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Army extends relief effort for Surigao quake victims

July 16, 2019 - Tuesday 5:07 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image A motorist drives past a destroyed house after a large earthquake that hit Surigao City on July 13, 2019. ERWIN MASCARINAS / AFP

DAVAO CITY -- Personnel from Army's 36th Infantry Battalion (IB) joined the humanitarian aid effort after the July 13 earthquake that rocked the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, and Cortez in Surigao del Sur.

The magnitude 5.5 quake that hit at around 4:42 a.m. injured 42 and damaged 206 houses and 46 establishments.

36th IB commander Lieutenant Colonel Xerxes Trinidad said he quickly organized his Disaster Response Team (DRT) to help victims of the earthquake.

Trinidad said it is part of their mandate to serve and protect the people during calamities and natural disaster, not just in addressing peace and security concerns.

"We will find ways  to help and rescue the peace-loving Surigaonons," he said.

Trinidad urged the victims to be resilient at all times and reach out to the government and security forces in times of need.

The damage assessment of the municipal disaster risk reduction and management council of these towns is still ongoing.