Update on UP’s assistance to earthquake-hit communities in Mindanao (as of November 11, 2019)
A team of UP engineers headed by UP Diliman College of Engineering Dean Ferdinand Manegdeg arrived at Kidapawan City, Cotabato on Saturday, November 9, to provide structural damage assessment. This is in response to the local government’s request to UP for assistance.
In photos: Dean Manegdeg and UP Institute of Civil Engineering’s Dr. Jaime Hernandez Jr. leading the team assessing commercial establishments in Kidapawan City. (Photos courtesy of Eric Augustus Tingatinga)
Update on UP’s assistance to earthquake-hit communities in Mindanao (as of November 8, 2019)
Experts from the UP Resilience Institute and UP Mindanao Earthquake Task Force have been sent to visit the hard-hit barangays of Makilala, Cotabato for geological assessment in light of the Mindanao earthquakes last October 29 and 31. This is in response to Acting Vice-Governor Shirlyn D. Macasarte-Villanueva’s request to UP for assistance on geological surveys, structural damage assessment, and psychosocial support for trauma victims.
The team, headed by UPRI executive director Dr. Mahar Lagmay, is composed of Prof. Genaro Cuaresma, Iris Yvette A. Cesista, Ma. Criselda B. Baldago, John Agustin P. Escudero, Audrei Anne B. Ybañez, Richard L. Ybañez, Dr. Mario Aurelio, Yvonne Doyongan, and UP Mindanao Earthquake Task Force Chair and Pahinungod Director Michael Gatela.
On November 8, 2019, the team had a briefing session and coordination meeting with the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council and other stakeholders at the Governor’s office.
A team of UP engineering experts is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, November 9, 2010 to provide structural damage assessment. Another team from UP will also visit the affected sites to render psychosocial services.
On November 4, 2019, UP Executive Vice President Teodoro B. Herbosa issued a memorandum constituting the Mindanao Earthquake Response Team of UP headed by Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Elena E. Pernia.
(Photos are from Barangays Sto. Niño, Malasila, and Buenavida of the Municipality of Makilala, Cotabato courtesy of Mahar Lagmay, Gene Cuaresma, Michael Gatela and Audrei Ybañez.)