TWO women were injured when a decade-old waiting shed in front of Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School toppled down after a magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck Davao City Thursday morning, February 23.
The injured were identified as Maria Teresa Pusta, 43, an employee of Dallas Energy and Petroleum Corporation and a resident of Bangkal, Davao City and Fe Yu, 66, a retired teacher currently residing at Kilometer 7 Kubkub, Buhangin, Davao City.
The two were waiting for a jeepney ride when the quake occurred and later sustained head injuries after the concrete shed hit them when it collapsed. The Central 911 immediately rushed the victims to Southern Philippines Medical Center.
Dan Bray, an American national who has emergency training, helped the injured woman while waiting for the paramedics team of the Central 911 to arrive.
According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the tectonic earthquake jolted around 9:50 a.m. and its epicenter was found nine kilometers northwest of Davao City at a depth of 15 kilometers (km).
Students and employees of different institutions and establishments in Davao City secured themselves in an open ground to avoid any untoward incident.
Davao City Administrator lawyer Zuleika Lopez said the Davao City Government mobilized the heads of the offices to take necessary action for possible cracks around the city that was possibly brought by the incident.
"We have already instructed the City Engineers Office and the Demolition team to look at it and to all other similar structures," Lopez said during the regular meeting of the Davao City Peace and Order Council Thursday, February 23.
Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Leoncio Cirunay reminded the public to be cautious and vigilant when earthquakes happen and to remain calm and execute the earthquake safety procedures properly.
"Maging alisto kapag nakaramdam ng paggalaw ng lupa at pumunta agad sa safe nga lugar. Hindi dapat mag-panic at magbantay sa pag guho ng lupa at iwasan ang matataas na building, poste or bricks galing sa taas na building or malaking punong kahoy para maiwasan ang injuries or posibling pagkamatay (Be alert if you feel any land movement and evacuate to a safe area immediately. Don't panic and keep yourselves alert for land erosion. Avoid tall buildings, posts and bricks and huge trees to prevent injuries and possible death)," he said.
Phivolcs also reported an aftershock in Davao City at 1:16 p.m. with a magnitude of 2.9 and depth of four km.
A magnitude 4.2 quake also hit Montevista, Compostela Valley.