Death toll in Mindanao earthquakes rises to 16 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019   •   503

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who died from magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes that jolted parts of Mindanao on Oct. 29 and 31, respectively has climbed to 16, a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed Friday.

In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said three of the fatalities came from Region 11 while the remaining 13 was from Region 12.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said most of the victims sustained injuries due to falling debris.

Around 403 persons were injured while two were reported missing.

More than 6,000 families from 72 barangays in Davao and Soccsksargen regions were affected by the series of quakes.

A total of 2,552 families are taking temporary shelter in 19 evacuation centers while 1,370 families opted to stay with their relatives.

The temblor has damaged a total of 3,220 infrastructures in Regions 9, 10, 11, 12 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The NDRRMC said relief operations are ongoing in affected areas. Around 15,000 food packs and 1,500 tents have been distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard.

“May mga nakarating na po tayong relief support doon. Mga additional augmentation relief items. Ito ay mga housing, temporary shelters, mga sleeping kits, hygiene kits, food packs. In-air lift po ‘yan via C130 at nakarating na po roon sa Mindanao,” Timbal said.

He also urged residents in Cotabato to refrain from going back to their homes and other buildings due to continued aftershocks.

“Huwag pa rin tayong bumalik sa loob ng mga gusali na napinsala po ng lindol kasi ayaw po nating mangyari na baka magkataong lumindol na naman, magiba ‘yung building at may tao sa loob,” Timbal said.

On Friday, a magnitude 5.5 temblor struck waters off Sarangani Province at 10:33 a.m. while a magnitude 5 quake struck Makilala town in Cotabato at 2:07 p.m. both were tectonic in origin.

Phivolcs said there is no tsunami threat due to the quake near Sarangani and that this was independent from the series of earthquakes that shook Tulunan, Cotabato this month. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

NDRRMC, nagsagawa ng online earthquake drill

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagsagawa ang National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) ng nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill ngayong Huwebes.

Ngunit hindi katulad dati, virtual o online lamangito ginawa dahil sa banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay Mark Timbal, ang tagapagsalita ng NDRRMC, alinsunod ito sa mga ipinatutupad na panuntunan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) sa pagsasagawa ng mass gathering sa gitna ng pandemya.

“Kailangan po talaga natin sumunod doon sa mga reglamento na bawal ang mga mass gathering at saka yung ating social distancing or physical distancing requirements,” ang sabi ni Timbal.

Ala-una ng hapon sinimulan ang programa kung saan tinalakay ang mga kahandaan sa mga sakuna, partikular na ng lindol.

Kasama rin sa mga napag-usapan ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng go bag  na naglalaman ng mga mahahalagang gamit at pagkain sa panahon ng sakuna.

Pagpatak naman ng alas-dos ng hapon, idinaos naman ang isang ceremonial pressing of the button na hudyat ng pagsasagawa ng duck, cover and hold procedure.

Nakiisa rito ang ilang tauhan ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan pati na ang ilang netizen na nag-post ng kanilang mga larawan sa social media.

Ayon kay Timbal, itinuloy nila ang pagsasagawa ng drill dahil hindi pa rin naman nawawala ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng lindol sa gitna ng nararanasang pandemya.

“Napapansin po natin sa mga balita na sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilipinas, may mga nagaganap rin po na mga lindol. Ibig sabihin po ang mga panganib na kinahaharap noon ay hindi pa rin nawawala habang may pandemic,” ani ng opisyal.

Layunin rin ng drill na maipalala sa publiko ang palagiang paghahanda sa posibleng pagdating ng mga sakuna at kalamidad. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

NDRRMC to hold nationwide simultaneous online earthquake drill on Sept 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2020

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be conducting various online activities for the Third Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED).

The NDRRMC through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will hold various online activities to continuously instill earthquake preparedness in people amid the pandemic.

“A webinar on earthquake preparedness and response in the new normal is scheduled for September 8 [from] 10 a.m to 12 nn. Resource persons from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will join the virtual discussion,” the post reads.

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Posted by Civil Defense PH on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad meanwhile, called on the public to participate in these activities on earthquake preparedness.

“Despite our current situation, we must bear in mind the importance of keeping ourselves safe. I encourage the public to continuously engage in activities that promote earthquake safety,” he said. AAC

Duterte vows to support military in fight against extremism in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the candle-lighting and the offering of flowers at the blast site at Barangay Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on August 30, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.

Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.

He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao. 

“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said. 

“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.

During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province. 

President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.

“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said. 

“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.

The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country. 

“If we cannot really agree,  then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)

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