Palace mobilizes gov't agencies for Mindanao quake response

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2019 03:48 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2019 03:49 PM

MANILA- Malacañang said Thursday it mobilized government agencies to help victims of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked parts of Mindanao.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo extended the Palace’s sympathies to victims of the Wednesday's earthquake, as he assured the public that the government was on top of the situation.

"The Office of the President has already tasked all concerned agencies of the government to mobilize, respond and provide immediate assistance to those in need, as well as to study plans on how to rehabilitate the damaged areas," he said.

"The Palace is saddened by this unfortunate incident and, in the meantime, wishes to express its sympathies to those who were affected thereby," he said.

Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte would likely visit victims of the quake. "Given his (Duterte) style, it's no wonder if he will [visit]," the spokesman said.

At least 4 people were killed while 60 others were hurt when the quake struck about 22 kilometers southeast of Tulunan, North Cotabato at 7:37 p.m. Wednesday.

The Palace also appealed for calm and urged the public to stop spreading false information in relation to the earthquake.

“We ask the public to remain calm but vigilant and we urge them to refrain from spreading disinformation that may cause undue alarm, panic and stress to many people,” Panelo said.

Following the tremor, Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reminded residents in quake-affected areas of Mindanao to watch out for landslides.

The Philippines, located at the Pacific Ring of Fire, is no stranger to frequent earthquakes.