DPWH, disaster teams conduct clearing ops after 6.4 quake hit DavOr

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and disaster teams of Davao Oriental on Sunday pooled their resources to clear roads of rocks and stones caused by a landslide in Tarragona town and other minor damages on structures, after a 6.4 quake jolted Davao on Saturday afternoon.

Provincial Information Officer Karen Lou Deloso said there was no reported casualty.

Based on the initial damage assessment report of the Davao Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council released Sunday, a landslide took place in Purok Cambitan, Barangay Hovellar, Tarragona, causing rocks and stones to cover part of the road in the village.

Deloso said while the road going to the area remains passable to vehicles, one lane of the road in Barangay Tomoang was damaged by fallen boulders.

In Purok Buhangin and Barangay Maganda, roads were partially damaged due to tension cracks and moderate landslide.

Meanwhile, a landslide was also reported in Tagubon, Barangay Lucatan, also in Tarragona town.
She said the DPWH and municipal disaster teams are already clearing the road to avoid delayed activities in the area.

On structures, Deloso said 10 houses were damaged in the Kamuning area of Tarragona, while one house was damaged in NASA 2.

In Manay town where the earthquake’s epicenter was reported, she said there were reports of minor damage at the Manay District Hospital, the Regional Evacuation Center, and the parish church.

Mati City also reported that the earthquake caused minor cracks on the walls of the Davao Provincial Hospital. The facility, however, was declared safe.

One house was totally damaged and four others were partially damaged in the Islamic area of Magsaysay, Mati.

Deloso said the Provincial Disaster Office has initially assessed that Tarragona was badly hit because there were more damages caused by the tremor.

She said further damage assessment is being conducted by the local government units and the disaster teams.

As this developed, Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang has called on residents to keep calm and take the necessary precautions against all hazards.

In Davao City, meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported no damage to the Davao airport runway and the seaport.

A DOTr situation report shared by Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) Deputy Project Manager, Patmei Bello Ruivivar, said the Davao airport was back to normal operations after the earthquake.

The 6.4 quake of tectonic origin shook Manay town in Davao Oriental at 3.16 p.m. on Saturday. It was located about 14 k. northeast of Manay at a depth of 28 km. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the quake was also felt in Tarragona, the adjacent town of Manay at iIntensity 6; Davao City, Mati City, Davao Oriental; Rosario, Agusan del Sur; and Maco, Compostela Valley province at Intensity 5; Koronadal City; Bislig City; Caraga, Davao Oriental; and Tagum City at Intensity 4; Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Glan, and Malapatan, Sarangani at Intensity 3; Cotabato City; Gen. Santos City; Valencia City, Kalilangan, San Fernando, and Maramag, Bukidnon; Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; Butuan City at Intensity 2; and Cagayan de Oro City and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon at Intensity 1. PNA-northboundasia.com