DOST-PHIVOLCS strength­ens Tsunami aware­ness of academe, LGUs

Palawan Daily News - - Feature - By Ma. Alaine P. Al­lanigue / PIA

The De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy-Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy (DOST-PHIVOLCS) led yes­ter­day the cel­e­bra­tion of the World Tsunami Aware­ness Day at the Parañaque Sports and So­cial Hall.

The event is a two-day fo­rum and ex­hibit en­ti­tled “Tsunami Aware­ness and Pre­pared­ness #Han­daAngMayAlam,” where stu­dents from var­i­ous cities of Metro Manila such as Parañaque, Las Piñas, Valen­zuela, Manila, Pasay, Mal­abon and Navotas par­tic­i­pated to learn about tsunamis, its ef­fects and mit­i­ga­tion, from the ex­perts of PHIVOLCS and Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency or JICA.

City Mayor Ed­win Oli­varez noted that cities near the coast like Parañaque should be knowl­edge­able on what should be done once a tsunami oc­curs.

“Cas­cad­ing in­for­ma­tion and strength­en­ing aware­ness to the barangay-level will help lessen the amount of dam­age and ca­su­al­ties in the af­fected ar­eas,”Oli­varez said.

Mean­while, PHIVOLCS Deputy Di­rec­tor, Dr. Bar­tolome Bautista, said in his speech, most of the coastal ar­eas in the Philip­pines are densely pop­u­lated, hence, the need for higher pub­lic aware­ness on tsunamis and its na­ture to avoid enor­mous ca­su­al­ties.

Bautista added that the cel­e­bra­tion also pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to share in­no­va­tive ap­proaches for tsunami mit­i­ga­tion.

JICA Ex­pert for Dis­as­ter Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Takanori Zem­moto also shared the les­sons learned by Ja­panese from tsunami in­ci­dents.

Zem­moto said there are two waves of the earth­quake: If you feel the first shake, you must take ac­tion to pro­tect your­self. He also showed the par­tic­i­pants some ac­tual footages of tsunami in­ci­dents and the en­su­ing de­struc­tion that hap­pened in dif­fer­ent places in Ja­pan.

Ex­perts also said there are many ac­tive faults in the Philip­pines, and it would be bet­ter for us to fa­mil­iar­ize our­selves with the faults near where we re­side. In the case of Parañaque City, a tsunami can be cre­ated through the shak­ing of the Manila Trench.

Teach­ers and lo­cal dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion man­age­ment of­fi­cers (DRRMOs) from each lo­cal­ity of Metro Manila also par­tic­i­pated and gained new in­sights on how to re­spond in cases of Tsunami.

On the other hand, Of­fice of Civil De­fence-NCR Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ro­mulo Ca­ban­tac Jr. said the proper re­sponse for tsunami events is dif­fer­ent from the “Big One”, which is said to oc­cur with a mag­ni­tude 7.2 earth­quake that will be caused by the West Val­ley Fault.

Ca­ban­tac en­cour­aged the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish its own pre­pared­ness mea­sures for tsunami events.

The OCD of­fi­cial also em­pha­sized that their agency will also help in pre­pared­ness ef­forts and roll out ad­di­tional fora that cater to tsunami aware­ness and pre­pared­ness for lo­cal gov­ern­ment units. (PIA-NCR)

Photo cap­tion: Parañaque City Mayor Ed­win Oli­varez, to­gether with DOST-PHIVOLCS Deputy Di­rec­tor Dr Bar­tolome Bautista, leads the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony of the ex­hibit on Tsunami Aware­ness and Pre­pared­ness #Han­daAngMayAlam held in Parañaque City.

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