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Magnitude-5.1 quake shakes Caraga region

A moderately strong earthquake measuring magnitude-5.1 on the Richter scale jolted parts of the Caraga region yesterday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported.

In a radio interview on February 13, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said that the R2 billion worth of aid promised by the President to residents of Surigao City was intended for workers who will lose their jobs when the government’s mining closure orders take effect in the region.

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Still reeling from the effects of a strong earthquake and equally powerful aftershocks, another calamity is threatening Surigao del Norte.

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Officials and technical men of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) advises against the re-opening of any buildings in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte unless they were checked by engineers.

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Relief team in Surigao strafed with bullets

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., disclosed that a platoon under 1st Lt. Ryan Layug, the Civil-Military Operations Officer of the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion were accompanying the relief team of ABS-CBN Foundation where fired upon by suspected rebels while traversing Barangay Linunggaman, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte Tuesday night.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said yesterday that 1,034 families or 5,170 persons from five municipalities in Surigao del Norte were affected by last Friday’s magnitude-6.7 earthquake.

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