TACLOBAN CITY- The Leyte provincial government has extended financial assistance to survivors of an earthquake that hit the town of Kananga last July 6 of this year.
In an information relayed by the Office of the Governor, about P1.9 million was released to the families who survived the 6.5 earthquake that rattled the town of Kananga and the city of Ormoc, considered the worst-hit areas of the jolt.
Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla led in the distribution of the financial assistance benefiting 380 families from the five villages of Kananga.
Each beneficiary received cash worth P5,000.
In Barangay Rizal, 112 families received the cash assistance; 32 from Brgy. Tongonan; 50 from Brgy. Masarayao;162 from Brgy. Hiloktogan and 24 from Brgy. Lim-ao.
The distribution of the financial assistance, held at the Kananga municipal gymnasium, was attended by Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla, Vice Mayor Elmer Codilla and the town councilors and Edith Malatbalat, provincial welfare and development officer.
Petilla said that the assistance extended to the beneficiaries was based on the result of the assessment of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau which conducted an inspection of the areas hit by the earthquake.
The 6.5 magnitude, considered the strongest to hit Leyte in years, has resulted in four deaths and more than 100 reported injured.
It also caused the widespread power interruptions in the whole of Eastern Visayas and its nearby Bohol island province.