DAMAGE TO infrastructure from the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck parts of Mindanao last Oct. 16 has been initially assessed at P86 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Monday. The DPWH-Regional Office 12 said while all major roads and bridges in the region remain passable, some infrastructure were partially damaged and are continuously being monitored due to aftershocks. The tremor’s epicenter was in Tulunan, Cotabato in Region 12. Together, let us address the outcomes of the tremor that jolted Mindanao,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said in the statement. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in its Oct. 21 update, said 3,160 infrastructure, both public and private, have been reported to have incurred total or partial damage. “We are encouraging each and everyone to contact our office to report vulnerabilities and request rescue operations.
The NDRRMC also said the reported death toll from the tremor has gone up to seven, while 215 have been injured. A total of 877 families also remain displaced.