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Are you ready for the Big One?

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Experts warn of the so-called “Big One” – a staggering 7.2 magnitude earthquake brewing in the West Valley fault that could wipe out 114,000 homes in Metro Manila and claim 34,000 lives in one devastating hour.

The West Valley Fault is a 100-kilometer fault line that traverses the cities of Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Muntinlupa, and other nearby provinces.

The fault moves every 400 years. Its recorded last move was 357 years ago. This means that the West Valley Fault is now ripe for another strong quake that could occur anytime.

A study conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), paints a harrowing scenario of the Big One’s aftermath.

Around 10% of the buildings in Metro Manila will be severely damaged while seven bridges are expected to collapse.

Predicted to be severely affected are providers of utilities such as power, water and telecomunication.

Around 4,615 kilometers of water pipes will be subjected to 4,000 points of breakage. Thirty kilometers of electric cables will be cut resulting in a massive black out. Meanwhile, 95 kilometers of telecom cables will be disconnected, causing mobile phone services to be congested and out of use.

Fires are also expected to occur due to short circuits and gas leakages. Twenty thousand people are estimated to perish from being trapped in these burning buildings.

Aside from Metro Manila, some parts of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will also be affected.

So, the question to all: Are you ready for the Big One?

Public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon, through his “Tulong Muna Bago Balita” campaign, has been hosting a UNTV Rescue Summit to help the government prepare the public and local government rescue units for the eventual movement of the West Valley Fault.

In partnership with the Marikina City government, the 4th Rescue Summit will be held on April 28, 2019, Sunday at the Marikina Sports Center.

Starting at 6:00 AM, the whole day event will be packed with rescue competitions, seminars and exhibits which will be capped by a mini-concert to be hosted by the Rescue Summit’s radio partner, Wish 107.5.

Prepare yourself and your family for the Big One. Join the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit. Admission is free. — Raymond Lacsa

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LOOK: 8 nifty pedestrian walkways in Metro Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The sun is out and the skies are clear, the day is perfect for a walk outside.

But if you don’t fancy walking around under the beating heat of the sun, you might want to try walking under the shade or on some nifty and interesting walkways in Metro Manila.

We have rounded up the ones with the most inspiring murals that will make pedestrians feel lighter when passing the area.

1. Makati Avenue Underpass

Underground walkways abound in Makati City to help pedestrians cross safely from one street corner to another.

But what makes this underground pass interesting?

Aside from providing road crossing convenience to pedestrians around the Makati Business district, the underpass also showcases Filipino art talent through intricate sketches and lively splashes of color.

2. Salcedo Underpass

One will surely be entertained when passing through Salcedo underpass and seeing its colorful murals.

Although the underpass is currently under renovation, some are still enticed to go down the walkway to get a glimpse of the whimsical murals which are collective works of art students from various colleges and universities in the country.

3. Paseo Underpass

If you are in the mood for gazing into outer space and its secrets within, you might want to head to Makati’s Paseo de Roxas underpass.

It features an image of a rocket launcher made by illustrator and art director, Daniel Tingcungco that will surely take commuters’ imagination out of this world.

4. Dela Rosa Elevated Walkway

This elevated walkway in Makati Central Business District is the Philippines’ longest elevated pedestrian walkway.

It has a total length of 1.1 kilometers long which connects Salcedo and Rufino streets in Makati.

It is also linked to Ayala Center, so commuters may use this walkway from the Ayala MRT Station all the way to Makati Medical Center without worrying about getting soaked in the rain or beaten by the sun’s rays.

5. Quezon City Memorial Circle

Quezon City also offers a network of underground walkways that are spacious and convenient enough for pedestrians.

Two underpasses are found around the Quezon Memorial Circle: one is located in front of the Quezon City hall and another in front of the Philippine Coconut Authority office.

These underground walkways are well-lit and feature a photo exhibit on the city’s history. It also has rows of retail stores and food booths available for commuters to pass the time.

6. Ortigas Overpass

Not to be outdone, Pasig City also has Ortigas CBD Elevated Plaza which features covered walkways, wide pedestrian areas and a fountain with a dome.

It was designed by renowned landscape architect and urban planner Paulo Alcazaren.

The Ortigas Overpass is a great option for commuters to while their time as they sit through traffic jams in the congested intersections of the business district.

7. Manila Underpass

If one happens to be in the City of Manila, one may opt to walk around the Manila Underpass which connects Manila City Hall and Intramuros.

Although it is not as presentable as the ones mentioned above, the Manila Underpass is worth the visit for the rows of merchandises on display for the commuters’ shopping pleasure.

Inside Manila Underpass

If you’re on the hunt for classic board games and other rare finds at lower prices, be sure to check out the shelves when you walk by the Manila Underpass.

