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UPDATE: Pampanga Gov. Pineda clarifies declaration of state of calamity

Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda on Thursday clarified that the state of calamity was only declared in the second district of Pampanga.

According to Pineda, some areas in Pampanga were not badly damage by the 6.1 earthquake and only the towns of Guagua, Floridablanca, Lubao, Santa Rita and Sasmuan were severely hit by the said quake.

Prior to this, Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis Pineda said the provincial legislative board approved the declaration to immediately rebuild structures and facilities hit by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake centered in Zambales that also reached certain parts in Luzon.

Once a state of calamity is declared, the law provides that price controls would be automatic on basic necessities and prime commodities while local government units could appropriate calamity funds.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) chief Renato Solidum Jr., although the epicenter of Monday’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake was in Castillejos, Zambales, Pampanga suffered the most damage because it sits on soft sediment brought about by lahar that settled after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.

As of press time, the death toll has climbed to 16 while search, rescue and retrieval operations continue.

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