Worries over quakes not stopping Koronadal from helping in tremor-hit areas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2019 06:50 PM

Residents of Koronadal City remain shrouded in fear as aftershocks continue to rattle the city, but people in South Cotabato's provincial capital have channeled their restlessness to help neighboring areas severely hit by a series of recent quakes, the city mayor said Saturday.

Many Koronadal residents refuse to stay home because several establishments sustained large cracks, Mayor Eliordo Ogena told DZMM.

"Hindi normal ito sa'min dahil for several years wala namang lindol dito. Ngayon sabay-sabay, ang lalakas pa," he said.

(For several years we had never experienced earthquakes here, so this isn't normal. Not only are they happening regularly, but they're also strong.)

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Despite the damage, houses and buildings in the city remain intact and are undergoing structural integrity assessments, Ogena said, noting that the local government and residents agreed to redirect some resources to help the neighboring towns of Kidapawan, Tulunan, M'lang and Makilala. he said.

"Ang mga nakatira sa Koronadal nasa Kidapawan ngayon, namimigay ng mga relief goods, mga items na kailangan ng mga tao doon," Ogena said.

"Naglaan kami ng konting pondo para mabigyan ng tulong ang mga lugar na iyon," he added, without disclosing the amount.

"Kahit papaano, kahit maliit, mapakita namin na nakikiisa kami sa kanila."

Other Mindanaoans living near Cotabato, the worst-hit province, have pooled their resources to provide food, water and medicine to quake victims.

As of 6 a.m., nearly 150,000 Filipinos have been affected by the Mindanao quakes, according to a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

At least 17 people died due to the October 29 and 31 temblors, that also left hundreds injured and 2 others missing.