By Jonathan Hicap
The Muntinlupa City government donated P4 million as humanitarian aid to Mindanao areas hit by recent earthquakes.
Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Erwin Alfonso and Social Services Department chief Analyn Mercado turned over P1-M financial assistance each to officials of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur; Makilala, North Cotabato; Tulunan, North Cotabato; and Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on Nov. 6.
According to Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, “In the spirit of bayanihan, the local government of Muntinlupa will continue to lend its hand to towns needing assistance.”
Last Oct. 29, another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 hit North Cotabato and its vicinity.
“This earthquake has an epicenter located 25 kilometers southeast of Tulunan, Cotabato, and a depth of 7 kilometers. This earthquake, as well as the recent earthquakes (9 July 2019 M5.6 and 16 October 2019 M6.3) in the area, are part of a sequence of events from interrelated faults in the region,” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
As of Oct. 29, Phivolcs recorded 113 earthquakes after the 6.6 magnitude tremor.
Central Mindanao is “one of the seismically active regions in the country because of the presence of several active faults in the area which include the M’lang Fault, Makilala-Malungon Fault, North Columbio Fault, South Columbio Fault, and the western extension of the Mindanao Fault (Cotabato-Sindangan Fault).”