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'Day of Prayer' for quake
victims, survivors Friday

Tomorrow is a special “Day of Prayer” in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, to honor those who died, survived, or are still missing, in the worst disaster to hit Negros Oriental in decades.

The day will be highlighted by a mass at the Roman Catholic Church in the morning, followed by other churches in the afternoon that will hold an ecumenical service at 3 p.m. at the city gymnasium, Councilor Jessica Villarmente said.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the survivors and for guidance and deliverance from the sad state that Guihulngan is currently facing, will also be offered, she added.

Thirty-nine people, including those buried in landslides, specifically in Barangay Planas, or who had died of other circumstances during the earthquake, were certified dead by the Civil Registrar.

Of the fatalities, 17 were children aged one to 17 years old. Twenty-two died in the landslide in Planas, while others were hit by falling concrete walls or debris.

About 28,000 families were believed displaced by the powerful temblor but the figures have yet to be validated, Villarmente added.

Nine churches were destroyed or damaged in Guihulngan City, the Roman Catholic Patron House, the Philippine Independent Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the city proper, the UCCP in the Poblacion, the Philippine Independent Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Hilaitan, the Philippine Independent Church in Hibaiyo, the Baptist Church in Poblacion, and the Latter Day Saints Church in Poblacion, the Guihulngan police reported.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that for the whole of Negros Oriental, 58 people were confirmed dead: 24 in Guihulngan, 15 in La Libertad, 10 in Jimalalud, three each in Tayasan and Ayungon, two in Manjuyod, and one in Bindoy.*JFP

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