Sara Duterte urges constituents: Don't panic

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Posted at Oct 29 2019 12:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2019 12:25 PM

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio on Tuesday urged her constituents not to panic after a Magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted parts of Mindanao.

Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, said city engineers have given an all-clear for Davao City Hall after checking the building for damage. Field barangay risk reduction officers are expected to submit field reports of any structural damage of vital infrastructure in the next 3-4 hours, she added. 

She urged Davao City residents not to panic, saying there is no tsunami alert after the temblor. 

"We do not advise evacuation for Davao City residents but we leave the decision of evacuation of private buildings and establishments to their employers and management," she said. 

The mayor suspended Tuesday classes in all public and private schools in Davao City to allow officials to conduct structural checks of 
buildings, homes, roads and bridges. Teachers and school officials must also report damage to buildings that are in need of repair, she said. 

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum earlier warned of more aftershocks after Tuesday's quake but discounted the possibility that the temblor would cause a tsunami. "Inland o nasa kalupaan ang lindol," he said in a press briefing.