In light of the recent series of earthquakes that shook Mindanao, the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, CDRRMC, approved a total of Php 2.7 million financial aid to nine hardest hit local government units in Mindanao.
The beneficiaries include Kidapawan City, towns of Makilala, Tulunan and M’lang in North Cotabato, and Digos City and towns of Bansalan, Matanao, Magsaysay, and Kiblawan in Davao del Sur. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treňas, also chair of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, presided over the meeting to express the need to help earthquake stricken areas in Mindanao. Moreover, the Iloilo City Hall is also pooling donations to be transported by the Philippine Coast Guard.
It can be recalled that a 6.6 magnitude and 6.5 magnitude earthquake destroyed a number of infrastructure and displaced thousands of residents. The first earthquake (6.3 magnitude) was felt October 16, the second (6.6 magnitude) on October 29, and the latest (6.5 magnitude) on October 31.
According to a November 2 article by Rappler, death toll has risen to 21. In a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 16 people have been killed in Cotabato, 3 in Davao del Sur, 2 in Cotabato, and 1 in Sultan Kudarat. A total of 28,224 infrastructures have been destroyed, 20,921 houses have been damaged, and 6,429 have been partially damaged. Moreover, 755 educational institutions have been partially destroyed and 36 health facilities have been partially destroyed also. Read more: Cotabato earthquake death toll rises to 21. https://www.rappler.com/nation/244005-cotabato-earthquakes-death-toll-november-2-2019