09 April 2017- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convenes to discuss the effects and initial assessment of the magnitude 6.0 earthquake which hit Mabini, Batangas yesterday.

DOST DRR and Climate Change Undersecretary Renato U Solidum Jr, DSWD Undersecretary Hope V Hervilla and Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James E Purisima attended the meeting chaired by OCD Operations Service Director Vicente F Tomazar. Representatives from member agencies namely: DOH, DILG, PNP and AFP also joined the meeting.

PHIVOLCS reported that as of 8:00AM today, there were 1129 aftershocks recorded from the magnitude 6.0 earthquake; 20 of which were reported felt. Aftershocks are still expected from this incident.

Based on the Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) conducted by the Regional DRRM Council CALABARZON, some roads in Batangas City, Agoncillo and Bauan, Batangas are not passable due to minor landslides. There were schools, markets and houses reported to have partial damages. Intermittent power supply is being experienced in Tingloy, Mabini, San Luis and Batangas City.

One resident from Mabini, Batangas was injured from the pieces of glasses shattered due to the earthquake. Evacuation of families and individuals was reported in Mabini, Bauan, Taal, Tingloy, San Pascual, Lipa City, Agoncillo and San Luis all in the Province of Batangas. 

The National Council is constantly monitoring the effects and response operations on the earthquake-stricken communities. DILG is constantly coordinating with all concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) on the courses of actions taken. DSWD has ensured the prepositioning of necessary items, equipment and teams for response. Likewise, DOH has ensured the availability of medical supplies and equipment and as well as the provision of psychological support to affected communities.    

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defesne Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad shall lead the conduct of aerial survey in Mabini and other areas of Batangas today, together with PHIVOLCS, DOH and DSWD officials.