Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur under state of calamity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019   •   341

Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur has declared a state of calamity after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Mindanao on Wednesday (October 16).

This is due to the amount of damage brought by the strong quake. According to Mayor Arthur Davin the calamity fund will be used to provide food for the victims of the earthquake.

The local government will also coordinate with other government agencies to aid residents who have lost their homes.

Based on the report of the local government, around 204 houses are totally damaged while more then 600 are partially damaged.

The local government is also calling out to the national government to also provide assistance.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Council (NDRRMC), more than 600 families or over 3,000 individuals were affected by the earthquake. Death toll has reached five while 89 were injured.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Patients stay in gym after magnitude 5.9 earthquake damages hospital in Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2019

BUKIDNON, Philippines — Around 20 patients of Simbulan Hospital remain in a gymnasium in the municipality of Don Carlos because cracks from Monday’s (November 18) magnitude 5.9 earthquake has posed threats to their safety.

According to Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico, the gymnasium is the safest for the patients based on the structural assessment of the local government unit (LGU).

“Prior to evacuation, this has already been pointed as an evacuation area it was already assessed,” Kotico said.

Patients were ill at ease due to fear that the hospital walls might collapse at any moment.

“Kasi gumagalaw na talaga ang dingding (The walls were moving ),” observed Boy Palingcod whose sibling is a patient at Simbulan Hospital.

The Bukidnon Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is doing rounds in other areas hit by the earthquake to assess the damages.

Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Likewise, join the assessment to address the needs of the affected residents. MNP (with details from Weng Fernandez)

Authorities end retrieval ops for earthquake victims in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2019

DAVAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Disaster authorities have decided to end the search and retrieval operations for earthquake victims in the town of Magsaysay.

According to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region XI, experts from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) declared that the situation on the ground has become risky for rescuers thus they opted to stop the operation.

“There is no way to conduct retrieval operations in the area for those three missing individuals considering that the area has become very dangerous for the conduct of the operation,” explained OCD XI Operations Head Francis Irag in his local dialect.

“Up until now, soil quality is already poor aside from small aftershocks that are being experienced in the area so we need to consider the safety of our responders,” he added.

The official said they have already talked to the victims’ kin about their decision.

“We make them understand that there is no way to recover the remains of their loved ones because the ground situation in the area has become dangerous,” Irag said.

“The site is now their resting area. They accepted the fact with ease,” he added.

Meanwhile, authorities are now planning as to where, how, and when they would start the recovery program for residents hard-hit by the earthquakes.

Based on records acquired by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than 22,000 structures including houses, schools and hospitals in Region XI were damaged by the tremors.

“Initially, one of our activities is we already have conducted site validation and assessment in proposed relocation sites Magsaysay and the Magsaysay Municipali office already have at least 10 relocation sites and validation is underway,” Irag assured.

On Saturday (November 23), all concerned agencies and local government units in the region will hold a response committee meeting to discuss the recovery plan for municipalities affected by the earthquakes. — MNP (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Int’l language center in Malaysia to raise funds for earthquake victims in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – An international language training institution based in Kuala Lumpur is launching a fundraising program for earthquake victims in Mindanao.

Royce Language Center’s Principal Sitinor Khajar Binti Nordin said the collected amount will be donated to families affected by the series of temblor that damaged several houses and structures in the region.

The school official said they have actually received applications from students who are locals of Mindanao and among those badly hit by the disaster.

“We would like to help any number of schools as our priority. Being a language school in Malaysia, we do understand the value of education,” Nordin said.

The principal said they wanted to extend assistance to affected school and students in Mindanao as a way to help them recover from the tragedy.

The RLC is planning to make the fundraising a regular event after its success.

“We have never done that before. This is going to be our first experience,” Nordin said.

“We are looking forward to it and if it goes well, we may make fund-raising one of our usual activities,” she added. – MNP (with reports from Maya Barquez)

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