It seems Pnoy’s government has NO CLEAR ANTI-EARTHQUAKE DISASTER prevention measures for Metro Manila.
In a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos cited, among others, the following scenarios:
The North Luzon and the South Luzon expressways will be destroyed.
But he DID NOT MENTION even a single measure which has been, or is currently being undertaken, to check on the durability of or to strengthen the two expressways.
Flyovers and buildings collapse, fires break out and 3,000 prisoners escape.
In the same story, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) science research specialist Enrico Mangao warned against the substandard quality of, and the disarray of buildings as a major reason for collapse in case of a strong earthquake.
Mangao pointed out that even creeks, which are not supposed to be built on are now packed with houses.
But neither did Ramor or Mangao specify any ongoing and widespread check of the structural stability of buildings anywhere. The same thing for the flyovers, or recruitment of new firemen and substantial increase of firefighting equipment by the government.
Other than a recent announcement by the government of hiring new policemen next year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) remains in critical need of personnel and crime-fighting gear and weaponry.
Ramos insisted that the government has a plan. But HE DID NOT POINT OUT ANY PREVENTIVE ACTION.
PREVENTION is always better than REACTION.
I’m not saying that casualties or damage to property can be prevented 100 percent. My point is death and destruction will be hugely MINIMIZED with prevention, not reaction.
The story cited the Metropolitan Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS which warned, among others, that:
Some 170,000 homes will collapse, 340,000 more will be damaged, 34,000 people will die, 114,000 others will be injured, fires will break out and burn approximately 1,710 hectares and 18,000 more people will be killed. .
We had better find out NOW, people, how can these scenarios be minimized, before they take place.
Time to start talking to your mayors, congressmen and Malacanang.
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