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           The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convened its Response Cluster to monitor and assess relief operations, as well as coordinate response efforts, in relation to the series of earthquakes in Tulunan, Cotabato that occurred on 16 October 2019 (M 6.3), 29 October 2019 (M 6.6), and 31 October 2019 (M 6.5).  The meeting was held on 31 October 2019 at the NDRRM Operations Center, Quezon City.

           DSWD has distributed and is preparing to further deploy relief packs and other standby items in nearby regions to respond to the needs of Regions XI, XII, and other nearby provinces. PHIVOLCS deployed their Quick Response Team and has been closely monitoring the seismic activities since the occurrence of the Mg 6.3 earthquake last 16 October in Cotabato to assess damages and prevent further risks to structures and lives. NDRRMC remains on standby to replenish supplies whenever necessary. The DSWD also has food and non-food items that are already in transit.

           Meanwhile, Information and Educational Campaigns (IECs) were also conducted to brief affected communities on the earthquake and what to do in case a similar incident occurs in the near future.

           There are a total of 5,126 families affected by the earthquake across regions XI and XII. Reports of injuries and missing persons are coming in relative to multiple incidents being responded to by the Search and Rescue teams of affected local government units together with the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) which is ready to deploy additional resources should the need for augmentation arise. The Department of Health (DOH) has set up medic tents for those whose injuries and traumas need immediate care.

           The NDRRMC has raised its alert status to BLUE beginning 30 October 2019 to coordinate response efforts in Regions X, XI, XII, and other affected areas. The NDRRMC is prepared to augment the resources and response efforts of local government units should its assistance be requested or required.