Statement of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte:
Updates on the relief efforts to address the effects of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake
[Released on February 7, 2012]
As of 12:30 a.m. today, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 15 fatalities, 52 injured persons, and 29 missing individuals following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake in the Visayas yesterday. Together with the affected local government units, the NDRRMC is conducting Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) in the affected areas, as instructed by the President.
The President also ordered concerned agencies to activate their response teams to aid the victims. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have placed their quick response teams on standby ready for deployment, and have at least 2,000 family packs ready for augmentation. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) units have initiated evacuation efforts, and search and rescue operations; and helped in relief operations, alongside the assets of Philippine Navy (PN).
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has also conducted clearing and re-routing operations in roads and bridges rendered impassable. Rehabilitation efforts are also underway for infrastructure that has been substantially damaged. The Department of Energy is also restoring power back to affected areas.
The NDRRMC, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and DOST-PHIVOLCS and their corresponding regional offices will continue to monitor the situation and disseminate advisories and bulletins to the public, particularly to coastal communities in Negros Oriental and Cebu that need to be watchful of sea level changes due to aftershocks.
The President is deeply concerned about our countrymen in the affected areas. He is focused on ensuring that services resume at the soonest possible time. He appeals to everyone to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities as they work to bring these areas back to normality.