Carmen town in state of calamity
The municipality of Carmen in North Cotabato was placed under a state of calamity on Monday following two successive earthquakes that destroyed more than P60 million worth of property and left more than 120 families homeless.
The first quake, measured at 5.7 magnitude, struck on Sunday, June 1, followed by a strong aftershock of the same magnitude on Monday morning.
Office of Civil Defense-12 chief of operations Roy Durado said the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council immediately approved their recommendation to place under the state of calamity the entire town of Carmen which has 28 barangays.
Carmen is a first class municipality in the province of North Cotabato. As of 2010, it has a population of 65,670 people in 13,325 households.
Durado said initial damage to properties was placed at P63 million and could go up as assessment and evaluation of concerned government agencies continue.
Major Reynaldo Balido Jr., chief of the Department of National Defense-Office of the Civil Defense, said classes were also suspended after huge cracks were discovered in three school buildings of the Kimadzil Elementary School and two classrooms at Kibudtungan Elementary School.
Some 95 families were also left homeless in Barangay Kibudtungan and 46 more were affected in Bgy. Kimadzel, whose houses were either destroyed or badly damaged.
Two national bridges – the Mutian and Upian – which connect North Cotabato to Cagayan and Bukidnon, a barangay hall, three churches, a covered court, 4 to 5 kilometers of road and the town’s water pipe system were also severely damaged.
Governor Emmylou Mendoza said public engineers were checking all the bridges in Sayre highway, the major road network that connects North Cotabato to Bukidnon.
Balido, however, said there was no reported power disruption in the area.
Reported injured due to falling debris were Ruel Labrador, 19, his relatives Rica, 8; Enicito, 58; Roselyn, 13; Regin, 10, and one Clark Gabriel Ampaid , 5.
At least 136 aftershocks had been recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The epicenter of the June 1 earthquake, which occurred at exactly 10:10:05 p.m., was located 12 kilometers east of Carmen.
Intensity 4 was immediately felt in Matalam, North Cotabato, while Tacurong City in Marawi City, Kidapawan City, CotabatoCity, Cagayan de Oro had intensity 3.
Davao City, Valencia City, Polanco in Zamboanga del Norte experienced an intensity 2 quake.
Thirty minutes later, a magnitude 4.3 quake was felt in the same area.
The major aftershock (5.7) hit east of Carmen at exactly 4:08 a.m. on Monday, followed by an intensity 6 quake.
The quake was likewise felt in Kabacan (Intensity 5) Matalam, (Intensity 4), Kidapawan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, President Roxas, Arakan, Magpet and Makilala, (Intensity 3); Koronadal in South Cotabato; Quezon, Maramag, Valencia and Don Carlos in Bukidnon in Misamis Oriental (Intensity 2) and General Santos City and Butuan, (Intensity 1).
The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
Phivolcs officials said the quake that rocked North Cotabato had nothing to do with the 6.2 magnitude quake that jolted Taiwan, which killed two people and injured 21 others.
Taiwan’s quake’s epicenter was located near the Jenai township in Nantou County in central Taiwan, about 155 miles south of Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said. With PNA