The Vulnerability and Impact Reduction to Earthquake (Viper) project has added Cavite in the Harmonized National Contingency Plan (HNCP) for the “Big One,” a 7.2-magnitude movement of the 100-kilometer West Valley Fault with Intensity 8 ground shaking.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the Valley Fault System showed that the Big One will move through the dense Metro Manila area and its nearby provinces.
In May Cavite Gov. Jesus Crispin Remulla signed a memorandum of agreement with Adra Philippines Country Director Tom Pignon and HLA Philippines Director Diosdado Waña formally including Cavite in the HNCP for the Big One. The project, which was funded by Adra Czech Republic, Adra International, Provincial Government of Cavite and HLA, officially finished in June.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced that the impact of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake comprises of damaged structures, homes and other infrastructure; corrupted power lines and fire breakouts; broken water supply; faulty communication lines and human casualties.
Pignon emphasized that disaster countermeasure is critical to controlling any kind of casualties that such crisis may bring. He said, “There is still more work that needs to be done and I don’t think we can ever be completely prepared, but coming up with a contingency plan is a key step to facing disasters and emergencies.”
“Viper has brought together the LGU of Cavite and various agencies to say, ‘If that disaster happens, this is going to be our role, this is how we can work together to reduce the impact of the earthquake and for us to recover much sooner.’ A lot of work has been done on the national level focusing on how to respond to disasters within Metro Manila, and so it is our role as a humanitarian agency residing in Cavite to bring that here,” Pignon said.
“The last Big One happened about 450 years ago and that could mean that it might happen tomorrow, or in 10 or 20 or 30 years’ time. We can never predict when. What we do know is that we need to be prepared when it finally happens,” he added.
News source: Pauline Joy M. Gutierrez, Business Mirror