Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan has instructed the City Engineers Office to ensure that buildings can withstand an earthquake in the 7-magnitude range that hit Central Visayas last October 15.
He tasked officer-in-charge Engr. Athena Ativo to check compliance with regulations, including infrastructure owned and managed by the local government.
“Strict inspections and our firm adherence to the building code provide the first line of defense and would help us to ensure public safety,” Malapitan said.
In Wednesday’s technical briefing on geohazard updates for the National Capital Region, he reviewed risk maps together with Cesar Chavez, city planning chief, and Director Renato Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology chief.
“When the West Valley Fault moves, a possible 7.2 or even a 6.5 can do heavy damage so preventive measures are needed,” Solidum said.
Malapitan called on residents and private owners to have their houses and building checked by a licensed structural engineer.
“We have to take all possible measures to minimize human casualty and damage to properties in the city,” he said.
A three-year risk analysis by Phivolcs and the Australian government indicated that a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila could leave about 37,000 people dead, 604,000 others injured and P2.4 trillion worth of damage to property. Jun David