Thousands of people still homeless in 3 Bohol towns

CATIGBIAN, Bohol, (PNA) — Thousands of families in three towns of Pilar, Loay and this interior town remain homeless as millions of pesos worth of their respective houses were razed to the ground after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on Oct 15, 2013.

This municipality suffered the most of the three with a total of 1,066 households totally collapsed and 1,840 houses partially destroyed of 15 barangays out of total of 22, Ardisa Estavilla, secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan, said in an exclusive interview.

Aside from these, she said, In Barangay Bagtic alone, a total of 220 households have been evacuated.

Five deaths and 42 injured have been reported, she added.

The church of the town is badly damaged and their municipal building is totally wrecked, she said.

Some public school buildings have not been spared from the wreckage due to the deadly earthquake, she said.

What they need now is help and more supply of drinking water, she aaid.

In hinterland Pilar town, about 75 plus kilometers from capital Tagbilaran City, a total P11,159,000.00 worth of damage to infrastructure and private houses and public buildings was documented, Mayor Necitas T. Cubrado said in an exclusive interview.

Mayor Rosemarie Lim Imboy of the coastal town of Loay said 108 houses were totally wrecked and 301 partially with a total of 609 families or more than 2,000 persons displaced.

She assured her constituents of enough food supply and other assistance.

But the three towns are in dire need of water supply and not so much of the power supply since it is already restored in some areas.

Imboy dispelled rumors allegedly spread by her political rivals that she is selective in dealing or giving food package and other assistance.

She denied the accusations. She said there were identified supporters of her nemesis in last election who were provided with food and other forms of assistance without discrimination.