QUAKE DAMAGE. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol. Jessar Adornado, OCD-5 DRRM division chief, on Thursday (Dec. 8, 2022) said they are continuously monitoring Camarines Norte after Wednesday’s magnitude 5.3 earthquake damaged school buildings and officers in the province. (PNA file photo)

LEGAZPI CITY – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol are continuously monitoring Camarines Norte after Wednesday’s magnitude 5.3 earthquake damaged school buildings and offices in the province.

Eric de Castro, Camarines Norte DRRM officer, said they conducted monitoring and an information and education campaign right after the earthquake.

"We also conducted an assessment through our provincial engineering office. We also coordinated with the Department of Education, consultation with the School Division Offices with their engineers and the school buildings were also discussed," he said during an online meeting Thursday with concerned government agencies.

De Castro said they also advised schools with high-impact damage not to use the building if it will put the safety of students at risk.

In a report of the OCD-Bicol, cracks were found in different elementary and high school buildings, government offices, rural health units, barangay halls and daycare centers in the municipalities of Capalonga, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, Sta. Elena and Vinzons.

No disruption of power, water, or communication lines was recorded.

"In Mercedes town, some students were reported to have fainted at San Roque National High School and four barangays with a total of 40 individuals experienced panic during the earthquake while conducting the barangay DRRM planning. Some students suffered hyperventilation at Vinzons Pilot High School and all were responded to by the emergency rescue team," said Jessar Adornado, OCD-5 DRRM division chief. (PNA)