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PR Response 12DEC2019

The NDRRMC convened today, 20 December 2019, a Response Cluster Meeting to monitor updates on the response actions for the Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake that jolted the province of Davao del Sur last 15 December 2019.

As of today, casualties of the quake include 12 dead persons, 210 injured, and 1 missing. Damages to 14,172 houses, 48 public structures, 380 schools, 25 health facilities, 3 roads, 14 bridges, and 90 other structures have also been noted.

A total of 31,988 families have been affected by the quake and are currently being served in or outside the 31 evacuation centers. 

The continuing response actions for the provision of food and non-food items (FNFIs) as well as camp coordination were discussed in today’s NDRRMC meeting.

DSWD provided updates on the assistance provided for displaced families in and outside of the evacuation centers. Per DSWD, a total of Php8, 020, 069.17 was allocated for Davao del Sur, distributed as follows:

​Bansalan - Php563,000.00

City of Digos - Php1,470,390.90

Hagonoy - Php811,270.00

Kiblawan - Php1,961,069.70

Malalag - Php843,129.48

Matano - Php923,724.50

Padada - Php1,447,484.59

Schools were already on Christmas break when the earthquake occurred as reported by DepED representatives. Temporary learning centers (TLC) are being procured in relation to the M6.6 earthquake last October, and additional TLCs for the recent M6.9 will be secured after DepED regional offices submitted vetted reports.

OCD gave an update of ongoing coordination and facilitation for the delivery of shelter materials, donated items, and food packs. According to OCD, two water filtration units are already bound for Davao Port and 1 AFP Mobile Kitchen was deployed to Malalag, Davao del Sur. The 125 dome tents and 488 blankets from Metrobank Davao Branch were already delivered to the DSWD FO XI warehouse. Meantime, 1,875 family food packs were delivered to Matanao, Davao del Sur, while 2,269 food packs with 2,269 drinking kits were distributed in Poblacion, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Also, 300 pieces of blankets were turned over to the LGU of Malungon.

Transportation of the relief items and the deployment of Quick Response Force are being handled by the AFP. The AFP’s C130 aircraft was also utilized for the transportation of the FNFIs. AFP also prepositioned 3 helicopters for the conduct of the Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis in affected areas.

On Search, Rescue and Retrieval (SRR) Cluster, Manuel Luis M. Ochotorena, OCD Regional Director of Region XI, mentioned that six (6) teams were already demobilized. He also stressed the transportation of tarpaulins as priority.

Ten (10) barangays in Magsaysay continue to experience water interruption. The Digos-Makar Road remains closed due to road slop, hanging pavement, and damaged guardrails. Further assessment by the DPWH Regional and District offices is being done to determine the extent of damages and the structural integrity of major roads, bridges, and other public buildings. Warning devices were installed.