CBCP issues appeal for earthquake victims

CBCP issues appeal for earthquake victims

Local authorities respond to the site of a damaged hotel after a powerful earthquake in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on Oct. 31. PHOTO FROM THE KIDAPAWAN CITY POLICE STATION FACEBOOK PAGE

By Roy Lagarde

October 31, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Catholic hierarchy has appealed for help for the victims of a massive earthquake that struck parts of Mindanao on Thursday.

Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the country’s bishops’ conference, urged the public to aid those in quake-stricken areas.

“Please, again, let us show our spirit of charity and solidarity. As soon as we get more data and information, it is possible that we will issue another appeal for help,” he said.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked central and eastern Mindanao on Oct. 31, just two days after a powerful tremor that killed eight people and hurt hundreds of others in the region.

Thursday’s earthquake claimed at least five lives in North Cotabato and severely damaged buildings already rattled by two previous tremors.

In the Diocese of Kidapawan, some churches were reported damaged particularly in the parishes of Makilala and Magpet.

The diocese has also established an emergency quick response team and launched relief efforts for those affected by the earthquake. 

The tremor, which was tectonic, struck Tulanan, Cotabato at 9:15 am, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Archbishop Valles also called on the public to continue praying for the victims, “especially for people grieving for loved ones who lost their lives in these recent earthquakes”

“Let us pray for the eternal repose of those who died. And let us pray that we continue to be caring and watchful for the safety of everyone,” he said.