Mindanao rebels to get quake relief, says military

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Posted at Nov 04 2019 08:30 AM

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The government will give relief aid to all victims of a series of quakes in Mindanao, even rebels, after the deadly disaster destroyed thousands of structures, a military official said Monday. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will lead relief efforts for the 3 October tremors, which according to the national disaster agency left a combined death toll of 29 and damaged some 36,000 structures in a region where decades of insurgency had stunted economic development. 

"Lahat naman ng mga tinamaan ng lindol ay binibigyan ng tulong ng ating pamahalaan... Humanitarian consideration po tayo dyan," said the military's Eastern Mindanao Command Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey. 

(Everyone hit by the quakes will be given help by our government. We will use humanitarian consideration there.) 

Those who want to donate relief aid should coordinate with the government's command post to ensure that goods match evacuees' needs and will not be concentrated in just a few areas, he told radio DZMM. 

Philippine coast guard personnel load food packs onto a truck destined for victims of recent earthquakes in Mindanao at a welfare warehouse in Manila on Nov. 1, 2019. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Government relief aid includes psychosocial intervention and has reached even hillside communities like Barangay Luayon in Makilala, Cotabato, where the latest Oct. 31 quake spawned a landslide, said the social welfare department's spokesperson Irene Dumlao. 

Aftershocks may continue to rattle Mindanao until December, state seismologists earlier said. Some local governments have declared a state of calamity to tap emergency funds. 

DZMM, November 4, 2019