Statement of DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año on the Recent Earthquakes in Mindanao

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) joins the nation in praying for the people of Northern, Central, and Eastern Mindanao in the wake of two strong earthquakes that shook the region this week.

Kasama ninyo ang inyong pamahalaan, sa pangunguna ni Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte, at ang DILG sa pagtugon sa naiwang pinsala ng kalamidad na ito.

We assure the people of Mindanao that all local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) in affected areas are convened and operational, together with DRRMCs from nearby local government units (LGUs) to supplement local efforts for the victims of the earthquakes.

Local chief executives (LCEs) are now on the ground to assess damages and spearhead immediate response operations including the evacuation of victims, movement of injured residents, and management of the missing and the dead. Assistance from various national government agencies under the Regional DRRMC are also continuously coming in. The National Government through the NDRRMC is continuously mobilizing all resources to supplement the efforts of local bodies.

In these trying times, we encourage the people to remain calm and face the challenges with the safety of the people as the first priority. Pinakamahalaga pa rin po ang buhay ng tao.

We ask all residents to first assess with local authorities the stability of affected structures before utilizing them again. Please cooperate with the various DRRMC entities and your LGUs to ensure your safety and well-being.

May the Lord protect us all. God bless the people of Mindanao.

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