MANILA, Philippines – The alert status of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Davao Region has been raised to Red Alert, its Office of Civil Defense (OCD XI) said on Saturday.

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake on Friday was recorded in the region, especially in the waters of Sarangani, Davao Occidental.

In accordance with OCD

“All DRRM local offices and RDRRMC member agencies have been instructed to closely monitor their areas of responsibility and coordinate with the RDRRMC XI EOC for immediate response actions when necessary,” OCD XI said in a statement.

OCD XI further stated that as of 11pm on Friday, minor damage to infrastructure was reported in Davao City and the municipalities of José Abad Santos and Sarangani in Davao Occidental.

The agency further reported that 174 people in Davao City and four families in José Abad Santos were displaced.

Power outages were also noted in Davao Occidental province, although electricity has since been restored.

In an interview with with OCD XI Regional Director Ednar Dayanghirang, he said that an elderly male died in José Abad Santos after a stone fell on him.

Dayanghirang also noted that an injury was recorded in Sarangani Municipality.

The regional director also said that authorities are carrying out a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis this Saturday to obtain more information and validate the damage reported in the areas affected by the earthquake.

“Today, this morning, they are on the field. It will take them two to three days to complete the work, but we ask for daily updates,” he said over the phone.

Meanwhile, OCD XI noted that the EOC of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is on blue alert status.


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