Old structures in Manila need checking for quality, safety — Solidum
Marje Pelayo • July 9, 2019 • 1464
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.
MANILA, Philippines – Convenience and grocery stores in Manila that will sell alcoholic beverages amid the implementation of a liquor ban will be shut down, City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned.
Domagoso said the order prohibiting the sale and distribution of liquor will remain in place despite the city’s transition to general community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also reminded business owners that the sale of alcoholic beverages is merely a privilege granted by the city government.
“Sa mga convenience store na nagtitinda ng alak, kapag nagtinda kayo ng alak na pansamantala naming pinagbabawal dahil yan ay pribilehiyo lang na ibinigay sa inyo at bina-violate ninyo ito, isasara po namin kayo,” Mayor Isko said.
The liquor ban is provided under Executive Order No. 18 issued by Domagoso in accordance with the President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 922 which declares the country under state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Mayor Isko also appealed for the public’s understanding and urged them to use the government’s financial aid to buy basic necessities instead of liquor.
“Hindi natin kailangan ngayon yan. Ang kailangan natin pagkakaisa, payapa’t panatag na komunidad,” Mayor Isko said.
“Sana po maunawaan niyo po ako, tutal bisyo lang naman ito, ang hinihingi ko lang naman ay pansamantala. Itong mga salapi na ito na binibigay na ayuda eh yan po ay para meron kayong pambili ng pagkain,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered the entire district of Tondo to be placed under a 48-hour hard lockdown for surveillance and mass testing operations for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Manila Public Information Office said Mayor Isko has signed Executive Order No. 22 to shut down the entire Tondo 1 district for 48 hours.
The hard lockdown will start from 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.
Domagoso said the shutdown aims to “contain the spread” and “mitigate any adverse effects” of COVID-19 in the district.
In his order, Mayor Isko said that “disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment” activities will be carried out as response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, April 29, Tondo 1 has 83 active COVID-19 cases and 231 suspects for the virus. So far, seven residents have recovered while 12 have died.
Domagoso said the announcement of the lockdown was made in advance in order for the city government to complete its distribution of food packs for residents.
He said about 140,166 families in Tondo 1 area will receive food packs on Thursday and Friday.
This is the second 48-hour hard lockdown imposed by the Manila City government. Earlier, the Sampaloc district was placed under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases.
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