GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Three people, including a pregnant mother, were injured while several government buildings, houses and other private structures were damaged in the coastal towns of Glan and Malapatan in Sarangani Province as a result of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit the area before dawn Saturday.
Ken Dollar Pontilar, staff member of the Sarangani Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the victims sustained injuries at the height of the quake at around 4:23 a.m. and while fleeing from their communities.
He identified the victims as Edilberto Corporal, 55, and Everly Dala, 16, of Barangay Poblacion; and Leo Remollo, 56, of Barangay Calabanit in Glan.
Corporal, who was driving a motorcycle, was reportedly hit by rolling stones from a nearby hill during the quake, he said.
Pontilar said nine-months pregnant Dala, fell from an unspecified vehicle while evacuating from their community in Purok Riverside in Poblacion, while Remollo was hit by a motorcycle while fleeing from their village.
He said the three were rushed to the Glan municipal hospital for treatment.
“We received a report that Dala had been transferred to another hospital in GenSan (General Santos City) due to her delicate condition,” he said over the phone.
Citing their initial assessment, Pontilar said at least three houses, a private warehouse and five government structures sustained various damages due to the quake.
He said the three houses, situated at the Pacman Village in Barangay Tango, suffered major cracks on the walls and ceiling, and were declared by provincial government engineers as unsafe for dwelling.
The Glan seaport was listed as totally damaged while the newly-completed port office of the Philippine Ports Authority, municipal hall building, municipal hospital building, municipal police station building and a Pepsi warehouse sustained partial damages.
In Malapatan town, he said a still undetermined number of houses were reported to have sustained minor structural damages due to the quake.
He said the local government reported that four fish-aggregating devices or “payaos” and 10 fish nets owned by local fishermen were “lost at sea” as a result of the quake.
A situation report released by the Office of Civil Defense-Region 12 said a resident in Maitum, Sarangani was treated for hypertension while two residents in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato also suffered minor injuries. AVE/PNA-northboundasia.com