Konsepto ng V-shape wall sa Manila Bay, pinag-aaralan ng MMDA at DPWH
by admin | Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013
Ang isa sa mga engineering students ng University of Santo Tomas (UST) habang idine-demo ang konsepto nilang V-shape wall sa Manila Bay na ngayon ay pinag-aaralan na ng MMDA at DPWH. (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — Pinag-aaralan ngayon ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) at Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ang paglalagay ng isang v-shaped wall sa Manila Bay.
Ang V-shaped wall ay kahalintulad sa konsepto ng isang malaking dust pan kung saan maiipon ang basura na natatangay ng tubig sa Manila Bay lalo na kapag bumabaha o may bagyo.
Ang nasabing ideya ay mula sa engineering students ng University of Santo Tomas (UST) na nanalo sa katatapos lamang na Manila Bay cleanup competition.
Ayon kay MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, ginawa ang kumpetisyon upang hingin ang ideya ng ating mga kababayan sa solusyon sa basura sa halip na magbayad sa pagkonsulta sa mga foreign expert.
Matatandaang noong nakaraang taon ay nasira ng habagat ang seawall ng Manila Bay at naging malaking problema ang tone-toneladang basura na dala ng mga alon. (Robie Demelletes / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to hold an earthquake drill, dubbed as Metro Manila Shake Drill, on July 27.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said this year’s shake drill will start as early as four in the morning, to be signaled by the sounding of an alarm.
“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he said.
“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he added.
Garcia said they intentionally scheduled the drill very early in the morning so the public can participate.
Shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours, with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.
“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as earthquake may occur anytime,” Garcia said.
The MMDA official added that during the shake drill, they will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units and other groups to demonstrate their contingency plans in case strong earthquake hits the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, also the head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro on the day of the drill.
Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.
“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.
During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.
The MMDA said the northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
The eastern quadrant will use the LRT-2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum has recommended placing under quality assessment all old structures in the city of Manila.
This is in reaction to Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso’s remarks about the city’s lack of a concrete risk reduction management plan or a detailed hazard map.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director said the local government of Manila should primarily address the city’s disaster preparedness and capability ahead of the ‘Big One’ or the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that the West Valley Fault may generate in the future.
“Tingnan kung ano ba ang kalidad ng mga bahay at gusali (Check the quality of the houses and buildings),” Solidum noted.
“Ang Manila maraming luma. Marami ding informal settlement at marami diyan non-engineered ang mga bahay (Manila has a lot of old (structures), a lot of informal settlement and most of them are non-engineered houses),” he added.
Based on a report from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the city of Manila is a ‘total failure’ when it comes to disaster resilience or its capability to respond in natural disasters and other hazards.
Solidum explained that Manila’s base being a coastal city is prone to liquefaction because it is near Manila Bay.
“Ang kaibahan ng Quezon city sa Manila ay matigas ang foundation ng Quezon city. (Ang) Manila (ay) hindi, kundi malambot (The difference between Quezon City and Manila is that Quezon City has a solid foundation. With Manila, no. It has a yielding base),” Solidum said.
The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (QCRRMC) has received the 2018 Gawad Kalasag Award as the Best Local DRRMC under the Highly Urbanized Category.
They have assigned six district evacuation sites other than Quezon City circle.
According to the head of the QCDRRMO Myke Marasigan, they have included in their contingency plan the color-coded alert level to be able to immediately respond to earthquake situations.
“If the magnitude and the epicenter is near Quezon city, for example 5.5 below, then we could always trigger the yellow alert meaning on-call, standby and do damage assessment immediately,” Marasigan explained.
The QCDRRMO also conducts regular earthquake drills to prepare the residents for potential ground shaking.
The city government is making sure of preparing all barangays since they cannot rescue everyone at the same time.
“They will be ready as an individual, ibig sabihin meron kang (meaning you have your) ‘Go Bag’ ready or disaster kits na sinasabi natin,” Marasigan said.
“Susunod niyan as a family kung nagusap-usap na ba tayo pag halimbawa lumildol magkakahiwalay tayo saan tayo mag-mi-meetup? (Next is the family. Have you set up a plan that in case of an earthquake and you’ve been separated from one another, where should you meet?),” he added.
According to Solidum, the city of Manila is able to prepare its residents but it is important that they do it systematically. – with details from Rey Pelayo.
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