sheex Lagare