By Mike Crismundo
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – The Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion (36th IB) is sending troops to help victims of the earthquake that rocked the town of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza(CarCanMadCarLan) and Cortez all of Surigao del Sur on Saturday.
Initial reports reaching the command and action center of the 36th IB confirmed that at least 42 people have been injured, 206 households were affected, and 46 establishments damaged in the province.
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake jolted the northeastern part of Surigao del Sur early Saturday morning.
Lt. Col. Xerxes A. Trinidad, commanding officer of the 36th IB, said he quickly organized the Disaster Response Team (DRT) to help victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked the province and its towns.
“As a partner in addressing peace and security in the province, it is also our mandate to serve and protect the people in any calamities and natural disaster,” he said.
“We will find ways to help and rescue the peace-loving Surigaonons,” the 36th IB commander said.
He urged the victims to be resilient at all times and reach out to the government and security forces in times of need.
“Your army will always be at your service anytime. We will be deploying our troops to any point in the province. It is our sincere gesture to reach out to the victims and monitor the damage caused by the earthquake,” added Lt. Col. Trinidad.
Rapid damage assessment by the six municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils (MDRRMCs), along with the PDRRMC are still ongoing, 1st Lt. Jonald D. Romorosa, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the 36th IB also told The Manila Bulletin on Monday.