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Para laging handa: Bistek requires earthquake drills for QC buildings

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Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista wants to make sure that his entire city is ready when the “big one” strikes.

Bautista has signed an ordinance mandating all establishments in QC to conduct earthquake drills twice a year.

City Ordinance 2674-2018 or the “Mandatory Earthquake Drill Ordinance of Quezon City,” mandates all owners and managers of establishments in Quezon City to conduct earthquake drills with their employees, students, tenants, and occupants for at least twice a year.

The ordinance said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has identified 13 barangays in Quezon City traversing by the West Valley Fault.

“Phivolcs has urged that the various locations where the West Valley Fault traverses should be a major basis for the people’s preparedness for earthquakes, as the very destructive ground shaking can cause and poses an immediate threat to people’s lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood,” the ordinance read.

The city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Research and Planning Section has yet to come up with the implementing rules and regulation for the said ordinance.

Earthquake experts have warned people of Metro Manila to prepare for a possible massive earthquake saying that fault tends to move every 400 years or so. The last major quake along the fault was in 1658 — or 357 years ago.

Good thinking, mayor!