In the span of two weeks, residents of North Cotabato and Davao del Sur were severely affected from three strong quakes: A magnitude 6.3 on October 16, magnitude 6.6 on October 29, and magnitude, 6.5 on October 31. These consecutive quakes triggered landslides which buried hundreds of homes, caused several injuries, and displaced thousands of families. Recent reports said that groups of villagers from Makilala, North Cotabato held up signs along the road in a plea for rice and water.
Water Relief for Makilala
Under Manila Water Foundation (MWF)'s Agapay Tubig program, the Foundation reached out to evacuation sites in the Makilala town, specifically Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Camp Bulatukan, and New Cebu Elementary School on November 4. MWF, through the assistance of the Philippine Army, brought five-gallon bottles of potable water to around 1,000 families, bringing aid to quake victims evacuated at the sites. Volunteers from Manila Water's subsidiaries Tagum Water and Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV) also extended a helping hand during the relief operations.
Relief for more families
On November 7, MWF deployed five-gallon bottles of potable water to more families in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. In coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), 1,000 bottles were deployed for affected families in Kidapawan City and Tulunan, North Cotabato. An additional 300 bottles for Magsaysay, Davao del Sur were also transported by the Philippine Coast Guard.
MWF hopes for recovery and healing for our fellow Filipinos in Mindanao.