8. Paraiso ng Batang Maynila footbridge

This mini-footbridge in Malate, Manila was once the subject of criticisms and ridicule online. It was tagged as the “weirdest project in the world” for the very short distance it covered from one street to another.

But unknown to many, this overpass is not actually a pedestrian overpass but rather a tool for teaching kids about road safety.

It can be found within a public children’s park in Malate called Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, where small versions of bicycle lanes, waiting sheds, walkways and stop signs are also featured.

While it is true that many walkways built in Metro Manila are underutilized – as some sidewalks were given up for street vendors and illegal parking – these list gives us a glimmer of hope that we can still have nice and interesting walkways for pedestrians.

Local authorities should also exercise more power in enforcing policies to remind others that walkways are for pedestrians and must not be obstructed for their own self-gain. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Mon Jocson)

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3-hour power interruptions burden residents in Metro Manila, parts of Luzon

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Barangay Sto. Cristo, Quezon City resident Marie Louise Cacapit and her child spent the night inside their car because of the power interruption in their area.

“Sa sasakyan kami natulog para malamigan lang. Wala na ngang tubig wala ng kuryente napakinit pa ng panahon, maiiyak kana sa sobrang init, (We slept in the car just to cool ourselves off. There’s no water, no power and then with this heat)” she said.

READ: Power outages might last until April 21

Residents in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon experienced a three-hour power outage, according to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Carmelito Inocencio, also a resident of Barangay Sto. Cristo Quezon City slept on the floor because of the extreme heat.

“Sobra talagang init grabe talaga, sa sahig na ako umano—sa semento para mahanginan, dito ako malamigan, (It was too hot, I slept on the floor just to feel the cold)” he said.

READ: DOE: No looming power crisis in PH

Thousands of residents in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon region including Caloocan, Parañaque, and parts of Bulacan and Cavite were affected by the three-hour power interruption.

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) declared a red alert status on Friday (April 12) for 13 hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

NGCP’s data showed that power demand peaked at 10,334 megawatts while the available capacity is only 10,220 megawatts.

The Manila Electric Company (Meraclo) will have three-hour rotational power interruption for its customers to compensate for the low power reserve.

READ: Meralco assures no power outages during elections

Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said there is not enough power reserves.

“Ngayon negative, ibig sabihin wala na talaga tayong mapagkukunang reserba. In fact, deficiency na tayo. Kapag sinabing red alert it means wala ka nang makukuhang reserba para punuan ang pagkukulang, (Now it’s negative. Meaning we have no reserves. In fact, there is a deficiency [in supply]. Red alert means there are no more reserves to fill the demand)” he said.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE) they did not expect the power supply situation to reach the red alert status.

DOE Spokesperson Usec. Felix William Fuentebella said four power plants already shutdown.

“Nagkaroon ng shutdown, nadagdag itong planta na bumigay. So apat na planta plus this on 150MW lumala sitwasyon, (Another power plant shut down. So from four power plants that shutdown plus this one. The situation is getting worse)” he said.

The energy department expects a new alert status by Saturday (April 13).

They also hope that the power situation in the Luzon region will become normal by Wednesday (April 17), when some power plants are expected to resume operations after their temporary shutdown.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Maynilad: No water in parts of Metro Manila, Bacoor next week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Parts of Metro Manila and Cavite will experience water service interruptions during the Lenten break, Maynilad Water Services Inc. announced on Thursday (April 11).

On its official Facebook page, Maynilad released a list of barangays in Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Las Piñas and Bacoor City in Cavite that will temporarily have no water supply next week.

Maynilad will be conducting several water network enhancement activities—including facility maintenance works, pipe…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The water service interruptions will begin on April 16 (Tuesday) to April 20 (Saturday).

The water concessionaire said several water network enhancement activities will be done during these dates in line with continuous efforts to improve water services in the western zone. These include facility maintenance works, pipe decommissioning and interconnections, and valve replacements.

“The activities will be done during the holy week, when fewer customers are expected to be home, thus lessening the impact of service interruptions on water consumers,” Maynilad said.

“Besides these major activities, Maynilad will also take the opportunity to conduct smaller, parallel activities like leak detection and leak repairs, which would otherwise require the implementation of separate service disruptions,” it added.

The utility company also said that the duration of service interruption will differ per area.

“Some will have no water for five hours only, while others will have no water for 30 hours,” Maynilad Water Supply Operations Head, Engr. Ronaldo Padua said in a statement.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience. These activities are being done so we can continue to improve the water infrastructure and ensure better water services for the long-term,” he added.

Affected customers are encouraged to store water for at least three days prior to the scheduled service interruption.

Maynilad said this is to prevent simultaneous heavy withdrawals of water from its pipelines, which can reduce water pressure and cause some customers to have no water earlier than scheduled.

Maynilad also assured to deploy 40 water tankers to deliver water to affected areas when necessary. – Robie de Guzman

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