Magnitude-7 quake displaces 7,700 families in Cordillera

Published July 28, 2022, 12:11 PM

by Comanda Rizaldy C.

PEOPLE in Abra spend the night in makeshift shelters out of fear from aftershocks following the earthquake Wednesday, July 27. (Photo courtesy of PIA-Abra)
BAGUIO CITY – A total of 7,691 families or 36,972 individuals were affected by the magnitude-7 earthquake Wednesday, July 27, in six provinces, 88 municipalities, and 167 barangays in the Cordillera region.

Records of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR) as of 6 a.m. Thursday, July 28, said 984 families or 3,405 individuals remain in 21 evacuation centers, most of them in Abra which bore the brunt of the earthquake.

The agency will continue to conduct family food pack operations for affected families in the region.

A total of 119 were injured in the region with four fatalities – two in Benguet, one in Kalinga, and one in Abra. Four persons are missing in Manabo and Luba, Abra.

Initial report from the Office of the Civil Defense-Cordillera said eight schools were destroyed and nine houses were totally damaged while 414 were partially damaged due to the earthquake.

Also recorded were 16 landslides, two rock fall incidents, a collapsed rip-rap, three falling incidents, and two collapsed structures.

The Department of Tourism-Cordillera said damage was reported in tourist destinations in Abra, among them the Sta. Catalina de Alexandria Church, a 19th century baroque church and declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2001; and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Shrine, a centuries-old church completed in 1803 in the capital town of Bangued. The shrine is a National Cultural Treasure and the oldest and largest in the Cordilleras.

In Baguio City, no tourist spots were damaged, except for two accommodation establishments, the Lafayette Luxury Suites Hotel and Crown Legacy which reported minor cracks in their buildings. Both hotels will not accept visitors to ensure the safety of guests and personnel for the meantime.

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) temporarily closed their owned and managed establishment, the Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel in Ifugao, after the ceiling and riprap collapsed; and the Mount Data Hotel in Bauko, Mountain Province that was also damaged by the earthquake.