OIC guv suspends office work at N. Cotabato Capitol

By:  Edwin Fernandez

KIDAPAWAN CITY – North Cotabato acting governor, Provincial Board Member Onofre Respicio, ordered the suspension of office work in all departments of the Capitol after a series of aftershocks rocked the province since 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“No clients or visitors shall be entertained,” said Respicio, who was named officer-in-charge by Governor Nancy Catamco, who is on official leave.

Respicio also directed all provincial department heads to remain in the vicinity of the Capitol since all are members of Quick Response Action Team. He added that work suspension does not apply to all provincial hospital personnel.

The Provincial Engineering Office and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council are currently conducting damage assessment on all structures within the Capitol grounds.

In Kidapawan City, Mayor Joseph Evangelista has also ordered the suspension of office work at the 3-story Kidapawan City Hall after cracks were discovered in the building following the earthquake.

Officials said damage assessment is going on at the city hall and all public and private buildings in the city and the province. (PNA)

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