Leonardia asks public to stay vigilant amid series of Mindanao quakes

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Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia called for vigilance following the series of earthquakes in Mindanao.

Leonardia encouraged barangay officials to coordinate with local officials if they see buildings that need repair, or have to be demolished.

“All these show that disasters are not a matter of contingency or emergency, but are realities especially with climate change, so we have to be ready. We have seen worldwide that when there is rain, it floods like in China, America or Europe. So we need to be ready for any eventuality,” the local chief executive said.

Leonardia, meanwhile, said the city government will extend aid to victims of the 6.5 earthquake in Mindanao, which left 21 dead, thousands of residents homeless, and several structures destroyed. (

The mayor has requested Jose Maria Vargas, cluster head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), to find out how much has been given by other local governments so they will have a benchmark.

The financial aid they will extend to the earthquake victims will be taken from the budget of the DRRMO, said Leonardia.