NDRRMC orders damage check of quake-hit areas-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
MANILA -- Several government agencies and the Philippine Red Cross were ordered to submit damage assessment reports before 5 p.m. Tuesday, the chairperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
Covered by the memorandum issued by NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin issued the memorandum to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Education, Department of Transportation and Communication, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection.
Gazmin told reporters that these agencies were also directed to deploy personnel and assets to quake-affected areas. He said President Benigno Aquino III ordered national agencies to coordinate with their local counterparts and take the necessary action.
Initial reports reaching the NDRRMC show that Cebu City and the province of Bohol, where the quake’s epicenter is located, sustained the biggest damage.
Some of damaged structures include bridges, markets and old churches, especially in Bohol. Twenty people have been reported dead due to the quake, which was felt from Sorsogon to Davao.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who was present at the press briefing, asked affected residents to stay away from buildings whose structural fitness have yet to be assessed.
“As reported, we will still be expecting aftershocks. Common sense dictates that a little movement now might cause the structure to be damaged further, therefore, it’s no longer safe,” he said. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)