Duterte pledges aid for Surigao quake relief

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President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to quake survivors in Surigao City on Friday where he pledged aid for relief efforts.

(CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte promised that aid would come to victims of Friday's magnitude 6.7 quake in Surigao.

The President visited Surigao del Norte on Sunday, where he inspected the damage wrought by the tremor and oversaw relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Speaking to survivors in Surigao City, Duterte said, "I will release money for you, so prioritize those who lost their lives and source of living. I'll release a little. Is two billion enough for you?"

Duterte also suggested providing housing to the victims of the quake.

Based on data provided from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMC), the estimated cost of damage to infrastructure is ₱601.8 million.

Malacañang says rehabilitation funding for Surigao City is pegged at ₱69.8 million, which includes restoration of national roads and bridges, repair of irrigation canals and water system, rehabilitation of public buildings, burial assistance, rice/food packs, and medicines.

The PDRRMC added around 230 families were affected by the quake.

State of calamity

A state of calamity was declared in Surigao City – the worst-hit area – on Saturday following Friday's tremor.

Under recommendation of the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the state of calamity was declared as "untold damage to real and personal properties" was caused by the quake.

At least 11 towns were affected by the quake, which also damaged the provincial capitol, two major bridges, and other infrastructure.

The earthquake also forced the closure of Surigao City domestic airport, officials said. All flights were canceled due to a damaged runway. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the airport might be closed until March 10.

A "localized ceasefire" was declared by the New People's Army on Saturday to give way to relief efforts.

Read: NPA declares 'localized ceasefire' after Surigao quake

7 dead, over 100 injured

The Surigao City Disaster Council said at least seven people were reported dead and 120 injured following the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Surigao City Friday night.

This differs slightly from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council's (NDRRMC) data as of Sunday, which reported four confirmed deaths and 200 injured in the quake.

Read: At least 7 dead, 120 injured in magnitude 6.7 Surigao quake

However, the NDRRMC said this number may increase as the Department of Interior and Local Government is verifying two other reported casualties for its official count.

But Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas told CNN Philippines on Monday, "as of the moment, ganon pa rin – six pa rin... Sana six lang [as of the moment, the number remains the same at six. We hope that there are only six]."

Mina Marasigan, spokesperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said the recent quake should be a reminder to all Filipinos that such a disaster can happen anytime, anywhere.

Read: NDRRMC calls for heightened disaster preparedness

CNN Philippines senior correspondent David Santos and correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.