The NDRRMC meeting was held on Saturday (November 18, 2023) following the 6.8 earthquake in the waters of Saranggani City in Davao Occidental that shook several parts of Mindanao. From left to right are TOC Undersecretary Administrator Ariel Nepomuceno, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and Vice President Sara Duterte. (Photo by CIVIL DEFENSE OFFICE)

MANILA, Philippines – Following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Mindanao, the response group of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held a meeting on Saturday.

According to Vice President Sara Duterte, NDRRMC Chairman and Department of National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro called the meeting.

Duterte also said he led the forum with the different government agencies that respond to citizens affected by the earthquake.

“As public servants, we will continue to focus on expanding our ability to provide immediate assistance and rehabilitation to affected areas, not only now, but in future disasters,” the Vice President said in a statement.

(As public servants, we will continue to focus on expanding our capacity to provide immediate assistance and rehabilitation in affected areas, not only now but also in future disasters.)

The vice president said they also talked about the possible effects of two areas of low pressure monitored by state meteorologists.

The NDRRMC discussed the preparations of local government units for heavy rains, landslides and floods.

For its part, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority reported on the transport strike on Monday, Duterte noted.

She said there will be inter-agency coordination to assist passengers during the strike.

The meeting was held at the Quezon City Civil Defense Office.

Based on a post from Civil Defense – Region 12, some government officials participated in the online meeting.

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Region 12 or Central Mindanao (Soccsksargen) was heavily damaged by the earthquake.


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