The Big One: NAPC Preparedness

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) has invited Mr. Jeffrey S. Perez, the Supervising Science Research Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) to conduct a brief orientation on the "Big One" held at the 3rd Floor Conference Room, LWUA Building, MWSS-LWUA Complex, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City on September 11, 2019 for the staff and employees.

But what is the "Big One"? As we are all aware of, the Philippines is situated at the Pacific Ring of Fire wherein active faults and trenches exist. The "Big One" is a term being used by our experts and scientists to describe a 7.2 magnitude earthquake to hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces. According to Mr. Perez, the West Valley Fault that stretches out 100 kilometers from Bulacan to Laguna will affect the following places such as Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon City, Marikina City, Pasig City, Makati City, Taguig City, and Muntinlupa City. Based on the effects of the magnitude of this earthquake, it is foreseen a 2-Trillion Peso damaged on our economy and estimated to more than 30,000 fatalities, not to mention the total injuries.

"We need to be prepared on this", said Mr. Perez. It is our only hope to lessen the potential losses in our nation. Preparedness and readiness might highly contribute in saving our properties and lives. As part of DOST-PHIVOLCS campaign, these are the measures needed to be given attention:

1. Make sure to check your houses and buildings' integrity. If not sure, get the expert's suggestions on how to make it compliant.

2. Learn the right way to respond on the situation such as "Duck, Cover, and Hold".

3. Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit and other provisions that will cover 2-3 days.

4. Be proactive, ask your local authorities on the designated evacuation centers.

5. Join and learn the best practices of earthquake drills.

For more information, please visit Phivolcs website at www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph or like their Facebook page Phivolcs to get updated reports and warnings.