The recent earthquakes in the Philippines, on the island of Mindanao, is described as an earthquake ‘swarm’ by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Three of these tremors registered the strongest magnitude on October 16 – 6.3, October 29 – 6.6 and October 31 – 6.5. A recent earthquake on November 18 registered 5.9. The heavily affected areas in Makilala, Kidapawan City, Tulunan and several other areas like Santa Cruz, Matanao, Magsaysay, Bansalan and Digos City. The earthquake sequence triggered a large number of landslides and rockslides in Kidapawan City, Antipas, Arakan, Makilala, M’Lang and Tulunan in Cotabato province, Magsaysay, Bansalan, Malalag, Matanao and Kiblawan in Davao Del Sur. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), about 30,000 families or 150,000 individuals have been affected by the earthquakes. More than 30 people have died and over 700 were injured after these events.
The Relief Operation
The Franciscans, in a collaborative effort, of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), Order of Franciscan Secular (OFS), Third Order Regular (TOR), Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception (SFIC) Friends of Francis and Clare (FCC) Franciscan Youth (Youfra) are participating with local government authorities.
The on-going relief operation encompasses the victims located in the peripheries. Since the relief effort began on November 8th, the Franciscan groups have conducted medical check-ups, relief goods distribution and pscho-social debriefing in Sitio Silang, Sitio Embacy, Purok Forever, and Perez Evacuation Center in Kidapawan City, Pag-ugmad Village, Kisante 2, Buenavida 3, New Cebu Makilala and with our Muslim brothers and sisters at Nuangan, Kidapawan City. As of today, Bro. Dennis and Bro. Christopher are conducting survey and visitation to identify areas for this week and succeeding days’ relief operation activities.
We Need Your Help
The Franciscan groups have only touched the surface of this humanitarian disaster. Thousands more will need food, water, and medical relief. The Franciscan Missions have sent emergency funds to support the effort but, we need your help to continue. Your gifts will be immediately sent to the Franciscan relief effort to supply aid for the most needy. Please consider a generous gift of hope to the people of the Philippines today.
On their behalf, I’m praying that we can continue to support our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. We can do this “if only” you will help. Any gift you send would be a blessing. Your generosity reflects God’s mercy.
Thank you and may God bless you,
Br. Andrew Brophy, OFM
Executive Director of the Franciscan Missions