Mindanao quake aftermath

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019   •   290

A drone photo of a burning mall ignited caused by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in General Santos City, Philippines, 16 October 2019. According to local reports, several people were injured after the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines. EPA-EFE/AJ RESANE

Fear still lingers in the eyes of Arnold Awag, a father and a resident of Sitio Agco in Kidapawan City.

Arnold was preparing his kids for bedtime when the 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday (October 16).

Arnold recalled that it was like being swayed by the earth in a giant swing they never wished to be on. He could still hear the fearful cries of his children.

Sitio Agco is located in an area that is prone to landslides. Arnold’s home is at the foot of Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

“Itinago ko ang mga bata sa ilalim ng mesa para hindi sila tamaan ng hollow block. Iyak sila ng iyak kagabi. Parang umiikot at dinuduyan kami kagabi (I hid the kids under the table to keep them safe from falling hollow blocks. They were crying a lot last night),” he said.

Their home was damaged due to the strong quake but his family is safe. They were among the 400 residents in Sitio Agco who were evacuated due to the possible threat of a landslide.

READ: At least 4 dead in 6.3 magnitude quake in Mindanao

Marilou Miyashiro, another resident, said she might have heard a landslide when the earthquake happened.

“Nang lumindol lumabas kami, tumilapon iyong anak ko. Naglaglagan iyong aming mga gamit hangang namaay ang ilaw. Naglabasan kami, naririnig ko parang nagkaroon ng landslide (During the earthquake, my children got thrown off and our belongings fell until the lights went out. We went outside and it seemed like we heard a landslide),” she said.

At present, the Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office is inspecting the landslide-prone areas.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

PH Navy deploys biggest vessel to aid Mindanao quake victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The Philippine Navy deployed its biggest vessel, BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), on Tuesday (November 5) to provide assistance in the ongoing humanitarian aid in Mindanao.

The BRP Davao del Sur carries around 56 tons of assorted cargoes and equipment including mobile kitchens, cargo trucks and towable water treatment trucks from 10th Infantry Division of Philippine Army, Manila Water and Maynilad.

Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad issued his directive for the deployment of one of the largest naval assets in order to assist in the humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) to earthquake victims in Mindanao.

“It is a manifestation of the Philippine Navy being always ready and committed to provide prompt assistance to our disaster-stricken fellow Filipinos in order to alleviate them from their current ordeals,” the Philippine Navy said.—AAC

Local airlines offer free cargo space for Mindanao relief operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

Local airlines are offering free cargo space for the relief operations in Mindanao following the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit the region.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced they had an agreement with the representatives of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine AirAsia after a meeting on November 4.

READ: DOLE raises aid to P200-M for quake-hit workers in Mindanao

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said, “Those which can avail of the free cargo include agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) already accredited with the three airlines.”

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia also committed to providing limited free transportation for relief workers or medical personnel and volunteers certified by the DSWD or DOH and endorsed by CAB.—AAC

DOTr officials to donate 14th month pay to Mindanao quake victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have pledged to donate their 14th-month pay for the Mindanao quake relief efforts.

DOTr officials include DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, all undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and the heads of DOTr attached agencies.

During the flag ceremony on Tuesday (November 5) at the DOTr head office in Pampanga) Tugade said an initial amount of P1.2 million has already been raised with the said pledge, and it is expected to be doubled by tomorrow with more donations from DOTr employees.

“Hindi importante kung gaano kalaki ang maiambag. Ang mahalaga ay madevelop natin ang psyche ng pagtulong sa kapwa (it doesn’t matter how much we can donate, what’s important is that we all develop the psyche of helping others),” he said.—AAC

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