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NIA assesses damage caused by Sarangani earthquake

MANILA, Philippines – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said Saturday that it has already summoned its regional managers to assess the damage done to their sector by the Mindanao earthquake.

On Friday, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the waters off Sarangani in Davao Occidental.

According to the NIA, the call was made on the orders of Department of Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. to check the damage the earthquake had caused to the agricultural sector.

The NIA found that the acting administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen has already called on NIA regional managers in the affected regions to conduct an inventory of affected infrastructures and irrigation offices.

The administration also noted that the assessment is intended to ensure the safety of worker and farmer-beneficiaries.

“Reports on actual assessment and inventory activities are currently being prepared in NIA field offices,” the administration said in a news release.

The NIA further said that it will ensure continuous provision of irrigation services while ensuring the safety of its stakeholders.

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