By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said all concerned agencies have been instructed to immediately respond to areas hit by the 6.9-magnitude quake that struck Mindanao Sunday, and to provide assistance to those in need.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after another strong quake shook the southern region in the last quarter of the year.
In his statement, Panelo assured the public that the Palace was on top of the situation. He said all concerned agencies were mobilized to provide assistance to those affected by the quake.
“The Executive Branch, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), together with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), is closely monitoring the situation in Davao del Sur after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the area at past 2 p.m. this Sunday,” he said.
“All concerned agencies of the government have been mobilized to respond to the present conditions and provide immediate assistance to those in need,” he added.
The Office of the President, meanwhile, requested the public to remain calm but stay vigilant in anticipation of aftershocks. The public was also discouraged from spreading disinformation that may cause undue alarm and panic among affected communities.
The Palace official, at the same time, reported that the Duterte family was unhurt by the earthquake.
“President was in his house in Davao City with his daughter Kitty when the earthquake struck,” Panelo said.
“The First Lady Honeylet Avanceña was on her way home when the ground rumbled and moved. She said the car she was riding was swaying. They are unhurt,” he added.
Phivolcs recorded the earthquake around 2:11 p.m. and traced its epicenter 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao, Davao del Sur.
The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, was felt as a “destructive” tremor at Intensity VII in Matanao and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur.
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