Central 911 on alert after Bohol quake-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
THE Davao City Central 911 is keeping its system alert to any type of emergency situations that may occur in the city after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolted Carmen, Bohol and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao Tuesday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens others.
Emmanuel Jaldon, Central 911 chief, said continuous monitoring is in effect to immediately respond to disaster and urgent situations.
He said the Davao City Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) is "on standby to whatever type of emergencies."
In emergency cases, he said the first responders are the committee created within each barangay level called as Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
Jaldon said barangay-level responders are oriented and equipped with preparation and mitigation measures.
"It's their primary responsibility. After sa level nila is yung Central 911 na. We are assisting them," Jaldon said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Jaldon advised Davaoenos to keep calm and to not panic in times of emergency.
As of this posting, at least 15 people were confirmed killed in Cebu City, four in Bohol, and one in Siquijor.
Damage to property has been observed in Cebu and Bohol, where centuries-old churches, particularly in Loon and Loboc towns, collapsed.
The centuries-old Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino in downtown Cebu City also sustained damages.
The famous Baclayon church in Bohol also had cracks in its facade and its belfry was damaged, said Tagbilaran Archbishop Leonardo Medroso. (With Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 16, 2013.