Tulunan officials seek help for earthquake victims

COTABATO, Phiippines (UPDATED) – Officials of Tulunan town are seeking funds and more relief goods for earthquake victims, after another strong tremor struck the town on Thursday, October 31.

The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office said in a disaster incident report signed by MSWD officer Genalyn Betoya Delasan that Tulunan needs "additional relief assistance" in the form of financial assistance, relief goods, family packs supplies, and shelter for evacuees.

The MSWD reported that over 1,800 families in the town's 29 barangays are affected by the earthquake.

Nearly 2,000 homes and other structures were damaged in the town, and of this number, 923 houses were totally destroyed.

In Tulunan, the walls of the old municipal collapsed while the current administration building has become heavily damaged, prompting municipal workers to set up temporary offices in the municipal hall grounds.

MAKESHFT OFFICE. Municipal health workers hold office under a tent in the grounds of the Tulunan Municipal Hall on October 31, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

MAKESHFT OFFICE. Municipal health workers hold office under a tent in the grounds of the Tulunan Municipal Hall on October 31, 2019.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The MSWD listed the needed assistance in its report:

Tulunan has been the epicenter of 3 strong earthquakes on October 16, 29, and 31. (READ: 'We were screaming. Everyone was crying': Tulunan esidents recall earthquake)

In Davao City, Mayor Sara Duterte asked for people to redirect their donation to earthquake-affected areas such as Davao del Sur and Cotabato. According to Duterte, there are no evacuees in Davao City, and the city government can take care of those who were affected by the earthquake.

"There have been numerous calls from individuals and establishments wanting to help Davao City following the series of earthquakes that also hit many towns in Southern and Central Mindanao," she said.

Duterte instructed for donations to be delivered to the Task Force Davao Headquarters at the Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City.

"The city government of Davao will organize a relief distribution for Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato ASAP," she said in a statement. – Rappler.com