The prelate of Daet in Camarines Norte province, prayed for safety and resilience following a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the region on Wednesday, December 7.
“May the Lord grant us strength in the face of trials, calamities, and tragedies,” said Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon in a message on Radio Veritas 846.
“May we be resilient so as to bounce back and recover. Most of all may we always have the charity to help those in need,” he added.
The prelate also prayed that the faithful may “not lose trust in Him who cares for the most vulnerable. For He is with us and shares our situation.”
Media reports said at least 27 schools and government buildings in the province showed cracks following the magnitude 5.3 earthquake that hit Tinaga Island in Vinzons town.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office reported that there were no casualties or major injuries.
Medical teams, however, treated several students who suffered fainting spells and a spike in their blood pressure in Vinzons Pilot High School and San Roque National High School in Mercedes town, said a report on Rappler.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was tectonic in origin and was located at a depth of one kilometer.
Authorities said inspections of structure will be done to ensure the safety of the people.