Classes suspended in quake affected areas in Kidapawan

Published July 10, 2019, 9:25 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Malu Cadelina Manar

KIDAPAWAN CITY — City Mayor Joseph Arellano Evangelista suspended classes in all levels on Wednesday following a 5.3 in magnitude earthquake that hit the city and its nearby towns Tuesday night.

Psalmer Bernalte, head of the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (CDRRM) said aftershocks, some as strong as the earthquake, are still being felt in the city.

Classes were also suspended in Makilala, where the quake’s epicenter was recorded; and in Arakan, Antipas, and Tulunan towns in North Cotabato.

Evangelista has declared suspension of classes in all levels to ensure everyone’s safety. He also ordered the closure of the city hall from Wednesday “until further notice” while his team continues to inspect the integrity of the building.

On Wednesday, Bernalte and his staff at the CDRRM inspected schools, houses, buildings, and other structures that might have been damaged by the strong quake.

He said he would issue reports of damages once they have gathered all the data.

In Makilala, structural damages are still being assessed. A barangay kagawad in Makilala town had said that part of his house was badly damaged on Tuesday night.

Some structures in Davao del Sur were also damaged.

Mayor Oscar Valdevieso of Matalam town in North Cotabato also declared class suspension in all levels in the town following strong aftershocks.

Mayor Arthur Davin of Magsaysay town in Davao del Sur declared class suspension in all levels and the suspension of work in the municipal hall.