NDRRMC, nagsagawa ng nationwide simultaneous drill bilang paghahanda sa lindol

admin   •   July 3, 2014   •   3890

Inaapula ng mga bumbero ang sunog sa isang gusali bilang bahagi ng nationwide simultaneous drill na isinagawa ng NDRRMC sa Roxas Boulevard kahapon, Hulyo 2, 2014 (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Naglabasan ang mga tao sa isang gusali sa Roxas Boulevard pasado alas-9:30 kahapon ng umaga, Miyerkules, matapos makarinig ng sirena.

Sa kuha ng UNTV drone, tila may sunog sa corporate building ng PAGCOR na katapat lang ng US embassy. Ilang minuto pa ay nagdatingan na rin ang iba pang bumbero upang apulain ang sunog.

Dumating din ang mga rescue unit mula sa iba’t-ibang lugar ng Metro Manila upang bigyang first aid ang mga sugatang empleyado.

Ilan lamang ang mga senaryong ito sa mga posibleng mangyari kung sakaling gagalaw ang west valley fault.

Bahagi ito ng earthquake drill na isinagawa ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa bansa bilang paghahanda sa lindol.

Ayon sa Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology o PHIVOLCS, posible gumalaw ang west valley fault na may 7.2 magnitude na lindol na katumbas  ng intensity 8 na lindol sa Metro Manila. Huling gumalaw ang west valley fault 356 years na ang nakalilipas.

“Parang sinasabi lang, in our lifetime baka gumalaw ito. So ang issue is dapat maghanda tayo at hindi tayo maunahan na mangyari man ang lindol na ito”, pahayag ni PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum.

Ayon sa PHIVOLCS, kung hindi mapaghahandaan ay malalagay sa panganib ang may 31 libong buhay sa Metro Manila lalo na kung mangyayari ito sa gabi.

Samantala, nag-akyatan naman ang mga tao sa isa pang building sa Roxas Boulevard matapos na tumunog at marinig ang bell. Hudyat ito ng paparating na tsunami mula sa Manila Bay. Bahagi rin ito ng drill kung gagalaw naman ang Manila Trench.

Sa pag-aaral ng PHIVOLCS, kung gagalaw ang Manila Trench, maaari itong maglabas ng 8.2 magnitude na lindol at magdulot ng hanggang 3 metrong tsunami at apawan ang Roxas Boulevard at posibleng abutin ang mga buiding sa kahabaan ng Roxas Boulevard.

Ang haba ng Manila Trench ay mula sa Mindoro hanggang sa Taiwan.

Sa pamamagitan ng drill na ito ay masusukat ng pamahalaan kung gaano kahanda  ang isang lugar sakaling  magkaroon ng sakuna.

Kaya’t pakiusap naman ng NDRRMC, sana’y huwag gawing biro ng mga tao ang drill sa lugar na pagdaraosan nito.

“Sa totoong insidente, segundo po ang pinaguusapan natin diyan,  ang binibilang natin. Kung tayo po ay parang namamasyal sa buwan nung sinasabing ang senaryo ay guguho na yung building ay pagdating ng araw po wala po tayong ibang masisi kundi yung sarili natin”, saad ni NDRRMC Executive Director Usec. Alexander Pama.

Suhestyon naman ng PHIVOLCS na magsagawa rin ng paghahanda sa bawat tahanan.

“Gumawa ng evacuation plan sa bahay at saan sila mag-evacuate sa komunidad at isubmit sa teacher para ma-check kung tama kasi ngayon handa tayo sa eskwelahan pero hindi sa bahay”, ani Solidum. (Rey Pelayo, UNTV News)

Pinoy invents device that measures building’s structural integrity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Dr. Francis Aldrine-Uy

MANILA, Philippines – The stability of a structure is best tested during strong earthquakes.

However, inspections usually take days to determine if a building has damage or if it can be declared safe to use.

To help in the process, a Filipino inventor has created a device which can be installed to a structure to measure its strength.

It is called the universal structural health evaluation and recording system (USHER).

Universal structural health evaluation and recording system (USHER).

Dr. Francis Aldrine-Uy said with the device, a building’s structural condition can be assessed just a few hours after an earthquake.

The local government units (LGUs), meanwhile, can immediately direct orders even to the most affected areas right after the device’s assessment is seen.

“Makikita na natin kung nakapula yung mga building na iyon, ibig sabihin nag-suffer ng structural damage ang mga building na iyon after an earthquake (We can see if the buildings are in color red, it means that the building suffered structural damage after the earthquake,)” explained Dr. Uy, the President and CEO of USHER, the inventor of the device.

“Doon po natin i-concentrate ang tulong o ang response na pwede nating madala doon, (That’s where we may concentrate our response,)” he added.

The invention, which is in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), can be installed in public facilities like bridges and railways of MRT and LRT.

The device can also measure the degree of intensity when an earthquake strikes.

Regarding the price, Uy said it is way cheaper than those made abroad.

“It could be at least 50% lower in cost,” Dr. Uy said.

“And of course, it will be more sustainable dahil nga ito ay gawang Pinoy at dito natin mina-manufacture (because it’s Filipino made and is locally manufactured),” he added.

Dr. Uy said the instrument can help in mitigating the impact of a strong quake like ‘the Big One’ which is expected to cause massive damages and loss of thousands of lives. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Photographers launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’ to help quake victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

Breathtaking rolling hills of Batanes | Photo by Freician Cantero

The spirit of bayanihan has proven itself timeless.

In the digital age, a group of photographers has gathered together to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’.

READ: Congressmen to donate part of their salaries for Batanes quake victims

In their Facebook page, they put up their works for sale. All the proceeds will go to the victims of the Itbayat earthquake. 

Like a digital art gallery, the Facebook page of Bayanihan para sa Batanes is filled with moments — moments of nature, of people captured in the eyes of various photographers.

According to one of the photographers, RA Valderama, it all started with a group of friends who dearly love Batanes.

“It started by just selling a few photos, and calling attention of other photographers who want to help as well in this advocacy” he said.

Bayanihan has also proven itself limitless, it is not just about neighbors helping neighbors. According to Valderama, more than a dozen photographers across the country have submitted their works for the campaign.

“Before we know it we are almost 50 in number,” he said.

The spirit of bayanihan today goes beyond the willingness to share your physical strength. For these photographers as long as they can, they will.

Valderama said they are still open for more photographers.

“We still accept photographers who want to share their art and help this cause,” he said.—AAC

PH Coast Guard ships sail to quake-hit Batanes for relief ops

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Two vessels of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are on their way to Batanes province to bring relief goods and supplies for the victims of two successive earthquakes that jolted Itbayat town last July 27.

The PCG said the ships called BRP Malabrigo and BRP Capones are carrying relief goods and supplies including tents (steel frame and tent cover), sleeping kits, laminated sack roles (lona), boxes of canned goods, noodles, bottled water, toiletries, powdered milk and packs of rice.

The supplies, which were loaded on the ships on Wednesday (July 31), were from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the PCG Auxilliary.

The vessels left on Thursday morning but it remains unclear on when the ships will arrive in Batanes due to strong waves, according to the PCG.

The mobilization is part of the agency’s response plan following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to assist Batanes residents heavily affected by the tremors.

According to PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino, three vessels including the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ BRP Francisco Dagohoy have been tasked to conduct a transport mission to Batanes.

The PCG also deployed its Islander plane with medical teams on board to assist the Department of Health (DOH) personnel attending to the medical needs of residents affected by the earthquakes.

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