Since the first Magnitude 6.3 earthquake last 16 October 2019, the national government, through the NDRRMC has mobilized various agencies to extend assistance to local government units in providing aid to affected families.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), with support from the AFP, DOTr transported family food packs, tents, tarpaulins and shelter repair kits for distribution to affected families staying outside and inside evacuation centers.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) utilizing subordinate units in the area conduct Search and Rescue Operations in support of local government units (LGUs).
Department of Health (DOH) through its regional office has mobilized manpower, and has distributed medicines and medical supplies to the affected areas. Medical posts and tents were set up by DOH XII with DSWD XII to ensure the provision of medical assistance.
The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) conducted ground and aerial surveys in Cotabato and Davao del Sur to collect damage data and analyze the same to prevent further risks. Phivolcs and MGB recommended areas in the hinterlands of Makilala, Cotabato and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur for immediate and forced evacuation due to the danger of earthquake and rain induced landslides.
Building and site inspections are being conducted throughout the regions by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as well as local Building Officials and DRRMOs.
Department of Agriculture XII has conducted an assessment of the damaged water system and will facilitate repairs. 15 LGUs in Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat are still experiencing power outage and interruptions.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has assessed damages in schools and already provided Psychological First Aid to affected learners and personnel. Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways through its Regional and District offices has conducted assessment of the damages and structural integrity of major roads, buildings and other public structures. As of today, a total of 757 schools were assessed to be damaged from the 3 strong earthquakes that originated in Tulunan, Cotabato.
As of November 2, a total of 17 persons were confirmed dead in Region XI and XII caused by the earthquakes on October 29 (M6.6) and 31 October (M6.5). A total of 4,127 families from 149 barangays in Regions XI and XII are temporarily sheltered and being served in 27 evacuation centers while 1,370 families are being served outside.
NDRRMC is maintaining close coordination with respective RDRRMCs and agencies to ensure delivery of basic needs and services and assistances required.