FASTER REHABILITATION. The JCX Convention Center in Kidapawan City serves as the central command center of the Mindanao Development Authority in response to the series of earthquakes in Mindanao.The MinDA CCC will mainly collect data using drones and digital technology to determine the extent of damage, the support and assistance needed and the crafting of post-disaster follow through interventions.

DAVAO CITY - For a faster delivery of assistance to the victims of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake which hit the Southeastern part of Mindanao on October 16, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) organized a task group to fast-track the rehabilitation of earthquake stricken communities.

Dubbed as the MinDA Earthquake Rehabilitation Task Group, it is headed by Executive Director Janet Lopoz.

Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the task group would also validate and assess the extent of damage, injuries and the number and identities of fatalities due to the calamity.

“As Chairman of MinDA, I am directing all officials of the agency to come up with a comprehensive and validated report of the damage and injuries due to the earthquake”, Piñol said.

He also ordered the group to consolidate the total number of families affected by the earthquake, those who lost homes, livelihood, and the identities of those who died resulting from the earthquake.

“A report will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go to facilitate the immediate release of financial assistance to the victims”, Pinol stressed.

He also directed the task group to evaluate the damage of buildings and properties owned by the local government units so that repair and rehabilitation will be immediately initiated to ensure continued delivery of basic social services.

The MinDA Chief also wanted to verify the bridges and roads to undergo repair and rehabilitation.

“The repairs and rehabilitation of these infrastructures are necessary to ensure the efficient and continued flow of trade and commerce in the area”, Piñol said.

He also added that he is expecting Lopoz to produce an initial report by October 23 and the Comprehensive Report by October 28.###

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