PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. assured on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, that there is sufficient food and shelter for the families affected by the magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Abra on Tuesday evening, October 25.

“We do not have a critical problem when it comes to food and shelter. That is the most important part of the relief that we have to provide now for the people affected by the earthquake last night,” Marcos said.

Marcos said tents that will serve as temporary shelters for families who feared going back to their homes are very much needed in the affected areas.

He said the Department of Public Works and Highways is still conducting assessment to ensure the structural integrity of homes and other infrastructures, including schools in the earthquake-hit barangays.

In a press conference, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raffy Alejandro IV said the Department of Social Welfare and Development delivered 1,000 tents to Abra.

He said four areas in Abra and Cagayan experienced power outages following the earthquake.

Alejandro said families whose houses were already declared safe are allowed to go back.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Abra Tuesday night, just three months after being hit by a magnitude 7 earthquake that claimed six lives.

In a television interview, Abra Vice Governor Joy Bernos said the town of Lagayan, where the epicenter of the earthquake was recorded, incurred major damages among all the towns in Abra.

She said 11 individuals were hurt in the province due to the earthquake.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded 466 aftershocks,as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. (SunStar Philippines)