Vargas urges govt, public to prepare for the Big One
Vargas urges govt, public to prepare for the Big One.
With another magnitude 5.4 earthquake that struck parts of Luzon Thursday night, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has reiterated his call to all government units and the entire public, especially those living along the Fault Line to seriously prepare for Big One.
Vargas underscored the need for the government and the people to be prepared for this expected magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault which is ripe for movement.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has warned a powerful quake could kill thousands residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
“It’s a huge undertaking and we have to start the real preparations now. As a people. As a government. Before it’s too late,” said Vargas, a resident and a Representative of Quezon City where the West Valley fault cuts through like a knife.
Vargas appealed to the agencies concern and residents of Metro Manila to stay alert and always prepare both to the powerful earthquake and aftershocks.
“These succession of earthquakes is creating a scare and the talks about the Big One persists. Today, even if the affected communities struggle to bring their lives back to normal, as classes resume and the electricity is restored, anxiety and distress continue to creep inside their very souls, confidence still wrecked, and everything in their lives put on hold,” he stressed.
Based on the map released by Philvocs, affected by the West Valley Fault is around 57 subdivisions in Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite.
Located in Quezon City are Sunnyside Heights Subdivision, Doña Anna Village, Fil-Heights, Filinvest Homes II and Villa Amor Uno, Northview Subd., Loyola Grand Villas, White Plains Subd., Queensville Court, Greenmeadows and Blue Ridge B.
Aside from the close monitoring from the Philvocs about the areas identified as located in the direct path of the West Valley fault, people were also asked to know the proper and more effective ways on how to save their lives when time comes.
One of the proposals of Vargas is to institutionalize the disaster preparedness and incorporating them into the school curriculum.
“I have thought long and hard about this and came to a realization that education is the key to true preparedness. If year on year, this will be taught to children, from primary school to the tertiary level, disaster preparedness will not just be inculcated in children’s minds—it will be second nature to them, so that when the time does come, they will be prepared in the truest sense of the word,” Vargas pointed out.
While there is an existing law on this, the Republic Act 10121 or an Act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, providing for the NDRRM framework, institutionalizing it, and providing funds therefor, Vargas noted the lack of reinforcing the law and ensuring its effective implementation.
The solon likewise proposed another program, which is the DRR Festival, where different groups can hold a sharing of best practices.
“Earthquake drills are effective and very helpful but they have to be conducted on a regular basis and not just randomly.
For this part, Vargas filed House Bill 5593 mandating the conduct of earthquake , fire and other hazardous phenomenon, drills in educational buildings and establishments, school buses and healthcare institution.
-News Release 26 May 17