MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez assured Mindanao residents affected by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake on Friday afternoon in Mindanao that the House is already coordinating with key agencies for a quick and effective response .
In a statement released on Friday, Romualdez said the Chamber extends its support to the people of Mindanao, especially those near the epicenter in Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental.
“The House of Representatives extends its unwavering support to the people of Mindanao following the severe 6.8 magnitude earthquake. We are keeping our kababayans in the affected areas in our thoughts and prayers as they face this difficult situation,” Romualdez said.
“Prioritizing the safety and well-being of our citizens is essential. My office is actively coordinating with key agencies including Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) and the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council) to facilitate quick and effective response actions,” he added.
Romualdez said the Chamber would assist the national government in terms of mobilizing resources that would be needed by the affected residents.
“The Chamber is committed to supporting the national government in mobilizing the necessary resources for the relief and rehabilitation of affected communities,” he said.
“To our brothers and sisters in Mindanao, you are not facing this alone. Your resilience and strength are an inspiration to us and we stand with you. Together, we will rebuild and emerge from this situation stronger than ever,” she added.
Netizens uploaded videos and photos on social media showing the enormous extent of the damage caused by the earthquake. In Davao City, several buildings were damaged by the tremors.
No tsunami warning was raised, but Phivolcs warned of possible aftershocks.