Philippines

A series of strong earthquakes in Tulunan, Cotabato at 6.3 magnitude, 6.6 magnitude and 6.5 magnitude, all equivalent to intensity VII in October within a span of 2 weeks (October 16, 29 and 31 respectively) caused severe damage in the lives of affected communities in Southern Philippines. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the series of earthquake were tectonic in origin and were felt in Cotabato and neighbouring municipalities and provinces (of five regions of Mindanao, including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The earthquakes were felt in Tulunan and Makilala in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Digos City, municipalities of Bansalan and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur and Maloungon in Sarangani with equivalent to Intensity VII. Intensity VI was also felt in 4 cities and 10 The series of strong earthquakes in Tulunan, Cotabato at 6.3 magnitude, 6.6 magnitude and 6.5 magnitude, all equivalent to intensity VII in October within a span of 2 weeks (October 16, 29 and 31 respectively) caused severe damage in the lives of affected communities in Southern Philippines.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the series of earthquake were tectonic in origin and were felt in Cotabato and neighboring municipalities and provinces (of five regions of Mindanao, including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The earthquakes were felt in Tulunan and Makilala in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Digos City, municipalities of Bansalan and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur and Maloungon in Sarangani with equivalent to Intensity VII. Intensity VI was also felt in 4 cities and 10 municipalities (in 6 different provinces)

As of 30th November, 2019[1], the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported a total of 71,247 families (349,266 persons) affected in 362 barangays in Regions XI and XII. A total of 13,973 families (60,130) were served by the government in 107 evacuation centers while 25,812 families (125,609 persons) were displaced outside of the formal evacuation centers. As a result of the strong earthquakes, 23 persons were confirmed dead, 563 injured and 11 missing across regions X, XI, XII and BARMM. Of the total reported 49,690 damaged infrastructures, 52% were totally damaged (26,025) while 23,665 were partially damaged. Of the 47,662 damaged houses, 25,895 (54%) were totally damaged while 21,767 houses were partially damaged.

The earthquakes had immediate and long-term impacts to the affected communities in Davao del Sur and Cotabato Provinces. Several local and international NGOs including ADRA Philippines conducted multi-sectoral assessments to determine the extent of the damage and the needs of the affected communities. Response interventions were provided to the affected families in different communities. However, due to the severity of the disaster, on-going needs of the affected families still exist particularly livelihood, shelter, food among others.

ADRA-UK contributed from its emergency fund to participate in the response.

The full report can be downloaded here:

EM19-092_Philippines_FinalReport